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#WIPMarathon Report #9 (October)

Alright! I was totally prepared for check-in time this month! Too bad I didn’t do anything this month! (I’m not bitter.)

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
Whisper = Full Outline 100% Done, 6865 words, Chapter 3
Phantom Silence = Baby Outline 100% Done, 16,375 words, Chapter 10
Between Ashes and Ice = Work-in-progress Outline in Shambles, 11,972 words, Chapter 3
The Raven = Full Outline 100% Complete!

Monthly Total:  10,112 words, 4 chapters, and 3 outlines done. ^_^

Current report WC + CC:
The Raven = 2004 words, Chapter 1

I did read over the opening to one of my other stories and make some minor changes, but outside of this and starting “The Raven” to get a feel for the story, I have done nothing else writing related whatsoever. see issues I didn’t update my word count on the other story because I outline under my draft and I was too lazy to highlight my chapters to see if I made any progress. Didn’t figure it was worth the effort to see the 15 words I probably added. But I have some words for this month, so Yay! 🙂

WIP Issues This Month:
I felt bad. I felt bad because I still feel like my vampire story of two years ago is the best thing I’ve ever written, and I wouldn’t let myself write a single word until I figured out how to remedy this. I love (most of) the stories I’ve written since then, but nothing has made me feel the way that one has made me feel. I have some serious deep love for my vampire stories, and though this sounds dramatic, everything else looks like crap in comparison. But I’m determined not to fall back into writing about them until I know and really BELIEVE that I can write something I love just as much without them. And I will keep trying until it happens. Because that can not be the only thing I’m good at. There has to be something else I can write that I will love that much, and I am going to find them.

What I learned this month in writing:
1* It’s okay to step away from writing for a while and figure some things out. I feel like writers feel so guilty sometimes for doing this, and that’s just ridiculous. Sometimes the brain is taxed. Sometimes we just need to empty out the clutter so we can focus. Sometimes we need a vacation from it, like we take a vacation from everything else. There’s that saying, “A watched pot doesn’t boil.” Of course it does, but you might as be doing something else while you’re waiting.

2* That little nagging voice in your head isn’t going to go away until you pay attention to it and ask it what the hell it wants.

3* We can not become better writers if we never get out of our comfort zones.

4* Writer skills are not muscles. They are skills. Muscles need to be worked daily and weekly to stay conditioned. Skills are embedded in your brains, and you don’t get rusty or dusty or out of writing shape for not writing for a month. You get out of HABIT, but you don’t forget how to write.

What distracted me this month while writing:
Okay, I’m just going to say it: Christmas shopping. Yes, I’m an early shopper. Yes, buying wrapping paper in October is totally normal for me. So, yeah, I spent half the month shopping, and the other half watching TV and reading because I pulled a muscle and used that as an excuse to be lazy. But no, I didn’t pull the muscle shopping. I pulled it in a completely unrelated incident while I was running around my house being stupid.

Goal for next month:
The funk I was in last month did NOT pass, but I did get a new outlook on things, so my goal for next month is to use NaNoWriMo energy to get as far through “The Raven” as I can. Now that I have some words down for it, it’s feeling a little less intimidating. ^_^

Last 200 words:
Nope. I do have a few pages on “The Raven” but no. It’s still too soft and shiny to be exposed! hugs pages

Until Next Month! Prepare to be scared, in awe, and intimidated. 😉

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  • amandashayne

    I agree with all the things you learned this month! Especially #1–guilt gets us writers nowhere. We should’ve all earned that by now!

    Best of luck channeling NaNo energy in November!

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! *reaches for NaNo energy* It’s amazing how hard it is to give ourselves permission to go easy on ourselves. It’s equally amazing how often I have to remind myself of this fact. Lol!

  • Amy McNulty

    It’s taken me a while to accept, but yes, I agree–sometimes we need time off. I think I do better taking some months off between projects! I need to stop feeling guilty about it.

    I know that feeling about loving one project more than the others! I do still like my other ones, but I fought extra hard to make sure my one series is going to get out there, whereas I can accept shelving the others if need be. I don’t know why that is… I’m sure we’ll both love other stories as much again!

