Closet Mad Scientist,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress

Once Upon An Actual Writing Update

So…it’s true. I’ve been writing. pause for cheers and applause and bouquets of flowers being thrown onto the stage.

If you’ve noticed the side bar, or the footer bar if you’re on mobile, then you might have seen that I’m working on two projects. Well, three projects counting the poetry book. I’m actually juggling projects right now, so let’s talk about that! πŸ˜€

So far, I’m not really having any problems. I started out with a bit of a time problem, but the solution to that was to get up earlier and get some stuff off my plate in the a.m. I tend to work on one for a bit and then turn and work on the other one. It’s not causing any issues in the old writer’s brain, but I do end up writing for longer than I would if I was just working on one project, but I’m not complaining. ^_^ It’s been fun to hop back and forth between projects like this. OGs know I’ve been trying to juggle projects for years. I think the reason why things haven’t imploded yet is because I don’t have a deadline. I don’t care when either one of these projects get done, as long as they get done, you know.

There might be other factors. Like the protagonists are coexisting well in my head. They’re not fighting for space or attention. The plots are both dark, of course, but the main characters are very different. The settings are distinct. The fonts are different. πŸ˜› But I think the most important thing is the lack of a deadline. There’s no pressure to finish anything in a certain time frame, so why not write both? They were both ready and at the very beginning.

I’m actually a little further along on the “Rewrite” because the chapters are longer, and the story’s been developed in my head longer, so it was a bit easier at the beginning. I’m not quite ready to say what it is, but it’s a rewrite, as you can tell from what I’m calling it. Lol! This might potentially be my first successful rewrite, if it goes well. But it’s definitely a project I’ve mentioned before, and it got me writing again after taking a long break and then dragging my feet.

I was sitting at my desk one afternoon, and I was thinking about how I wanted to write, but I was afraid Pinewood Falls wouldn’t be dark enough for my current mood (haha), so I was like, “Why don’t I work on something else, just for fun?” And when I started on the rewrite, I decided, that same day, to see if I could get myself out of the corner in Pinewood that I felt stuck in, and thus, there I was, working on two projects. Just like that. And also, Pinewood is plenty dark enough. It’s just different. But everything is always different. Even the rewrite isn’t the same as it was.

Back when the disaster happened, I knew things went wrong after chapter two, and that I’d had to start over from the beginning regardless, though I could potentially keep most of chapter two, with changes, of course. So, that helped me get into the flow of things again. The only note-taking involved consisted of redoing my character profiles so they’re more readable, I have a new system now, πŸ™‚ and then redoing the outline, of course. It’s only three pages, so it wasn’t a big job. I just needed to make sure all the new ducks were in a row.

Yeah, I’m pretty happy to be writing again. I wanted to wait until I was at least 10k on both before I said anything, but I crossed that last week! I doubt I’ll keep going back and forth every writing session, but who knows. I like to experiment. ^_^

I’ll talk about what the stories are actually about in a future update. πŸ˜‰


  • Tonja Drecker

    Yay to the writing flowing again! I completely understand the several project thing. I often work that way because sometimes the mood just doesn’t fit, and with a couple of projects, it’s easy to hop to the other. I’m super curious to find out what the ‘rewrite’ is.

    • Krystal Jane

      πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to tell everyone about it! So far it’s been beneficial to have multiple projects. There’s less space in my brain for stress. πŸ˜›

    • Krystal Jane

      Yay! πŸ˜€ I like it because it’s taking the pressure off. All the proverbial writing eggs are spread out or whatever. ^_^

  • Jodi Leigh

    I agree with Tonja–I’m curious what the ‘rewrite’ is. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

    I sly away from Black Lilies once in awhile to add a few words to Apathetics. Then I always feel dirty…like I’m cheating on my series. Can’t wait for the day where I’m able to work on stand-alones guilt-free!

    • Krystal Jane

      I never thought I’d been able to bounce around, but I’m sure it helps that I can’t manage even a duology right now without losing half of my mind. Lol! I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize the rewrite title when you see it. πŸ˜‰

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