Hence, I present to you this month’s Beautiful People, as hosted by Cait and Sky.
What were your writing achievements last year?Well, I wrote the first draft of my inactive WIP (“I Piss on Magic,” but I dunno if that’ll stick). Also, I compiled all the beta feedback I’d received on my active WIP, Notebook Spawn, and started editing again.
Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?*sigh* Notebook Spawn. And IPOM. And I’d maybe like to write a first draft of something new. Maybe about a villain family or maybe about Greek Mythology. We’ll see.
List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.Writing consistently, character development, humor, writing longer, handling my emotions after critiques better.
How shall I accomplish this? No idea.
Are you participating in any writing challenges?Nooooope.
What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?I have traded stuff with people. And they were good people. And I appreciated it. But people always talk about their beta readers like they’ve been reading work for each other for fifty years and how they are perfect for each other and in my case, we’ve only traded once… so I’ll lay off my commentary for another forty-nine years.
Although I do think that I’m going to go for CPs in June or July or August of this year so maybe I’ll try to trade with people again then. Or find new people to trade with. Depends on how everyone’s lives are going.
Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?Nah.
Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?I have this character called Bai in IPOM. I feel like I don’t know her in great part because I’m not well-versed in her culture, so I feel like I’m going to have to do a lot of research about Chinese culture in the 1400s and how a princess would expect to be treated and how she might compromise in a different culture (if at all) and then sort of figure out what her place is going to be in my alternate Spain. So.
Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?Edit. For Notebook Spawn, rewrite according to new plotline. For IPOM, research and then just rewrite because that’s how I roll.
I don’t like this advice because I can’t sit down and expect to get any kind of leisure from reading my own writing. So… I dunno. I will read whatever is written.
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?
What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?I hope to have at least three completed drafts sitting on my metaphorical desk. And maybe have had some critiques and exchanged some critiques. That would be good.
Thanks again to Cait and Sky for hosting. On to the hard part! Writing.