I’m posting early since I’ll be gone on Monday.
I decided to do one of these linkups since I haven’t done one in a while.
- What were your writing achievements last year?
I was published for a second time in Havok magazine, I did some polishing on Hand of Steel, and I wrote and edited The Red Tattoo.
- What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
Self-publish Hand of Steel, print Country in Chaos, and do more editing on The Red Tattoo. Also, maybe write some other book.
- Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
Getting Hand of Steel published. First, I want to work on printing Country in Chaos, though I do not believe I will publish it since I don’t think it’s good enough.
- How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
Hopefully with readers.
- Describe your general editing process.
Write the rough draft. Leave the book to set for a few months. Rewrite. Remove big boring parts and edit anything else I see. Send out to betas. Get feedback. Fix problems. Repeat.
- On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
For Hand of Steel, pretty good, but I still have a few issues I need to work on. I’d say after the amount of editing I’ve done, it’s probably a 8.
- What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
- What do you like the most about your draft?
The pacing is pretty fast, and I like my worldbuilding, even if explaining it can be hard.
- 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?
Self-publishing. I’d try querying, but it’s too short for most presses.
- What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?
Don’t expect it to be perfect. You might need to rewrite.