Completely Vague Writing Goals for 2016 | Beautiful People

Beautiful People is a link up by Cait and Sky. They are both wonderful people and I adore their questions.

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What were your writing achievements last year?

Writing achievements? What’s that? But seriously… until now, I didn’t write. I WILL CHANGE THIS IMMEDIATELY! I guess I started blogging which requires a LOT of time and writing, but I am going to focus more on creative writing and writing stories/ books (for this post).

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

WRITE MORE. I don’t really care what, just as long as it’s something. I actually just started a book yesterday which I am super excited about, but it’s too early in the game to discuss yet (I will probably end up changing everything and it will be unrecognizable from anything I could ever describe here. ALSO, I LOVE BEING MYSTERIOUS, SO BE CURIOUS!)

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

  1. Write SOMETHING at least once a week (I’m starting small. This should say “every day”, but I’m not in the business of breaking goals as soon as I make them sooo…)
  2. Participate in NaNoWriMo. Why not? I love a good challenge that causes no sleep.
  3. Finish a first draft of *one* book. (*of course this should be a lot more, but I do love reading and have to balance my already mess-of-a-life.)
  4. Writing for the sake of writing without worrying about it too much. If I have an idea, I want to sit down and just write and have fun. This is officially rough draft year, so I don’t need to worry about all of the millions of plot holes and character flaws just yet.
  5. Have fun. Enjoy it. If you (talking to myself, of course) are not enjoying the wonderful writing experience than stop immediately and evaluate your poor decisions.
  6. (sorry. I just thought of this one.) VOCABULARY! Expand expandexpandexpand.

Are you participating in any writing challenges?

Hopefully NaNoWriMo? (See #2 above.)

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

Like I said, until this year I didn’t really write. I don’t have one right now, and don’t have enough content yet, but I would love to make some more writing friends. If you are interested (even though I am not ready yet), let me know.

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

I hope to learn a lot in this writing process, so I am sure I will do a lot of research (especially since my current WIP takes place in multiple places or “whens”). I  don’t have anything specific though… Any suggestions?

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

My main character Lia, but really all of my characters. I just started profiling them, and I plan to explore each and every character and I dream of living up to (half) of the complexities of Sarah J. Maas’ characters.

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

I plan to just write until my fingers fall off and I can no longer write. (At this point I will begin speaking into my phone’s talk-to-text so I may continue).

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?

  1. Emily @ Loony Literate said we need more books that aren’t set in US/UK/Australia and to this I nod my head vigorously YESS!
  2. Characters that are completely unexpected (no generic characters unless it is completely and utterly planned.)
  3. Amazing supporting characters that you end up loving more than the actual main character (I may or may not be talking about you, Kenji Kishimoto).
  4. Diversity… back to #2. (Not just racial, gender, or anything like that, but just no predictability. I want to surprise everyone with the complex genius of my writing.)
  5. SO many other things I am too tired to think of right now…

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

I feel very repetitive. I want to have 1 rough draft complete.

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What are your writing goals for 2016? Are you a part of the Beautiful People link up? Feel free to leave the link to yours from this month in comments.

On an unrelated note, I am taking the SAT tomorrow morning and I think I am going to die. Roughly 5 hours of a standardized test. Yikes.

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10 thoughts on “Completely Vague Writing Goals for 2016 | Beautiful People

  1. GO YOU AND YOUR DRAFT!! I’M ROOTING FOR YOU. And honestly writing till your fingers fall off seems like an epically good goal…i mean, maybe a bit messy??? But still good. WRITING IS WORTH IT. I really want to focus on writing this year too, although that means reading less and my poor eyeballs are crying at that. xD
    I also love love love your answer to #9. I really want to see books set in other countries too! My goal is definitely to write that way one day myself. :’)
    Thanks for joining in, Aubrey and GOOD LUCK.

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    • Thank you! Yeah… That’s the one downside. Also, it will be really hard to clean up. For you, reading less probably means 200 books instead of 300. I don’t know how you do it. I saw Emily’s post, and she said that in hers and I feel like it is soo stinking true! Thank you for stopping by! I’m sure you will do fantastically on all of your goals as well.

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    • Those are good goals. I have tried to write everyday, but it’s really hard for me because I like reading more, but I think that is a fantastic goal to have. Have you started any books yet? Thanks for stopping by, Juni!

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  2. Hi Aubrey, first time here via beautiful people. I’m also where you are with your writing. Trying to tackle that “oh soooo hard” first draft!. No sure if I ever gather the courage to have a critique partner but if I do… I’m interested 🙂 What genre are you writing? Like Cait, I LOVE your answer #9. I’m hoping readers would like my settings which are outside of the US 🙂

    Good luck with your goals. I’ll be checking your posts 🙂
    These are my goals: http://www.danielaark.com/what-a-week-33-writing-tip-setting-up-goals/

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    • This was my first time doing the Beautiful People link up, but I adore it! When I get to the point where I have enough substance to my writing, I will let you know! If you ever need any motivation or want to talk about the difficulties of writing first drafts, feel free to email me at aubreysbooknook@gmail.com ! I would love to be motivation partners or something like that since neither of us are ready for critique partners. Thanks. I will check out your posts as well. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    • It’s just been really hard to get going on the story. It is hard to know where to start and I keep changing my mind about things. I know I shouldn’t worry about it, but I also want to fix things when I come to them. That will probably change really soon. Thanks, Emily, and thanks for stopping by!

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