EVO Ghost, Writing and Me

Update 13/1/17


I haven’t posted an EVO Ghost update on my blog in what feels like ages. I have hinted at some struggles on Twitter and in my Muse-ic post, and now, I thought I’d let everyone know how I’m getting on.

Word Count:

After Christmas, I started on EVO Ghost with 24k words written. I hadn’t touched the manuscript for a while because I was focussing on Thrown to The Blue, but going back knowing that I already had 24k words was a motivator. That motivation didn’t last long. I couldn’t move passed a particular point in my story, and for days, I procrastinated. Eventually, I decided to cut 10k words, taking me back to where I knew I was last inspired. I took the narrative in a completely different direction and the words flowed much smoother. I’m now at 27k words and going strong, so that’s 13k written since Christmas. The bonus is that some of the cut stuff will make it into the narrative a bit further down the line.

‘Third Book in the Trilogy’ Syndrome:

Half of my word count issues stemmed from self-doubt. Rather than let my story flow and pay it little heed until the redraft, I stressed myself out with worry over loose ends, tying up character arcs, making the third book epic etc. I dubbed this self-doubt, ‘Third Book in the Trilogy Syndrome’. I know this book has to close the story, and I want to do right by my characters, but dwelling on it wasn’t helping. Getting back to my usual ‘seat of my pants’ drafting style has helped me progress the narrative.

Where I am at now:

I am neck deep in drafting, researching, and note taking. A brilliant idea popped into my head that wouldn’t leave me alone. When I finally wrote it into the narrative, the whole story shifted up a notch, and a huge plot hole filled itself. Phew. I also may have, kinda have, sorta have an ending idea. I say this very gingerly because my ending ideas usually change as the narrative moves along. Teddie will tell me how this ends, but I’m hoping this idea has been sparked by some hidden message in the narrative so far. That happens to me, you know. I only realise why I typed something when that something becomes important further down the story arc. Strange, but amazing, right?


This excerpt is only small because it is very hard to find interesting paragraphs without spoilers, especially for those who may not have read books one and two.

I push at my temples, scrunching my nose against the tension forming in my head. “You were doing what you thought was best,” I say, more to myself than him. “Still, you should have told me from the first.”

His mouth opens and closes like a fish. “I thought you’d be—”

“A bitch about it. You saved my life. I won’t forget that easily, just don’t keep things from me. I have… trust issues.” I smile and tap at the stapled scar on my scalp.

“Sorry, I’m just used to my family being hard-headed and petulant.”

“Oh, I can be both of those. I just have perspective now.”

How do you overcome self-doubt? Have you written a trilogy, and how did you find the experience?

Content belongs to K.J.Chapman



10 thoughts on “Update 13/1/17”

  1. Sounds like it’s going well, after the rocky start at least. I’m still working on my first proper novel but I also changed the plot part of the way through and it was so much better and I felt a renewed inspiration for the story. The characters develop (almost by themselves which sounds strange but it’s true) and as they do I want to write more. Sounds like you’ll be keeping busy then! Keep up the awesome work. 😀

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    1. Cutting the dead weight is therapeutic, don’t you think? I know what you mean about the characters moving the narrative themselves. They have voices and minds, and let us know when something isn’t right. 🙂

      Thank you, I hope to keep powering on. I’m sending positive writing vibes to you too.

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  2. I’m in a serious rut with mine. I decided I didn’t like the main conflict, and… Well, the main conflict drives the whole story. So without the conflict, I had no story.

    I love the characters, but i’ve been stewing for weeks about what conflict I can include and have gotten nowhere.

    I’m glad you’re getting somewhere with yours, though 😊 Keep going!

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    1. I hope you can write your way out of your rut. If you need a sounding board, I’m always happy to help 🙂

      Would a change of protag help? Could you make the antag your protag? Just some ideas. It’s so hard when you’re stuck.

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      1. Thank you ❤️ I really love the protag… It’s who the whole story was built around. And RE the antag: I don’t know who that is, since I don’t have a conflict anymore. #FirstWorldProblems.

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  3. Firstly, that excerpt is fantastic! Secondly, I’m glad that things are coming together for you and that some ideas are beginning to fill in! Keep on writing, my dear and trust in Teddie 😉 I believe together you’ll bring this series to a satisfying close! ❤

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    1. Thank you for your vote of confidence, it means a lot 🙂 There have been a lot of developments since this post, and I can actually see the straight line through the middle and on to the conclusion- yay! 🙂

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  4. It’s exciting to see you dive back into EVO Ghost ^-^ Is there one writer who’s never had to deal with self-doubt? Look at your reviews, K. You’ve got enough incredible feedback and love for Teds to fund her war! If that doesn’t do it give me a shout so I can wave my invisible pom-poms at you! 😉

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