writerly resolutions and goals

I have an EXCELLENT knack of making resolutions that I don’t keep.

Example: resolving to finish rewriting Alice in Wonderland by the end of January.

Anyway so today I’m linking up with the Beautiful People meme to talk about writing.

beautiful people

It’s hosted by Cait and Skye and it’s great because I get to talk about myself! I’m a good narcissist like that.

1. What were your writing achievements last year?

  • I rewrote The Daisy List so I could start querying (which I have done…tentatively)
  • Wrote a book called Tea and Scones and Dropbears
  • That’s about it. But in my defence I was doing the HSC.

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

Basically I want to do ALL the rewriting. Mostly I want to rewrite Wanderland and How to Hug a Grizzly.

And also do NaNoWriMo. This will be my fifth year in a row which is very exciting.

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

  1. Actually rewriting.
  2. Stop procrastinating by playing dumb phone games.
  3. Work on plotting because wow I’m so bad at it.
  4. I’d like to improve my NYT Bestseller ranking because it’s pretty far down at the moment, I’ve got to say.
  5. Maybe kidnap J K Rowling.

4. Are you participating in any writing challenges?

Apart from NaNoWriMo? No.

OH, apart from this challenge I call “balancing blogging/reading/university/work/social life/writing.”

It’s a lot of fun.

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

I have this lame critique partner called Cait.

(I’m kidding. Her comments on my books are incredible. And also her books are amazing. I’m still not sure how I managed to convince her to be my CP)

I also have the lovely Kara and I’m trying to persuade Alyssa that I need to read her books because they sound amazing.

But yeah, I’m not averse to more CPs. EVERYONE must read my books. Maybe once I’ve finished rewriting Wanderland I’ll put a call out for some beta readers? The post will consist mainly of the phrase:

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

save the cat

Most of my research is done on the internet because I am a fundamentally lazy person.

But I’m always rereading Save the Cat, which is an AWESOME book. Technically it’s for screenwriting but it has amazing tips for plotting that I use every draft.

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

Charlie from Wanderland. He’s kind of annoying me at the moment – I definitely have to work on him. He’s very rational and logical, which can come across as kind of arrogant and pigheaded, unfortunately.

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

I’m planning to query The Daisy List for a few months and rewrite while I’m doing that (to keep my mind off it). If The Daisy List doesn’t interest anyone, I’ll move on from it for now.

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?

Oh, BILLIONS.

  • Books with mermaids
  • Retelling mash-ups
  • Books that aren’t set in the UK/US/Australia
  • Ballet books
  • Awesome epic fantasies where girls take the lead (I’m planning on writing one myself)
  • More NA books – I’m starting university this year and I’d love to see more contemporary books set in universities or with teenagers who are entering the adult world

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

I hope to have rewritten Wanderland and How to Hug a Grizzly, as well as written two more new drafts.

Because it’s not like I have high expectations of myself or anything.

So those are my writing plans for this year! What books do you wish there were more of in YA/MG/NA? And what are your writing plans for this year?