Beautiful Books is a monthly feature hosted by Her Bookish Resplendence, Cait, over at Paper Fury. Click here to join in the link-up and don’t forget to check out Cait’s aesthetically divine bookstagram account! Now…on to the questions!
What were your writing achievements last year?
Not to pat myself on the back, but I did pretty darn well. I drafted three manuscripts and published three others. I’m feeling pretty good about myself.
What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
Well, like I said in my “resolutions” post, I want to do a repeat. Draft three books, publish three books, and then decide whether or not I want to query this other WIP. That last one has been quite the internal debate. Grr…
Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
Fanged Rebel (Haddie’s fourth adventure) is currently being drafted and Janir’s fourth book, The Temple of Tarkoth, are my priorities for this year. No more three year waits between books!
How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
I see myself at the end of 2017 with only one year left of school, nine published books, and at least two more in the works for release in 2018. Exciting stuff! From a craft perspective, I want to explore character relationships and complexities more. That never gets old for me!
Describe your general editing process.
I generally have an idea of some things I will want changed while drafting, but I just plough through. After taking a break from the manuscript (anywhere from weeks to months), I do a few rereads and mark-ups in both electronic and finally print format. The last step is sending the manuscript to other writers whom I trust and adore who (lovingly) offer me brutal critiques.
On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
For my NaNo project, Fireblight, I’d say 9 and 3/4. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) I’m pretty proud of it.
What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
Fireblight started out as just a fun book to relieve stress, so there are some inconsistencies in world building and character relationships because, like I mentioned, I tend to edit as I go. That’s definitely what needs the most work, I’d say.
What do you like the most about your draft?
Again with Fireblight, I love how the characters took charge at certain points. I love how the whole story took an unexpected turn. I just love the adventure of this piece! It’s fairly unique compared to my usual stuff and tested me a bit. It’s a blast!
What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?
Unless plans change, I plan to queue Fireblight as an indie release in two or three years. (My release schedule before that is booked. LOL. Get it? Booked?)
What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?
Put it down for a week. A month. Four months. Then edit it before you do anything. PLEASE EDIT. We all write crap on the first go and exposure to raw, first drafts (including my own) isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy.