Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon Update #20 (September)

🙂 Hiya! Fall is in the air…the leaves are changing! On a couple of trees anyway. They’re building a new gas station two feet from my neighborhood, ya know, right across the street from the other one. Glorious.

I’m actually in the final break of an all day Writer’s Conference right now! So it’ll be a little while until I get to everyone, but I hope you’re all doing well!

So, how’s the writing going, you ask? One work in progress update being served… 😛

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
“Legion” = 16,784 words, Chapter 6

Current report WC + CC:
“Legion” = 16,912 words, Chapter 6
“Nevermore” (formerly known as “Raven”) = 68,444 words, Chapter 8 of 46 on rewrite
previous word count for draft one was 66,273 words (Progress!)

WIP Issues This Month:
I realized that I had to set “Legion” aside for the same reason I’ve been setting so many others aside lately: there wasn’t a clear path to the ending, I wasn’t excited enough about the ending I did have (plus it didn’t make any sense!), and I wasn’t writing with complete freedom. Overthinking: the bane of many a writer’s existence. I decided I couldn’t let the embarrassment of changing projects for the thousandth time this year lock me into working on something that probably isn’t ready and ruining an idea I love! So, lots and lots of rewrites on “Raven/Nevermore” (YAY!) it is, because it’s the only thing that’s working right now – aka: a sign from the universe. 😉 It’s not as terrible as I thought. Now that I’m done beating myself up for no reason, I can see that it’s just a first draft, and it’s beautiful in its own first draft kind of way. >.< <3

Now, the original beginning was some serious level 100 crap, so I just rewrote that from scratch and saved what I could. I lost the one good line that I loved, but sacrifices must be made! When I did this on DISCORD I had multiple fits, but this wasn’t so bad. Super time consuming, but I had fun. #seriouslynosarcasm ^_^

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What I learned this month in writing:
1 – I need to stop letting amazing writers freak me out. This doesn’t always happen, strange enough, but I’m reading THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich and I freaking love it so far! I had a tiny crisis after five pages, but I’m okay. Lol!
2 – I have been freaking out for three years over paranormal being a “dead” category, but Ifeoma reminded me a couple of months ago to keep writing what’s in my heart anyway because “That’s the only way you can persevere and work on it over and over again.” Truer words have never been spoken. ^_^
3 – Behind every great writer is someone who pushes them forward when they are frozen or dragging their feet (or freaking out, whatevs). I was reminded this month that I have my siblings and all of my writing pals to push me forward when I’m being crazy for no reason. (tears)
4 – Chinese Proverb from my calendar: Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.

What distracted me this month while writing:
Having another meltdown and Parks and Recreation on Netflix!! It reminded me so much of The Office, which I love, so of course I consumed it like a crazy person. ^_^ On a side note: thanks to the iron, I have been sleeping SO much better and have actually heard my alarm going off every morning this month…now I just need to work on not crawling back into bed when I turn it off. Also, less brain fog. Score!! Oh, yeah, I’m also one of those crazy people who buys Christmas presents super early, so I’ve been doing some of that. 😛 Hey, if I start early, I have fewer distractions later when it’s crunch time on the story! See? Genius. >.< 

Goal for next month:
Same goal as last month — different project, obviously. Finish the rewrites and surface edits for “Nevermore” by the end of October. (No problem!) Then I’ll go into actual edits sometime in November. The goal is to have it polished and ready to do something with it (if I must) by February 1st. It’s a leap month, y’all! ^_^

Last 200 words:

“I don’t know.” She turns her face to the vaulted, tiled ceiling. “If she didn’t marry him for his money, why did she marry him? Was he hot?”

“Gross.” I wrap my hands around my arm to warm them, but it isn’t helping. “He was like a thousand. I only saw him the one time, but he was very, very old then. Kind of papery looking.”

Anastasia snorts. “I can’t imagine marrying someone that old.”

“Please.” I flick her arm. “You’d marry the crypt keeper if it meant you’d get to live in a house half this size.”

She grins and waggles her brows at me. “We can get married at the cemetery. And after the ‘I dos’ I can just…push him over.”

Happy Fall Everybody!! ^_^

I hope to have a post up about the conference next week! I have discovered a couple of very amazing things, and I can’t wait to share! (And yes, I’m totally posting this from my phone! O_o But I did write most of it last night, so that’s why it looks amazing. Lol!)


