(Oop, deleted this post when I went to edit my cut. Lucky thing I still had the page open-- thank goodness for compulsive tab-opening, I guess!)
I started a new personal project over the last week or so and I've come upon a conundrum on top of a few other issues already holding me back. Basically, what I'm doing is, "If I were to reboot this property from my childhood, how would I do it?" with a dash of, "How would I pitch this?" thrown in for flavor.
So far, it's been fun! I can't be quite as in-depth as I'd like because I haven't seen the show I'm "rebooting" in full in so long-- which wouldn't be a big deal except a) Hal's bluescreen issues keep me from sitting down to do a rewatch and b) Hal's bluescreen issues plus my phone's weird memory management problems make researching the wiki tedious-- but I've still enjoyed myself. Coming up with character profiles that stay true to the characters (at least as I understand them at present) while dropping elements I don't like and/or expanding on minor points that I do like has been probably my favorite part, nearly matched by working out the different interpersonal arrangements. Granted, I say that without having gotten very far into the actual story elements yet, never mind into the story details.
And that's where I've stumbled over my biggest problem. No, not the fact that I'm reluctant to do even a first draft before I can do my rewatch (which won't be happening until the end of the month, when I... *closes eyes, grits teeth, sucks in a breath* get... a new... laptop...). Obviously that is a problem, but I'm intending to push ahead with the plotting anyway based on my own memory and what I can glean from the wiki. The biggest problem I'm facing is actually what comes after that-- namely, how I want to write it.
Like I said above, what I'm working on is a personalized reboot. What I didn't specify above is that I decided to undertake this with the base idea that I'd be rebooting a cartoon as a comic. The cartoon in question is part of a larger brand whose comic rights are currently owned (at least in part) by a major publisher currently focusing on a reboot of other branches of said brand. The "How would I pitch this?" part of the project was based largely on what I've seen in those comics and what I know of them as a publisher. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I suppose I was intending to approach any actual writing, if I got that far, as though I was putting together comic scripts.
Only, well. Again, I've had a lot of fun putting these ideas together. I anticipate having more fun once I've got more complete information to work from and I can go on to developing more polished drafts. In that vein, I'd kind of really like to eventually pour this into a fanfiction-- either one big mega-story or a series, I haven't gotten that far. A form of writing (ie prose) that I'm more familiar with and something I can share as a fully realized vision (whereas scripts would be only frameworks, of course). A rather lofty idea for someone who's never finished a multichapter story, I know, but a fun idea nonetheless.
Back over to the hand holding the script idea is where I begin to get quite silly. Because I can't help but imagine-- suppose I did approach this as though I was really putting together scripts for a comic series and suppose I actually did pitch it some day? An even loftier idea for someone who's never finished a multichapter story, I know, but. Still a very fun one, indeed. And it would remain only a lofty but fun idea, except I keep teasing out the nuggets of plausibility. I mean, sure, the company doesn't accept unsolicited submissions and I have no in with the industry nor even any professional writing credits, so they'd be unlikely to accept me even if I was in position to pitch to them currently. But who says I have to be ready currently, or even very soon? Everyone has to start somewhere, right? If this is something I really want and am willing to put effort into, I can polish my product as I work my way in and up and impose myself on their radar. And a transformative work like this does speak to my strengths and experience, which is all the more hope that I can one day present something they're interested in. Plus, hey-- this is a branch of the brand that's often (frankly unfairly) overlooked by the higher-ups. If there's any licensed work I would ever want to be part of that I'm most likely to get my own way about things, this is it.
This is where we go back to the other hand, the one pawing at the fanfiction idea. Because if I'm holding onto this idea for years-- and I will be, if I decide I'm going to try to pitch it professionally-- I'm going to be getting attached to it. And that means getting attached to elements that possibly, even probably, will not be allowed on the table even if I do get a green light. Which is something I'd hope I would be used to by that time, but which is very unappealing in the here and now, when I could write it as a fanfiction and tell it however I want. With whatever elements I want to keep or leave. You know what I mean?
To top all this off, whatever I pick is gonna have to be what I have to stick with, more or less, or I'll burn myself out. Once I start imagining things in words or images, that's about it. My brain is very difficult to flip from one to the other.
So, yeah, there's my personal problem for the day. How are you guys doing? Any big decisions you've been struggling with?