Blogglings, I had an awful writing year. Truly awful. Like, I shouldn’t even be calling myself a writer because I did pretty much NO WRITING. But, do I take that as a sign that I should hold off on the writing for this year, set more manageable goals? NOOOO. I’m all, LET’S MAKE IT BIGGER.
It’s also somewhat about my NaNo novel, which barely even got worked on.
What were your writing achievements last year?
Couple of short stories, about 1/8 of a novel, and pretty much nothing else.
What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
Besides actually write a decent amount? I want to outline at least three ideas, and write at least one, edit if I’m really feeling generous.
Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
I want to continue with Witches Black & Silver, which was what was supposed to be my NaNoWriMo novel but I actually didn’t end up working that much on.
I’ve got Red Dawn, which is my awful placeholder title for my werewolf dog fight novel, and The Sea, The Sun, The Stars, which is my Robin Hood retelling but with pirates that’s kind of morphed into a not-Robin Hood retelling but still with pirates as I’ve plotted.
How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
I want to get better about not using words like “felt” “very” “really”, and filler words like “quite” and “like”. And I hope by the end of 2017 I’m not using the words quite so much.
Describe your general editing process.
Editing? Haha, I don’t understand this word.
On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
I’m going to say like a 3. I liked what I did write, but I didn’t write very much of it.
What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
The actual finishing part.
What do you like the most about your draft?
I adore my characters. I think these are the best characters I’ve ever come up with, and they’re all so different. Sometimes I worry that I give all my characters the exact same personality but it’s not so with this novel and I’m both grateful and relieved.
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?
Let’s say I did actually finish this, and have edited it, I think I’d get my critique partner to read it, edit it again, get beta readers, edit, then query it. Possibly after more editing.
What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?
Don’t instantly launch back into the novel. If you’ve just spent all your time writing this novel, the last thing you want to do is instantly edit it, because you’ll get tired of it fast, and that’s not what you want. You want to stay excited about this novel throughout the entire process, because if you’re not excited about it, you’re not going to want to write it.
How was your writing year, you guys? Did you get lots of writing done, or did you have a not so great writing year like me? Did you do NaNoWriMo? If so, how’d you do? Did you win or no? What was your novel about? Tell me all.