Hello bookworms and welcome! Now if you don’t know already, I am not just a book blogger – I’m a writer too, and I love to write. I absolutely love it. And this year I not only want to write more regularly, but I also want to post more about my writing, and what better way to do this than join in on this monthly meme dedicated to writers?
Beautiful People is a monthly meme for writers, hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Each month, they give us a set of 10 questions to answer about our characters (characters in our works of writing). It’s designed to help us get to know our characters! If you want to know more about this weekly meme, click here to see all the information that you need to know!
This week, the topic is our writing goals and resolutions. So, I’m going to answer the set of questions that Cait and Sky have given us for this month. I’m very excited!
What were your writing achievements last year?
Writing was tough, with everything that went on last year. Trying to juggle blogging with my rocky mental state and my final exams of my high school life was very hard. Add writing into the mix? Dang, I’m not a superhuman guys.
Buuuut, I did manage to start on a novel idea that had been swimming through my head for a few months and I managed to get all my ideas organised and completed the first few chapters of it, which I am very happy about.
Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
I have one work-in-progress that I am working on, and that is currently my project. My top priority will be trying to complete a chapter per week. I’m not interested in finishing it quick, just taking my time and creating a good, regular writing schedule.
List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.
- I really want to work on writing regularly – at least three times a week for two hours each session
- Work on solidifying the personalities, motivations, etc. for all my characters in my WIP (work-in-progress)
- Work on the world-building of my WIP
- Generally just focus on completing the first draft of my WIP!
- (I can’t think of another one, oops)
Are you participating in any writing challenges?
I’m not sure yet. I haven’t actually heard any news of any type of writing challenges, so probably not. The only one I know of is NaNoWriMo, and I think that is quite a long way away.
What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?
I have a few beta readers at the moment who are lovely blogger friends of mine (and one personal friend of mine). For now, I have no plans to expand, I am happy with who I have helping me out and giving me feedback as I do my best to complete this first draft. However, once I’ve finished it (the first draft I mean), that’s when the real action will begin and I will possibly look for a critique partner at that point.
Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?
Possibly. I have no solid plans, but if I need a push in my writing process, I might decide to pick up a writing-related book.
Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
I want to get to know my main character: Lina. I want to know more about her life, her current motivations and feelings and what she wants in life. How am I going to do that? Gosh, what a question. I’ll achieve this by writing her backstory, and playing with her actions and dialogue as I progress through writing my draft, I suppose.
Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?
Ah, honestly? My plan of attack is to basically write, and write a lot.
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?
I have not read enough books so far in my life to really know what there is missing in the literary world. There’s so many books out there, featuring so many different things, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of everything that there is.
But, ‘holes’? I don’t know if this counts, but I definitely want to see more diversity in terms of character roles. (I am so bad at answering these questions, my goodness)
What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
Hopefully by the end of this year, I will have finished the first draft of my work-in-progress and would have started on editing it. I really, REALLY hope this will happen! No no, IT WILL HAPPEN. YES.