Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon Report #12 (January)

A bright and shiny new year is up and rolling! It’s time for another work in progress update! Let’s see what crazy pants has cooked up, shall we?

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
The Raven = FIRST DRAFT DONE!!! (46 Chapters) Dance Kirby Dance!! (>’.’)>^(‘.’^)(^’.’)^<(‘.'<)

Current report WC + CC:
Raven = revision notes organized (because that totally counts)
Also, shiny new project — Painted Chaos: Supernatural/Horror — 17 chapters outlined ^_^

WIP Issues This Month:
No issues. Well, no unusual, out of the ordinary issues. Just my typical: See shiny new idea. Jump on shiny new idea. Shiny new idea sux. Cry. Find new shiny new idea. Scared of new shiny new idea. But new shiny idea puts me under a spell and now I must write it or die. Also, the word “new” is starting to look very strange to my eyes.

What I learned this month in writing:
1* There is no such thing as not having anything to write about. The ideas are there, even when we don’t write them down. We’re just afraid they’re stupid/unmarketable/overdone/whatever, etc.

2* Don’t be afraid of an idea because it doesn’t “look like something you would write.” It’s something you would write, or it wouldn’t have come to you.

3* I swear there was something else, but the brain has fogged on me.

What distracted me this month while writing:
Since I wasn’t writing: Nothing. I’ve watched a lot of television this month, trying to catch up. I succeed in catching up on Stalker and Gotham (so freaking good!) I also deleted some shows I’ve given up. Come on, if it’s been over a year, I clearly don’t want to watch it. But, distractions were welcomed this month. 🙂

Goal for next month:
Finish my story notes for “Painted Chaos” and hopefully finish my outline. I’m guessing I have about 20 chapters left to outline, but of course, that is just a wild guess based on absolutely nothing. Also, start edits on “Raven” by Monday night and get as close to finishing as I can. I project 3 to 6 weeks, so I’ve set a deadline of March 15th. fingers crossed the laziness wears off I wanted to start tomorrow night, but I forget about the Super Bowl because I just don’t care. But I DO care about hanging out with cool people.

Last 200 words:
Wrote no words. howl at the moon So I leave this limerick for you instead: ahem

The woman’s name was terror
Though throughout the land no one was fairer
In a cottage buried in snow
She had a daughter, how she glowed
With a kindness that couldn’t be rarer

She grew up well and much admired
But with that mother she was undesired
If only the woman would burn, burn, burn
While she watched on unconcerned
And thus the girl conspired…

And I’m sure it only gets worse from here. ^^ OMG, so hard to find words that rhyme with terror, geez. Also, haven’t written a limerick in over a decade. Not my favorite kind of poem to write. Lol! But fun. ^^


  • suzannevanrooyen14

    That limerick is awesome! Loved how it ended 🙂

    Congrats on finishing the draft of Raven! Your point no. 1 – yes. I go through that every single time I get an idea. The euphoria quickly leads to despair and it’s something I think many authors have to learn to compartmentalize in order to stick with it. Good luck in February!

    • krystal jane

      Thank you, thank you! ^_^

      Right? It’s like a test for how bad do I want to write this story — do I want to write it bad enough to push myself through the slush of doubt? Yes, yes I do. 🙂

  • Jessica Gunn

    “There is no such thing as not having anything to write about. The ideas are there, even when we don’t write them down. We’re just afraid they’re stupid/unmarketable/overdone/whatever, etc.”

    YES. This. Absolutely yes. This was me this past two months. It’s never that there’s nothing to write. It’s a matter of motivation and overcoming whatever it is you think is “bad” about the ideas you do have.

    I love the title Painted Chaos, and the limerick!

    • krystal jane

      Exactly! There’s no shortage of ideas, there’s just finding the ones I want to write bad enough to write them anyway.

      Thank you, thank you! That title is definitely on my list of most favorite titles ever. 🙂

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Oh wow what an intriguing limerick!! (does it have anything to do with Painted Chaos?!)

    I’m so with you on this one! “Don’t be afraid of an idea because it doesn’t “look like something you would write.” It’s something you would write, or it wouldn’t have come to you.”
    Same advice goes with our goals in life, I guess!

    And Painted Chaos sounds so nice a title! Good luck with it in February!

    • krystal jane

      It has to do with something. 😉

      Exactly! I wouldn’t have even wanted to try rock climbing if I wasn’t going to get something out of it. Even if that thing is that I’m terrified of heights. Didn’t know that. Lol! Mad respect for rock climbers.

      Thank you so much!! ^_^

  • Cheyenne Campbell

    17 chapters outlined?! Rock on! Good luck with it! 🙂

    “We’re just afraid they’re stupid/unmarketable/overdone/whatever, etc.” <– This has been on my mind a lot lately, because of fear that everything I write will be unmarketable. People say write what you want to read, write what you're passionate about, but when I step back and compare what I've written to what's on shelves, I think, man, who would ever come up with this but ME?

    …but I think, maybe that's the point. You're so right. We need to not be afraid and just let our own individual stories come to the surface in whatever form they will.

    • krystal jane

      Thank you bunches!! ^_^

      That is exactly the point! I’ve gone through these feelings a lot, but it’s true that we’re the only ones who can tell our stories. You have something no one else has. Someone has to be different and set a new mold for others to emulate. 😉

  • Kristyn

    Hi there! I love the limerick! I’m so not a poet, but I love reading what others come up with. Every poem I’ve ever written, with the except to a response poem to a Shakespearean sonnet, have been tragic!

    I love your idea about not being afraid of new ideas, even when they’re not something you think you’d write. I’ve shied away from a lot of ideas because they don’t look/feel like something I could do. I’m going to remember what you’ve said about that and maybe revisit some ideas I’ve said no too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Good luck with your outlining and revisions. 🙂

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! ^_^
      I’ve inducted a policy to put everything I’m super comfortable with on hold. The theory is that I can learn something from pushing myself with some different things that will make those other stories much better than they would be otherwise. Go for it! 🙂

  • sandiedocker

    “And thus she conspired…” You can’t leave us there!!!!! Cruel, cruel woman 😉

    That’s right. Never be afraid of an idea. It’s just an idea and it might just be a brilliant one.

  • Jodi (@perkjo)

    I just adore your limerick Krystal! Can we all switch over to limericks instead? SO MUCH FUN.

    I love the title “Painted Chaos” beyond words. I swear you’re some freaky titling ninja…you come up with a shiny new idea and instantly have an amazing title to go with it. I’m so excited to hear more about Painted Chaos!

    Congrats again on The Raven and best wishes getting through revisions this month!

    P.S. Next time you break out into a Kirby Dance you must TAKE PICS. Or better yet, VIDEO. 😛

    • krystal jane

      Omg, thank you!! ^_^
      Hopefully I can talk more about it soon. *fingers crossed* 🙂

      A video of me dancing would be entertaining. Lol! In fact, I do have some dancing videos lurking around on my computer somewhere! O_o

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