It occurred to me today that between morning teleconferences, work, buying fried chicken, archery practice (2 broken arrows and a lot of concrete dust), reading the Hobbit to my unborn, and other neat activities, I am probably going to need a bit more of a plan to stay on target (finished by early October).
Well I wrote one, and already we can see the results! Twelve characters fully written up, right on schedule (admittedly I was nearly finished with these already). These characters have problems, and solutions, and fears and all that good stuff, even the minor characters. I’ve also plotted out how I’m planning to get the rest done:
By 5th July – Finish the body sections I’ve plotted out for the 2nd draft
By 20th July – Iron over everything for consistency, start to finish
By 20th September – finish combing through all 12 chapters (5 days on each) focussing on characterisation, tension, amount of awesomeness, etc. Release the first few as sample chapters here, one at a time. Force some guinea pigs to read the whole draft…
By 4th October – read the final draft aloud to my Wolf, and fix the bits that sound terrible.
By 11th October – Finish colouring, inking, & scanning the cover art
Before baby is born – publish that suckah!
Current wordcount: 61,357
Wish me luck!
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