Status Report: Long Chapters
I added a new feature to the graph; it now shows how long each chapter is by line length. That’s very useful information because it definitively explains why our writing has been going slower than we had hoped. Quite simply, the chapters we’ve been writing over the past two weeks have been really really long.
The format for the comic allows us to cut the chapters up however we want. We can make each section of the story as long or as short as it needs to be so the pacing is perfect. We don’t have to worry about making things fit into a specific length, in the same way that TV shows have to fit into either 42 or 22 minute chunks.
This kind of flexibility is great from the story telling point of view, but it does make things a little bit annoying when you are trying to pace the production of your project. Our quota is 5 chapters every two weeks, and even though we only finished 3 chapters, 2 of them were almost twice as long as the average. So yeah, we practically wrote 5 chapters worth of script. Yay!
How many other long chapters do we have ahead of us? Will it throw off our quota again? I don’t know, but looking ahead there does seem to be a lot of short chapters coming up.
Another nice thing about having this chapter length information is that we can figure out how long each volume is. The volumes are the one thing that we would like to have fairly even.