#WIPMarathon #22 (November)

Happy end of November, y’all! ^_^

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
Finished second draft of “Behind Stone and Shadows”
Untitled next project: Brainstorming

Current report WC + CC:
main idea: “The Inescapable” = 4211 words, Chapter 1, 6 chapters outlined
idea B: “Blackbird Manor” = 11 chapters outlined

They’re both classified as “supernatural/horror” though one is more supernatural-laced and one is more horror-laced. Idea B is more “just for fun.” However, if it turns out great, I’ll be ecstatic, because I would LOVE to do something with it! I’m not starting third round of edits on “Behind Stone and Shadows” just yet. I have one teeny tiny little issue to work out. 😛 And by tiny, I mean, not so tiny. But right now, my focus is on drafting and FINISHING something new. Because if I don’t finish something new soon, I’m going to lose my mind!

WIP Issues This Month:
I know my word count is a little high for just one chapter. I’m waiting until I finish this first scene before I chop it up, if I have to – I might try editing it down first. I’m not done with the scene yet though because I’ve been down with some kind of plague. I can only work on it for a few minutes at a time, but I wanted to get started so I have something to work with during these turbulent beginning times. ^_^

So yeah, I’ve been strangely sick all this week, and earlier this month I suffered from a rather debilitating case of paralysis of analysis, aka the inability to be productive due to excessive overthinking. I was afraid to start anything new, and I have been for a while. This year has found me virtually incapable of drafting anything new. I didn’t want to write anything else that sucked. And I didn’t want to write one more thing that I wasn’t completely crazy about. And I won’t. Because it was getting really depressing.

No worries though. All of my intensive overthinking finally paid off! My problem hasn’t been genres or categories or lack of vampires or the giant stone of failure that follows me around and rolls over me once a month. It’s this one thing: I wasn’t having fun anymore. I’d forgotten why I started writing novels in the first place. The pressure I’ve been putting on myself has drained my confidence, my joy, and caused me to start cutting corners in the planning process to speed myself up, which has hurt my characters more than anything. After all, if they’re not right, (ALL of them), nothing is right. I can’t do it without them. So once I put my focus back on characterization, I was able to work out the issues I was having with one of my current projects, so I can write again, with at least a mild amount of confidence. ^_^

I’m also re-accepting the fact that I’m a slow starter 99% of the time.

What I learned this month in writing:
1 – No one knows your story better than you do. If something doesn’t make sense, clarify it, but don’t let someone else’s opinions influence what you want to do with your story.
2 – Character motivations are super important.
3 – It’s no longer okay for me to start a story and hope a problematic character or plot point shapes up as I write. That doesn’t work for me. And they don’t.
4 – I can’t skimp on the planning process. Taking a lot of notes not only helps me tap into information I need to know, it also keeps me from forgetting about important stuff.
5 – (related to #4) There is no such thing as “saving time” in writing. It’s take the time now or pay for it later.
6 – Brainstorming is INVALUABLE.
7 – Sometimes you just gotta kill a character off. (Sorry to the characters I’m going to have to kill in my next rewrite!)

What distracted me this month while writing:
Making candles and gift tags for Christmas presents by hand like a crazy person. I had a rough start with the candles, but it all worked out! And now I have a dozen little delicious smelling apple candles to give away as gifts in a couple of weeks. ^_^ The tags were SO MUCH fun. Time consuming, but I needed something to keep me busy until one of my stories was ready to write. 🙂

Goal for next month:
Keep drafting. No hibernating. 😛

Last 200 words:
(skipping due to malfunctioning brain and turbulent opening)

Who’s excited about December?!! ^_^

12 Responses to #WIPMarathon #22 (November)

  1. Hey! I’m glad you found your love of writing again. When it’s no longer fun, that’s the worst. But that’s why you need to write for yourself first and foremost, not for others! I’m glad you’re back at it. And that’s so cool you’re making candles and handmade tags for Christmas! Let’s see some pictures 🙂 I always try those things and they never work out lol. Good luck next month! 🙂

    • Totally the worst! I often forget that I’m a reader, too, so what I like to write about matters. 🙂 I don’t have any pictures of the tags up yet, but I have pictures of some of the candles in the last post!

  2. I’m also bummed about my writing this year… I wrote two manuscripts in 2013 and two in 2014 and… I have not finished one this year. *sigh* I’m glad you got over that hump! I’m just pushing forward, one small word count day at a time.

    • That’s almost exactly how I’ve been! I had two and some of another in 2013, another two last year, and them zilch this year! I’m wishing hard for you to be over your hump soon, too!

  3. Hope you feel better soon! I can sympathise with the overthinking and I have a bad habit of putting myself under too much pressure.

    Yeah… whenever I try to save time by cutting corners, I always pay for it later!

    Good luck with the new project! 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s funny that I used to never cut corners because I liked delaying the drafting part because I always find those first opening sentences so intimidating. Lol!

  4. I’ve written nothing this month so I’m impressed with your productivity.
    So true, all of your ‘what I learned’ points. Even I’m thinking of killing off an important character and I write feel good WF!!!! Sometimes you just gotta.
    Hope you’re feeling better. Take care of yourself.

    • Thank you! ^_^ I don’t feel like I’ve been super productive, but this month has definitely been much better than the last few months! Sometimes you just gotta let a character go indeed! I realized a couple of years ago that I was getting too protective of my characters. o_O

  5. Aw man hope you’re feeling better now! I totally understand your ‘paralysis of analysis’ and frequently suffer from it myself 😉

    No one knows your story better than you do – this!!! It’s easy to forget though and be influenced by what you’re reading or the market and what you think you should be writing. As for killing off characters – yip, I totally agree!

    Happy Decembering with all things merry and writerly!

    • Thank you! So close. 🙂

      It really is so easy to forget. I’ve had to remind myself of it a few times already!

      I hope December brings good things for you!!

Leave a Reply to suzannevanrooyen14 Cancel reply