Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon Report #13 (February)

All right! March is just around the corner! Bye, bye icicles, hello allergies. 😛

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
Raven = revision notes organized
Painted Chaos = 17 chapters outlined

Current report WC + CC:
Raven = revision notes organized (yeah, made no progress)
Painted Chaos = 37 chapters outlined (progress! Though it’s looking like I’m going to have about 50 chapters.)
I’ve made some story notes on another idea that I’m reworking from last year: “Whisper”

Also, DISCORD = new revision notes drafted
Why, you ask? Why am I making more changes to this story? Well…an agent I really like has asked me to revise and resubmit it. Naturally, it’s pretty exciting to get a long email like that. Her notes make a lot of sense, and they were crazy detailed. I really feel like she understands what the story needs, and she didn’t ask me to change anything that would alter the plot or my main character, which is great, so, I’m going to do it. Even if she still doesn’t like it enough, it’ll be that much better, and I can send it out again. There are a couple of things I’m nervous about, but I figure if I start with the easier changes it’ll be okay? crosses fingers

WIP Issues This Month:
This entire month, I have felt rather…I don’t know what the word is for it so let’s just go with “blah”. I didn’t feel like editing “Raven.” I just don’t want to finish it just yet. Even though I LOVE editing once I start, the thought of it makes me want to stay in bed with the covers over my head. I thought maybe I was just dragging my feet in the worst way, but now I’m thinking it was just a gut instinct not to get tied up in anything right now. You can challenge me on this, but I think I’m right. ^_^

What I learned this month in writing:
1* Growing as a writer takes revision AND finishing something. You can’t just finish a bunch of stories and never revise them, and you can’t just keep revising the same story over and again.

2* Reading highs don’t last forever. I guess that’s why we need to be constantly reading something, huh. But what I’ve been reading has been really inspiring, especially in giving me the confidence to not shy away from my ideas, even though they seem really ridiculous sometimes. Crazy can most definitely work. 🙂

3* Journaling doesn’t clear my mind insomuch as it purges all this old crap out that I didn’t even know I was mad about. It’s cathartic. Upsetting sometimes, but cathartic.

4* It became quite painfully clear after reading over the agent’s notes a couple of times that it really is impossible for me to catch everything on my own, as much as I hate to admit it. I really thought I could. Not EVERYthing, but you know…all the big stuff…just leave the typos you couldn’t see behind, you know…that kind of everything. You can laugh at me. I’ll laugh at myself later I’m sure, once the shock wears off.

What distracted me this month while writing:
Nothing really because I didn’t do much writing. I slept like crap most of the month, so I suppose that’s been a distraction. Really hard to think when you’re sleep deprived. But I started doing yoga again, and I literally started sleeping better all of a sudden after just two days of it, so I guess I need to force myself to keep it up.

Goal for next month:
I will just be happy if I do anything at all, but I’m going to shoot for finishing up this outline for “Painted Chaos” and getting DISCORD into re-submission shape. I’m half scared this revision is going to put me over 90k, and I’m really scared I’m just not good enough, but I guess I really have no choice but to try. If it works out, it’ll make everything else I work on that much better. Lately I’ve been in this, “if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing” mentality when it comes to writing. I am definitely scared of every single project I have on my plate right now. I’m going to assume this is a good thing and think happy thoughts about how much more fabulous of a writer I’ll be as each project is completed.

Last 200 words:

I know some of you have had a fantastic month of writing, so I will live vicariously through you. ^_^

Happy March! Happy Irish Day! Happy Spring!


  • suzannevanrooyen14

    Congrats on the R&R! That’s how I got my agent – so I’m holding thumbs for you 🙂

    Being afraid of a project can sometimes be a very good thing. We don’t grow as writers unless we challenge ourselves.

    Wishing you all the best for March!

  • Jessica Gunn

    Yay! An R&R is fantastic news! Take your time with the R&R. And R&R is a great sign. 🙂 And 90k might be okay. What’s the age category? If you ever need a beta reader, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to help any #WIPmarathoners in anyway I can!

