Sunday Night Writing Update
Progress was made this weekend, as usual. I didn’t write on the Saturday because I had to go visit my new nephew in hospital. Three days old!
Got back into it today on Sunday and made up for the lost ground. The initial act of the chapter is complete now, putting us at approx 30% done. 20% gain from last week.
Also, while I’m here. I know you guys have sent some questions on pacing or editing. I do intend to answer them, I just need to think about what I’m gonna say on things first for them.
Here’s a comic based off Murky Number Seven. Textless because I wanted to try and let the comic speak for itself.
Also I suck at words.
That is preeeetty awesome! Thanks! As he’s grown, that rebellious streak has come out a bit, so this is kinda in line with something he might do, if he could learn to write more. Love how it shows all the progress and swipes, reminds me of when writing his drawing.
A while ago you said that when MN7 was still in its original planning phase, you were thinking of making the main character a girl. Does this mean that originally, you were planning on making the main character ANOTHER LESBIAN!?
Ah that point it was so early that no real personality details were down, so who knows what could have been? The decision was mostly based on variety.
Good news, that schedule I talked about seems to work. I did the first stage of the chapter this weekend and it’s being editing during the week for next weekends writing session. This could be nicely structured, might let me predict dates more in advance. (Maybe!)
Currently, it is 100% planned and about 10% written. I’ll update after each weekend. This one is a real doozy to pack as much content into, having to force myself to keep brevity in mind for some. (And there were some painful cuts in the planning stage too, including a joke I’d been waiting so very long to do, but just couldn’t make the cut. It took too much setup for one line.)
When will Act 3's cover picture be updated?
Oh, good point. Hah!
Yeah I’ll get that done tonight when I get back from teaching. It will continue to be the “chapter update” cover on tumblr. FimFic will remain the Act 1 cover due to spoilers for EVERYONE seeing it first there.
How can you not know whether there are three or four chapters left in the story? Other posts have made it sound like you plan things out in excruciating detail.
Oh, I do. There’s a good reason I always say 3-4, and it’s not to do with being unplanned. It depends on what your definition of “chapter” is, suffice to say. Also dependant on how I want to present it.
considering how long its taken you to make each individual chapter, is it safe to say that you may finish the whole story in late 2015 or early 2016?
I dunno really, but I wouldn’t imagine it’d be that late. It’s 3-4 chapters to go after all.
Was only trying to draw something more dynamic, I swear!
I’m torn between whether his expression is hilarious or sad, honestly! Lucid makes a somewhat distressed/shocked/bewildered Murky, take your pick on which it is!
Expression work is awesome though.
Seeing ad how important drawing is for murky, are you also an artist?
Yes and no. I have drawn in the past (badly) and I do have an Honours Degree in Computer Animation, but it’s something I never ever followed up. I just wasn’t very good at it in terms of post education work. So I wouldn’t expect to see much art from me.
But what it did do was help centre my mind to think artistically in presenting and angles. I know it helps me “set” the scenes in writing, sometimes. I’m not multi-disciplined, but it helped me realise that some awareness of other mediums and talents can really help even a dedicated use of another one. After all, a comic artist who knows about storywriting would be able to create panels fairly better, while an actor who knows how to sing could string their voice very well in a speech.
So no, I’m not an artist, but I do have some influence and knowledge of the art side of things from my degree. (That and from working with comic artists for a while on webcomics)
When will we all get to look into that one important memory orb that is super important to the story and plot twist that is made in chapter 24?
There was a couple asks on this (Asking if I was going to “pull a Littlepip”) and the orb.
Well, there’s a slight difference in that Pip’s orb was perhaps not “safe for work” so to speak.
This one, well I can’t talk about future chapters, but it’s certainly not forgotten. Whether it gets shown or not? We’ll see.