Beautiful People Meme for Writers (Writing Goals)

Hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In

The girls host this Beautiful People Meme for Writers as a way to connect to readers and writers, and help writers polish their outline or draft. It’s a great exercise and it’s a way for us to show support to one another 🙂

So this writing meme is more about writing goals. I will try to explain mine:

1. What were your writing achievements last year?

Yup, that’s true. I need exercise.

I worked as a fiction ghostwriter so I basically had done a lot of writing, but I was way behind on the books I wanted to write, so the answer would be “not much”. I was able to finish and publish a free short horror story set in a rural province in the Philippines. I tried to finish a young adult horror novel via Wattpad, but it didn’t work, primarily because I pantsed it and I just couldn’t keep it up. I needed an outline.

2.Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year.

Ah, I thought it would be the horror novel I titled Magnum Opus (something to do with scary works of art). But then… certain ideas melted into one and I’m now hard at work completing the outline of this young adult urban fantasy story set in an all-boys school in Iceland. It’s got some magic, mostly occult and supernatural because I like that stuff, and some sword-wielding, fist-fighting, and pillow-throwing? Anyway, I like it. I’ve got the book cover and school seal and all. Now all I need is to finish the damn outline…

3. List five areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.

  1. Finish the outline in a week.
  2. Stick to the pomodor method (25 minutes work, break, work) because I’m as lazy as Jughead Jones.
  3. Develop clear and distinct character voices.
  4. Weave setting description with dialogue and character personality.
  5. Finish the darn book.

4. Are you participating in any writing challenges?

Ah, maybe NaNoWrimo? Although I have submitted short stories to fiction magazines. I don’t know if they’ll get accepted though.

5. What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?

My sister. ‘Cause she really gets me and since we’re living together, she basically watches the same shows and mostly reads the same books, so she knows what I’m looking for. But eh, yeah, I need to work on that…

Kill me now!

 

6. Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Are there specific books you want to read for research?

Oh yeah. I read a lot from KM Weiland and Joanna Penn. There are also books from David Gaughran like “Let’s Get Digital” and “Let’s Get Visible” and a whole lot more. Basically these people are indie published and they are awesome.

7. Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?

Ugh, so difficult. A week ago I would’ve picked my WIP’s main character as he was a bit too normal. By this I mean, his problem seemed so trivial, but then I learned something to make him interesting, something… secret-secret.

Now, it would be the ranger/recon agent of the group. He’s an albino, but he’s pretty chill. Nothing fazes him much. He’s more mature than his teammates, but there has to be something about him that adds to the dynamics of the group. I’ll probably have to interview him tonight (something that Bee does in Quite a Novel Idea).

8. Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?

I want to try self publishing first. Primarily because it’s risky, and it would mean I’d forced to fend for myself. I want that. I want to learn so much and be forced to learn things on my own.

 

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?

That is one of the quotes that have kept me going all these years. Well, I’m into Anime shows, and I just love group dynamics (even though I’m an introvert). I also love seeing teens in school doing dangerous things. They can be morose and serious, but I wish they could also still be funny. I can’t ever imagine living in a world where the only sense of humor is dry and related to dying.

I also love to see more girl bonding, not over a guy or because of a guy, or talking about painting their nails. We know how we gals are with our gal pals, right? We’re crazy! We make fun of ourselves. We do air guitar. We jump around and make fun of our friends. And we can be pigs when we lounge around and eat and are too lazy to clean.

10. What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?

This time, I really want to be able to publish a book – a book that I love and worked hard for. And I hope to have already snagged some fans? followers? readers? It’s still January anyway. So many things can happen in eleven more months!

Thanks to Cait and Sky for this great meme! It gets the writing juices flowing!

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