Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

WIPMarathon Check-In #5 (December/January)

So glad I had this update this week to kick my butt into getting something done. Never underestimate the necessity and power of pure force. ^_^

Things I’m Glad I Did in 2013:
Hmm…I forgot about this part. I talked about my year over here, but as far things I’m glad I did…I’m glad I entered the two contests I entered. Nothing too exciting happened, but I did them, and I know how to find out about them now. I’m also glad I started hanging out with a friend at a coffee shop. I didn’t want to, but it’s been a lot of fun, and it is nice to leave the house on occasion. ๐Ÿ™‚

In 2014, I’d Love To Be/Do:
I need to strike better writing/life balance. I spend entirely too much of my free time either doing nothing but writing or avoiding writing because I’m burned out. I would like to write about 5 days a week, maybe more when it’s crunch time, for about 2 hours, and then spend the rest of my free time on my often neglected hobbies. I would also really like to find a job that’s more up my alley than retail clerk at a health food store. I’ve been here for 7 years. It’s past due, and every single member of my family (it’s a family business) is tired of me being miserable.

Last Word Count + Chapter Count:
Brainstorming new idea

Current WC + CC:
Bios done. Preliminary outline DONE! However, character interviews still NOT done. I still hope to get them done by the end of the day, but I will be starting the story this weekend, with or without them. I left a space for them in my notebook in case I end up doing it later.

WIP Issues this week:
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out a way to get my MC into the modern school system with no birth certificate of any kind. I don’t need her enrolled in school, I just need her to be able to use the school’s resources, namely the library and music room, because the closest library to the town I picked is 16 miles away! WTH! Seriously, my parents live in a much smaller town, and they have a freaking library. I should have set the story there, but I really fell in love with the tiny town I picked. The area is exactly what I was looking for, and it will pain me greatly to change my mind now. I don’t know why I didn’t think about this school mess when I was brainstorming. I’m hoping there’s some way I can realistically swing my MC as some kind of volunteer by passing her off as some kind of relative to another character who works at the school. Or I guess I should say, who I’m making work at the school because it’s become a necessity. Luckily, she is more than okay with it. She’ll do anything to help my girl out. ^_^ I’m hoping that will suffice, because right now I’m really feeling like I’ve hit a wall. My biggest fear is starting another story and realizing a few chapters in that it’s just not going to work. :(But before I freak out, I’m going to try it and see what happens.

What I learned this week in writing:
You really have to make time for things if you want to get anything done. It’s not like I didn’t know this, but I really, really needed to remind myself of this. I’ve worked 6 days the last two weeks because of the Holidays, so there is really no excuse for how little I got done, especially since my only writing goal was to finish bios & interviews and get my preliminary outlining done. (Seriously, folks, I feel like I’ve been on vacation! It’s been soo nice.)ย Usually this stuff only takes a couple of hours. I’ve been so lazy. I think I earned some of it though. Lol!

What distracted me this week while writing:
The Office on DVD. I got 6 seasons for Christmas, and I have just gone to town on it so…yep, so bad. I am slowly getting a grip on myself and have started to limit myself to 3 episodes a day. ^_^

Last 200 words:
I just have the outline and a bunch of notes.

I can not wait to get started on this!! I’m dying to get my hands into something awesome. I think I’ve loafed quite long enough.

Marathon Updates


  • Amy McNulty

    That about sums up me, too: avoiding writing and feeling like you’re on vacation when you avoid it! I do (most of the time) enjoy writing once I get into it, but with everything else I need/want to do, ugh…

    Good luck with the new WIP! (Wow, you’re definitely thinking things through with the birth certificate!) And with finding a new job!

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Ackk. Just be patient with brainstorming. Sometimes, I hit a wall too and it seems like there’s no way out but I give it some time and bingo! an answer comes.
    Hope you take the risk and find a job you love this year.
    Good luck! <3

  • Michelle A (@SunflowerRei)

    I’m in the same boat with a new job. Let’s see if this is the year. In the meantime, I’m supposed to be outlining my book but I’m sooo tired. It’s so bad.

    If your MC is only a volunteer or a para, then she might not need a birth cert.

    • krystal jane

      I hope we both get new jobs this year. ^_^
      I am also tired. I had to use every last bit of energy I had to get my beginner outline started since my deadline was the end of this week.

      You know, thanks for saying that. That gives me an idea. It just might fix my problem. ^_^

    • krystal jane

      Sometimes I wish I would come together right out of the gate, but I do love that moment when it all comes together and you realize it IS going to work out and be good to boot!

  • Michelle Wallace

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. From time to time, it’s good to cut off and laze about.
    You are such a go-getter that I know you’ll be fine…
    Popping in to wish you a happy, peaceful and productive 2014!
    Take care.

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! I always feel like I should be doing something productive in my free time, but we really need this down time, don’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚

      Wishing you a great year as well! ^_^

  • rhchatlien

    I don’t know if anyone ever strikes the perfect writing / life balance. I had great plans to start researching my new book, but I’ve been a little distracted by my health issues. I don’t want to let that become an excuse!

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