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The Benefits of Creative Partners in Crime

Without fail, every time I talk about a project with someone, I am ALWAYS helped by it.

Last weekend, I was exchanging some emails with a long time highly creative friend of mine (who of course lives on the other side of the country), and as I was typing out a response, I realized that there was a MAJOR (like embarrassingly huge) plot hole in “Phantom Silence.” One of those holes that’s like so big, I can’t believe I didn’t trip over it and break something.

THIS is why writing buddies (or even just anyone you can talk back and forth with about your projects) are so important. I had a feeling I was missing something, but who knows how long (or if ever) it would have taken me to see this on my own. And in the process of figuring this out, this repertoire also helped me with some sagging plot points in “The Raven.” And no that story has nothing to do with Poe’s most deliciously excellent poem. 🙂

“The Raven” has been in outlining/brainstorming mode since last March. The idea came together quite quickly, but then I ran into a point of view problem. I had no idea what to do, and when I asked the main MC, she was just kind of like, “You know more than I do.” Very true.

This story also has a companion story/sequel that I knew it was driving me towards, but nothing could bake properly really until I knew where said companion story was going AND fixed some things in Book I. You know, for the purposes of the character arcs and plot arcs and all that fun stuff.

But now, I have a (much better) basic plot summary for the companion story, so I’m finally starting to feel like these books can happen. I get to try out quite a few new things (one of which I literally said I thought I would NEVER ever do, so of course this idea comes to me a few weeks later. Lol!) In any case, pushing my limits is always horribly exciting, so I gave that plot bunny the go ahead to brainstorm to its heart content, though honestly it was mostly because it was poking a fine bruise into the back of my skull.

The universe wants this to happen, people. I was perfectly happy to let it sit for a while because you know I have other things I’m working on! But when the muse comes a knocking with new information, y’all, I take it! For now the story is super happy, so I think there is peace in the plot bunny field for now. ^_^

And now, I’m really, really happy that I’m juggling all these stories. They all had little points in them that have been ironed out, and this has me very excited about EVERYTHING! Of course, “The Raven” and “Phantom Silence” couldn’t get all the attention. I’m am also gearing up for some slight restructuring of the plot and character motivations in “Whisper” (though not the main character, just the side characters), and also I have to redo my Chapter One.

This is really not even a big deal though because I had already flagged that chapter to be rewritten. And now I know what to do! faints from excitement

Aren’t moments like this just the most exciting things ever?!


  • Thea Landen (@TheaLanden)

    I don’t know what I would do without my top two writing buddies. (One isn’t even a fellow writer, but he’s more than happy to be a sounding board.) Sometimes I think just the act of rambling and “thinking out loud” for a while to them is the most effective method of outlining!

  • Jodi

    Creative partners are such a God-send! Mine have caught everything from giant plot holes to something as trivial as “How did her bedroom on the second floor suddenly move to the first?”

    It sounds like you’re having a great month of writing and inspiration, Krystal! Keep up the momentum! (P.S. My month of writing isn’t going as well, hence the posts about horror movies and lingerie loitering on my blog, haha).

    • krystal jane

      Hey! We have to make room for movie and lingerie talk, too. ^_^

      Ha, ha! It’s always fun to catch things like magical moving bedrooms. Writers get in the zone sometimes, man! Rocking that tunnel vision. 🙂 You know, I’m not drafting much, but when I think about it, this month isn’t going so bad. I’ve been doing lots of planning and outlining and brainstorming. That always counts for something!

  • authorcrystalcollier

    Woot, woot! Rock that writing brain. I LOVE it when everything starts to work and you zip forward. Don’t we all live for the sprint? I’ve had so many instances where creative friends have set me on the straight and (albeit humber) narrow. What would we do without them?

    • krystal jane

      I love writing sprints! It’s horribly exciting when plot issues are caught early. It’s amazing what even five minutes of brainstorming with someone can do for our stories sometimes. 🙂

  • sandiedocker

    Love writing sounding boards. Even if the things my betas say I don’t agree with, it always gets me thinking about why, and how, and what if and the writing ends up better. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you are writing machine K.

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