The Never Have I Ever Tag (Writer’s Edition!)

good morning, cyberspace!

All right. You guys know me. If you slap the word writer or writing or WRITER’S EDITION onto something–however strange and unnecessary it might seem–I AM 100% GOING TO DO IT.

And since this is clearly a writing tag, and Tuesday is less than four hours away, I thought today would be the perfect time to become the smol thief we all know I truly am and steal the Never Have I Ever (Writer’s Edition!) tag from Eva!

i’m so original, help me

Let’s do this!

THE RULES

  • link to and thank the bloggerly bean who tagged you! (this was . . . no one. i’m a burglar this week, folks! #bilbobaggins BUUUUUT, I did find the tag on Eva’s blog, so we’re going to link to her! [thanks for the steal, Eva!!!])
  • include the graphic somewhere in your post (or make your own!) (HA. HAHAHA. THIS IS ASSUMING THAT I HAVE THE TIME TO MAKE MY OWN GRAPHICS. Your naivety is adorable.)
  • answer the questions truthfully and honestly. (like I would LIE. Aha. Hahaha. *sweats nervously*)
  • tag three bloggers
I believe this is where this graphic came from, and also where the tag originated. so. do with this what you will.

THE TAG

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . started a novel that I did not finish

I HAVE. OH, HAVE I. I mean, I’m pretty sure I have more UNFINISHED projects than finished ones.

. . .what are these unfinished stories, you ask? HA. HAHAHA. No. We’re not diving down that rabbit hole today, my dear peasant. Maybe tomorrow. or never.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . written a story completely by hand

I have, actually, which is kind of shocking for . . . you know . . . me. But The Dragon Elements–my very first completed novel–was written entirely by hand, and then typed up onto the computer. It took about four giant notebooks, a couple one-subject notebooks, and precisely fifty-seven handcramps, but in the end, it finally ended up being like 500+ pages all typed up.

I was seriously proud of that story–still am–but looking back on it, I now have the wisdom, distance, and clarity to know that it has MAJOR plot problems.

(still. for my first-ever completed book, it could probably be a lot worse . . . heh.)

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . changed tenses midway through a story

Um. . .I don’t think I’ve done this one, actually. One of the first things I determine about a story is what kind of tense it’s going to be written in, and once that’s decided, it typically sticks. I mean, maybe I’ve done this in the past, but I can’t really pinpoint a specific moment when I was typing and thought, “Huh. I think I just changed tenses!” << and I’m pretty sure that would be a memorable experience?

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . not researched anything before starting a story

. . .

. . .

lol, I do this all the time, what are you talking about.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft

Oh, I’ve done this one, I think! Once upon a time I was writing a Dystopian novel called RESET, and I’m PRETTY sure the story started out with a girl named Koria, and then mysteriously switched to Kaida because it was prettier to look at.

It’s nice to know that my storytelling decisions come from a place of wisdom.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . written a story in a month or less

I HAVE NOT DONE THIS YET AND IT BOTHERS ME, PEASANTS!!!! I’ve tried so many times to complete a draft within a month, and yet it STILL has not happened. *sigh* Ah, well, maybe next NaNo.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . fallen asleep while writing

I think I’ve ALMOST done this–especially when I’m up late writing and want nothing more than to just collapse into bed–but actually, physically falling asleep on my laptop or notebook? Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel

Oh, I have done this so many times it isn’t even funny. Usually it’s things like THIS SCENE ISN’T WORKING ASDFGHJKL WHY ARE MY CHARACTERS SUCH STUBBORN IDIOTS, but you know, sometimes there’s a stroke of pure genius trapped in there somewhere. Like FUTURE KENZIE WILL FIX THIS. LEAVE IT. << Love finding those notes later on in half-finished scenes which I thought I’d previously completed. :)))

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . corrected someone’s grammar irl/online

Seeing as though I’m a Grammar Nazi, I think it’s safe to say that I have done this. Multiple times.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . used “I’m writing” as an excuse

I’ve done this. I’ve done this a lot. But I mean. . .?? We gotta PROTECT THE WRITING TIME, right? RIGHT??? Of course we do. JK Rowling said it, so clearly it’s fact.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . killed a character who was based off someone I know in real life

I have not done this yet. And, despite popular belief, I don’t actually write about the people I know. Where’s the fun in writing someone who’s boring and mundane and human when I can create an entirely NEW being and bludgeon them over the head with a frying pan?? Where’s the interest? Where’s the MAGIC???

