Yesterday, Mr. Patrician and Mr. Hansen sat me down for a conference about my Timeline (pictured above), and we came to the realization that the plan I had for my book originally might not be possible. They gave me two options: Only finish the book chapters and maybe the cover, recognizing the work I’ve put into this project and know that even if I don’t complete it the way I originally planned that it is in no way a failure, or continue on my current path, completely stress myself out and work like crazy for the next two weeks to get all of my chapters done, unsure if that’s even possible.
I chose the latter. The reason? Read the title again. I’m nothing if I’m not persistent, confident, and a little condescending.
I’ve been given specific instructions on how to edit my chapters so it goes through two processes (through Grammarly’s program and then a real person) instead of the feedback hell I mentioned earlier. I’ve also been instructed to update my Action Plan, AB task board, and Timeline daily. What’s a Timeline, you ask because I’ve mentioned it twice already and have yet to elaborate? Why I’m glad you asked!
A Timeline is a Gantt chart designed in a way to showcase everything on our Action Plans. On the side, everything I need to do is listed, and then it shows when it will/has started, how long it will take to complete, and how much of it is done. My Gantt Chart has sections for things like Character maps, writing the plot skeleton, and creating the cover. I have different sections for each chapter I’m writing, as well as chapter editing so that I know exactly when everything will be happening and can plan my days accordingly.
With the help of Mr. Patrician, we set my Timeline up so I’m currently up to schedule. I need to revise chapter 8, but chapter 8 draft 0 is done, and I start feedback and editing of chapter 1 today, which I’ve already done the Grammarly part of. I know that if I keep up with my timeline, I can complete this project the way it was supposed to be. I’m not particularly stressed at the moment, which is honestly surprising. I get stressed in the line at Subway all the time because I’m not sure if I want chicken or beef and my turn is soon approaching, so this is a vast improvement.
The next three weeks are devoted strictly to writing, editing, getting feedback and applying that feedback. I have to finish all drafts of the remaining three chapters, and then edit all of them by the time winter break comes around, and since I never do anything celebratory during the break, it’ll be more than easy to complete the cover, character sketches, and compile the book so that it’s ready to order the exact day I get back from the break.
Wish me luck!