Happy Dance,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress

NaNoWriMo Update!

GUYS!! ^_^

Things are still going well! Things are actually going well! I can hardly believe it. πŸ˜€

Current word count: 33,896

I’m expecting the first draft to end up on the shorter side, maybe around 60k, but we’ll see. I have a “finished” mini outline. I say “finished” because I thought it was finished last time, and then I realized that I had three Mondays in a row, and well, that doesn’t happen in real life outside of a metaphorical sense. And also, I had to rearrange things because there was a minor change in the story, of course.

I can’t wait to be in editing mode. This is going to be so much fun to edit, and I haven’t edited anything in over a year! I πŸ’œ editing. ^_^

The only part of the writing process I don’t like is probably getting started. It’s all gravy from there, right? Sometimes?

What’s funniest to me is that I originally started the story at a carnival. Then I decided to start the story earlier. Then I rewrote those earlier parts from scratch. Then I decided that I was right the first time, so I started at the carnival again with this current draft. In between there, the story has taken a few turns, but the framework has basically stayed the same: sorority girls + puppet box = mayhem. ^_^

Every time I think I have an official “writing process,” I write a new story and do something different. So I decided that my writing process is to do whatever the story dictates. I haven’t varied too much from a combination of pantsing and outlining. But how much outlining I do depends on the story. Sometimes I need to know where I’m going, in the form of some kind of outline, the shorter the better, and sometimes I can completely pants something. I’m pretty good at keeping the outline short and easy to change, so it’s not like it messes me up. But I will say, I like starting stories without one, because it keeps me from freaking out over smaller details that I don’t have yet. And if there’s a problem with the story, I’m more likely to barrel through if I have an outline, so I like to wait until I know the story is solid before I start outlining stuff. That’s been working out pretty well for me.

In rewriting news, I finally finished the rewrites on Monday. It took five extra chapters and a good 10k more words to get to this same point in the story, which makes sense, because the pacing was off last time. Not in the original version from 2017, but from the version I was writing earlier this year in the spring. Somehow I’ve managed to get ahead in my NaNo pace and stay ahead and still get some reading done and a few episodes of Gotham binged on Netflix everyday. I’m not sure I’m getting enough sleep, but what else is new.

In random news, I currently have my “too many tabs open at once” problem completely under control! Let’s hope it stays this way, because it’s been really nice to start and end each day with no more than five tabs open. ^_^

Anyways, I’m taking a break next week due to US Thanksgiving, so next time you see me I’ll be a NaNoWriMo 2019 Winner with a final tally in tow! πŸ˜› Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Jodi Leigh

    “So I decided that my writing process is to do whatever the story dictates.” I recently came to that same conclusion. Chasing Echoes and Black Lilies were both pantsed (with mini-outlines created only for the “next” chapter or two), but Spring of Crows is 100% plotted. I couldn’t even start writing SoC until I had synopses written for the first 13 chapters. Because it’s the last book of the series, the details have to line up with the previous two books, but also have to move the story forward in a way that ties up all the loose ends. All of this requires much more careful planning. I can’t wait until SoC is done and I can start writing standalones; then I’ll officially get to wing it again. πŸ˜›

    Congrats on your awesome Nano progress!

    • Krystal Jane

      The couple of times I plotted series, even though I didn’t end up writing them, there was definitely a lot more plotting and outlining involved. So happy you’re making progress on it! ^_^

  • Tonja Drecker

    Wow! You’re doing great! I agree with the writing process depending on the story. Each one is like its own child: different personality, different problems, different twists and turns. I’m still editing away and will be forever…at least, that’s what it feels like right now. πŸ˜‰

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