Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! How are you? I hope your week started well! Today’s Wednesday and I’m happy to be back with another tag and change things up a bit to talk about…writing !
I’m taking part once again in the Beautiful Books meme to answer these questions and talk a bit more about writing and my WIP. I’m not the most regular writer, since I have been working on the same story for a year and a half now, on and off, but I am determined to finish it and eager to write more and more because I love it so much. So let’s reflect on the last year and talk about what’s coming next!
What were your writing achievements last year?
I don’t know if achievements is quite the right word to describe last year. I tried to edit my NaNoWriMo novel from 2015 in March with Camp NaNo, and I failed. I started writing again back at the end of August and right now I am at 18 K of my story. So I guess I’m doing not too bad ?
What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
I would love to be able to finish my novel for good, edited and all good to go, with no plot holes and the three dimensional characters I need. Since I’m not halfway there, hm…I have no idea whether or not I can do this. My main point on my to-do-list for this year though is to try to write more frequently, take time to do so.
Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
My priority is obviously as I said above, to try and finish my novel, but I also got tons of other stories in mind I’d like to try and explore. I want to try and participate in NaNoWriMo again this year as well, because it was such a wonderful experience.
And in case you’re wondering, my current project is a mix of childhood best friends/first love, contemporary with a twist, school pressure and hopefully loads of feelings.
How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
I want to be able to write or at least think about my stories more and more to craft them, make the worlds and characters better and more and more alive. I want to improve on world-building, something I struggle with a bit – I think. I’m hoping that at the end of the year, writing (fiction) will become a part of me again like it was before.
Describe your general editing process.
I don’t have an editing process, really, haha, since I barely edited anything for now. I think my editing process looks like this, for now.
On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
I don’t know for now how it looks like, but I hope it turns out okay ?
What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
World-building, and character shaping for now, I think. Also… I need to finish it?
What do you like the most about your draft?
I really like the characters’ relationships and I am hoping to make this raw-feelings thing big and fun and heartbreaking. #cruellifeofawriter
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?
I’m guessing this mean once I finished re-writing it and everything ? Obviously a bit of editing until it seems as good as it can be. I think publishing would be a dream but I don’t think it’s something I can do. I don’t know, I don’t believe I can do it. The real thing I want to be able to, for now, is READ THE GODDAMN BOOK I managed to write.
What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?
Let it sit for a while. I wrote my first draft in NaNo 2015 and finished it in December of this same year. I tried to get back to it and edit it on March of the next year, and I failed. I only got back to it in August 2016 and I think the distance helped me re-focus on the story and what I really wanted it to be.