    • Krystal Jane

      Love Parks and Rec! That’s good to hear. I’ve been thinking about looking into some alternative channels, but regardless, I feel really hopeful. 🙂

  • Tonja Drecker

    Wow – that’s an amazing post from a phone. You deserve bonus points for that. And so great that you did it during a break! (Hope you’re enjoying yourself). Glad to hear you’re writing well again/revising or whatever. It’s hard not to over-think things, but we need to write what we love because that’s the only way to write well. Glad you’re sleeping better! Oh and thanks for peeking by at Miss Snarks – you found me! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Made my day.

    • Krystal Jane

      Ha,ha, Thanks, I didn’t want to mess around and forget. Lol! I did see you! I LOVE your opening paragraphs! ^_^ I’m super relieved to be feeling good again, and I had a great time at the conference. I feel really inspired. 😀

  • Cheyenne Campbell

    It figures, doesn’t it? Where one gas station goes up, another *always* follows… We’re in a neighbourhood (though hopefully, not for much longer) with absolutely zero trees in sight, and, oh look, now on top of the nonstop new-build homes, we’ve got a cheapo hotel going up, too! LOL. Glorious, indeed.

    “You’d marry the crypt keeper…” Hahah! Awesome.

    Love the proverb!

    And as far as genres being “dead”, I’ve come to the conclusion that NO genre is ever dead. It might be that some oversaturate the market at various times, (or that some agents simply can’t sell that genre) but if a truly great story comes along that begs to bed read, and readers love to read it, it doesn’t matter what category it falls into. Ifeoma’s so right; what matters is it’s the story in your heart banging away to get out. 🙂 Keep it up!

    • Krystal Jane

      That’s terrible that you have no trees! Petition to find a spare corner to put a tree in. Lol! I hope the next place you live is greener. 🙂

      Haha, thanks!

      Thanks for the words of wisdom! ^_^ There’s certainly no point in hanging up my hat. If it’s not later it’s later. 🙂

  • Jessica Gunn (@JessGunnAuthor)

    We always need those people who push us to keep going, and we push them in return. Writing isn’t a lonely hobby where we’re totally isolated. There’s a ton of us doing the same thing, and we’re family (I consider the WIPMarathon crew family, at least!) I’m glad you starting making progress again, and your excerpt is interesting! Lastly, I don’t think genres ever really die. I keep hearing that sci-fi’s dead, and I’m like, really? REALLY!? OKAY. Genres don’t die. There’s still readers, it’s just the traditional pubs trying to do what they want to do. Don’t listen to them. Write what you want to write, and it’ll find its way to readers 🙂

    • Krystal Jane

      Sci-fi will never die! I know so many people who love sci-fi more than anything else! I heard the same about fantasy, and I’m like, that’s funny, um, never. Lol! Thanks so much for the perspective! ^_^ I feel like we’re all family, too.

  • Crystal Collier

    LOL! I’m right there with you. My latest WIP was suffering from the Where’s-it-going-to-end dilemma. Then I plotted it out to the end. Hah! Take that! (Not saying it will work, but it looks like it might.)

    Looking forward to your conference post!

  • Jodi

    Cute excerpt Krystal! Love it!

    “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” I freakin’ ADORE this quote and couldn’t agree more.

    I agree with Ifeoma’s advice about continuing to write what you love, regardless of what the market wants. I recently had an author friend who decided not to finish her YA trilogy, even though the first two books are quite good. My daughter has been on pins and needles waiting for that promised third book, but I just found out that she’s ditching the whole series now, because market trends no longer want paranormal. I’m kind of feeling like she’s betraying both her readers and the profession. No other declaration could so loudly announce: “Hey peeps, I’m not in this for the passion, I’m in it for the money.”

    Plus, the market fluctuates every few years. Meaning, write what you love now, and even if it’s not publishable today, it very-well could be tomorrow.

    • Krystal Jane

      Thanks! ^_^

      Aww, I wish your friend would finish the trilogy! At least for the readers who love the other ones so much! That’s awful. Things definitely cycle. I thought about writing something else until paranormal cycles back, but I just don’t love those other stories enough. It’s not worth it.

  • Randi Lee

    Love the excerpt, Krystal! Very nicely written! And I get so freaked out by other writers and doubt myself so much that I actually can’t read any other writer’s work while I’m writing. So I’m either reading or writing, but never both!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! ^_^ I can’t read and draft at the same time, for sure. First drafts and polished drafts don’t mix! >.< I can read some while I'm editing, probably because I'm already in "fixing mode" so I don't stay freaked out as long. Definitely do the most reading inbetween drafts though!

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