Writerly Resolutions Tag

Here we go for another Tag. This time though it is a writer’s tag!

For those of you who don’t know, I am a writer who is aspiring to be a published author, Lord willing, in the not so distant future. So this tag will hopefully give y’all a little insight into who I am as a writer.

First I want to thank Vanessa for nominating me! Please check out her blog if you haven’t already. πŸ’•


Rules

  1. Include the official Writerly Resolutions banner in your post.
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you.
  3. Tag at least 5 other bloggers who are also writers. You can tag as many people as you want!
  4. Ask them 5 new questions about their writing goals.

1. Are you planning on trying any new genres this year (eg., historical, fantasy, sci-fi)?

I know this is an incredibly boring answer, but I don’t see myself trying any this year. I am pretty caught up in editing and revising my historical-fiction novel right now. It seems to be taking up most of my writing time these days, so I don’t have a whole lot of time for other projects.

That being said though, eventually I would love to try out some new genres. In particular, mystery or adventure.

2. What’s the hardest writing-related thing you’re planning to tackle this year?

For me personally, the hardest part of writing is overcoming the ‘second draft slump’. I mean, it’s terrible! You work so hard to finish your first draft and when you finally get to the end, you feel so good. You’re walking on air. The first step in the project that you have put so much time into is done at last, and you have a little time to sit back and relax before jumping into the horrid world of editing. After you take a little break from your project, you are ready to get into editing.

Then it hits. The Second Draft Slump.

Suddenly you realize that all that work that you put into the first draft is just a drop in the bucket compared to the mountain of work you have to do while editing. You stare at the manuscript sitting in front of you and think “I’ve created a monster.” So I guess, finding motivation to keep working on it is the hardest part for me. Prayerfully, by God’s strength though, I will make it through this obstacle and keep going in the process.

3. What’s one thing you want to change in your writing mechanics (eg., prose, etc.)?

Agh, this is a tough question…

One thing I guess for me would be avoiding using the same words too many times. I find myself constantly grabbing for the same words when maybe another word could be used that would add some spice to my writing. ❀️

4. How many hours do you plan to write a week this year?

I haven’t really broken it down into hours per week, but I do have goals. Right now I am aiming to edit roughly five chapters per week. Then, once the first round edits are done, I will be re-evaluating my goals again.

It’s sometimes hard for me to break it down into time goals because life gets crazy and I have to just write whenever I can seize the moment. πŸ˜†

5. What do you think will give you the most difficulty? (Aka, that one rebellious character?)

Oh boy…. if you had asked me this question a few weeks ago, I would have said that it would be ‘that one rebellious character’. By the time I finished my first draft, I had a certain character that simply refused to remain a side character. No matter how hard I tried to push them into the recesses of my story and ignore their backstory that was forever trying to be pushed to the forefront, they always seemed to find a way to push into the spotlight.

Finally though, I have given up on trying to make them remain a side character and I’m giving them their own POV.

So I guess this answer goes back to the ‘Second Draft Slump’. That is going to be my biggest difficulty I think.


Tags

Katja @ Little Blossoms For Jesus

Autumn @ Bursting Through The Darkness

Bethany @ A Ruby In The Rough

Allyson Jamison

Hannah @ More Than Just Reading

ANY of you who would like to do this tag!


QUESTIONS

1. What are some ways that you would like to expand your writing this year?

2. In what ways are you praying that your writing this year will influence others?

3. What is the thing you dread most in your writing this year? And how are you going to overcome it?

4. What aspect of writing would you really like to master this year?

5. If your writing could accomplish one thing with your writing, what would it be?

13 thoughts on “Writerly Resolutions Tag

  1. Yep, I feel you on that “second draft slump.” I’m in that same area (second round of edits after coming back to a first draft after a couple of years), and it’s rough. Very rough.

    But that cracks me up that one of your characters is just intent on getting the spotlight! Sometimes they’re just a little pushy, aren’t they? Or they just won’t stop coming back into the story …

    Lovely answers, and thanks for doing the tag! πŸ™‚

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    • Isn’t it terrible!?? Ugh, it’s worse than I was expecting. πŸ˜„

      Hahaha, oh yes, he is very intent on that. But you know how hard it is sometimes for us writers to control the characters we create. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks! 😊 Thank you for tagging me!

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  2. Thanks so much for the tag!! I loved reading your answers! Keep going on that second draft and hopefully soon it won’t be so much of a slump! πŸ’™ Love your questions, I can’t wait to answer them!!

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  3. Thank you so much for tagging me, Alyssa!! I enjoyed reading your answers. I’ve dealt with my fair share of second draft slump too. Hang in there! It does get better, and by God’s grace, you’ll make it through. Those are very thought provoking questions you asked!

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