The Never Have I Ever Writing Tag

Okay, so we’ve established that I love tags; and we’ve further established that I can never resist a good writing tag.  My sweet friend Eva-Joy @Coffee, Classics, and Craziness very thoughtfully included me in this one, and I can’t wait to share my answers!

So, without further ado:

Never have I ever . . .

. . . started a novel that I did not finish.

Pffft, are you kidding me?  Of COURSE I’ve started novels I didn’t finish.  Pretty sure every writer does. xD

. . . written a story completely by hand.

Nooooooooooooooooo.  I never write by hand.  I mean, I do tend to brainstorm by hand, in a special notebook, but I would never attempt (much less finish) an actual story by hand.  I’m far too addicted to the backspace key for that. 😉

. . . changed tenses midway through a story.

Yep.  I figured out mid-way through the draft of Gold (my WW2 Holocaust novel) that I needed to be using present tense, not past tense.  I duly switched over–and never looked back.  Love me some present tense, I do.

. . . not researched anything before starting a story.

Sure.  I don’t usually spend a huge amount of time researching before I start.  For the beginning of a story, I tend to draw on what I already know; and then I fill in any gaps that appear by researching as I go.

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

Mwahahahahahahahaha . . . yep.  *side-eyes Gold*

. . . written a story in a month or less.

Short stories?  Yes.  Novels?  Nay, nay, my good sir.  That would just take all the fun out of the process, y’know?  I hate rushing anything.

. . . fallen asleep while writing.

Lol.  Nope.  I don’t write at night, so.

. . . corrected someone’s grammar irl / online.

I mean–yes???  But I’m not sure what this has to do with writing???  I was correcting folks’ grammar way BEFORE I ever dreamed of becoming a writer.  It’s called Older-Sibling-Hood. 😛

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

Yepppppppppppp.  Mostly stuff like “STOP PROCRASTINATING AND WRITE THE STUPID SCENE, YOU STUPID, STUPID IDIOT.”

. . . used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

All the time. xD

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

H’m.  I don’t believe so?  I’ve killed my fair share of characters, and I’ve written my fair share of based-on-real-life characters, but I can’t recall any instances where the two groups intersected.

. . . used pop culture references in a story.

Um, YES.  Chiefly music.  I really, really like music.

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

*shudders*  No.  No way.  I can’t even imagine doing that.  I write between the civilized hours of 1pm and 6pm, thank you very much.  😉

. . . drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

Nah.  I don’t drink coffee.

. . . written down dreams to use in potential novels.

I WOULD totally do this, if I could, y’know, REMEMBER my dreams . . . *grumbles*  The closest I’ve ever come to it would be waking up, thinking “that dream would make a really cool story,” and promptly realizing the details have all slipped my mind.  Whyyyyyyyyy.

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

Never done that.

. . . procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

*coughs*  Um.  I plead the Fifth, Your Honor.  😛

. . . typed so long that my wrists hurt.

Definitely.

. . . spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

Thankfully, no!

. . . forgotten to save my work / draft.

*cries* Yes.  Yes, I have done this.  I neglected to back up one of my novels on a separate hard drive, and then something crashed and I lost WHOLE CHAPTERS’ WORTH.  It was awful.  I had to rewrite everything.  Took me weeks.

. . . finished a novel.

Excuse you, sir, I have finished two whole novels.

. . . laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

Oh, for sure.  Which is a bit weird when you’re in Starbucks or whatever and the people at the table next to you are like “wut.”

. . . cried while writing a scene.

Mmhhhmmmmm.  This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, man . . .

. . . created maps of my fictional worlds.

Ugh!  No!  I can’t stand maps in books!  They stress me out.

. . . researched something shady for a novel.

Probably?  Nothing immediately comes to mind, but I’m SURE I’ve googled “10 easiest ways to kill a man” at some point, lol.

Now, I tag:

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  1. “I write between the civilized hours of 1 PM and 6 PM.” XD

    I’m not big on maps either. Sometimes I enjoy the second it takes to glance over them, but often I find them a little distracting/inconvenient at the beginning of books. 😛

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    1. *grins*

      Right!! Now, if it’s a historical fiction book, I like maps because it’s a map of the real world, the real globe–it’s something I’ve seen before. But if you create a fantasy world so complex that you have to draw a MAP to make me understand it, I get the heebie-jeebies. Inevitably. 😛

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  2. I would like the meet the person who has finished EVERY writing project they’ve started… I don’t think that person exists!! Besides maybe someone who only ever wrote when they were assigned a task- but then I don’t think they’d call themselves a writer.

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    1. I would like to meet this person, too!! And yep, I agree with you–anybody who loves writing, who does it for pleasure and not just because they’re forced to, is GOING to explore and experiment and ultimately start stuff they can’t or don’t want to finish; but it’s all part of the learning process!

