Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon Report#19 (August)

The most humid month of the year for my area of the world is coming to an end. Time for a work-in-progress update!

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
“Legion” = 11,761 words, Chapter 5

Current report WC + CC:
“Legion” = 16784 words, Chapter 6
5000 words! Whoo! 😐

WIP Issues This Month:
I had been trying to pants the story just to be different, but I ended up outlining some anyway since I knew what I wanted for the opening chapters. When I ran out of outline though, I had no idea what to do for about two weeks. I finally decided to just read over what I had and it started moving again. Yay! For another week. Then I stalled again. I usually get stuck when I’m either trying to get to something too soon or when I’m not getting to something fast enough. If it’s not of those, it’s probably just a case of being too scared to move on. In this instance, I think I’m just afraid this story is stupider than I think it is – or that I don’t know what I’m doing and will end up with a giant mess on my hands. I’m not entirely sure the plot I’ve concocted in my head is going to work out, and I still don’t have everything figured out – not even close. So, I’m rather doing a lot of nothing right now. I did go ahead and outline 5 more chapters last week, and everything seems in order, and I like what I’m writing when I am writing. I’m just not even trying.

I will say, I did finally decide to do something about my severe iron deficiency – despite knowing about it since last November. No one could give me a good reason to care – then I finally looked it up and it said low iron causes brain fog (along with some other probably more important things), and of course, all I care about is the brain fog, and I’m like, “OH NO! NOT BRAIN FOG!” and started taking liquid iron THAT NIGHT. So maybe that’s why? πŸ™‚ Also, I’ve been really, really tired, so maybe boosting the stupid iron will help with that, too.

What I learned this month in writing:
1** Pantsing doesn’t seem to be working for me. My brain doesn’t appear to like it. I might just go back to pantsing my outlines like I was doing before I went a little overboard with the outlining last fall.

What distracted me this month while writing:
GAMES!! OO It’s the only thing I felt like doing. I entered my first ever WIPMarathon story – HOW DEEP IS MY DARKNESS – into PitchWars, and I’m wondering if I should read over that and see if I can fix it instead of trying to write in caseΒ this story really is stupider than I think it is. Or maybe I just need to get over it. After all, everything I write is stupid, but somehow it turns out good…sometimes. πŸ™‚

Goal for next month:
I’m setting an official goal to be done with the first draft by the end of October in the hopes that I will stop dragging my feet for no good reason. It’s not looking like it right now though. Kind of makes me feel like I haven’t done anything all year. O_O

Last 200 words:
OMG! You know what just happened – like JUST. I was thinking about trashing this scene, but as soon as I pasted it and read over it – I suddenly realized I didn’t have the problem that I thought I had. I was just looking at the wrong thing!! And now I remember what the whole point of this scene even was! Lol! >.< God, I could cry right now… #imaginarywriterproblems

β€œWanna play blackjack?”

When I lift my head, Emmerick is holding up a pack of playing cards.

β€œYou just carry playing cards around with you?”

β€œMaybe.” His grin widens.

I look over his pocket-less lounge pants and tank top. β€œHow?”

Without answering, he flips on the overhead light and sets up on one side of the island.

T-minus three weeks til Fall for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. ^_^


  • Yael Itamar

    Something I find helpful for solving plot problems is to write out a summary of the plot and then write out a list of problems or questions that I’m still figuring out. It’s a lot easier to deal with the problems when you know exactly what they are, instead of just having a vague idea about them.

    If you’ve been really, really tired, it probably is because of iron deficiency. Iron supplementation is good, but make sure you’re not taking much more than the recommended amount.

    Good luck with Pitch Wars. (And I wouldn’t worry about the story being stupid. Literally any story can sound stupid if you think about it in a certain way.)

    • Krystal Jane

      I like that!! Thank you! Sounds a lot easier and a heck of a lot faster.

      I definitely don’t want to take too much iron. I’m about as afraid of that as I was of taking it in the first place. I’ve been quite unnecessarily hesitant about it. So, more thanks for the vote of confidence on this! And for the nonsensical story worry logic. πŸ™‚ That is certainly true that we can make anything sound stupid.

  • Emma Adams (@ELAdams12)

    I can’t seem to get along with pantsing. I think it’s because I spent years starting and abandoning books and the only one I finished was the one I outlined! Though I never quite have everything figured out before I start, because my stories have a habit of taking on a life of their own. πŸ˜›

    Best of luck with that goal, and good luck with Pitch Wars! πŸ™‚

    • Krystal Jane

      I never have been able to stop them for taking on a life of their own. Freaking Frankenstein abilities. ^_^ I don’t see how people figure out everything before they start. I mean, I’ve done it, but I shouldn’t have, because I’m always forcing something when I do. Lol!

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

  • suzannevanrooyen14

    5000 words is great! More than what I’ve written this month πŸ˜‰

    Hope you feel better soon now that you’re fixing the iron problem. I suffer from anemia too so I know how weird it can make you feel.

    Good luck with the drafting – you can do it! *shakes pompoms*

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you!! Love pompoms. ^_^
      It’s amazing how often we brush our word counts under the rug. Moving forward is moving forward. πŸ™‚

      I’m glad I’m not crazy then. I had no idea being deficient in iron could cause so many problems!

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    I’m with you on pantsing too! My WIPs never go anywhere without a solid outline. I might have to try out Yael’s idea too when I get back to drafting. You should also check for Vitamin D deficiency because that could also give a lot of fatigue and definitely keep up with the iron within limits!

    I doubt what I write too, but guess the thing is we always need some sort of validation to believe our work. The absence or presence of external validation doesn’t make it less of something you poured your heart into, something that made meaning enough for you to devote all the time you spent on it.

    Good luck with your Pitchwars entry, and hope September helps you on your way to your October deadline!

    • Krystal Jane

      I’m definitely going to try out her suggestion! I think it will save me from a meltdown. πŸ™‚ And I’m definitely looking into my vitamin D levels, too.

      I keep an email somewhere for when I need some external validation. I think it would help if I actually read it once in a while. πŸ˜›

      I hope September has words for us both!! ^_^

    • Krystal Jane

      I have taken it on an empty stomach once, and it did do something interesting to my stomach. I can’t get it through food right now though because my body won’t break it down. 😐

  • Jodi

    Even without the context for your excerpt, I love it! It’s both playful and mysterious.

    Best wishes finishing your first draft by the end of October. You’ve GOT THIS!

  • Crystal Collier

    I hear you about the brain fog! I’ve been trying to supplement since the baby was born, but her little tummy wasn’t having it. Definitely makes for a challenge in the writing arena. We’re to the point now where I can sneak in supplements every other day. Slow going.

  • Tonja Drecker

    Lol! Now I want to know where he got those cards πŸ™‚ Brain fog-yep, that describes me. As to the iron, I can’t stomach the pills or liquid, but I got the tip that there’s oodles and gobs of it in molasses. One Tablespoon every morning is just as good. . .well, except the added calories. Can’t have everything in life, I guess. As to your October goal, I’m going to jump on that one with you and try the same for my first draft. Maybe then it will get done!

    • Krystal Jane

      Haha. ^_^
      I almost took molasses, but as long as I eat after I take the liquid everything is peachy. And I’m already sleeping a lot better. Yay!

      Yes, join me!! Maybe the company will help us push toward the finish line. πŸ˜€

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