Beautiful People: Writerly Resolutions and Goals

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I swear that I’m trying to be a better writer this year. So I’ve decided to — finally, I know — link up with Cait and Sky for Beautiful People! I realised halfway through writing this that maybe it would have been better to go in with an actual functioning WIP, but STUFF CONVENTION. I did it anyway. I have to start somewhere, right? 😛

what were your writing achievements last year?
The Glass Kite Anthology workshop over the summer was awesome. I got longlisted for a poetry competition as well, which was pretty nice? Yeah. *nods*

tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
*manic laughter* WHAT WRITING PROJECT? No, seriously, I don’t really have anything I’m working on right now. (Though I wish I could say I did.) It was fun to get out my NaNo idea, but I’ve been working on that for ages and to be honest I just want something new. Maybe one of those many space opera retellings that I’ve been thinking about. (Guys. SO MANY THINGS ARE IMPROVED BY SPACE, okay?)

list 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.
1. FINISHING STUFF.
2. Writing frequently and not just going crazy during one month a year.
3. Making actual plans with actual plot.
4. Thinking at least a tiny bit about what I’m writing and not going mad just to reach my daily goal. sensing a trend? pfft
5. Yeah. Just generally be more organised in the how and when I write.

are you participating in any writing challenges?
Um, not right now? I DON’T KNOW. But I’d like to. (Is NaNoWriMo a writing challenge? Because despite the complaints of literally everyone I know, I’ll probably be doing that again because I can’t write in any other situation.)

what’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?
I don’t have either of these, although it would be pretty cool! This year I’d really love to become more involved generally in the writing community — and to actually produce something decent to show you all. I’m hoping those two things will go hand in hand… I can provide you with many virtual cookies & hugs if you can nag at me to write!

do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?
Pfft, every book is research. 😉 No, actually: I jus downloaded a copy of Henry V because I got some awesome ideas from seeing it on stage. I mean, I generally think it would be fun to read Shakespeare when it’s not being slaughtered by English lessons. But that one in particular.

pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
Hmm, doing this link-up with basically no WIP might have been a silly idea. But I want to make sure that I get to know all of my characters, not one or two. I always intend to write with a really small cast of characters, and then realise halfway through that it’s not going to work and adding some stupid filler ones. To be honest all elements of my writing in their current state need improvement in their current state. XD

do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?
I might go back and edit my NaNo novel. Who knows. Yeah. I’m hoping to get a chance at editing… I think I need to let go of my perfectionism, since I always end up rewriting rather than editing the original. (I think it has got better, in all fairness, but I really do want to start something new.)

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?
HAHAHA. Filling the gaps in my reading material is my basic writing motivation. It’s very self-gratuitous. The things I most enjoy reading about are a) dark storylines, b) revolutions, and c) girlkissing. (Okay, it’s possible that those aren’t actual holes in the market, but there you go.) On a more serious note, I also really want to see more diversity in fantasy and general friendships happening.

what do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
If you haven’t grasped this already: AN ACTUAL FINISHED MANUSCRIPT. An idea that I reasonably like. Yep. And some more poetry would also be good, though preferably not tacked on as an afterthought like it appeared to there!

do you have any 2016 writerly resolutions? what would you like to see more of in books? just here for the cookies? oh well, here you are… *hands plate* 😉

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13 thoughts on “Beautiful People: Writerly Resolutions and Goals

  1. I had no idea what the beautiful people thing was, but I looked it up, and I think it’s a great way for you to get more involved in your goal-setting for writing. I like your theme of becoming more thoughtful in your writing, rather than just going crazy for a month or to fill up your writing quota. I wish you much luck and inspiration in your writing in 2016!

    1. I’ve been reading other people’s for a while, and I think that it’s great! I do love NaNoWriMo, but for me it does promote that kind of writing where I’m so focused towards a goal rather than anything of quality. Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. WOOT! I am rooting for you to get a manuscript done! it is honestly the best feeling of ever and really helps you grow as a writer. I promise. ;D But yay for having more writerly goals this year! ME TOO. I feel like I slacked off a lot last year, so I want to focus more on moving forward. 😀 Should be fun. AS LONG AS I HAVE COFFEE. *collapses in a heap*
    Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. Thank you so much! I AM GOING TO NEED THIS ENCOURAGEMENT. I really do want to do some actual writing stuff this year.
      Mostly my writing is fuelled my tea. *nods* Or even hot chocolate, because no one gets to see me slouching up at the computer.
      Thanks for hosting the link-up and all the great prompts! 🙂

  3. I second Evi about seconding the things you most enjoy reading about. 😛

    Ugh, I’m not great at planning when it comes to writing, either… at managing my time, or writing down ideas in just one notebook so that I don’t have scraps of paper floating everywhere…

    1. Apparently this is actually not just me haha.
      Whenever I do try and plan, I just…don’t follow it, usually because I adopt the same style as my actual writing and just try to get anything down. Hopefully 2016 will bring some at least a little more writerly organisation!

  4. GIRLKISSING AND REVOLUTIONS OH YES. (Is this the only reason I write? Er, of course not… definitely not… *sweats nervously*) Best of luck writing this year, Eve – I would love to hear more about the ups and downs of your WIPs + poetry. Especially the latter, because I have a vested interest there. 😉 xx

    1. I pretend that I am writing for deep and creative and inspiring reasons, but mostly that is actually a lie. XD
      Thank you so much! 🙂 I might be getting a bit caught up in new year things but I really hope that 2016 will bring more writing. And I also hope that it will bring more sharing of that, too!

  5. SPACE OPERA. I am curious to see how that works out, but it sounds fabulous. ALSO REVOLUTIONS. Also girlkissing. Just…everything?? I want to read more of your writing though, the little prose you do for each of your playlists is always so beautiful – I would be happy to read an entire book of your writing. GO WRITE. spew the inner workings of your heart.

    Finishing stuff is a goal for me too *nods*

    1. I’m planning it right now! Not actually an opera haha. Just, like, a soap opera in space. The working title as literally ‘Lesbian Henry V Star Wars’. I am trash.
      Aah oh my goodness thank you! WRITING IS SO MUCH EASIER IN SMALL PIECES. Argh.
      Here’s to finishing writing in 2016! (Kind of late, but. Fashionably. :P)

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