Gotta Stick The Landing

Before I started writing Heartbreak World (by the way, have you read the first issue? I swear it's really good), and I mean officially-putting-dialogue-on-the-page writing it, I spent a lot of time with a yellow legal pad planning. I'd scratch out what I thought was going to happen on every single page of every single issue. I had it all figured out. ...

I bet you can tell where this is going.

Writing issue four, I noticed it was particularly a slog. And writing can be a bit of a chore sometimes, so if it's dragging and you notice it, that's really something. I wasn't sure what it was, exactly – I assumed fatigue – but I knew that this wasn't what writing the rest of the issue was like.

All of a sudden, all at once, I realized what the problem was. And all of a sudden, all at once, I realized what a problem that was. When you're writing issue four and realize there's a logic problem that makes the whole thing not quite make sense, it's not an isolated change. I rewrote issues 1-3, which completely changed issue 4 and probably makes my outline for issues 5+ at least slightly irrelevant.

So now I'm here, at issue five, with no plan to speak of. It's the end of the first arc and needs to be a big finish that also lends itself to a continuing story.

And that is where I am, leaping with no net.