Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon Check-In #21 (October)

Ah yes. October. This has been the longest month yet! After ten days, it felt like three weeks. But it’s okay, because I love October! And lucky for me, I also love November! ๐Ÿ™‚ Onto the update!!

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
“Nevermore” (formerly known as “Raven”) = 68,444 words, Chapter 8 of 46 on rewrite

Current report WC + CC:
“Behind Stone and Shadows” (formerly known as “Nevermore”) = 76,113 words, Chapter 46 of 46 on rewrite
Currently brainstorming non-crappy working titles for my next project

Yep, changed my title again. ๐Ÿ˜€
But I met my goal, y’all!! For the first time ALL FREAKING YEAR! Working on the same story and everything. Can you believe that? ^_^

WIP Issues This Month:
Seriously, though, I lost all confidence in this story about 30 single-spaced pages from the end. ALL CONFIDENCE. I really only finished because the thought of quitting that close to the end made me want to smack myself. Also, the ending is my favorite part. More also, I already had a CP lined up for it, and while I tried to give her an out, she wouldn’t take it (haha…) I feel silly to have even thought about it now – I wasn’t even having a hard time with it or anything. I just had one those, “What were you thinking! This is terrible!! No one wants to read this!!!” kind of moments. x_x

Most of the month was fine though. Obviously.

What I learned this month in writing:
1 –ย We’re just going to have days when we think our stories suck. No matter how good it was going the weeks before. Or even minutes before. It just happens. Often out of the blue. And we just have to keep working on it anyway (within reason).

2 – All shiny new ideas are the best things ever when they first show up. It’s the ones that stick around after the shiny wears off that are worth writing about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 – I really must have some kind of plan before I start. Otherwise something goes horribly wrong with the story.

4 – Winter is coming. ๐Ÿ˜›

What distracted me this month while writing:
Um…life? Everything has just worn me out. Several annoying things happened at once, all pilingย on top of each other to make a stressful mountain for Krystal. Butย I had lots of fun things, too – like the opera and ballet and movies and early Christmas shopping and hanging out with cool people – though that also wore me out. So, since I finished my story,ย I’ve been watching old episodes of Good Mythical Morningย on Youtube.ย Can’t stop. Too much entertainment. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the closest I can get to hibernating.

Goal for next month:
Start outlining a shiny new idea – if it will let me (but it’s not looking like it will right now, haha). Also, start the next round of edits on “Behind Stone and Shadows” (which may or may not be called something else by the end of next month – more haha).

Last 200 words:
The end ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope great things are happening in Writing Land!! ^_^


  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats on finishing!! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s even more amazing since you were struck by the writing blues but you pushed through them to finish! I agree, it’s important to keep trying, to keep finishing, even when plagued with doubt.

    Early Christmas shopping? I think you said the same last year! ^^ I’ve also done a little bit already, heh,

    Good luck with revisions and everything!

    • Krystal Jane

      Yup, October is Christmas shopping months, sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜›

      I’m surprised to have finished – I don’t know how I did it! Force, maybe? ^_^
      Thanks for the well wishes!!

  • Tonja Drecker (@TDrecker)

    October did rush by, but glad to hear you got so much done. (Wish I could say the same.) Good for you that you finished up that MS although you didn’t really want to anymore. It’d be silly to stop that close to the end, and usually, things aren’t as bad as we thought. I bet the little doubt monster was just getting to you (he can be a pain.) Keep up the good pace!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! Definitely not as bad as I thought. Wish I could fork the doubt monster and toss him in a volcano somewhere. Lol! (Don’t we all?)

  • suzannevanrooyen14

    Congrats on meeting your goal and finishing your ms!! Yay!! *pops the champagne*

    #2 – sometimes I only figure this out once I actually start writing a project and realize I’m not actually in love with it as much as I thought I was.

    Also #4 – yup.

    Wishing you all the awesome for november!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thanks!! ^_^
      Unfortunately, I sometimes start things too soon, so I often only figure out I don’t want to work on something until after I’ve started…

  • Emma Adams (@ELAdams12)

    Congrats on sticking to your goals and finishing your manuscript!

    Yep, totally agree with all four of your points (and how is it winter already? o.O). I always go through phases where I think I’m totally stuck on a story (I’m there with my current draft!), but I know I can usually push through at this point!

    Good luck with revising your story!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€
      It’s surprising how hard it is to push forward, but there definitely comes a time in the story where I know I can finish it…if I can just get myself to sit down and do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Haha! Funny you say winter is coming because I just started reading A Song of Ice And Fire, AND winter is really coming.

    Things go wrong when I don’t plot too, I don’t know why. Are you Nano-ing?

    Happy writing in November!

    • Krystal Jane

      That is really funny. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I think the plotting helps us focus. It’s so hard to finish when we don’t know where we’re going. I want to do NaNo, but I don’t have anything ready to draft this go around.

  • Cheyenne Campbell

    Congrats on meeting your goal!! WOOHOO for goals met!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Okay, so what you learned in October is massive. Thank you so much for sharing. Keep working through the suckage, and the ideas that persist after the “shiny” has worn off are worth writing — I love that!

    Hope your November is off to a great start ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! ^_^
      Ha,ha, yes, starting stories while they’re still bright and new has gotten me into trouble.

      I hope your month is off to a great start as well!

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