Hello, blogglings! It is I, Aine, who is currently trying to write a blog post in under ten minutes so I can leave and go get a goat (this is not some weird analogy or something…I mean I actually have to go and get a literal, breathing goat), and so, I am linking up with Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In for the writing meme thing Beautiful People.
It is quite fun to do. You should do it.
What were your writing achievements last year?
I wrote…uh…one and a half books. Not my best. But I’ve been in this weirdest writing rut since last summer, and it’s get quite annoying because I really want to write, but whenever I sit down to do it I just…can’t. I stare at the computer, ideas going through my head, but I can’t actually write them.
It’s annoying and stupid.
Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
There’s one that I’ve been calling The Mockingbird & The Hurricane which is about a boy with depression and a girl with social anxiety and they fall in love just as the boy switches depression medications and goes into that period of your depression getting a whole lot worse before it gets better.
But they’re like the cutest thing I have ever (planned) to write. Atticus (the boy) will order coffee for Rayne (the girl) and let her sit and read in the little backroom of his family’s bookstore, Resurrected Trees, when her social anxiety is really bad, and Rayne will come and bring Atticus’s favorite movies and TV shows and build him pillow forts that they’ll just stay in all day during his worst days.
But, it turns out, that researching depression medications and how depression is treated and stuff like that takes up a lot more time than I thought. I know social anxiety personally. I don’t know depression. I was planning on starting this on the 1st. Now I’m aiming for the 11th.
List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.
Plot- My plots are currently all over the place. I need to start A) actually outlining, and B) not throwing that outline to the wind whenever I get a really awesome idea.
Romance- I’m currently a little scared to write romance because I haven’t actually been in love or had a crush on an actual person (crushes on fictional characters galore. Some lasting years [coughStilescough]). So I’ve been reading a lot of rather horrible romances and some decent ones to try and get the feelings right.
Characters- Honestly, I think if someone doesn’t list that they want to improve their characters, it’s a lie. We all want our characters to be as complex as J.K. Rowlings. Mine always come out seeming a bit one-dimensional.
Editing- as I’m sure you all know, I hate editing with the very depths of my soul, but I also need to start doing it. And also, I edit really badly, so I need to get better at that, too.
The whole actual writing bit.
Are you participating in any writing challenges?
Both sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo and regular actual NaNoWriMo. I might see if my library is doing a week long teen writer’s workshop again like they did last summer. I sadly missed the one last summer because I didn’t find out about it until after it was already over.
What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?
0. I have 0 of both. I’m hoping that once I finish TM&TH I’ll get beta readers for it, but as for critique partners I was seeing if I could get some. Maybe contact the people I did NaNo with last November.
Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research
I don’t really read writer relating books, or research books. I use websites like WebMD and Havocscope or things like that for all my research.
Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
Well, I want to know Atticus better, because I don’t have depression myself, so I don’t really KNOW him like I do Rayne. So I’m going to talk to people with depression and of course do ten tons of research and stuff like that.
Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?
My editing plan of attack is…cry and drink way too much black tea. I’m being like half-serious.
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 want to see more books about social anxiety, because something like 30% of people have it (including this girl right here), but there aren’t a ton of books about it. I want more books without romance (slightly ironic, considering I’m going to write a romance). I’ve kind of wanted to read a YA book about animal smuggling for a long time.
What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
To have TM&TH done, edited, and beta-read, and edited again, and have at least the first draft of one other novel.
And so that’s it, blogglings! And I really have to tell you something because I’m rather excited about it: Atticus’s little sister is named Ramona. I bet you can guess the pattern there.