This is a linkup hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further In and Paper Fury. It’s aimed at writers so they can answer the questions about their characters and their books. It’s designed to help you get to know your book better! (And also give your followers a sneak peek of your works-in-progresses.)
The linkup is open all month. Just a) grab the questions, b) answer them on your own blog, c) either link to our blogs or take the official button, and d) linkup below!
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I began participating in Sky and Cait's "Beautiful Book" link-up around the time of NanoWrimo. I'd finally taken the skeleton of my notes and began throwing them together int a cohesive first draft. I enjoyed participating in this link-up TREMENDOUSLY, because it gave me a feeling of community.
Since moving 1,000 miles away from my writing buddies I've felt a little lonely on the writing front.
Now that "Beautiful Books" link-up is over, the "Beautiful People" has started back up for 2016, and I fully plan to be all up in that from now on!
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Beautiful People Questions
- What were your writing achievements last year?
I began officially writing the main manuscript of my book (not just piddling) during the summer. You learn that life's too short to put things off, especially things you're so passionate about. So I got my ish together and started organizing my notes.
NaNoWriMo brought on the serious first-draft writing and I managed to win NaNoWriMo for the first time.
After some intense weeding of my NaNoWriMo word vomit, I focused and managed to end 2015 with nearly 60,000 words of actual first-draft manuscript. Not a complete first-draft, but certainly becoming one.
- Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
Editing. I'll be finished with the first draft within the next week. I nearly have all the pieces. After completing the draft it'll be all about moving those pieces around and fitting them together correctly.
- List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.
1. Believe in myself - I want to remind myself more that I'm capable of doing this. That I'm worthy of being able to follow my dreams, regardless of what the outcomes are.
2. Time management - I sometimes dread sitting down to write so I'll give in to my fears of inadequacy and piddle away the day then sit down and finally write close to bedtime when I'm completely frazzled. No more. So far this new year I've managed to meet my word goals by the afternoon, leaving my evenings open for writing only if I feel moved to.
3. Sharing my work - Previously I protected my work viciously. I wanted no one to read it until it was absolutely perfect. Rough drafts were not for others to see. I've gotten better and better about this and value those sharing experiences more and more.
4. Caring about the villains - My villains deserve to be as complex as my protagonists. They have stories and histories too, even if they're not pleasant ones. Even if I don't focus on that, even if I don't plan on explaining it all in the actual story, I still need to know my villains the same way I know my heroes.
5. Give myself a break - I've been writing for years but I've never written a book... A full-length actual book, with a beginning and an end and middle and everything. There's a learning curve and THAT'S OK. I research and I ask questions and that's good. If I miss a step, I'm not going to let myself get bent out of shape. I'll fix it. This is a craft, a career, you don't just know it. You learn it.
- Are you participating in any writing challenges?
I plan on doing CampNano and then NaNoWriMo again in November, but I don't have any other writing challenges in the line up.
- What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?
I currently do have a critique partner. We write a lot together and we share snippets from time to time. The fact that she was, in another life, an editor is very nice. The most prized aspect of this friend is that she's very very honest. She's got a heart of gold but she pulls no punches.
I'm not yet at the beta reader stage of my manuscript. Once there I'll be appealing to family and friends to act as my first wave of Beta readers, then doing a second waves of non-family/friends to round it out. I'll think about that more when I get to that stage.
- Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research
I've got quite a few that I plan on looking in to. Here they are:
- Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
Of course I want to get to know my Protagonist better. At this point she's still developing herself on the pages. I'm uncovering parts of her personality I didn't see before and I'm also discarding some original plans for her because they don't fit with the girl she's becoming.
- Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?
I'll be doing both this year. The plan of attack for editing is to print it all out and then eat-sleep-and breath it for a while. I'll do a second daft and then a third. After the third I'll go through Beta readers and make edits again.
Once I feel like the story is polished and fully formed I'll start sending out the queries. I've been reading Agent and Writer advice for how to approach this. There are lots of different suggestions out there.
More than anything my plan of attack is: DON'T GIVE UP!
- 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?
Really I think that the biggest hole right now is in New Adult. Most New Adult that's out there in the world is contemporary with huge focuses on romance. I'd love to see the New Adult genre grow and become more complex with Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical, and Literary subgenres.
I'm not currently writing a NA book, my focus on this book is Middle Grade. But someday I hope to contribute something to both the NA and YA communities as well.
- What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
I can't control the outcome once the query letters are sent out. It's up to the agent/publishing communities to decide what happens next. So, as far as what I control my hopes are that by the end of 2016 I have a fully formed and polished work and have sent off several query letters. I also hope that by this time I will have finished the first draft of my second work. Lots of plans for 2016!
That's it for this Beautiful Books link-up! I hope that you'll hope over to visit Cait @ Paper Fury and check out this fantastic "Beautiful People" community.
Best of luck with your writing and reading!
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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.