Honestly, self-inserting people I know into stories just doesn’t sound like fun. It sounds boring and slightly like cheating, and–I’ll be honest–you’re probably just not that interesting for me to write about.

(that was sarcasm. please don’t hate me.)

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . used pop culture references in a story

Seeing as though most of my stories take place in an alternate dimension or timeline, I don’t do this. I’m also not that big on pop culture, so that probably plays a factor into it, as well. Buuuuuut, I DO enjoy slipping in little Easter eggs from things I’ve said on the blog or from conversations my friends and I have had in real life!

It’s those little extra tidbits that make writing fun. And someday, when I look back on my books with the pure horror of knowing that I probably should have done things differently within them, it will be all those little references that will keep me from hosting a sacrificial burning in my backyard.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Well, seeing as though everlost was finished at 1 in the morning . . . I have done this. But I also fell asleep like immediately after, so does this really count? Maybe? I’m not sure. . .

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . drank an entire pot of coffee while writing

Ew. No.

Now, consuming an entire shareable box of skittles while writing? This I have done.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . written down dreams to use in potential novels

Oh, of course I have done this. I’ve also woken right up in the middle of the night to write stuff down so that I wouldn’t forget it in the morning.

I mean, forget the fact that when I woke up the next day, all I’d written down was the hastily-scrawled word, Wykugle. Clearly this meant something to me at the time, and we should acknowledge the fact that it was so important that I had to pull myself out of bed and scribble it down before–horror of all horrors–I could forget it.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . published an unedited story on the internet/Wattpad/blog

Nope! I’m a furious perfectionist, so the thought of publishing something unedited for public consumption frightens me to no end. I mean, sometimes I look back at things I’ve published on the blog or whatever and wonder what on earth I was thinking, but I mean?? It still somehow made it through a round of editing. (it might not have been GOOD editing, but it was editing, nonetheless)

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . procrastinated homework because I wanted to write

Like Eva said, I was a homeschooler, so I didn’t really have homework, but I definitely have procrastinated on other things because I wanted to write.

And I’ve also procrastinated WRITING because I wanted to do other things, so I think it all checks out, yes?

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . typed so long that my wrists hurt

I HAVE. I think it was this past NaNo (NaNoWriMo, 2019) where I somehow wrote over 5,000 words in a single day (my all-time record thus far). And after that, my friend, everything hurt. My fingers. My wrists. My brain. My soul. . .

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . spilled a drink on my latpop while writing

Never. And I have definitely been blessed by the gnome kings because of this. (although this could be contributed to the fact that I don’t typically drink anything while writing? sometimes I have water, but that’s about it.)

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . forgotten to save my work/draft

I always remember to save my work in the moment (hitting the save button has become almost second nature to me), but remembering to back up my work??? Aha . . . yeah, we’re still learning that one.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . finished a novel

Define “finished”. If you mean finished it to the point of completion where people can actually read it and it’s no longer just an ambiguous blob in my head, then yes!

If you mean a novel that’s actually polished and published and out there for public consumption, then no. . .

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene

Aha . . . hahahaha . . . heh. I’ve done this, unfortunately. My family looks at me like I’m crazy, but whatever.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . cried while writing a scene

There is one scene in particular that I remember shedding a few tears over, and that was in The Dragon Elements. It was a particularly “heart wrenching” moment where one of the characters died (my first character death, if I remember correctly), and in the excitement of the moment, I decided to shed some tears to commemorate the occasion.

It was fun.

And also awkward.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . created maps of fictional worlds

I have tried to do this, and every time I fail most miserably.

NEVER HAVE I EVER . . . researched something shady for a novel

. . . *laughs maniacally*

Honestly, everything I research for a novel seems shady: the decomposition of severed arms, if a human could fit in a standard size oven, what kinds of poisons are lethal and in what size doses. . . Basically, if you looked through my search history, you would think I was trying to murder someone. And also trying to hack into a hospital. (thanks, everlost.)

TAG! YOU’RE IT!

And now that I’ve officially answered all of the questions, it’s time for me to tag some peasants! The rules state to tag three bloggers, so, naturally, I’m going to tag five:

And, of course, anyone else who wishes to do this tag! (that means you, peasant. do the tag. DO IT.)



