My weekend has been a blast! Echo is coming along smoothly, all thanks to one final push to write in some character development, and finish the endings!
Here's what my workstation has looked like since the drafts were completed (I had a Word copy of each chapter's draft to the left while I wrote them out in-program):
All. Of. The. Art.
As of right now, what I have is concept art for the characters. There's still more conceptualizing to do - all the side characters need at least a little direction, and the environs can be aided by Google Maps, but they still have to be created.
And after that, that's just the concept art. Then I'll need to create the actual in-game assets based on those concepts. Backgrounds, character poses, and all-hand-drawn cutscenes. No, no, they won't be animated, but they'll be fancier than half-bust character stills portraying emotion changes as the text moves along, as per the usual Visual Novel fare.
Think of it like a comic book in game format!
I'll keep y'all posted!