Never Have I Ever Write Tag

Hello darlings, it’s time for another tag!

This one looks like a lot of fun! Thanks so much to my lovely friend Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner for tagging me and of course, special thanks to the original creator Bree Dawn @ The Long Voyage! Now without further ado…

The Rules:

  • Link and thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!)
  • Answer the questions truthfully and honestly.
  • Tag 3 bloggers.

…started a novel that I did not finish.

Of course. 100 percent. Yes, to infinity. This is my whole identity as a writer that I’m feeling so attacked right now, lol! 😀 But my goal for this year is to try and change that! My WIP is coming along, slowly but surely.

…written a story completely by hand.

Yes! When I was younger all I would do was write by hand. I wrote a lot of short stories and drabbles and those I was ALWAYS able to finish. Because they were like only a few pages and then they were done.

…changed tenses midway through a story.

Yes I admit to doing this. I was writing a story in present tense once but it just wasn’t clicking so I changed it to past. Now I find I prefer to write in past tense.

…not researched anything before starting a story.

No, probably not lol. I always do at least a little bit of research because I am a perfectionist who gets hung up on the little things I don’t like having to go back and fix things. I like to keep pressing forward but the more I write the more I learn that writing IS editing. Editing IS writing. They are like conjoined twins and I’m training my brain now to accept this.

…changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft.

No, I don’t think I have actually done this. What I HAVE done is completely start over and rework the story from the beginning. You see, perfectionist problems.

…written a story in a month or less.

No, I have never finished an actual story. I believe that is the first step, lol.

…fallen asleep while writing.

Yes, I used to write really really late at night. It was kinda a way for me to wind down after school and whenever anything stressful happened. I was also really shy as a kid so I didn’t want anyone to see me writing self esteem issues so the only time I could write unencumbered was at night. So yes I did occasionally fall asleep.

…corrected someone’s grammar irl/online.

Yes, I do this to my family all the time. (Sorry, guys. I love you.)

…yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel.

ALL THE TIME. I EVEN DO IT ON MY BLOG. ALL. THE. TIME.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

Yes, and I’m proud of it. If I’m gonna make this dream work I gotta put the time in. (Sorry, friends. I love you and thank you for understanding.)

…killed a character who was based on someone I know in real life.

No, I don’t really base characters off specific people I know in real life. My characters are composites of a bunch of different people, places and things I’ve encountered in my life.

…used pop culture references in a story.

Yeah, I tend too! If it’s applicable.

…written between the hours of 1am and 6am.

Yes, yes pretty dark stuff. Pretty dark stuff. Mood Writing.

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

I really only drink one cup of coffee a day, otherwise I get jittery. I LOVE TEA THOUGH.

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

Yes, I have vivid dreams and some of them I’ve used in my writing.

…published an unedited story on the internet/Wattpad/blog.

No, I always edit. ALWAYS.

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

Totally. I wrote some of my favorite poems during school hours when I should have been paying attention. (Sorry, but not sorry.)

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

YES. When the Muse is really flowing I’ll go and go and go and go. To my detriment sometimes.

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

I do this, like, every other day? (Sorry, laptop. I love you too.)

…forgotten to save my work/draft.

No. No. No. This is my writing equivalent to saving my file on every video game I own a million times.

…finished a novel.

Never. Working on it.

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

Yes, I have done this. Not going to lie I do this in real life in front of real people sometimes too.

…cried while writing a scene.

Yes, I have done this too. Honestly those are bittersweet moments. On one hand you feel really connected with what you are writing and you are just VIBING but on the other hand you are also crying messy tears all over the place.

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

Yes! I did this recently for my WIP, The Lowell Saga.

…researched something shady for a novel.

Haven’t we all?

Tags

I tag T.N. , S.J. and Sidharth! If you want, no pressure! Also anyone else who wants to participate consider yourself TAGGED.

Now back to the writing cave!

Till next time,

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The Quarantine Write Tag!

