Today, I shall give you the ONE THING that has kept you from breathing your WHOLE LIFE… Information about my writing! *dances* *parties* *gives out dried mangoes*
I’m participating in the Beautiful Books meme, [co-]hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury. Here’s the button:
*isn’t sure if the button links to the page or not, so gives this link* #TechSavvy
*realizes the button isn’t supposed to link to the page* #EvenMoreTechSavvy
1. What were your writing achievements last year?
Well, I was one of the three winners of a fiction writing contest, and I also wrote 15k words in November (y’all know what that means :P) for my novel, which is the highest amount I’ve EVER written.
(I know, I achieved so much this year.)
2. What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
Okay. So I’m on hiatus from writing my current novel (If Memory Serves, which you’ll hear me refer to as IMS) to write a thorough outline of the plot. I did a plot structure, but I got stuck and now the outline will help me determine specific events that will happen next. #planner
I have this dark fairy-tale retelling idea (not revealing any more than that) that I’m starting to generate ideas for, but I probably won’t get to writing that this year. I also have a sci-fi genetic modification story I’d love to write. Someday. But since I’m mainly focusing on IMS, my goals are to:
- Finish my outline for IMS
- Enter writing contest with IMS―polish up the first few chapters
- Write at least 37,000 more words for IMS (which I’m expecting to be 90k or more words long)
- Plot/outline dark fairy-tale retelling idea (Decemberish)
And yeah. That’s about as much as I’ll get to. 😄
3. Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
Well, obviously, If Memory Serves! In just a few keywords, it’s basically about five teens, a power-hungry government official, and a memory mutation in the brain, plus lots of secrets. >:) It’s sci-fi (ish) and dystopian (ish). I think it’s pretty unique, plot-, character-, and genre-wise. A more detailed blurb will be up on the My Writings page next Tuesday, when I’ll officially introduce my novel. 🙂
I also want to tryyyyy to plot/outline a dark fairy-tale retelling. Of the moment, that’s all I want to reveal. This will probably be a secret project, because secrets are fun. 1 (Or maybe not. Because I’m weak and have low-self esteem and
want need you to tell me how amazing it is.)
(But I really might just tell you guys all about it, because if I don’t, I’ll have nothing to talk about writing-wise, since I can’t focus on more than one project at once.)
1 But it wouldn’t be secret, since I already said things about it???
4. How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
Well. Right now, I’m not liking my novel much, because 1) it’s written and worded oddly, 2) for some reason, there’s not a lot of emotion―while I usually write with a LOT of emotion??? and 3) something’s just wrong. So, as a writer, I want to refine my writing voice and style and also show more emotion/feelings/thoughts in my writing. (I usually write in third person, and most of the time, I can show thoughts and emotions, but for some reason, it’s not working in this novel???)
5. Describe your general editing process.
Well… This is awkward… I’ve never actually finished a novel before… (like I’ve said a million times already… which should make it not awkward???). But one time, for a writing contest (the one mentioned in the first question), I basically did what was described in my recent post. Basically, I print out the pages of my story and murder it with my red pen. No matter what, that will ALWAYS be the case. I just can’t edit on the computer… It’s just… MY EYES.
6. On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
I really don’t know why I put that in a blockquote.
I mean. Look. I haven’t finished it yet. Right now, at its current stage, it needs a lot of editing. BUT. I am absolutely in love with the plot ideas and the world and the CHARRIES OH THE WONDERFUL CHARRIES I LOVE YOU SO MUCH *hugs/squeezes/tackles*
7. What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
Oh my mangoes. A lot of it. 😄 Well, like I said, this particular novel has some trouble with showing the characters’ emotions/thoughts/feelings, so I’d like to work with that, and I’d also like to work on my style of writing and how I write each character’s voice (because some of the character’s voices incorrectly portray who they’re supposed to be).
8. What do you like the most about your draft?
Well. I haven’t finished it (like I’ve been saying), but what I like most about it is my charries and my plot (like I’ve also said). I love love LOVE my characters, and I think the plot is unique and quite developed. Comparing to other plots. 😄 Now I guess that really isn’t part of the draft, and more of the story, but BAH.
9. What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?
Ohhhh, no no no. No publishing. I would LOVE for it to be published, since I think it has a pretty unique plot, but no way in the name of mangoes will I get to publish it. I was thinking about self-publishing, but 1) I’ve heard that if you self-publish, it’ll be harder for you to find an editor??? (I’m pretty sure I misunderstood that), and 2) I want to publish a REAL book, one that I can hold and flip through, and smell that musty aroma that only comes with REAL BOOKS. (Not to say that eBooks or self-published books aren’t real. They are. Just not… as real?)
Probably more edits, to be honest. And possibly beta-readers. I guess I would let some select friends read it (BUT NOT MA FAMILLE).
10. What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?
Having never finished a first draft before… I would say that my top piece of advice is to TAKE A BREAK. You have just finished a whole draft of a novel/story. Whether it’s 1,000 words or 100,000 words, you need a break. So take one! Relaxing and spending time away from your novel will take your mind off it, and when you come back to it, you’ll be refreshed and reminded of why you love this story so much that you decided to write it. Honestly. Best piece of writing advice ever.
What’s your plan for your current project? How long do you expect edits to take? Are any of you participating in the upcoming Camp NaNo? Have you done the Beautiful Books meme? (If so, GIVE ME LINKS.) Did I add too many images/gifs? Let’s have a chat!!!