Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon Report #17 (June) & 18 (July)

Hiya, folks! So, last month, I didn’t do a marathon update, because while I had written that month, I was about to shelve the story I was working on.

I know, right?! I didn’t want to talk about it because I was actually kind of sad about it. I loved the idea and it was going well, but at the same time, it was feeling forced and hard and stupid, and it was making me unhappy. Since I had a pact with myself to stop forcing crap, I dropped the story like a cigarette in an anti-smoking commercial for teens. 🙂

Anywho, onto to the stats!

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
“Untitled YA Paranormal/Fantasy” = 14903 words, Chapter 6
I was up to 26k when I bailed, so about 11,698 word for June.

Current report WC + CC:
Legion (currently labeled as paranormal/horror) = 11,761 words, Chapter 5

WIP Issues This Month:
No issues this month, but I clearly had issues in June so I’ll defer to the next section to explain what happened.

What I learned this month in writing:
Last month wasn’t a good month. It actually feels a little weird to think about it, because I feel 1000x better now. I honestly thought I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I’ve talked about it a little bit a few weeks ago, but the short version is that while I love reading YA, trying to write it has been giving me quite a bit of grief, and I finally started to figure that out around the tail end of last month. I don’t feel like a failure or any of that crap. I tried my best. That’s all I can do. I do have a feeling though that I’m not the kind of writer who can just bounce around and write whatever comes to mind. Given how the vast majority of my ideas would fall into the same category, and given how many times I’ve tried other things and didn’t like it, paranormal type stories might be the only kind of stories I really enjoy writing. I’ll keep trying on wild hairs from time to time because that is what I do, but if a story is agitating me, it’s not going to get any better by me forcing myself on it. When I’m working on the right idea, it just has a different kind of feeling. I feel different on the inside…I feel lighter. So, I guess I’m just kind of re-learning that this month. 🙂

What distracted me this month while writing:
Nothing, really. I’ve been watching Orphan Black finally, and I love it! But it hasn’t been a distraction. However, in slightly, temporarily distracting news, I did figure out a way to fix “Raven!!!” It’ll be a while, so I’ll check back up on it when “Legion” is finished to be sure, but part of the fix will be to put some of the plot elements in the story that I was too afraid to put in the first time. And also pull it out of the YA category. My main character is 17, and I intend to keep her that way, but some of the themes are severely borderline – probably some kind of subconscious act of rebellion. I think that’s where I had gone wrong to begin with…

Goal for next month:
I’m still in the chaotic part of the drafting process, so I’m not up for setting any kind deadline just yet, but I would love to hit 40k!

Last 200 words:
My preciousssssss…..Lol! Okay, not quite 200 words as I don’t have 200 words together in the last chapter that will make sense – Really, the current chapter I’m on is a mess. But here is a snap shot towards the end of the last section I was working on. This is literally starting from the middle of a paragraph, so forgive me for sounding random. 🙂

The thoughts don’t stay with me long when I see who is waiting for me by the beaded doorway, pacing the floor, the nervous energy so thick around her I can almost see it.

Miss thirty-something from Renali’s office this morning stops when I enter.

It can’t be her. But there are only two other people in the room, and neither of them give me more than a passing glance, indicating that they are waiting for someone else.

“Can I help you?” I don’t sound at all as if I mean it.

Looking down at her rather delicate-looking hands instead of at me, she whispers, “I heard you were the one I needed to see if I wanted answers.”

I barely hear her over the fans. “Who told you that?” After my conversation with Tessandra, I have to ask. Paranoia slithers up the back of my neck, wrapping around my skull like a wet cloak.

She glances up a mere fraction of an inch. “Dr. Willox.”

Happy July! I hope everyone is having a great month! ^_^


  • Amy McNulty

    I wondered where your update was last month! *hugs* I’m glad you feel better about writing now. Believe me, I’ve been there! I have 4 started manuscripts I don’t consider “shelved” for good, but I may as well considering how rarely I work on any of them. ;-;

    I say don’t worry about trying to be write YA, just write what you want! You can categorize it later. NA leaves a lot of room to be sort of like midway between YA and adult.

    • Krystal Jane

      I tried to do an update, but it was just kind of depressing! Definitely trying to save the categorizing for later. I used to do that and pick a genre when I picked an official querying title, but you know how neurotic we writers can get.

  • Emma Adams (@ELAdams12)

    I sometimes genre-hop (and category-hop), but it’s always within fantasy/speculative fiction – even my cyberpunk idea’s definitely not hard sci-fi! The reason I moved from YA into adult/crossover books is because the themes aren’t really approached from a YA perspective, even if it’d work as a YA story. It’s sometimes hard to categorise an idea before you start writing it!

    Glad to hear you’re getting into drafting again and you have a plan to fix your other story! Fingers crossed. 🙂

    • Krystal Jane

      It is hard to pre-pick the genre! It’s only going to lean more into one category than another, so I’ve been trying to get comfortable again with waiting until I’m done to slap a label on it. I have been able to make some stories work as YA, but they would work out so much better from a different perspective. That’s a great way to think about it!

  • Tonja Drecker

    Yay for getting ideas on how to ‘fix’ Raven! Sometimes it just takes a little while for the right ideas to hit. Sorry June went so badly, but good for you for being back on track. We all run into those slumps. . . honestly, I think they might be necessary to let our writing thoughts get themselves back into gear. As to genre, write whatever comes to mind. I don’t write what I like to read either. Not sure why, but my story ideas simply come from other directions. But then, always them same thing would be boring. Plus, I believe that cross-genreing (not a word, I know 😉 ) is good in so far that it keeps our thinking from being stuck in one box. New ideas and different ways of approaching things never hurt. Good luck this next month.

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! I completely agree…slumps are great times to reboot and re-evaluate. The ideas that come out of slumps are the best, too. I loved writing about vampires, but they were starting to wear me out. I really wanted to write about something else!

      Cross-genreing! ^_^

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Hmm, I definitely can feel the tension in the air in your excerpt!

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been forcing yourself to write in genres you don’t really like. Good news is now you’re aware of the problem, so you can take necessary steps to act on it! And we’re so happy to have you back this month! <3

    Like I wrote on your earlier post, you should go for what you like. What goes around comes around, they say.

    I'm also in a similar boat as you because lately, I've been wondering if I should make my WIP YA or NA. I haven't yet decided, but when I get back to plotting again next month, it's a decision I have to face.

    Hope you hit 40K next month! Hugs and loves.

    • Krystal Jane

      ^_^ Good news indeed! And at least now I can’t wonder if I should be writing something else because I tried it and it didn’t work for me. I’m glad to be back, too! I was right smack in the middle of everything last month and didn’t want to say anything until I got my brain sorted out.

      It’s not an easy decision, for sure. Emma talked about perspective, and I think that’s a great way to look at it. You’ll have to think about what perspective will tell your story in the best possible way. I’m excited to hear what you come up with when you get back to writing next month!

      Thank you!! HUGS! ^_^

  • suzannevanrooyen14

    So sorry to hear about your June issues, Krystal, but I’m so glad you’re feeling better and ready to tackle your stories again. Legion sounds great! 🙂 Wishing you all the best for writing and life in August!

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