TALK TO ME, PEASANTS!

All right, folks, that’s about it for today! I do apologize for there not being a post last week, but ya know. Life. And procrastination. And writing actual ‘book’ instead of blogging. (#priorities) please don’t hate me, I am smol and young. Let’s just pretend like this post came out last week, and we’re NOT already nearly two weeks into February. . . .yeah. That sounds good.

SO ANYWAY. Let’s talk about you guys, shall we? How many of these things have YOU ever done? Have YOU ever fallen asleep while writing? (and if you have, did you wake up with ink all over your face the next day or. . .?) Do you tend to publish unedited works, or do you prefer to do a pass of editing before pitching it out into the world? Do you like researching for a story, or–like me–do you prefer to wing it for the first draft and fix it all up as you go? and most important of all. . .

DO YOU SELF-INSERT PEOPLE YOU KNOW IN REAL LIFE INTO YOUR STORIES????

Because I need some ANSWERS on how-and-why people do this. I just. . .? I DON’T GET IT, PEASANTS. EXPLAIN IT TO ME. *insert Dalek voice* EXPLAIIIIN!

. . .ahem. moving on.

As always, let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS down in the comments below! And until next time. . .

_flings cookies in the air and disappears_

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21 thoughts on “The Never Have I Ever Tag (Writer’s Edition!)

  1. THIS IS SUCH A FUN TAG. Thank you for tagging me!!! I absolutely hope to do this one! Honestly, I am guilty of SO many of these, it’s kinda bad… Eheh.

    I loooved reading your answers! I was just sitting her giggling over so much of this. “Wykugle” especially got me. XDDD

    And I don’t insert real people in my novels either!!! Never. I don’t really get it either. Honestly, my characters just APPEAR, with full personalities and all, and force me to write their stories. That’s how most of my novels come into existence. I hardly ever have to decide who my characters are or what type of personalities. They just…are. And I love having all these imaginary people in my head! (Why do we writers all sound like mental hospital patients when we talk…?) My FAVORITE part of writing is having all these different characters. Basing them off real people would take away all the fun. Lol. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s like this! XD

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    • This WAS a fun tag! And you are so welcome!! I can’t wait to hear your answers if you do it!!!

      Aww!!!! Thank you so much!!! I honestly don’t know why on earth I thought Wykugle was something worth noting down. My sleep-deprived brain makes no sense. XD

      Oh my goodness, YES!!! I mean OCCASIONALLY there are little pieces of the characters that I have to sort of flesh out as I write–like with SK, my MC would NOT talk to me for the longest time. I was getting annoyed with him after a while. XD–but for the most part…? They’re pretty fully-fledged on their own. I DO, however, think that they have little pieces of me inside of them, too. Little personality quirks or things they like or dislike that stems from my own personal experiences. But I think that makes them feel realer on the page somehow?? I don’t know… BUT YES YES YES!!! Characters are my favorite part of writing, too! And having them in my head means that I’m never lonely–I always have someone to talk to. (LOL! We do sound slightly psychotic… Ah, well. Good writers have good imaginations, right? XD)

      But oh my word, I LOVE getting to hear about your characters!!! I’ve never read any of your books, but I already know that when I do, they’re going to be some of my favorites, simply because of things that I’ve read on your blog! (Your Nether Isle children, though… Oh my goodness, my heart…)

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  2. Erm… yes i admit i do put real people into my stories. It’s incredibly fun, actually. Like, your best friend can suddenly become a blood-hungry villain with a tragic past who has a weird thing for grenades. Not that that’s *ever* happened before. XD I find basing them on real people helps me make them dimensional because otherwise they’ll be a bunch of little Emily clones.

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    • Ooooooh! This is an intriguing viewpoint! But because I don’t do this with my own writing, i have QUESTIONS. XD Do you ask your friend’s permission before putting them in, or do you make it non-obvious that it’s a character based off your friend? And do they stay relatively true to the personification of your friend, or do you find that while writing them, they sort of branch out and become their own person??

