There’s a new Skies Unbroken Interlude chapter up.
So. Where have I been?
For the past few months, I’ve been mired in a serious downswing, a mix of deep burnout and a recurring mental writing block. This lead to the realization that my system of writing and workflow was flawed and needed to change. For the last couple weeks I’ve been alternating between light writing and analyzing my habits and goals, all while trying to get my mind back on track. This has resulted in a full reboot of my process, and I’m now in the testing phase of the revised system.
Specifically, when it came to Skies Unbroken, the previous model wasn’t working anymore. There was too much racing against the clock to get chapters done for weekly (ha!) posting. Whenever I ran out of buffer chapters, which was often, I was constantly falling into a cycle of draft-revise-revise-proof-post-repeat. Since I need a time gap between each phase of the cycle (the proverbial looking at something with fresh eyes), a single chapter was taking too much time. The entire rhythm was frightfully inefficient and resulted in frequent burnout.
If something’s broken, you’d best fix it. Going forward, Skies Unbroken chapters will only start going up when that episode is complete. If there’s a gap between episodes, so be it.
Structurally, there are nine episodes remaining, plus a prologue (above) and epilogue. This is effectively a short novel’s worth of work, and with the number of hanging plot threads, I needed to take a step back and organize the timing and outlines of all nine episodes in greater detail. That part’s done, at least. With a new organizational scheme to my workflow, and clarity on how and why I hit mental snags, I know I can complete episodes at a faster pace than I’ve maintained for the previous year and a half.
I have a number of additional changes in the pipeline, but wanted to address my main project first. The next episode of Skies Unbroken should be complete before the end of the month.