Excerpt,  Work-In-Progress

Final WIPMarathon Check-In (December/January)

Last week! Until next time. ^_^

Last Word Count + Chapter Count:
37977 words, Chapter 11

Current WC + CC:
55058 words, Chapter 18

WIP Issues this week:
I had a rather difficult time with Chapter 15. I worked on it for about 4 hours. It was pretty painful. One of those moments that makes you think you really suck at this writing thing as it was spiraling into a mess. I finally just backtracked to the part where I thought I things started going wrong and rewrote it. Well, I rewrote it a couple of times. It’s the part of the story where one of my MCs is starting to have a meltdown because she realizes what all her new job actually entails. She’s really kind of pissy in this chapter. It’s the only chapter she’s acting like this before she pulls herself together, but it was really frustrating trying to get everything right, the emotions, the dialogue, the reactions to things. It was kind of draining, so that wasn’t exactly a good day for me.

What I learned this week in writing:
I really, really love this story and want people to read it. I’m a proud bear right now. ^^
This is the good thing about novels…if one chapter kicks your butt, another one can lift you up again. It’s the same with character. A character that seems shallow or whatever in one chapter, can blow your mind in the next. Novels and Characters have layers, you know. Like onions…(^
^ All Hail Shrek…king of the swamp.)

What distracted me this week while writing:
Not too much. I caught up on a couple of my fall shows: Once Upon A Time & Sleepy Hollow. I had to do something with my DVR because it was getting bloated. I haven’t watched much TV lately and stuff adds up fast.

And speaking of space, the sequel for this story is starting to take up a lot of space in my head. Once I gave the characters the green light, they went to town, and they are coming back with some pretty awesome material. ^_^ I can’t wait to write this for them. It gets better every single day, and some of this new material I’m discovering is going to help me with my ending in Book One. (Layers!)

Plans After WIPMarathon: Well…I don’t know. This is the longest I’ve ever worked on anything, so other than finishing this draft and editing some more, my only plans are to make sure this sequel happens. I promised and they demand it of me. ^_^ Before I decided to just make a decision later, I had been struggling with what to do with this story when I’m done…if I should try querying again or try independent publishers or self publish or just give it away. I don’t know, but’s only February. I gave myself a May deadline.

Last 200 words:
All righty…This is from towards the end of Chapter 17…Chapter 18 is currently a mess and also in a different POV from the rest of the excerpts. I’m getting so close to the big showdown at the end. I’m super excited! ^_^

She combs bits of rain through her flaming hair with her fingers. “You’re right. She’s just one girl. A big dragon is far too much.” She places her hands on his shoulders and slides them slowly down his arms. “Look at you. You’re perfect.”

He frowns. “What do you mean?”

She squeezes her hands around his forearms. “Have you talked to her?”

“Just once.”

“Did she run from you?”

He doesn’t like where this is going. “No.”

She smiles. “Of course she didn’t. You’re gorgeous. Why would anyone run from you?”

He takes her hands and forces them back down to her sides. “What are you asking me to do?”

She looks up at him innocently. “I want you to talk to her.”

He clears his throat. “And then what?”

“Tell her to leave this world and never, ever come back.”

He watches her face closely. “And if she refuses?” Or rather when she refuses.

A blue fire lights up in her eyes. “Kill her.”

Marathon Updates

Happy Writing Everyone! I hope we all continue making progress! ^_^


  • amandashayne

    I love that you learned how much you love your story this week! I can’t wait to find that love again. And you’re so right–novels and characters have layers. I always have to remind myself that when I’m writing so that I don’t try to stuff every character revelation in one chapter.
    Best of luck reaching your May deadline and with your sequel. I hope you characters continue to inspire you!
    And I’ll be honest, at the end of your excerpt, I had to say, DUN DUN DUUUUUUN. 🙂

    • krystal jane

      I always have that temptation to go into information overload whenever I start something new. I think it’s the excitement. 🙂 I always have to back off until I calm myself down.

      Thank you! And thanks for all your encouragement during the marathon! ^_^

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    I really love your excerpt, and that girl giving orders. muhaha

    It’s nice having an idea for the sequel!! I can totally relate with that. Well, just give this one your best shot and when May comes, you’ll decide.

    And congrats on being so close to the end! Can’t wait to see where you and your story go.


    • krystal jane

      Thank you! ^_^
      She’s pretty awesome. I hardly ever have ideas for sequels, so it’s really exciting to have one that I’m determined to see through to the end. I can’t wait to see what happens!

  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats on all the great work during the marathon–and what a great week! Ugh, I hate those chapters that take way too long. But we get through them!

    I like the powerfulness of the excerpt!

    Everyone’s writing journey is different, but for my two cents, I say at least try querying agents, even if you cap it at like 6 months or a year. I wound up at an indie that would have taken unsolicited subs regardless, but I like knowing I have someone to rep my work, and not just this one, but my future works, too.

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! ^_^
      Yeah, I don’t know what is up with me and present tense, but I write faster and things seem to flow better for me this way.

      Thanks again! See you around the blogosphere! 🙂

  • rhchatlien

    Hi Krystal, Glad you hear you’re loving your story. And oh, I know what it’s like to have a problem child chapter. Seems like there’s always one or two that just take forever to get right!

    • krystal jane

      I know right! Every time I start I new story I hope that won’t happen. Lol! If it doesn’t happen when I’m drafting, it happens when I’m editing. I guess the good news is that I have proof I can get through it. 🙂

  • Cat York (@catyorkc)

    Wow. Way to leave us hanging on that excerpt! :O

    You crushed the word count this week! So awesome! And you SHOULD be proud of yourself for sticking through the hard parts. That’s really where most people quit. It’s exciting to get to a point with your work where you don’t want to give up, because you know you’re in control of your own improvement by finding out what works and what doesn’t.

    I’d love to read it. And yes! Try querying first. Even if your ultimate plan is to self-publish, you’ll learn A LOT from querying. And if you can snag an agent, that takes a great deal of pressure off some of the teamwork involved in making a book ready for publication. Good luck to you and let me know if you want another set of eyes before you start sending it out. 🙂

    • krystal jane

      Thank you so much! ^_^
      I would actually love another set of eyes! I really want people to read this story, especially after all the work I’m doing, but querying is probably my first choice. I just have to make sure if querying takes a turn for the worse, I don’t try to give up again. 🙂

  • Cheyenne Campbell

    Those draining days where you really have to hash out one scene or chapter can be real doozies… but it sounds like you nailed it! Sometimes it doesn’t hit me exactly where I need to backtrack *to* to find the root of the problem, so it’s great you were able to get there in a day! Congrats on all your progress!

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