Quarantine sucks. It does. Pandemics suck. They do. On the bright side of our new normal though is the opportunity and space to pursue the things that we have always wanted to do! For example, enjoy the quality time we always wanted to spend with our loved ones, find a new hobby or have the chance to write. that. first. draft.

(Can you tell I’m beating myself up over this?)

Being both a perfectionist and a procrastinator is the curse life has laid on me… but I’m trying to break the spell! Thank you so much to Kat @ Life and Other Disasters for creating this tag and thank you so much to the lovely Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner for tagging me to participate! They both have amazing blogs and if you haven’t yet you should really check them out!!

I’m a little behind on doing this tag (blame the procrastination and perfectionist anxiety, forgive me!) but here we go!

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post! ( I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!

What is your WIP/story about?

That’s a loaded question, haha. Right now a lot of things are still tentative and (disclaimer, lol) subject to change. Although, I can share what I want this story to be! In my head I see a treasure hunt of epic proportions starring a lot of messy characters with a lot of messy feelings. Therefore it’s a recipe made of legends of old, misplaced magic and the characters’ complicated relationships with each other. There are going to be good villains, there are going to be bad heroes and there are going to be plenty of others in between. Lots of violence, probably, and I’m aiming for a fantasy/new adult vibe. Oh, and don’t forget to sprinkle a lot of crying on top (spoiler alert -most of it will be mine but hopefully some part will touch the future readers as well…) I don’t even have a title yet but thus far I’ve been referring to the project as The Lowell Saga.

Which character is most likely to help out their elderly and vulnerable neighbors during the crisis? OR which of your characters has an essential job (or would have if they didn’t live in a fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi/whatever different world) and brave the outside on the daily?

Esmerelda would definitely be the one most likely to help out the elderly during the pandemic. She would be the type to bring them flowers for their table, and sit and chat (while remaining six feet apart) outside their window if they needed company.

Who is your go to character for TV and movie recommendations? (As they most likely spend all their time binge-watching shows already!)

This fits Catrina 100%. I feel like she would be a TV addict and be the go to for all the best shows to watch when one suddenly has the need to lock themselves up inside the house 24/7.

Tell us about the first character that would go slightly mad staying inside for too long?

Probably Lowell. Her character was the inspiration that started The Lowell Saga 4 years ago, and that’s why I have dubbed the temporary title of this WIP after her. She is a very adventurous person and needs to be outside a little bit every day.

(Omg there is a Spongebob gif for everything!)

How does your most extravert and your most introvert character handle the crisis?

Catrina would probably take the crisis in stride, but as I mentioned earlier Lowell would be going mental knowing she couldn’t go out places.

Which of your characters is a prepper and would have been ready if this had been a zombie apocalypse?

Quentin! He always likes to be prepared.

(How long can I go on with this…hmm…)

Who got panicked and bought everything in bulks (despite reassurances that markets would not run out)?

Also Quentin! He likes to be very prepared.

If there is a character who might be hard to convince that the virus and its dangers are real, who would it be? Why?

Shizuka might be the one most hard to convince. She is kind of stubborn.

(Going strong with these….)

Who would organize all the zoom-group chats to make sure their friends and family stayed connected?

Lowell is the most socially savvy of all the characters I got cooking right now, so it would probably be her.

(STAYED STRONG TILL THE END WITH MY OLD FRIEND BOB, SPONGE [the first gif of Merida doesn’t count! I found her first and she really captured my feelings so she stays!])

BONUS: Make an aesthetic of your main character bundling up at home!

This saga has a few main characters (as I picture it in my head right now at least…) so it may look something like this:

(Photos from left to right by Rendiansyah NugrohoMatt Ragland, Erik Mclean, and Annie Spratt on Unsplash)

I tag anyone who wants to do this! It’s a great exercise for feeling out your characters in your own WIP while also being very relevant to the world right now, lol.

What are some of the WIP you guys are working on?

Till next time,