Beautiful People #1: 2016 Writing Goals

by - 12:21 AM

Hey, young bloods! Today I'll be participating in the Beautiful People link-up :) For those of you who don't know what it is, a full explanation can be found here, but it's basically a link-up where every month you get a set of questions about one of your characters, and you answer them to get to know your character better. However, this month, as it's the first of the year, the questions are focused on writing goals for the new year. :) So, without further ado, let's get started!

1. What were your writing achievements last year?
Well, I really got into and began to refine my poetry, which was awesome. I also got (at last!!) some new ideas for full-length works (hint hint hint), which was quite nice as I've been floundering in that area for a while. Lastly, I revamped (quite successfully, I think) my entire main fantasy world, combining it with another I'd created and adding and moving a ton of stuff.

2. Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
Definitely work on one of the many new novel/series I've come up with. One I'm especially excited for is one I've not posted about on here, but I'll give you a few hints: steampunk, a little bit of espionage, and New Orleans (or maybe Charleston, but probably one of the two). 

3. List 5 areas you'd like to work the hardest to improve this year.
I'd definitely like to focus a lot on developing good plots. I also want to work on procrastinating less and writing even when I may not feel inspiration-struck.

4. Are you participating in any writing challenges?
If FLC comes back, I'll definitely do that! And I might do NaNo - but November is my busiest month of the year in terms of schoolwork, so we'll see.

5. What's your critique partner/beta reader situation like, and do you plan to expand this year?
In a word, nonexistent.

6. Do you have plans to read any writing-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?
On Writing by Stephen King and Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer (I KNOW I STILL HAVEN'T READ IT DON'T JUDGE ME OKAY.) are two I want to at least read sections of.

7. Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
Aghhhhhh just one?? I'll limit it to three.
  1. Leia Walker - one of the protagonists in that New Orleans/steampunk novel I mentioned earlier. A clinically chic journalist who's cold and distant to the other main character - and me, too. I want to be able to tell better how she'll react in different situations. When and where will her inner Took kick in, and what will trigger it?
  2. Shannon Harris/Abernathy [the two last names are on purpose and quite a long story; I'm not undecided as to which one she should have] - the other mc in that novel, and the bisexual, steampunk-loving ball of fire who drags Leia to New Orleans. For her, I need to make her so she's not such a Mary-Sue. 
  3. Perri [last name currently in progress] - once again, I need her to not be a Mary-Sue. I started writing the first few chapters of her book and realized it would not work at all because she can't be a tortured fourteen-year-old who is a natural in weapons training and a symbol for the Community because that's basically the definition of a dystopian Mary-Sue. So I want to flesh her out a lot, get in her head, bring her down to earth and present her more as a normal person with thoughts and feelings like we all have and less this ethereal Angel image.
8. Do you plan to edit or query, and what's your plan of attack?
Edit, yes, but only after I've written parts of my novels so I've actually got something to edit. An aversion to editing is something I'm working on overcoming.

9. 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?
I DEFINITELY  want to see more diversity/representation, especially in the area of lgbtq+ stuff. Heteronormativity is boring.

10. What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
Progress on my novel/series ideas, particularly What We Learn From Strangers in Parisian Cafes (working title for the Shannon/Leia one), In Honor of Angel, and my fantasy series that of yet has no official name but will probably just end up being called The World of the Four Pillars.

Well, that's all for now! What have you been writing lately? What do you hope to write this year? Comment below, and have a lovely day. :)


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  1. 1.) that new orleans book sounds really neat, i can't wait to see what you've got regarding that one. ^-^
    2.) seeing more diversity, especially in the sexuality/gender identity area, is something i'd like to see more of too. my mom is actually a children's/young adult's librarian, and is currently expanding the [pathetic] collection of boks that fall under that category, and so whenever she finds some good new books that include more diversity i could let you know, since sometimes it can be hard to find those types of books without the main characters being the most stereotypical types of "gays" or "transgender" that have a cliché storyline. one that i can definitely recommend for you to read right now is grasshopper jungle by andrew smith--though most if his stuff at least touches on teens going through a questioning period. he's an amazing author, by far my favorite. :)
    3.) i hope to get back into writing this year, as i used to love it and write every day. any suggestions for someone that wants to start writing again?

    1. 1. Thank you! :)
      2. Oooh your mom's job sounds so cool. I know, right? Ah, yes, you've mentioned him before! I'll have to check it out :)
      3. Well, I am definitely not an expert in this, so you should probably consult other sources (articles, other bloggers, etc.) in addition to me, BUT what I suggest is to get a vague idea of what you want to start with (short stories, poetry, longer stories, etc.), and then possibly the genre (historical fiction, dystopian, etc.), and then maybe start looking through Pinterest (where I get a lot of my inspiration) or Wattpad for some inspiration (doesn't have to be writing prompts, could just be vintage pictures or fantasy art or something). When you find something that you think is cool, might have a deeper story behind it, or sparks your creativity and curiosity, write something about it! It doesn't have to be long, and it doesn't have to be good (although knowing you, it will be), it just has to be written. Hopefully, writing like that will help you get your love for writing back! (This is probably crappy advice, but GOOD LUCK DEAR.)

      - Ellie

    2. thanks for the advice, it really was helpful!! perhaps i'll actually start using my pinterest account more.

  2. I nominated you for an award!
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  3. Good luck with you writing :-)


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