Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

#WIPMarathon #24

How’s the beginning of the year been for everyone?! ^_^

Last report wordcount + chapter count:
main idea: “The Inescapable” = 25,965 words, Chapter 11, 14 chapters outlined
idea B: “Blackbird Manor” = 11 chapters outlined
persistent plot bunny idea: “Songbird: = 4978 words, Chapter ??, no current outline

Current report WC + CC:
main idea: “The Inescapable” = 41,853 words, Chapter 19, 39 chapters outlined (through to the end!)
idea B: “Blackbird Manor” = 11 chapters outlined
persistent plot bunny idea: “Songbird: = 5056 words, still no chapter headings or outline

I’m in the process of mentally organizing the plot for “Songbird”, so the only progress I made on that this month is starting what might be Chapter 3 and compiling names for all the previously unnamed folks in the story. But I’m happy about this because it means I was a little bit more focused this month! 😀

WIP Issues This Month:
Fear, anxiety, panic, mayhem! I don’t know what happened. Okay, I do know what happened. I have some trippy plot things going on in my story, and I got to a certain part of the story and just completely freaked out. I guess I just needed to hug my brain and tell myself, “There, there. It’s okay to cry. Now get back to work.” It’s just the thought of querying again. Every time I dive into the query pool I think about how I never want to do it again. And I really, really don’t. But that has nothing to do with writing. I would rather write and sit on my stories then stop writing because I’m afraid. I don’t have to query it if I don’t want to. It’s my choice. And I’ll make that choice when I finish this next story and see what kind of shape it’s in.

I read BIG MAGIC while I was camping out in Pity Party Land, and it has been SO helpful, a must read for sure! It totally helped me shift my perspective so I could get back to work. I had to drag myself back to the computer, but I did it. I did it because I really want to write this story, and I’m so thankful it has so much trust in me! Lol! I had 13 days straight of doing nothing this month, folks! 13 days! I wasn’t happy with my progress at first, but it’s only a shade over two weeks worth of work, so on that note, I’m thrilled about it! I forget I finished my outline this month, too, so yeah, not so bad. ^_^

What I learned this month in writing:
1 – It doesn’t get easier, but it does get easier to get through.
2 – I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay to write what I want. And I have to constantly talk myself off a ledge with my work. But it’s okay. Because I know this. And when I start freaking out, it’s time to sit myself down, talk to myself, and then get back to work.

What distracted me this month while writing:
Ugh, busy! I can’t elaborate too much because I will look like a psycho, and it’s also a looong story, but everything is sorted now! ^_^ Suffice to say, this has been a long month. Not a bad month at all, but long.

Goal for next month:
February is the month I wanted to finish “Inescapable” in, so hopefully, I’ll be cheering to the beat of “I FINISHED!” next update. 🙂 Please kick me if I haven’t. Lol! It’s getting close to crunch time!

Last 200 words:
🙂 Super spoilery, actually, but it’s good! Got a heart full of love right now. Lol!

I hope January has been good to everyone! ^_^


    • Krystal Jane

      It really is! I’m so glad you mentioned it last month because it’d been sitting on my TBR shelf for months!

      Thank you! ^_^

  • Tonja Drecker

    You can do it!!! My writing plumped on enthusiasm after the first week or two too. But if you can dive right back in, so can I. (Although I won’t be finishing up a MS soon). Sorry, something happened to pull you out of the groove, but it sounds like you’ve managed to get back in again. Can’t wait to hear those magic words!

    • Krystal Jane

      Yeah, you can dive back in! I always forget that the shiny wears off after a while. Why do I forget these things?! >.< But I'm so glad it's still rolling! I always worry it'll fall on its face when I step away. Lol! ^_^

  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats on all the words you got done! *hugs* Sorry anxiety took its toll. Ugh, I hate that. But you’re pushing through and that’s what’s important! Ha, I just said on my post I WANT TO BE QUERYING again rather than drafting. Idk, I just feel so full of hope when I’m querying and that all seems so far away when I’m drafting. (Although obviously I shouldn’t be too hopeful since I’ve lost an agent before and had a round of 100+ queries that went nowhere even after that… ^^;) I hope you finish this month!!

    • Krystal Jane

      I know, it’s hilarious! I love querying for about three days. Lol! Then I want to crawl in a hole. That totally makes sense though. We never do know when we’ll finish something, and at least by the querying stage all the groundwork is done! Being hopeful is better than dread any day! 🙂

  • Jessica Gunn

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about BIG MAGIC. I think it’s time I go pick up a copy! GOOD WORK with The Inescapable this month! You wrote a ton, and that’s awesome. Definitely write what you want. Querying never gets easier 🙁 But one day you won’t have to do it anymore, and that makes it worth it!

    • Krystal Jane

      I hope so! ^_^ Thanks! It didn’t feel like too much at first, but I’m happy. 🙂 Definitely pick BIG MAGIC up! It’s one of those things that’s super hyped and you think it can’t possibly be that good, and then it is! ^_^

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    “I would rather write and sit on my stories then stop writing because I’m afraid.”

    So glad you told yourself this that month! Querying is like looking for the perfect house in a strange land! Or even looking for a compatible mate (at least in my experience). Not fun at all, but persistence would always pay off at the end. You dust yourself off and keep trying and trying in spite of how much it sucks, the heartbreak till you get the results.

    I’m rooting for that finished draft next month! <3

  • Krystal Jane

    Me, too! ^_^ I read somewhere that persistence is the most important aspect of writing. 🙂 That’s a good analogy – finding someone you can live with is hard. But both of my siblings are getting married this year, so it happens. Lol!

    Thank you! ^_^

  • Cheyenne Campbell

    Yay! BIG MAGIC is *amazing* and I just read it in January, too! It completely lifted me out of a dark and dreary hole. Such an inspiring read. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Sounds like January was an emotional month for you… I hope February feels lighter and goes smoother. And what Amy said, about feeling full of hope during querying, but that hope seems far away when drafting — YES AMY. I agree with this so much. (Although querying also feels hope*less* when rejections pile up, but overall, it’s a very hopeful time because of the what-ifs. At least, I try to look at it that way! Good luck with your draft!!

    • Krystal Jane

      Me, too! It’s so good! ^_^

      I’m almost the opposite. When I’m drafting I think everything is great and amazing! Then when I’m querying I’m like, “This is terrible, isn’t it? Why?!” Lol!

      Thanks! Good luck finishing up your draft next month, too! ^_^

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