On all the writing goals for 2017

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.

Are you writing ? Tell me all about your writing goals for the year! Would you like me to share more about what I’m working on ? 💬

If you’re not writing, then do you have any blogging goals for 2017 ? Let me know in comments! 💬

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73 thoughts on “On all the writing goals for 2017

  1. Aweee, I haven’t done a beautiful books link up in ages! My goal would be to write more frequently as well. I am not someone who believes that a person has to write EVERY day, but if it’s been over a month, the story is in danger hahaha

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    1. I love this link-up because it forces me to think about my writing and my stories and everythng, and even if it forces me, in the end I am glad because it makes me motivated all over again. If that makes any sense? Haha.
      Haha oh I get it. I try to write a bit at least once a week, but sometimes it’s hard to 😦

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  2. I wish you all the luck on your project this year, Marie!
    Writing 18k words is super impressive. I guess the biggest mistake, for a lot of writers, is trying to achieve everything at once. I realize that, once you gave yourself a break, you got back with much more energy and inspiration. I hope you can work with your characters in the best way possible; and I also hope you can share more about your WIP with us in the future!

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  3. This is a great post Marie, and it was certainly interesting learning more about your writing process and your book as well. I think my writing aim for this year will actually be to start writing again. I didn’t get a chance at all during 2016, mainly because blogging took over my whole life, but this year I want to start again and I want to take part in NaNoWriMo in November as well!
    I guess for me 2017 will be about managing my blogging time better so I can have ore time for my other hobbies! 😀
    Good luck with your draft and the editing process as well. I’ve never edited anything I’ve written but I imagine it’s a lot harder than writing a draft in the first place! 🙂

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      1. That’s all right! 😀 ❤ Yeah I never imagined blogging would take up this much time but I wouldn't change it for anything I guess now I just need to become better at managing my time more than anything else.
        Writing more is at the top of my list so if I only accomplish one thing in 2017 it will be that! 😀

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  4. I love this post! The aspect of writing that I struggle with the most is the… writing, HAHA. I have all these ideas and I can write all these outlines/character outlines but whenever I sit down to write, my brain goes into editor mode and just shuts down everything I’m putting on paper (well, on screen).

    I’m glad to hear that your novel is doing well though – 18K is no small feat to laugh at, and relationship-building is pretty hard to do. Good luck, Marie. ❤

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    1. Oh thank you, Reg! OH I understand, this happens to me at times – I just stare at the screen and got all these ideas but they can’t get out haha. I think maybe you just need a little push, or a writing prompt, or a goal per day, to be able to write a bit, who knows? 🙂
      Thank you! I hope it will be okay ahah 🙂


  5. I always have lots of writing goals, but I’m lucky if I can crank out 1000 words a month. Sadly I’m one of these people who spend more time planning than actually writing. But good luck on hitting all your own goals! Loved this post – its great seeing what other writers are up too 🙂

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  6. I have setup my wordpress page to document my struggle with the writing process. Boring I know, but it helps me flush out the rollercoaster emotions and gets me to re-focus. I am not sure how to get many people to comment but still new to this. I joined back in 2012 and did nothing until last month. Anyway, goal for 2017 – get someone to read my first book in a trilogy – The Indigo Lock and have it published. On the final draft now. Anyone want to read a few chapters and help me out?

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    1. Oh well that’s so great, and I am sure you will find many writers struggling as well, and find support of course as well 🙂 As for finding beta readers, well the book blogging community is huge, so ask around and maybe ask on Twitter as well, some bloggers are beta readers as well 🙂 good luck!


  7. I think you’ve done amazing to have created 18,000 words for your novel so far! I recently started creative writing again, I have to create a story in 2,500 words (barely anything) for a unit at uni. I have an idea which i’ve started but it’s executing it in such a small word count. I wish it could be longer but I suppose they have hundreds they have to read so it wouldn’t be practical!

    I would love if you could do more posts on writing, perhaps if there’s places out there online you can post creative writing to for people to read and give opinions. Or what happens when you’ve finished your story where you want to go with it? Published perhaps?


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    1. Thank you so much! Oh I understand, keeping a whole story in such a small word count is sometimes a struggle. I always wrote too much in school essays, I couldn’t stop 😂😂
      I’m not sure yet, for now I just want to be able to say I finished it, and edited it, and I can read the whole thing and hopefully enjoy it haha.Publishing would be a dream, but I know how hard it is so I don’t dare considering it 😂


  8. Truth be told I didn’t even think of having more than one writing goal for this year. My only goal was to write more and to stop hating my writing, which I included in my New Year’s Resolution post, along with my other blogging resolutions. I hope to write more, blog more, come up with creative content that screams “This is Paige!”, and hopefully do some other cool stuff along the way!

    Love your goals and good luck with your book!! Writing a book is incredibly difficult, so I know that it takes some serious dedication.

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    1. Best of luck for all of your goals! It’s kind of challenging to set yourself more than one goal, especially when it comes to writing, because wel…we are moody creatures and can’t really predict how inspiration wil hit us this year, haha. I hope you’ll manage to reach your goals, Paige! 🙂 Thank you so, so much ❤

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  9. Great post and goals Marie 🙂 I am also participating in the linkup and the main thing I want to do this year IS TO FINISH THIS BOOK AHH. Plus I want to write more regularly. I feel like I write once in every two or three months which of course needs to be fixed lol 😛

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  10. I like the passion you pour into wanting to write and finish up that one book. Keep on writing and remain positive! 😀 Inspiration comes at the most random moments and you’ll surely find yourself doubting at time, but I’m sure the process will be overall appreciated and you’ll reach your goal in no time, Marie! 😀

    – Lashaan

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  11. Your WIP sounds great! I’m sure its as amazing as I imagine (which is greatly amazing) and that its all the loaded feelings that I could only dream of (before you make it a reality *WINK*). The best of luck for your writing goals for this year! The way that you talk about your stories and your plans sounds so awesome – wishing you good luck for the rest of it and the editing process!