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      • Well I love answering questions. :P
        Some of my friends know, some of them don’t, but I’ve never asked permission. Correction: If the characeter doesn’t share their name, I don’t ask permission. If the character does I’ll tell them and then offer to change the name. And yeah, the characters completely become their own person. I kinda have a joke with some of my friends because my closest friends end up being villains when I write them into my books. It’s funny. So I’ll get those friends’ opinions on the characters’ behavior, etc, because they can sometimes understand “their” character’s motivation/desires before I can, simply by putting themselves in that situation.

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        • Oh my goodness! That is SO cool! (and also your friends sound absolutely amazing, btw. XD) I never even thought of how they might be able to understand the character better because it’s a version of them… That is seriously intriguing, and now I want to try this even more… I have an idea for a writing exercise to try with writing real humans as characters, so I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS CONCEPT….

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  3. Who doesn’t edit before they share something? *confusion*

    The decomposition of severed arms….um KENZIE WHAT.

    “It’s nice to know that my storytelling decisions come from a place of wisdom.” XD XD But to be fair, writing is art, right? And art is supposed to be aesthetic? So like, “it sounds prettier” is a TOTALLY valid reason to change something!! (right? I think it is. IT MAKES SENSE TO ME.) Also, Kaida is a pretty name and I quite like it.

    Easter Eggs that no one but you (or maybe your sister and that random guy you had a conversation with once at MacDonald’s, if he ever by serendipity happens to read your book) will understand are ridiculously fun. I love doing stuff like that, and I love that other people do stuff like that too.

    And yes, I totally do write people I know into stories sometimes (though not all the time or anything)! And I don’t think I’ve found it boring? Especially because sometimes I just use the character as a starting point. Like, I have one character that’s “what if fifteen-year-old me’s emotional development went in a certain not-great direction and also she became a brilliant scientist, what would that person look like at seventy-nine?” and that’s Cilla. But also writing other people in can be really fun because it’s a challenge to capture their idiosyncracies and their, like, ESSENCE, in your story. Harder than it sounds, but fun. Or I think so anyway, haha.

    I love this tag! And this post!

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    • People who don’t edit their work and then post it terrify me. But also I want to be them. XD

      I HAVE NO EXPLANATION. I AM A MONSTER. (but also if you read EV…. *finger guns*)

      RIGHT??? Finally someone who gets it! XD I mean, I love fiddling around with word choice and names until it sounds just right. So what if it makes my manuscripts 30,000 words longer than what is socially acceptable?? LET MY STYLE BLEED THROUGH! LET ME BE ME! (someone please publish my mammoth child… *distant weeping*) Aww, thank you! I like Kaida too!

      HOW…HOW DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT ONE RANDOM DUDE AT MCDONALD’S???? #stalker

      Okay, I’m getting really intrigued by all the people who write actual humans into their books! Y’all are making me want to try this… XD I guess I’m just not used to taking someone I know in real life and inking them into my books. It feels like an invasion of privacy to me? (but maybe this is because MOST of my characters are kind of psychotic and murderous, and therefore anyone I write into my stories would be greatly offended?? aha… Yeah, that’s probably it. XD) Perhaps I need to try this, though, just as a writing exercise…

      Meep! THANK YOU!!! You should 100% do this tag! It is SO much fun!!!

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      • Same. XD

        *pines for everlost*

        I think it’d make a good writing exercise. Oh man…I hope it’s not an invasion of privacy. XD I’M NOT TRYING TO INVADE PEOPLE’S PRIVACY AND I’M NOT A STALKER THE MACDONALD’S GUY WAS A COINCIDENCE, I SWEAR. Usually they’re not the POV character so it doesn’t seem weird. And if they are a POV character they inevitably diverge from the initial inspiration and would hopefully be unrecognizable…hopefully.
        (Hahaha! I can see why offense might be taken, in that case. XD Though honestly…personally I think it’d be AWESOME to figure as a psychotic fictional murderer. It would just be fun??? That probably means there’s something wrong with me…)

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        • Um…..??? *suddenly wonders what on earth happened at McDonald’s* XD

          I actually REALLY want to try this, so I think my next writing experiment will be writing people I know in real life into some sort of short story or other. But of course, I might not actually publish it onto the great and terrible cyberspace, depending on how it plays out. XD But once I get the short story I’m currently working on done, I think I’ll take a stab at this!

          A lot of people say that the character divulges from the initial inspiration quite a bit during the writing phase, so I’m curious to see how much my characters change if I base them on people I’m close to in real life!!! *cracks knuckles* We need to try this now….

