Writing Update: January 2014 W4 Edition

The final progress report of this kind for January has arrived. By now everyone should know what’s coming next week, but if you don’t please read on!

The Orin Chronicles

Krakken (Volume 8): Writing – 57% complete
Volumes 9-10: Concept Phase
Volumes 11-13: Not in active development

Notes: I’ve had a lot of work to do this week so I wasn’t able to write very much. For the remainder of January I have a ton of work to do so the progress may not change too much for next week either, but I’m glad I was able to make decent progress this week and I should be able to do the same next week as well.

The Academy Series

Second Volume: Not in active development, writing 35% complete

Notes: —

2014 Series

Logo: Completed!
Book One: Concept Phase. Writing – 1.5% complete

Notes: With the logo complete, the big reveal of the title of the series is on schedule for next Friday, January 31st. Thanks to the way the logo was created I have a few options of how I can present it and I’m still considering my options as of right now. In concept-forming news, I’m on schedule with my goals for this month and I might be able to talk a little bit about that next week once the series is properly revealed. Then again, not much is going to be said so there are even more reveals planned for next month and beyond. However, I hope what I present one week from today will be sufficient enough for an initial reveal!

Writing Update: January 2014 W3 Edition

For this week, I’ll be following the same format for last week. If you’re a fan of the more detailed Writing Updates there will be plenty of those in the future, but if I wrote one of those every week I’d have to start giving away all the details about what I’m writing and that wouldn’t be any fun at all.

The Orin Chronicles

Krakken (Volume 8): Writing – 47% complete
Volumes 9-10: Concept Phase
Volumes 11-13: Not in active development

Notes: —

The Academy Series

Second Volume: Not in active development, writing 35% complete

Notes: No news on this front just yet.

2014 Series

Logo: Rough sketch approved. Final product in development.
Book One: Concept Phase. Writing – 1.5% complete

Notes: With a decision I made this week, I’d probably say that the structure of the series has now been fully decided. Writing hasn’t really begun just yet so the percentage might not change very much over the coming weeks, but we’re getting closer to the big reveal which is now 2 weeks away!

Writing Update: January 2014 W2 Edition

The Friday Updates for 2014 have officially begun! Even though today is Sunday so it’s about two days late…

As promised, I’d like to provide updates every Friday about the projects I’m working on as well as other things. While a lot of these updates are planned to be reveals for my upcoming series, the name of which will finally be revealed on January 31st, a good number of them will also be Writing Updates. Today I’ll be quickly updating everyone on the status of The Orin Chronicles, The Academy Series,  and my next series.

The Orin Chronicles

Krakken (Volume 8): Writing – 35% complete
Volumes 9-10: Concept Phase
Volumes 11-13: Not in active development

Notes: The name for Volume 8 has been revealed! The writing has been going smoothly and I suspect Volumes 8-10 will be released within the first half of 2014.

The Academy Series

Second Volume: Not in active development, writing 35% complete

Notes: The major delay with Second Volume has been the complicated problems I set up for the characters. In order for me to continue writing I have to come up with the solutions to these problems so I think it’s likely that Second Volume won’t be released until late 2014. I’ve set up a bigger challenge for myself than I had expected to, but I think it’s definitely going to be a rewarding experience.

2014 Series

Logo: Rough sketch approved. Final product in development.
Book One: Concept Phase. Writing – 1.5% complete

Notes: —

Writing Update: Concept Edition

While information on my series for 2014 won’t be released until the end of January, now is a good time to talk about how I’ll be working on the series. The plan for the development of the new series is as follows.

Concept Stage – For all of 2013 I’ve been gathering ideas together to define what this series is. 90% of that information has been gathered and on December 31st, 2013 at 24:00 the document with all of this information will be locked and the concept will have been defined allowing me to begin working on the project. Information included in this document will include the world of the story, the general plot, and the core themes and ideas that will be explored.

Planning Stage – Early next year I’ll be deciding what will be the first installment in the series. There’s a lot of information on the characters, plots, and stories I’m thinking of in the concept document, but those are not definite plans. The time to decide if I’ll be going forward with those or telling completely new stories will be now. The key beats to the story and who the characters upon the stage are will be decided at this time. The plot will be allowed to evolve during the writing, but the story at the core of the first installment will be decided before the writing begins.

Writing Stage – This is where the plan is executed and new things happen. During the writing stage it is important to always be true to the concept and to not alter the plan for the first installment without very good reason. This is where everything happens and is explored in greater detail than in previous stages and where the product is created. A minimum of 70% of the final product should be represented here.

QA Stage – The first installment will be read by a select few who will provide feedback. This feedback will be necessary in shaping what has been written into the final product. A maximum of 30% of the final product can come from this stage, but if I’ve done my job right then there won’t be a need for so much of the product to come from the Quality Assurance Testers.

While the QA Testers work, I will be planning the second installment of the series.

Editing Stage – Feedback is compiled, decisions are made, and the written product is shaped into the final product. This stage mainly includes proofreading and rewording. Some minor details may be added, but no large events or revelations are likely to be implemented at this point. The plan for the second installment will continue to be written while taking into account feedback received from the first installment as well.

Release – If all goes well, my plan above will have worked out and the product will be released. I won’t when to expect the first installment yet, but remember to check back for details on what the 2014 series is on January 31st, 2014. After that date, expect to understand the series on February 28th, 2014 when information about the world of the series is revealed and continue to check the blog for more information as development on the project continues.

 

 

 

 

Writing Update: Time Management

Generally, I’m awake for about 15-16 hours each weekday. About 9 hours go to working at my secret job which leaves me with around 6 hours of time not at that job. About half of that non-job time goes to shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, gaming, etc. while the other half is absolute free time. I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t write every day so sometimes I spend that time completely on gaming and watching TV/movies. However, when I’m working on my written projects I tend to use up all of that time.

At the moment, I spend about about an equal time writing for The Academy: Second Volume and planning my 2014 series. Lots of cool ideas for what I’m writing next have arisen because I spend so much time thinking about it and those ideas are now free to use when I’m writing. What I’ve learned since I finished my first project in 2011 is that I’m no good at strict planning and it kills me on a creative level. But letting ideas simmer is a lot of fun for me and now I can still be organic in my writing while keeping myself aligned with the vision that I have for the series. I’m confident in the number of plot developments I know will happen, but I don’t necessarily know how I’m going to get there. I really like the characters that I’ve got so far and I’m looking to further define who they are and add interesting new characters to the mix as well.

For The Academy, right now I’m mostly rewriting content I’ve accumulated since the end of the First Volume. I’m once again encountering a bad habit of mine from the early days (um, less than two years ago…) where I randomly changed the tense of the story for no reason. It can be a little disorienting correcting each sentence individually, but upon reading it back it always looks better and fits with my vision for what’s happening. I’m certain I still have some tense issues, but that’s more because I like to interject at certain points in my story and emphasize certain ideas. Whether or not that’s something that has been effective is something I’m still debating, but I think it’s worked fine so far.

As the months go on, I’ll likely dedicate more time to The Academy: Second Volume simply because I’ve already learned so much about my 2014 series. New ideas will continue to arise, but I’ve gotten a great head start on the project and when it comes time to begin writing I’ll be able to have fragments of world and story waiting for me along with strong characters who will guide me through the story. In fact, I’ve liked this method of planning so much that I’ve already started thinking about even more series and potential ideas. What this will do is give me the advantage of choosing from multiple potential projects in the future that already have some sort of form so I won’t have to say something vague like ‘alright, time to write in this genre’. Instead, I’ll be able to say ‘now it’s time to write this specific story I’ve been thinking about for years’.