Lately, I have discovered her majesty Cait at Paper Fury and I have to say, I love her blog! I just joined her link-up list and wanted to jump on the same train! So here we go!
What were your writing achievements last year?
Eh, I didn’t “officially” make any goals, but mostly for the first part of 2016 it was “Finish draft one! Finish draft one! Finish draft one!” And I did. I think I treated myself to a smoothie. But for the rest of the year it was mostly about getting out of my comfort-zone, finding people to critique my work, and editing.
What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
- Write the third revision (or I guess it’s techinically second because the first draft isn’t really a revision) for my WIP “The Orb of ‘Unlimited’ Power.”
- Start saving for an editor.
- Beta-read for other authors
- Edit some more because editing is fun! . . . . there was maybe a teaspoon of sarcasm in that statement.
Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
“The Orb of ‘Unlimited’ Power” is where my main focus is at. I have no other writing projects that I am focusing on. If I had more than one, I don’t think I would get anything done.
How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
I have a problem with telling rather than showing in writing. I hope to learn how to avoid that mistake. As for where I see myself, I’m not sure. Anything could happen this year. I hope to be starting on one of the two publishing paths.
Describe your general editing process.
Read out loud or in head . . . fix grammar mistake . . . read . . . sentence is a bit off. Fixes that . . . read . . . Do I really need this paragraph? . . . read . . . You know what, MC? I going to have you do this instead . . . read . . . And that’s about it.
On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
I’m hoping for 9.9999999. This will be draft six.
What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
Well, from what my wonderful beta-readers said, I need to use my exclamation marks sparingly, I give too much background or origin explanations for the beginning of the WIP, and I need more character development for a few minor characters who are important to the story.
What do you like the most about your draft?
My current one, which is only five chapters in? Or the last one? I’ll go with the last one. I liked how I went deeper into the story than I originally had. I know more about my characters and have grown to love them even more.
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?
Well, hiding it in a dark hole is out of the question. Hopefully, I will send this draft off to an editor, if not, than I’ll send it through a few more beta-readers, than to an editor.
What’s your top piece of advice for those who just finished writing a first draft?
I’ll give you two:
- Go through and fix all of the grammar mistakes. Take some time away from your first draft. Yes, I know, you just had a baby (wrote the 1st draft) and can’t pull yourself away from it, but do it. Maybe take a week off and give yourself a break, you wrote a first draft! * applauds * Then go back and read it again and fix anything you don’t believe works, etc, with fresh eyes.
- Get feedback. Don’t ask family members or friends for feedback unless you know absolutely that they can help you point out the flaws. A family member or friend who returns your work and says, “It was great! Good job! Here’s your gold star!” isn’t very helpful. Trust me. Join a writing community or a critique group and ask the members to look over your work. And yes, it can be scary. But you also start to learn how to grow a thick skin and that is something you will need. Not everyone is going to love your baby as much as you do.
This was fun! I’m definitely looking forward to the coming months 😀