WIPMarathon Check-In #1 (December/January)

Hello! It’s check-in time. I wasn’t going to because I’ve been in a right awful mood lately, but I can’t let that keep me from doing stuff forever so here I am. ^_^

Last Word Count + Chapter Count:
Chapter 17, around 53k.

Current WC + CC:
Absolutely nothing has changed. But I did finish my outline. And I did outline a few chapters of my other idea, so the week wasn’t a complete bust.

WIP Issues this week:
Well…I’ve been having a rather strong urge to go back and tweak some things, so that’s what I’m going to do. And honestly, I always feel like this, I just never actually do it. One of my characters wasn’t acting right at the beginning. He was afraid that if he was honest with me, I’d hate him. The truth always comes out, so I didn’t push it, but it had to tell him, I approved of his actions from the get-go so buck up! Anywho, things are fine now, but now he’s inconsistent and his character arc isn’t escalating right, so I need to fix this now so it doesn’t ruin the last third of my story. According to my outline, it is.

What I learned this week in writing:
ALWAYS listen to my gut. If I feel like I need to fix issues now, then I need to fix them now. I have a tendency to back out major rewrites once I finish, and if I have to change things anyway, I might as well do it now (when I’m most open to it). I’m not going to be finished-finished any sooner. Also, it doesn’t actually mess up your story if you get a second opinion on your first draft before you’re finished. I have never let anyone read more than a page of first draft material before, but I couldn’t work on it anyway and she offered so why not. After a few days of this I’m feeling a lot better about things. I mean, her feedback isn’t all “this is so great” or whatever, but I beyond appreciate having some help figuring out what’s bothering me about this so I can get back to work and finish. I’m so often going at it alone, and sometimes, it just really wears me out.

What distracted me this week while writing:
Just being in a bad mood. People think I’m joking sometimes when I say I’m mental, but a-joking I am not. That’s why I haven’t posted anything lately. Not in a good enough mood to post the cheery stuff. Anything else would be a rant of some kind. I do love a good rant, but there are certain kinds of rants that just need to stay in my head. Honestly, this marathon is the only reason I’m making an effort at all. Some part of me really wants to be productive right now. ^_^

Last 200 words:
My last 200 words are a mess. Though, technically, my last 200 words were part of an outline. Mess either way.

Hopefully this next week will be better. On a slightly random front (I’m trying to get better about warning people), immune system wise, I am doing much better. I’ve graduated to sinus infection. Yay. Lol! I know that means I’m in the clear though, so I’ll take that over being sick.


  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Some days are like that. I’ve been having overwhelming emotions in the past few days as well but writing was a good outlet. Though of course, sometimes when I feel that way, the last thing I want to do is write.

    But you’ve persevered and finished your outline! So great job! Also, it’s amazing the relationship you have with your characters. They’re your friends and have feelings outside the page. That’s awesome!

    Good luck and this is hoping next week would be a lot, lot better! <3

  • amandashayne

    I was just telling Ifeoma the other day that I have to force myself to stay off Twitter when I’m in a bad mood, which lately has been a lot, because it’s impossible to think and say good things when you feel that way. I’m glad WIPmarathon is helping you progress. It’s so easy to shut down and avoid writing when you feel that way. I hope next week is load happier for you and that you feel 100% better. Good luck! <3

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

      Gosh, I know. I drafted (and deleted) about 7 posts before I realized I just needed to chill for a while. No tweeting allowed either. I’m determined to get some words on the page this weekend.

  • Suzanne van Rooyen (@Suzanne_Writer)

    Always go with your gut – absolutely! This has become my mantra when writing and dealing with feedback from all sources.

    I’m like you – if something needs changing, it happens now. I can’t leave the edits for later. If it works for you, then that’s great.

    Happy writing!

  • Emma Adams (@ELAdams12)

    Hope you manage to get that pesky character under control! I try not to go back and fix things, but sometimes it’s the best way. You finished your outline, so that’s great progress! πŸ™‚ Hope you feel better next week!

  • Catherine Benham

    Sorry to hear that you have been feeling crappy, hope things improve!

    I have had misbehaving characters in the past and completely understand what you’re saying when they don’t co-operate. I also agree with going with your gut. I need to learn that piece of advice as there have been numerous times when I’ve considered doing one thing and then talked myself out of it only to give myself more work to do at a later date.

    Good luck for week two!

  • Michelle A (@SunflowerRei)

    I’m feeling this extreme urge to hibernate these days. I’m just about finished with the NaNo book and I’m mad at myself for cutting corners on it now. But then I’ve been sick the past couple of days, too. But still–so good that you’re making progress.

    • krystal jane

      Gosh, I swear the plague is going around. I work at a health food store and we sold out of our flu stuff today. The shelf was full this morning! I hope you’re not sick too much longer.

      I so know what you mean about cutting corners. That’s pretty much why I quit after 50k. I saw the urge coming to start letting things slide. I think just about anything can be fixed though, but I know you want to get back to your historical. πŸ™‚

  • rhchatlien

    Always listen to your gut. That’s so true. So, so true. And I love the way you talk about your characters. It reminds me of my process. (I actually went through a stage where I had the weird feeling that my two MCs of the time were going to show up at my wedding. They didn’t, of course, but it just felt like they wanted to come.)

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