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Progress Charts

 

I made a chart template to document my writing progress. It is color-coded.

BLUE designates an initial idea (usually a title and a paragraph or so of plot summary).

PURPLE designates the outline-writing stage, where I plot out the story, chapter by chapter until I have a solid four-act structure laid out

RED designates chapter progression

GOLD designates I’ve entered the proofing, second draft editing stage

GREEN designates the final formatting period, where I create the kindle version (usually requiring a lot of editing and boring work), then tweak the look of the paper/hardback versions before submitting it to be published.

I have four books being worked on at the moment:

ONE HALLOWEEN EVENING is at a standstill while I await sketches from my illustrator. Once I’ve seen and approved everything, work should progress quickly. In the meantime the text is written and just awaiting formatting and final editing…

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SON OF MAN VOL. 2 moves along at a solid pace. It’s the most ambitious undertaking of all my commentaries as I spent a lot of time researching and editing to try and combine Matthew, Mark, and Luke into a single chronological narrative. Even though it looks like there’s not been much written, I only just started and the chapters are so short I’m able to knock out two and sometimes three at a time. It’s going well and I hope to have volume two done within a month…

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TITANIC PANIC is also going well, though I ended up adding a chapter that wasn’t in the cards initially. Sometimes the tale grows in the telling, so the book is now technically behind schedule by a day. I’ll live. It should be done within a month, Lord willing…

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The last book I’m working is EL DORADO, which I’ve yet to detail for a few different reasons. I probably won’t share much more than a progress report until it’s done and the final draft is copyrighted. The book is also being written off-schedule, meaning I’m only writing a little here and there, whenever I have a free night. As such, I have no definitive time-table for its completion, though I’d like it to be done before Halloween. The outline is very detailed; it’s probably the most detailed outline since Kingdom of Arthur II, which was the easiest to write and (in my opinion) best book in that series. As a result, I don’t anticipate much writer’s block or backtracking, but as it is only a few (of the many) chapters are finished…

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