    Yay, x-mas shopping! ^^ It’s SMART to do it long before the crowds. I started, too! But just ordering online and a few things around town. I like starting early, but it also helps me to spread out the spending over a few months, so I still grab some things in December, too. Hope your muscle’s better!

    Good luck next month! Are you “officially” doing NaNo? I have you in my buddies list, so I’ll see if you track words!

    • krystal jane

      Yay! I’m not the only one who shops early! ^_^ It IS smart! I know it’s far better for my budget to do it early, too.

      I am all healed up now, thank you! 🙂

      I’m officially entering into the NaNo ring. I’m hoping to finish at least by the end of year, and that will be much easier to accomplish if I can get 50k+ knocked out in November. I’m looking forward to see how we do!

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    #4 might be the best thing I’ve read today. I keep fearing I’ll forget how to write if I get out of it for too long, but this gives me hope.

    I’m so sorry you feel that way about your vampire story. Hopefully, one day vampires would be back and you could publish it! But until then, I’m sending all the muses for the different genres your way. You can do it!

    Happy writing next month, and I hope Raven comes a long way in the next four weeks. 🙂

    • krystal jane

      You definitely can’t forget! Trust me. I’ve had much longer hiatuses than this one. 😉

      I hope vampires won’t be so worn out one day, too. In the meantime, I’m trying really hard to take the vampires out so I can still write this one story I want to write so bad. As of now, there is still one vampire in it. *grr*

      Thank you, thank you! I’m hoping too. Need all the muses I can get. 🙂

  • Michelle A (@SunflowerRei)

    I can’t wait for NaNo! We’re going to have fun this year, Krystal! I used to have the fear that if I took a break between projects, I’d forget how to stop writing and I remember feeling rusty last year when I started my NaNo because it had been so long since I wrote something other than the Keegans.

    I’m outlining the new story and I’m really excited 🙂

    • krystal jane

      ^_^ I can’t wait to stalk your progress! One more week! I do feel a little rusty, Lol! but I know when I actually get myself to sit down, I’ll be good. 🙂 I have a lot of ideas for this world that I’m really exited to explore!

  • Yael Itamar (@Yael_Itamar)

    What exactly is it about the vampire story that you really love? Is it a character or a relationship between two characters? Is it a particularly exciting plot element, or a really deep conversation? Is it the atmosphere? Try to figure out what that is so you can bring something similar into your future novels.

    • krystal jane

      You know, I think it is the atmosphere! I’ve never thought of that before. I do love the characters a great deal, but even without them, the story just has my stamp all over it. I think I need to make a list of the elements and compare them to my other stories. I have a feeling it’s going to make a lot of sense. 🙂

  • Michelle Wallace

    “Skills are embedded in your brains, and you don’t get rusty or dusty or out of writing shape for not writing for a month.” *breathes sigh of relief*
    You always read about exercising your ‘writing muscle’…but I think it’s figurative.
    Good luck with NaNo!
    (I’ve tagged you in the ‘Literary Seven Deadly Sins Hop’ over at my place…) 🙂

    • krystal jane

      Yay! ^_^
      Thank you!

      And yeah, it’s most definitely figurative. I know some people like to keep the habit up and can do so without melting their brains, but I am so not one of those people.

  • Jodi

    I love your #3 Krystal, “We can not become better writers if we never get out of our comfort zones.” I learned this with painting too, when I was commissioned to paint a horror piece. I thought I would hate every minute of it, but it ended up being invigorating to so something so UNLIKE me. Same for writing. If we stick with what’s comfortable and “safe”, our work is never going to offer anything unexpected or new to our readers. Exploring new terrains forces us to write in ways we never thought possible.

    • krystal jane

      So much! It’s really nice to surprise ourselves, especially if we’ve been doing something for a long time. I usually stick to what I think I can finish in a couple of hours when I draw, so when I decided the draw the picture that’s in my header, it took 3 days, but it was the biggest surprise when I was done. You know there’s always that time when you’re drawing or painting and it just looks kind of crude? Lol! I’m so glad I stuck with it. It’s like constant proof that I can draw something well if I take the risk and take the time. 🙂

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