Top Priority Writing Projects

January 7, 2016 miscellaneous, writing 9

I’m doing this again, because I thought it wouldn’t hurt to set some writing related goals for this year! Also, I like replying to questions I can actually answer as opposed to Why do we exist? or Is this term paper you’re writing the same term paper you told me about last summer? Fine, I can answer that last question BUT YOU WON’T LIKE THE ANSWER, MOTHER. Ahem. Let us commence.

What were your writing achievements last year?

I almost won NaNoWriMo! It was SO CLOSE. I mean what’s 30.000 words in the grand scheme of things, right? I also wrote some term papers and stuff.

Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?

The book I started last November! I have 20.000 words, and I’m totally not considering starting something else NOPE NOT ME. And my bachelor thesis

List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.

1. Stop procrastinating
2. Actually write
3. Okay, procrastinate less, let’s be realistic here
4. FINISH something instead of starting tons of different things and abandoning them halfway through. What can I say, I have commitment issues.
5. Fine, procrastinate for 10 months, but really crush it during Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo

Are you participating in any writing challenges?

I’ll probably participate in the NaNo things if that counts. Otherwise, nope.

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

No, thank you, I expanded enough last year. As to critique partners and beta readers I don’t really have any, but I guess I’ll worry about that when I finish something? Then again, it would be really helpful to have someone demanding new chapters, so basically… can I have a cheerleader?

Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?

No, if I need writing advice I usually scour the internet for it. I did buy the complete works of the Brothers Grimm, because my NaNo book is probably going to involve some fairytale elements.

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

I need to get to know the characters of the new story that’s brewing in my head. I’ll need to do some research on Cuba, Colombia, Turkey and England, because my characters know all of these countries better than I do and it influences the way they perceive the world. Also on street food and dancing. And, um, then I should probably get to know the characters of the book I’M FINISHING FIRST YES I TOTALLY WILL before I do that.

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

I’m not at that stage yet. In fact, I’m on a completely different stage, and I think I might have taken the wrong entrance, because I actually just wanted to be in the audience and enjoy the show, but now I have to do something, so I’ll fake it until I make it, but I might tumble off the stage in the process. I might have seen What a Girl Wants too many times

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 actually wanted to do a post about this, but I’m really struggling to find good books with characters my age! They’re usually either in their teens or adult, but I feel like I’m not seeing that many with people in their early twenties? I mean there must be tons, but the ones I did see didn’t sound that appealing?? I just want more books like Fangirl, dammit. So also introverted characters and characters with social anxiety and characters who do weird things, like the protagonists from The Breakfast Club (I just watched that movie; it’s the bomb. Definitely a new favorite.)

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

I want to have written a book!

9 Responses to “Top Priority Writing Projects”

  1. verena

    I really would like to read your stuff, so consider me as a beta reader.

    It’s true, there aren’t many twentysomething-books out there!! I don’t know why, it is frustrating! And by the way: could you borrow me Fangirl someday?^^
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  2. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I don’t cheerlead, but I can totally be, like, your handstand-doer?

    I too simply scour the internet rather than buy writing books. Do you ever read Fiction University? It’s my favorite writing blog.

    I just read a book today with a character who was 24, but she wasn’t awkward. And it was a fantasy book, so not like Fangirl. In other words, this was nothing like what you’re looking for so I don’t know why I’m talking about it lol.

    Seriously though, good luck with your writing plans this year!
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  3. Robert

    I did NaNoWriMo once and succeeded at my 50K goal. After three rounds of reading, correcting and rewriting I still won’t let anybody read it. At least it was a fun exercise :)

  4. Danni Mae

    I’d love to see more books like the ones you’ve described, too! I was trying to think of an example to recommend, but I realized I haven’t read a single book like that. And the ones that come close are middlegrades.

    • Vlora


      I thought maybe I just haven’t been reading widely enough, but a lot of people don’t seem to know any books along these lines!

      • Danni Mae

        I wonder if that’s just that bloggers read too many hype books and too many of the same books or because there just really aren’t that many unique books out there.
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