Writing Journey

Celebrations: Second Draft Complete!

GAH!! I finished my story over the weekend!! (insert happy dance here) ^_^

In random news, I saw Crimson Peak last week- it is SO crazy and twisted and weird – and the more I think about it, the more I like it. o_O My friend was covering her face at the end. That was hilarious. Definitely not a movie I could watch by myself. I didn’t cover my face, but I did lean back in my seat and hug my arms to my chest. Lol! I really thought I was going to scream, but lucky her, I did not, because I’m known to deafen people when I do. Temporarily. 😉

Anywho, I added nearly 10k words from the first draft of my story, I don’t see how, but I’m not complaining cause it needed it! So lets talk about it for a beat, yes? ^_^

I got the idea for this story in February of last year (2014) after looking at a bunch of pictures of ravens. 😛 I didn’t outline it until September. Outlined the WHOLE story in 2 days – it was great! I couldn’t get it down fast enough – probably because it’d been ready for months. But I was working on something else on some of those months, so that’s how that goes.

I drafted 50k for NaNoWriMo, then I finished it up in December. I had planned on taking a break in January to work out the kinks in some of my other ideas, and then edit in February. But come February, I cracked the document open, read through the horrible opening, freaked out, and buried it under a stone in the backyard. For. six. months. Seriously, I threw it out.

However, after a couple of months, I decided that I was overreacting (who me?), so I told myself to fix it if and when I ever felt so inclined, and I did! So I picked it back up towards the middle of September, I think. Took about a month or so to finish the first round of edits. Longer than normal for a first round, but I’m not used to rewriting during the editing phase – I usually do it in the drafting stage (and draft longer), but this was NaNo…which is totally fine. I’ve been feeling like I needed to slow my editing process down some anyway. The plan is to be done by the end of February. Plenty of time to bake my next idea!

I ended up rewriting my first chapter from scratch. I actually retyped the entire story. It was the only way I could make sure I kept what I loved AND remember to change stuff at the same time. It wasn’t nearly as tedious as I thought it would be – I actually had a lot of fun with it, but it was a little hard on the eyes in some passages as I had a strike-through going through the entire original document. I did that to keep myself from cutting and pasting and missing something that needed to be changed. Next time, though, I’ll just change the font color.

I had a minor subplot to delete and another minor subplot to add – those were the biggest changes. Everything else was mostly cleaning up the bad writing from the first draft. Honestly, the writing in my first drafts is usually far better, hence the freaking out I did. But it was totally fixable once I got a grip on myself. Another good writing lesson for me to learn: don’t give up on something I love just because the first draft was looking a little like crap. It happens. So I hear. ^_^

It feels really good to accomplish something finally though. This hasn’t been the most productive year. (I hear this also happens…)

In other news, I have sent the story off for feedback, the whole thing, for the first time in three years!! I know right! There is always a deep seated fear that I’m delusional. Then what will I do with my life? But I promised myself I would ask (or at least take a buddy up on their offer) with this story if I ever finished it. So…yeah. But waiting is not so bad. My brain needs some time to decompress anyway. And it’s kind of nice, too, to know that I’ll get some feedback. I was only nervous for about 18 hours or so. ^_^ (THANK YOU, CP, for making this so easy for me!!)

Now, I can focus on the gifts I’m making for Christmas. 😛
And finish one of those books I’m reading…

I also hope to have a new story ready to outline sometime soon, but I’m in the “this is stupid” and “what was this thing about again” stages right now. (Though I needn’t worry as everything is written down…in a messy pile on my desk. WHY DO I KEEP TAKING NOTES LIKE THIS?) I also don’t have a name for one of my POV characters. But there’s no rush, by the time I get to March something else entirely may have surfaced up on the olde writing shore. Let them duke it out, right? 🙂


  • Tonja Drecker

    Sounds like you did all right this year. Not every year can bring out four or five MSs ;). The last two years, I haven’t been very productive either but spent most of my time rewriting, revising and editing the stories from 2013/2012 (thanks to the agent stuff.) I could really use a breath of fresh story air but am having trouble getting motivated. You’ve been mentioning the Raven so much, you’ve got me curious. Sneak peek? 😉 Glad to hear a new idea is on it’s way!

    • Krystal Jane

      Definitely can’t churn out four or five a year. Lol! Motivation is hard. I can’t even find the mental energy to dig up one name right now! I’m thinking I might make some of those hint graphics I see floating around sometimes. ^_^

  • Crystal Collier

    Yay!!! *tosses cheese confetti* Methinks you deserve a party. Way to get through it! First drafts definitely are scary/messy, but if we can see through the awful to find the awesome, we’re set.

  • Thea Landen

    Phew! Sounds like a lot of work, but I’m sure it was all for the best! I give you major credit for going through and fixing what wasn’t working, rather than keeping the whole thing hidden away somewhere, never to see the light of day again….

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