Beautiful Books – Writing Goals

Today I will be talking about Katy Bay, the first book in the Katy Bay series.

What were your writing achievements last year?

Let’s see….well, I did Camp NaNo and NaNo for the first time, I finished writing one book, I sent two books off to Beta-Readers, I got published in THIS writing magazine, and I started a whole bunch of first drafts (if you count that as an achievement xD 😉 )

What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?

Send Penny’s New Beginning and Katy Bay off to an editor and then self-publish them, finish writing A Homesteader’s Hope, The Sixth Grade, and Count the Stars and maybe edit them, create a book of all the “Katy Bay” short stories for kids and maybe publish it.

Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!

I plan to work on Katy Bay, The Sixth Grade, the Katy Bay short stories, and Count the Stars the most this year.

How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?

I would like to be better with grammar and punctuation. I would like to be able to write faster and stick to goals better. I think I see myself completing those goals. 🙂

Describe your general editing process.

I first go through and make sure all the punctuation and grammar and spelling are correct, then I move on to little mistakes like names and places. I then go on to the third step; going through and tearing the book into pieces.

On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?

The draft I am doing right now is the third draft of Katy Bay, and I think it’s a 9 because it’s going pretty good so far. 😀

What aspect of your draft needs the most work?

The description. I wrote Katy Bay when I was 10 so I didn’t add much description at all. I need to add a LOT of things in. xD

What do you like the most about your draft?

I like the story, and the fonts and the character conflicts (I am currently editing a part where two friends get into a BIG fight, so I’m having fun with that 😉 )

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?

I plan to send it to alphas, edit it again, send it to betas, edit it again, send it to an editor, read it through, have a blog tour, self-publish and become famous hide in a hole while people read it. *dies* there’s so much work to do!!!

What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing the first draft?

Don’t give up on it. Even if it looks horrible and messy and doesn’t make sense AT ALL, don’t give up. There IS an end to editing. 🙂


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