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A plan for getting my writing shit together

I've put together a plan for how to get things back together for the end of The Arc of Conflict. Parts are still a little fuzzy in my brain, but the scale, scope, and action items are taking shape - and that's what I'm talking about covering here.

To be clear, I know what happens. I've known how this ends for a long time, and even how we get there - and we're about there. That's not the problem. But there are so many of pieces involved that there needs to be some real prep, partly because of the scale of things, but more because over the last year and a half, a lot of the organisational maintenance necessary has fallen by the wayside.

But I can fix that. And that's what's going to happen. I'm not going to give myself hard deadlines, because I don't think that's going to be a great idea. I'm still viciously fatigued from all the horribleness of the last year - moreso, I suspect, than I even realise. So it could be an entire week or more for each step. I doubt it, but it's possible - particularly given that there are other things I need to do than just this. (e.g., work.)

Fortunately, many of these steps overlap to some degree, so it's possible that the one week spent on one item will also be a week spent on another item.

(1) The first thing to do: Collect and format all notes.

Pull in various chat notes from tumblr, discord into chat log notes. There will be ... too many sources, but tumblr and discord are the primaries. Find them all, then format and mark up appropriately to standard unorganised notes requirements.

This _should_ take a day. But it won't. It will take more. I'm guessing three to four days, but maybe up to a week. I hope not, but I want to give myself the option of that much time.

Time: 3 days - 1 week

(2) The second thing to do: Reread and digest notes.

Once all those sources are compiled together, properly read through everything and try to digest it. Reading should take an hour, but at the moment? I'm suspecting more of a day or two. And it'll take a couple of days to process in my head.

Time: 2 days - 1 week

(3) The third thing to do: Update Organised Notes.

While digesting all the collected chat notes, begin updating Organised Notes, which is a sorted, rewritten, condensed sub-collection of Chat Notes. This will probably require a readthrough of at least the Arc of Conflict, and maybe more. This is a large chunk of work, as it's so far out of date right now.

This includes:

i. Updating the timeline with all published events.

ii. Calendar verification of those events. This _could_ even require some recons - though I certainly hope not. I'll be loud about it if they do.

iii. OC updates. Several OCs have not yet made it into Organised Notes. This must be remedied.

iv. Canon character characteristic updates. (E.g., Brigitte and Lúcio.)

Once all _that_ is done, we should be re-informed and a lot of headspace should be cleaned up. With some luck, we may be able to write during some of these steps - in particular, as we're reminded of material previously written/discussed.

Time: 1-2 weeks

(4) The fourth thing to do: Clean up Stage.

Stage is the shared Google doc in which we do most of our writing. It contains WIPs and culled ideas, snippets of writing, and etc., all from Chat Notes. Subitems include:

i. Combing through for unimplemented ideas that are still valid and sorting them by in-world order and possibly completion.

ii. Culling _out_ already-implemented and now-invalid ideas. Some of these should end up on Backup Stage.

iii. Minimal reconciling of valid ideas with current state of history. More will have to be done here, but that's more steps 5 and 6.

Time: 2-3 days

(5) Confirm what's left to write and write it.


A lot of what's left is already written. It will be a novelette, most likely, in multiple chapters, all of which will be framed as Edda 20, with probably one fragment, or - at most - two.

And that will end the Arc of Conflict.

(6) Resume work on the Arc of Dominion. Most of the prep work for Dominion should happen naturally as part of the organisational work described above; many stories are, after all, already written. Some of this work will begin in earlier stages, particularly stage 4.

And by that time we will be out of scope of this plan and document and should be in decent working shape again.

I hope. ^_^

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