The Beautiful People Meme Is Not Dead, Thank Goodness!

I don’t know about you, but I was beginning to get scared. Not that Cait and Sky had died, exactly, but that they were now mortal enemies and would never post a Beautiful People or Beautiful Books meme again.

Well, we can all breathe a nice, long sigh of relief. Just maybe not all at once or we could knock over an old lady or a small building in Indonesia. Never let it be said that I do not look out for small elderly folk and their homes.

Where was I?

Ah, yes. Beautiful People is, at long last, back!

Without further ado… The Glorious Questions!

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What were your writing achievements last year?

I wrote over 50,000 words and will Β never get tired of saying so. I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in the history of the earth. I finished the novel I have been working on since I was a little girl. It is my child and I couldn’t be more in love with it.

And this may be the first time I have finished anything? Just a minor detail, of course.

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

Most of my resolutions – yes, I make them – were writerly, actually.

For example, I resolved to write at least three drafts of 60,000 words or more, to write one page every day – a resolution I failed on the first day of the new year – and to bulk up at least one of my existing drafts so that it is at least 100,000 words long.

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

Firstly, I can’t help but point out that is not, in fact, a question? But since I have a large and generous heart, I will answer it anyway. I know, I know. My benevolence knows no bounds.

I’m currently focusing on a Beauty and the Beast retelling… though a temptingly shiny idea introduced itself to me awhile ago and I am excited to see where that may take me.

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

In 2016, I realized that it is wildly fun to write dialogue. Wildly. Somebody should probably stop me before I hurt someone or their pet monkey with my witty banter.

The problem? It has made me just a little bit scared of writing description.

So clearly there is some room for improvement there.

I see myself at the end of 2017, for starters. I would love to see myself on an exceptionally large throne made of pointy black stuff and dressed in new jeans and a flowy top made of silk… but, somehow, I feel in my heart that this is not to be.

Describe your general editing process.

Also not a question. Still, I shall answer.

I hide my draft and try not to think about it. And fail miserably. Then I–

I haven’t gotten past that point yet, actually. Sorry.

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

I don’t have much to compare it to? As I mentioned, I’ve never done this before.

Oh, well. I will impulsively say seven. Because it was not as messy as I hear other people saying theirs is, but I will probably end up rewriting the entire thing due to my unfortunate perfectionist tendencies.

What do you like most about your draft?

All of it… except for the writing.

You think I’m trying to be witty. I’m not.

It’s the truth. I adore my characters. My setting is gorgeous perfection.

But the writing? Well, it needs much work.

What are your plans for your novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?

Sending it off to beta readers would be quite an adventure, wouldn’t it? I’ve had a few people offer… but, honestly, I have no clue how the whole thing works. How much money it costs.

Money has to be taken into consideration because I don’t have any.

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

Go sleep for a few years. When you wake up, bury that thing so deep that your great-grandchildren will never find it. Do not think about it on Β penalty of death. Only think of other things. Expand your mind with activities like reading, writing any story but that one, Β being knocked over by Inspirations, creating worlds, consuming chocolate…

Wonderful advice, is it not?

Let us commence to shriek together!

Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017? Where would you like to see yourself? Do you ever get knocked over by Inspirations? What should I do next in my Editing Process? Does anyone know anything about beta reading and how I can go about it without spending money? Do you have questions for my well-mannered psychopath Landric or his best friend Brand? Tell me everything! And don’t forget to include a link to your Beautiful Books!


17 thoughts on “The Beautiful People Meme Is Not Dead, Thank Goodness!”

  1. At the end of 2017, I would love to have How To Break The World finished. Second drafted and edited. πŸ˜€ It’s a big goal, but hopefully I can get it πŸ˜€

    And about beta readers, I would personally find a group of friends who love you (4-7 or something) and ask them to read it. Don’t spend money, man. O-O Beta reading is essentially someone reading your book and giving you suggestions (fix this sentence, this character arc is good, I don’t understand this, describe this more, etc.). And personally, I’m not going to pay someone to read my book, they’re gonna pay me (one day… when I’m published.) ;D


  2. Your comment about not sighing all at once! Mwahaha! You’re hilarious, Kate. And dear me, yes. Your benevolence knows no bounds. I am in awe of your extreme good nature and big-heartedness in answering a question that was a not a questions. ;P

    I totally understand what you mean about loving your story but disliking the writing of it. That’s exactly where I’m at right now. I looked over my NaNo writings the other day and just cringed. It really is quite awful. πŸ˜›


    1. Hahah, thank you! Ah, yes! I am so very gracious. *bows elaborately*

      Awww, I’m sure it’s not THAT bad! And anyway, you are such an amazing writer that you will turn it into an absolute masterpiece!


    1. Aww, thank you! Me, too!

      P.S. Um. I’m not really sure??? I’ve just heard other people call it that so I do too? I think I looked up the definition of the word “meme” once and it means “a repeating article or picture” if that helps at all…

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  3. Awesome work! Sounds like a busy and productive year!

    I’d like to second someone else’s comment about beta readers (and even critique partners): don’t pay to play! Find like-minded writers (preferably in your genre) who would be willing to swap beta reads or critiques. I have gotten TONS of reads and critiques over the years and haven’t paid for a single one! You just gotta find the people. Blogs are a good way, and there are also some websites out there. One I’ve used is I know there are others!


  4. Oh, you finished the novel you’ve been working on since you were a little girl!! That’s so exciting–I just did that this past summer. πŸ™‚ High five and congratulations!


  5. Go you for finishing your novel! I loveee Beauty and the Beast and can never get enough of its retellings, so I look forward to hearing more about yours. πŸ™‚ Good luck with the next step for your draft!


    1. Thanks! I am the excite!

      Ack, I know it’s not terribly original, but every time I read a retelling I’m like, “NO, NO, No! That is not how it is supposed to be done!”

      Thanks again, dear!


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