Courtesy of Entangled Publishing, I’ve got Kelley York on the blog today! Kelley is the author of the brand new YA thriller Hushed and is here to talk a little about writing and the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve also got an e-copy of Hushed up for grabs, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post!
Please welcome Kelley to the blog!
Writing Goals for the Year
-by Kelley York
New Year’s resolutions. Fun stuff, right? Especially for writers, because undoubtedly we set these goals for ourselves to get so many books, pages, words, written through the year.
And if you’re me, you set these unrealistic goals…and fail.
Then you feel terrible. Useless, really. Down on yourself and you wonder, “Do I even have what it takes to be a real writer?!”
I have friends and acquaintances that can finish three, four books in a single year! I’ve managed one book a year. That means, in three years, they’ve written nine books and I’ve written—yep. Three. (See, I math real well.)
In my case, it usually isn’t a lack of motivation (key word: usually) but a lack of time. I don’t have an uninterrupted hour a day to set aside and write. I write mostly when I’m at work, on lunch and breaks. That’s if I get time to take a lunch or a break, which happens maybe two or three times a week. I find setting a daily word goal for myself is a quick way to leave me disappointed, ‘cause I might make it for two weeks, but inevitably there comes a string of days where there just isn’t time to write.
For other people, it might be a lack of motivation. Maybe you’re stuck on a plot idea, a scene, a thought you don’t know how to express…and you dwell on it and fuss and stress over it. Or maybe you can’t settle on an idea. I’ve had that problem, too! Too many ideas, and three, four different projects calling your name… What to work on?!
Sometimes, for whatever reason, when you aren’t making those goals…the fact that you’re so far behind can send us delicate writers into a downward spiral and we get so overwhelmed that the feeling in of itself prevents us from sitting our butts down and getting the words out. We already feel like we’re failing, so what’s a little more procrastination?
Which means, for 2012, I present a new writing goal for myself: enjoy writing.
That’s it. No word goal. No ‘write twenty books and sell them all for a million dollars!!’ or even ‘write every day.’ For some people, those goals might be realistic. For me, they aren’t. So I’m resolving to really get back to what made me start writing to begin with. Loving it. Loving the process. Every stage of it. First draft, edits, revisions, from start to finish.
I will not worry about rushing through a first draft, because I like taking my time in order to prevent revisions and massive edits later. I will not worry when others write more than me. I will not worry so much about agents or publishing. And I certainly won’t worry about what people will think of my story. There’s time for that later. In the beginning, I just…want to write and fall in love with a story and its characters.
I will simply write, and I will enjoy it.
Who’s with me?
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from
what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect
her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when
hopping from one toxic relationship to another – Archer is always there,
waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer
without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more
Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders
Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn
him in if she doesn’t get what she wants…And what she wants is Evan’s
death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
‘Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my
seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was
unputdownable!!!’ — YA Fantasy Guide —
‘How exciting that we live in a time when gay teen protagonists can be
just as screwed up as straight ones — and their stories just as creepy!’
— Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of Geography Club and Shadow
About the author:
Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides
with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she
does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a
fascination with bells, adores all things furry – be them squeaky, barky
or meow-y – is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to
pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real
unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.
Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres
from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers,
paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character
development takes center stage.
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