the never have I ever writing tag

Hello, blog readers! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I want to get back to posting regularly – not sure it will happen, but I can always hope and plan, right? I don’t have too many good ideas for blog posts right now so if there’s a topic, movie, book, or TV show that you’d like me to write about (or write more about) let me know in the comments. ❤ With that said, let’s get into the tag!

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I found this tag over on Abigail’s blog; she said anyone who wanted to answer it could do so (even though she didn’t tag me specifically) so yassss. Tags are always the best thing when you’re not sure what to blog about.

Rules

1. Link to and thank the blogger who tagged you. (Thanks, Abigail!)

2. Include the graphic somewhere in your post (or make your own!).

3. Answer the questions truthfully and honestly.

4. Tag 3 bloggers.

Never Have I Ever…

…started a novel that I did not finish.

Of course! I believe all writers have some lonely, unfinished drafts in their literal/digital files. I remember one novel in particular, a western called Reese, that never really found its ending.

…written a story completely by hand.

I’m sure I wrote some stories by hand as a little kid. But I’ve had a computer/word processor for almost as long as I can remember (whether it was the family computer or my own).

….changed tenses midway through a story.

Does that mean on purpose or accidentally? I know I’ve changed tenses accidentally – sometimes in the same scene. And I once tried to rewrite a novel from past tense to present (it didn’t work out).

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…not researched anything before starting a story.

Ohhhh yes. I remember a short story that my brother and I worked on – it was about the sinking of the Titanic. We had our characters watching TV. *facepalm* I can’t believe I was so un-knowledgeable about basic historical facts. 😛

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

I don’t think I’ve ever done this, though my brain is telling me I have at some point. I do change minor characters’ names sometimes (especially in my WIP, Flicker).

…written a story in a month or less.

More than once! It’s called NaNoWriMo.

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…fallen asleep while writing.

I’ve never done this.

…corrected someone’s grammar irl/online.

I consider that my greatest joy. (Not really, haha. I’d rather people didn’t make any grammar mistakes – myself included.)

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

I’m sure I’ve had some great brainstorm while writing and have hastily typed an excited note to myself in-text. (Those bursts of inspiration are the BEST.)

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

Probably. (But it was probably true too – I don’t like lying. ;))

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

I assume this means as a ‘writer’s revenge’ thing and in that case, my answer would have to be ‘no’. But I have made up at least one nasty character who’s based off an actually nasty person IRL.

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…used pop culture references in a story.

Slipping Easter eggs into my story is fun but I usually disguise them. So, no overt pop culture references from me.

…written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Yep, I’m sure I’ve done this. And probably napped a TON the ‘next day’.

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

My taste buds start to hate coffee after the first cup (I almost never finish my first cup either, tbh). So…no.

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

Yes! Once I had a very vivid, emotional dream and I wrote a whole novel based on it. (Though come to think of it, I don’t believe I ever finished that one either.)

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

Never. I edit everything I post for public consumption, even (especially?) my fanfiction.

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

I was homeschooled so I didn’t have homework. *gives self high-five*

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

Don’t remember. My hands tend to hurt more than my wrists after I write for a long time but that’s usually just when I’m writing by hand.

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

Never, thank goodness.

…forgotten to save my work/draft.

Incredibly rare, though I’m sure I’ve done it once or twice. I’m pretty automatic about pushing that ‘save’ button whenever I stop writing for a moment.

…finished a novel.

Technically, I’ve finished several novels. But I’ll only count any of them as truly finished when they’re published and can’t be tinkered with anymore.

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…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

I’m usually quiet when I write…

…cried while writing a scene.

Yes. I used to try to force the emotion, especially when I’d hear of writer friends bawling over their work or read the old saying ‘no tears in the writer, no tears in the reader’. It never worked. But when I was on the second draft of Flicker, I cried more than once (without trying to make myself cry).

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

No. I don’t really like maps all that much. They bore me. 😛

…researched something shady for a novel.

Um…I’ve probably researched stuff about death and whether or not this or that type of bullet wound would kill someone. That’s about it though.

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I tag…

Hamlette’s Soliloquy

I’m Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read)

Meanwhile, in Rivendell…

Feel free to answer the tag for yourself if you want!

Eva

17 thoughts on “the never have I ever writing tag

  1. Thanks for tagging me! I had fun doing it. 😉

    This is random, but I feel like Reese is a really good title for a Western. So, yeah. *awkwardly applauds your titling skills*

    Getting those “It’s all coming together” moments while writing IS the best. It’s so fun to scribble “wait THIS IS WHY THEY DO THE THING WHAAAAAAT” in the margin. xD

    The struggle is real with trying to force emotion based on other authors’ experiences. I’ve never been the kind of writer whose characters are “always talking to them” or “taking over the story” or things like that, so it’s always nice to know I’m not the only one. ;-P

    [P.S. Also, I love your blog look!]

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    1. Thanks! I really like the title too but the trouble was that I never could figure out if Reese should be the good guy or the bad guy. Which made plotting difficult. 😀

      Yeahhhh…I’ve had characters talk to me almost never. 😛 Ditto for them ‘taking over the story’. Lol.

      (Thanks!)

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  2. Thanks for the taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag 😀 😀

    Maps bore me, too!! Especially at the start of a book!! They kind of stress me out, actually, knowing that the author put all that work into creating the map and eXPECTS ME TO READ IT AND ABSORB THE INFORMATION which just . . . ain’t happenin’. 😛

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  3. I am TOTALLY stealing this tag! 🤣 These were some really fun questions, and I LOVED your answers! Honestly, I’ve never been one to cry over my own work before, either. I remember one time on my first completed manuscript where I cried a few tears, but other than that… I think the most I’ve come to actually breaking down is when my computer crashes and I lose my work. 🙃

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    1. Thank you!