  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats on the R&R–that’s big news! I hope the agent loves your changes, and if she doesn’t, what you talked about really happened to me–I did an R&R for one agent and I never heard back from her, but that improved ms got me another agent! (Alas I’m now agent-less for a year, but it was a good run…)

    And YES, it can be a shock to be so proud of and confident in an ms and realize you’ve got a lot of work to go on it. But you NEED that feeling of confidence. When I first started querying, I thought my ms was the best thing I could ever write. I had NO IDEA I’d revise it significantly four more times, with minor revisions in between. But my love for it made me keep pushing!

    And I totally agree about not wanting to start editing. I meant to start editing in January and didn’t really until February, and even then I kept putting it off, lol.

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! You’re right, we DO need that special, crazy kind of confidence. And I’m excited to hear that R&Rs have turned out great for you and Suzanne! Plus this will give my other ideas more time to bake, and I think they really need it. Lol!

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Yayyyy for the R&R you got! See, you’re getting closer!

    You stopped me right on my tracks when I read: “Journaling doesn’t clear my mind insomuch as it purges all this old crap out that I didn’t even know I was mad about. It’s cathartic. Upsetting sometimes, but cathartic.”
    Wow! Had no idea you journaled too! It’s something I started in January and so far, it does the exact same thing for me! Upsetting, but cathartic.

    Happy writing and revising this month!!

  • Tonja Drecker

    Congrats on the R&R! If the agent put the effort into making detailed notes, they must be interested 😉 (They don’t have time to mess around.)
    One can’t catch all mistakes themselves. Never. That’s why CPs and betas are so important. Even if I don’t agree with all of their comments and suggestions, there’s always a few things which hit me like a 2×4 and leave me wondering how I was so stupid not to notice the error myself. And if you need one, you know you can always poke me.

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! ^_^ I will definitely have to start hitting people up for help on more than just my query and opening chapter. I know for sure I’ll need someone to read over “Raven” to make sure I didn’t do something horrible and just can’t see it. 🙂

  • Karla

    Nice, chica! Congrats on the R&R! That’s super exciting and am sure the agent is excited to see what your revision looks like.

  • Jodi (@perkjo)

    That’s awesome about the R&R Krystal! I think you’re adopting a really good attitude/approach to the whole thing–telling yourself that doing these revisions might not win you over this agent, but in the end it will make your MS better. In this case, even if you lose, you win, and you can’t beat that.

    I’m so sorry you’ve been struck down with the “blahs” this month. I think this is the first time I have ever seen you NOT be a giant glowing ball of writerly enthusiasm, and I have a feeling it takes a lot to bring you down when it comes to writing. I hope this passes soon!

    • krystal jane

      Winners never lose. 😉 Yeah, I don’t really know what’s been going on. It could be because I haven’t been working on anything, so I’m hoping focusing on these edits will help.

      Thank you! Always. ^_^

  • Kristyn

    Oh man, my month was a lot like yours. No living vicariously through me (*cries*). Next month will be better for us. For me it has to be, honestly, because I don’t know how it could be worse.

    It’s exciting news getting an R&R, good luck with that!!

  • Cheyenne Campbell

    Oh my gosh, sorry to be so slow on this but HUGE CONGRATS on the R&R!! You win no matter how it ends, though I’ve got my fingers crossed! How awesome that her notes meshed with your vision. That’s huge! Good luck!!

    I know what you mean about loving editing but procrastinating at the same time. I much prefer editing to drafting because for some reason, I get more ideas during the editing stage than the drafting. I don’t know how that works. It makes no sense. I really enjoy building on what’s there, but drafting is like pulling teeth. And yet, I’ve got a back-burner WIP that I sketched out and wrote a few chapters of that I’m going to tackle for Camp NaNo in April, and I’m TERRIFIED to read what I’ve written already. Weird how this writing thing works.

    Good luck for the rest of this month!!

    • krystal jane

      Thank you! ^_^
      I also get a lot of ideas when I’m editibg, and I definitely feel more relaxed. Still, I totally know what you mean! I have something I need yo edit and I’m so afraid that it’s not going to be as good as I think. Lol!

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