    I’m still working on my NanoWriMo from last year at the moment. Before November I didn’t know whether I really wanted to finsih the story or just do it for the challenge but I had so much fun and I feel so truly happy writing that I love continuing! Its not as much progress as Nano at all – since then I’ve only written about 5000 words but its so much joy regardless! I too want to participate in Nano this year, AHAHA I can’t wait for November!

    And I would LOVE to know how your writing progress and process comes along this year! It sounds extraordinary and purely amazing and with all that love and dedication you seem to be putting into it, I’m so sure it would be great!

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      1. Always! ❤ Awww, I think so too! Its taking on slowly but I like that it doesn't feel like something that I need to rush to do! I'd love to finish it because I want to see how it ends but I like that its something I keep to do when I feel like it! The best of luck to you too! I hope everything goes well! AHAHAHA YESSS! Imagine just how much fun that would be! 😉

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  12. Hi Marie! I just stumbled on your entry. I hadn’t written in years but always felt like I had a book in me. So,I did Nano for the first time this past November and hit the 50k word goal. Like you I am now trying to finish the blessed draft. So far I have only been able to add about 9,500 words to the total. The goal is to finish edit and publish this year. Nothing like a challenge right? Keep writing and you will get to your goal.

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  13. Do you have any advice for bettering your writing style in nonfiction. I have been writing articles for newspapers, magazines, and my blogs for several years now and my style hasn’t evolved. I know I’m “good” at writing, but I know I have so much room to grow. I just don’t know how. Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Anna Tyler


    1. Oh well I am mostly a fiction writer and listen to podcasts and read blog posts and such about writing fiction, so I don’t know if I’d be very helpful in non-fiction. In terms or growing and changing, I guess you just need to find your “voice”, your unique way of writing things, blog posts, everything that makes you shine and how it comes naturally to you. That’s your talent and you need to hold on to it 🙂 Each magazine, newspaper and blogs has their own guidelines and writing styles you need to adapt to I guess. Maybe try and write some different ways, on various subjects and for different platforms to find what works out the best for you? Overthinking certainly doesn’t do wonders, though – I think you already have your own style 🙂


  14. Hello!
    Thanks for sharing! I am following your blog and I would love to hear more about your current project.
    I am also editing my Nanowrimo novel (from 2016). My goal for this year is to finish the 4th draft and send it off to my beta-readers. I am also hoping to build my social media presence via blogging and twitter. I also have an idea for nanowrimo 2017 that will need to be hashed out more (I agree that world building is tough but necessary!)
    My immediate goal is to write more and get better at it. In the next 5-10yrs I may look into self-publishing.
    Looking forward to read more about your writing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Sophie! I hope you’ll be able to finish your 4th draft and send it out to beta readers soon – this has to be such an exciting part of any writing project! What is your story about, if I can ask? 🙂
      I’m currently working on my 2015 NaNo novel and about halfway into rewritings, I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the year and then I’ll see wherever I go with editing and everything ahah, for now I’m just trying to enjoy the writing-ride 😀
      Thank you, Sophie! 🙂

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      1. Haha… Thanks for your kind words 🙂 It is that part of editing where I am not sure what it is about. Let’s just call it a love story between an aspiring artist and the janitor of an art gallery who is a single dad. There are definitely still some rough edges to be smoothed out.
        What is your story about? All the best with your editing journey as well 🙂

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  15. A couple of years ago I used to write almost every day, I wrote a 30k fanfic as a present for my cousin and I took writing classes. I don’t really remember why but now I never write and can’t seem to find the inspiration to do so either… My first goal is probably just get back into blogging since I’ve been absent for a month or two and then I really want to get my writing mojo back on since it was something that used to make me so happy 🙂

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    1. OH no! I’m so sorry to hear you haven’t written in so long. I was in the same boat a couple of years ago: I hadn’t been writing for months and months. Then I tried Camp NaNoWriMo, to try and boost myself and it worked SO MUCH. Now I’m writing every weekend and trying to finish a story I’ve been writin for the past two years. Maybe participating in something like this could help you – or try to have weekly goals, write little by little. I hope you’ll be able to get your writing mojo back! ❤ ❤


      1. It’s funny ’cause I’ve actually thought about trying NaNoWriMo just because I need something and/or someone to help hold me to it😅I genuinely do want to get back into it, I just need a little inspiration and the courage to do so. I hope so too! Even if what I write suck, it won’t matter because at least I did it😝


      2. Ahah, well…don’t think about it anymore, DO IT 😀 It’s a great way to push yourself to write a little bit – at least it worked for me. And if you need a little boost, well you can always talk to me, I’ll try and give you my motivation! And yes, as long as you’re writing, it’s good. Even if you think it sucks (I’m sure it won’t). We all need to start the writing somewhere after all 🙂

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      3. oh just google camp NaNo, you’ll fall right into it ahah 🙂 Of course, anytime, we writers need to stick together! ❤
        I'm currently working on a novel I started back with NaNoWriMo, actually, in November 2015 ahah 🙂

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      4. haha great! Agreed ❤ If you ever need a second pair of eyes, some feedback or someone to help motivate you – don't be shy to contact me! I wouldn't mind helping. I'm sure you're gonna finish it, there's no shame in taking your time with it. As the wise people say (:P) Rome wasn't built in a day!

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