“In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
(T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”)
I spent most of yesterday going through the tutorial in Scrivener again, since I hadn’t looked at it since just after downloading it last winter. It made a little more sense this time and the information overload headache didn’t start until Part Two – another seventeen rounds or so and I should have it pretty well in hand.
Or I can dive in and do hands-on learning.
Learning by doing is what works best for me, so I’m starting to (very nervously) load the books from The Academy of the Accord series into it. (I’m afraid it will eat them and I won’t be able to get them back. I’m paranoid that way.)
I’m really excited by the thought that this program can help me organize the series, but a little overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the project and the amount of work that is going to be involved just in getting the books into it and divided into chapters. (Not to mention still overwhelmed by all the things that Scrivener can do.) I don’t even want to think about the editing, re-writing, and internal coherence issues. Or the fact that some of the books have three or more alternate versions of certain scenes. I’m pretty sure I’m looking at a year-long project with this, after it’s all in Scrivener.
But I can do this! And I will, because I love writing, I love these characters, I love the whole thing.
The plan was to finish the three books that I know I still need to write (and untangle the mess in the middle of the series) by the end of the year. (Yes, I know it’s only May. But you have no idea what I’m facing in that middle section!)
But… I keep thinking about turning my attention to The Other Mages trilogy. According to “The Plan” I’m not supposed to work on it until after the first of the year, but… It won’t take nearly as long to finish and edit for e-publication as The Academy of the Accord will, so, while it’s not exactly instant gratification it’s certainly more immediate gratification.
But it will break me out of the flow of The Academy of the Accord, and I’m not sure I want to lose my connection to these characters until I’m done with their stories. (I also don’t want to lose track of the story arc and relations and the “this, that, and the other” that flows through what is looking to be around a dozen books.)
I suppose I could try to divide my time between the two, but I’m not quite sure how well that would work.
If anyone reading this has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.