Beautiful People is a writing link-up hosted by Sky and Cait and it’s designed to help writers get to know their characters. But this month, I’ll be participating in a special edition of Beautiful People where we discuss our goals and resolutions for 2016.
What were your writing achievements last year?
I’m not sure if this counts as an achievement but I made a writing blog and poetry was published by literary magazines. I also wrote 21.5K words during and after NaNoWriMo. I joined 3 writing networks on tumblr and consequently, met a lot of other talented young writers.
Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
I want to say that my top priority writing project is Vivid but I’m no longer sure about that. I’m also considering putting together a poetry chapbook and submitting to some small presses but if I were to do so, it would only take a couple of months. I’m also writing short stories and trying to get more poetry published. Basically, I am dabbling in everything and as a result, I have no clue what my top priority writing project is.
List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.
- FINISHING WRITING PROJECTS. I know I keep ranting about this but this is an area I want to improve on! (Speaking of finished projects, I made a poetry collection! 🙂
- Stop procrastinating and just tackle projects I’m super nervous about..if they don’t turn out well, I can always hide them away forever.
- Don’t stress too much about perfect first drafts..just write a shitty one so I can tell everyone I FINALLY FINISHED SOMETHING. 😀
- Write more poetry!
- Stop worrying about my writing style! I kept trying to change my writing style last year because I wasn’t sure it was good or interesting enough..but I think I may have figured it out now (or I’m just fooling myself!).
Basically, I just want to write!
Are you participating in any writing challenges?
I am participating in 3 writing challenges! I’ll be doing 52 writings which involves writing (and possibly posting) a poem every Sunday so that I have 52 poems by the end of the year. I’m hoping to have written a lot more than 52 poems (I can put together more collections then!) but if I get writer’s block, this will force me to write something. I’m also going to be posting a poem every month so that at the end of the year, I’ll have 12 poems to put things in perspective. Everything I write for both of these challenges, will be posted on my poetry blog. I’m also going to do NaNoWriMo if I have time.
What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?
I don’t have any beta readers or critique partners but if I finish Vivid and am satisfied with it, I think I know some people who I could reach out to.
Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research
Nope! I’ll be googling anything I need to know.
Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
Radha from Vivid. I’ll be doing some research so I can better understand what she is going through.
Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?
As I said earlier, I’ll be rewriting the unfinished first draft of Vivid. I’m planning on using what I already wrote for the second half of Vivid so I need to outline and then write the first half. I had a lot of angsty drama going on in the first draft that I, now, think I should just get rid of. Also, before I start rewriting, I’ll be doing a ton of research!
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 want to see more books with LGBTQIA+ and disabled/mentally ill character who are also POC. I just want to see more diversity (and possibly some Indian protagonists 😉 in YA novels. We need books to address important issues (ie. sexual assault, ethnic violence, etc.) because those kinds of books do make a difference in the lives of people who read them.
What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
I want to have:
- successfully completed the 52 writings & “poem every month” writing challenges
- get published in more literary magazines/journals
- write 20 short stories + get 3 short stories published!
- put together a chapbook of 30- 50 poems + submit to some small presses
- submit to writing contests (ie. adroit prizes)
- make a little short story collection (magical realism!!) + post on tablo & wattpad
- finish vivid + send to beta readers
I know that’s a lot but I’m very very excited!