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  3. “10 easiest ways to kill a man”. Golly. XD

    By the way, I’ve been trying MULTIPLE TIMES to comment on your Lost and Found blog post, but for some reason it continually rejects me?! So I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVED that post – it’s my favourite that you’ve ever written, and THAT BE SAYIN’ SOMETHIN’, SISTA.

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    1. *grins* It is what it is, the writing life . . .

      ACH. I AM SO, SO SORRY. I have not been able to see any of your comments on my end–I have no idea what kind of sorcery my blog is up to that it’s been blocking them–but I AM VERY SORRY. Although I am so so happy to know how much you loved it!! ❤ I had such a great time writing it!

      *all the hugs*

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  4. Also I started my own blog!! But it won’t let me link it for some reason??? 😦 It’s in the biography of my Instagram account though, if you want to find the link. 🙂 (Sorry I haven’t told you sooner – I keep forgetting to tell people. 😛 )

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  5. I wrote an entire novel by hand, as you know! And I outlined everything by hand until recently. I couldn’t have done it any other way, cause I literally couldn’t write a word when I tried to type it. One of the biggest reasons (of many) was the one you mentioned, the backspace key! I would immediately hate everything I wrote, and backspace whole paragraphs over and over, as soon as I wrote them.

    I recently switched over to typing everything instead, and it’s so sad. I miss my handwritten outlines so much. Even if typing is more convenient, easier to reference, neater, and faster. Handwriting is so much more personal, organic, and creative. That’s why I started writing by hand–I couldn’t be creative or be in story mode unless I wrote by hand. I’m more experienced now, and I think I can get in a groove and stay focused even if I type. But I really miss all the things that handwritten drafts allow me to do, and that special, personal quality. I can never delete anything completely, which is great. And I can keep track of the dates I wrote things.

    And I also write all kinds of notes to myself in the margins! I talk to myself as I write, and yes, I yell at myself, as you were saying!

    I’ve also occasionally cried while writing a scene, and I’ll write about what I’m feeling while writing, in the margins.

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    1. I’m sorry you can’t draft by hand anymore–I know that’s frustrating for you :/ I’d be really, really frustrated myself if I HAD to draft by hand and COULDN’T type on the computer, because typing is what makes stories ‘come alive’ for me. So I can imagine how you feel, not being able to use your preferred medium anymore :/

      But I’m glad you’re still able to write! ❤

      Haha, yes! Yelling at oneself is an essential part of writing, lol.

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      1. Thank you, dear!! You’re so sweet. I guess I could handwrite, but my finished manuscript is still stuck in a notebook, cause I haven’t been able to type it, so no one has read it. I couldn’t have written it any other way, so I’m just glad it exists. But I think I can type the next one, and that will make things easier. (Also, with Queen, I’monly going to let a couple special people see it, and I don’t want to risk having to get someone else to type it. I’m keeping it close.)

        Basically, I’m typing cuz it’s more convenient inaccessible, and it allows me to reference my outlines and have a typed draft. But I miss some other features of handwriting, and the general creativity.

        Thanks!

        The good thing is that I can type without pain now!! So thankful.

        I’m so glad you know which medium is best for you, and that you can use it.

        Ahaha, yes! (I’ve tried to stop calling myself names though.)

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  6. Thanks for tagging me. It was fun to answer. 🙂

    Not only have I cried while writing a scene, I have allowed a characters’ emotions to channel into me, and felt them myself — which one time was rather unpleasant, because they were full of rage against God and for the rest of the day, I felt a bit angry at Him myself.

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  7. Ahhh, #5, I remember when that happened. The good ol’ days, eh? I also especially remember your pop culture references–after all, it was talking about the Hamilton references in your old Snow White retelling that doused us in the bonds of friendship.

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  8. “It’s called Older-Sibling-Hood.” that is so true. xD

    Also, high-five on never having finished a novel in a month! It is astonishing and wonderful that people can and do, but I have always wondered if anyone else in the world just feels rushed trying that and would rather NOT.

    I love writing tags like this? It’s such fun to read people’s answers, find out little things you’d never have even thought to wonder about (like what time of day does one write, etc.). [Especially when most of the answers make you snort with laughter. ex: “Excuse /you/, sir, I have finished /two/ whole novels.” xD]

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    1. Right though??

      Oh, yes. I know writers for whom NaNo is “made to order,” it’s a perfect fit for them, because they actively enjoy the process of finishing a novel in a month. But I have known others who’ve done it because they felt like they “should” and just ended up feeling super stressed the whole time . . .

      Oh yes!! And a lot of these questions were ones I would never have thought to answer about myself. (Haha! *grins* Glad you enjoyed it!)

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