      Yeah, not everyone cries over their work – and there’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂 (It is *cough* pretty ‘fun’ though *cough*.)

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  4. Some fun answers in here. Maybe that Titanic story you were writing was secretly a sci-fi sequel, where someone decided to rebuild the Titanic, only for it to sink. So secret that even you didn’t realize it.

    Also you’ve never fallen asleep while writing? That just means you’re just not crazy enough to try writing when you’re that tired.
    As usual, I’ll answer these in the comments.

    …started a novel that I did not finish.

    Several times. Usually it’s because I realize half-way through that what I’m writing is either trash, or just not planned well enough. Although there is one book I didn’t finish in 2018 because I was feeling a bit of creative burnout at the time. I’m hoping to finish it sometime this year, because I like the book, and that burnout is gone.

    …written a story completely by hand.

    I did back in school, but any time I wrote at home, I wrote on the computer one way or another.

    ….changed tenses midway through a story.

    No, I pretty much always stick to past tense.

    …not researched anything before starting a story.

    I used to do that, but not anymore. Can’t say I’ve done anything as blatant as TV’s in the 20’s, but I have written action thrillers with physically impossible machine guns and physics.

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

    No, but I do sometimes change minor character names between drafts.

    …written a story in a month or less.

    I do this on a regular basis. For NaNoWriMo, I often finish multiple stories within a month.

    …fallen asleep while writing.

    I’ve been very close. Most recently this past month even. I was more tired after work than I realized, and a couple times towards the chapter I was writing, I half-dozed off, and snapped back to reality to realize what I just wrote made no sense. I’m pretty sure that chapter will need some serious work when I get to the second draft.

    …corrected someone’s grammar irl/online.

    I generally only do this when they try to criticize other people’s grammar. It feels extra special to correct someone who fails while criticizing someone else’s content.

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

    NO, WHY WOULD ANYONE DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS?

    …used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

    Pretty sure I have. I’ve always needed a balance between hanging out with people and getting some alone time. I’ve got several close friends who don’t really understand this. Even my own mom intellectually knows this, but doesn’t understand it.

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

    No, I try not to base characters on people I don’t like. It feels mean spirited to me.

    …used pop culture references in a story.

    Depends on the story, and I try to keep it to a minimum. I usually only do this to help enhance the setting, or maybe a joke, where the joke isn’t in the reference – the reference merely aids the joke.

    …written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

    Yup. I do this frequently when I’m in the middle of a writing month, and I’m on evening shifts.

    …drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

    I’ve never drank coffee period.

    …written down dreams to use in potential novels.

    Not as a potential novel, but I do have a note filled with some of the strangest, most memorable dreams I’ve ever had. Some of them are kind of legendary.

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

    Haven’t posted any stories on the internet, save for a couple stories I and poems I don’t plan on doing anything with.

    …procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

    No. In high school, I took several courses where I wrote stories for assignments. I even won the award for highest mark in my Writers Craft course in my last year. Also, every time I was in college, I put my fiction writing on hold.

    …typed so long that my wrists hurt.

    No, but sometimes my back feels tight after a long writing session. I’m pretty aware of my wrists these days.

    …spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

    No, but I’ve dropped food on my desktop keyboard. The keys are starting to look a bit dirty, so I should clean it out sometime soon.

    …forgotten to save my work/draft.

    No, I’m pretty good at saving. Sometimes even mid-chapter, even though I write full chapters at a time.

    …finished a novel.

    I’ve finished plenty.

    …laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

    Not quite like an evil villain, but I have occasionally laughed like a total dork, or grinned like an evil villain.

    …cried while writing a scene.

    Yup. I also tear up when I’m really into a dramatic moment in a movie, and I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit that.

    …created maps of my fictional worlds.

    No, I’m not all that visually creative. That and I often use locations based on the real world, so the maps already exist.

    …researched something shady for a novel.

    If you write multiple kinds of thrillers, some with minor horror elements, and you haven’t researched anything shady for your novel, there’s a chance you’re doing it wrong.

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  5. I love it! Totally doing this. Just what I needed.

    Topic suggestion for future post(s): Have you watched The Mandalorian yet?????

    I wrote almost exclusively by hand through high school and into college. I really only gave up handwriting my fiction after I had kids.

    I have totally drunk a whole pot of coffee while writing… because my coffee maker is teensy and only makes enough for two regular-sized mugs at a time, hee.

    This is totally fun, and I’m going to stop replying to all your answers here so I can use them in my own post! Thanks for the tag 🙂

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    1. I’ve watched the first one and a half episodes of The Mandalorian and then I couldn’t work up any interest anymore. 😛 I find it really hard to get into most TV shows these days, even excellent ones (and I know The Mandalorian is an excellent one).

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      1. Ach, that’s so sad 😦 It delighted me so much, I’m going to start right over and watch the whole thing again now that I’m done with the first season. And blog about the eps! Oh, man, I adore it. So blinking in love with Mando. And with the writing on this series! Sooooo much show, don’t tell. And the acting! All the scenes where no one is saying ANY dialog, and you can’t even see Mando’s face, so he’s communicating everything with body language. It’s fascinating! And I adore how it echoes westerns (and, reportedly, Samurai movies, tho I’ve only seen 1 of those) in the most loving way possible.

        Erm, yes. Fangirling away over here 😉

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