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  4. I feel like a lot of my main characters are based off of pieces of myself. I’ve never tried writing a straight-up self-insert (though a few have come close), but I do feel like I can see a part of myself in many of my characters. Hopefully that doesn’t mean that the characters are too similar to each other. ;-)
    I’ve based characters off of real-life people a couple of times. I find writing a helpful way to process a person or an emotion. Sometimes I don’t understand how I feel about someone or something until I write it, and it can be a really good way of understanding myself and other people. It’s also the reason why I take inspiration from my own feelings so often. I do find real-life inspiration helpful in that sense.
    I do think that the characters tend to diverge off of their inspirations pretty fast, though. I’m not sure if I’ve ever written a character EXACTLY like someone else or exactly like myself. (I mean, I should hope I’ve never written a character exactly like myself. They can be pretty terrible people sometimes, lol.)

    I have had… precisely one story I posted online that was unedited. I wrote it and then had this little click inside of me, and I knew it was done. I think I changed one word that was a little awkward and then posted the story to my blog.

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    • I actually can totally relate to putting pieces of myself into my characters! It’s interesting, actually. I feel like a lot of my characters have DIFFERENT pieces of me within them…which kind of makes it sound like I’m creating horcruxes with each character that I create. XD

      Oooooh! But this is a seriously interesting take!!! I’ve never thought about creating a character to better help me understand someone I know in real life… Goodness knows I could use that every now and then. XD I also think it’s natural for characters to shift away from what we initially intended them to be, especially when writing. It’s like we have this idea of them inside our heads, but then as we try to put them down to paper, they’re all like, “Nope. This, this, and this are all wrong. THIS is how I actually am!! Mwahahahahaha! *burns down a building*”. Characters can be so strange like that… XD

      OOOOOoooOOOOOH! I so want to read this now!! Where can I find it? Is there a link directly on your site???

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      • I’ve thought of the horcrux comparison too! XD

        Characters are definitely wayward little beasts, and there’s no stopping them. I like that, though! It’s really fun to have your ideas change and grow–although it is annoying when they change in a way that throws off every OTHER idea you have and you can’t figure out a way to resolve that. ;-)

        I posted it here! https://mothoftheday.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/bran-and-the-bear-a-snow-white-and-rose-red-short-story/
        Thanks for asking! I like sharing my writing (for some stories–others get corralled and thrown into confinement until I can contain them)

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        • LOL! TWIIIIIIINS!

          UGGH. YES. For me, my characters tend to grow in ways that are GOOD for the story, but it’s a little annoying to have to let go of my carefully controlled reigns for a little bit to let them grown into the people they’re meant to be. And don’t even get me STARTED on when they ruin plot! Oh my goodness, that’s the worst. XD

          Totally going to read this right now!!! Thank you for the link! Sharing my writing is both exhilarating and terrifying, so I totally understand the corralling and confinement… XD

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  5. The fact that you wrote a 500 page novel by hand is a thing that you should be proud of forever and ever.

    I don’t put people I know in stories either??? Like I’ve never understood that. I mean maybe I get some inspiration, like oh that’s a cool name, or I like her hair, but…I’ve never based character entirely off someone I know.

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    • RIGHT?? I’m still so stinkin’ proud of that, even if the story was absolute trash-fire. XD I shall forever flaunt the bump on my ring-finger knuckle. XD

      YES! Okay, so I may take PIECES of things that intrigue me about people–names, hair colors, specific attributes I find interesting, special quirks–but as for actually modeling a character completely after a human I know? Nope. Never done that. Maybe that will change someday, but I digress. For right now, it hasn’t happened. XD

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  6. Wykugle. That is all.

    Except that I’m totally with you on not inserting real people. I mean, all my characters end up being strange twisted facets of myself, so there’s that, but other humans? Nah

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    • It really is all. All that I wROTE. I AM SUCH AN IDIOT, WHAT EVEN. XD

      Ooh, good point! I do believe that a lot of my characters hold pieces of me within them, but other actual, real-life humans??? Ehhhhh…no. XD I just can’t put someone I know in real life directly into one of my stories. Now, I HAVE noticed that one of my characters from EV–Peter–has a little bit of some people I know in real life mixed inside him, but he’s definitely his own person… I guess it makes sense to let our characters be influenced by real humans–that’s what we’re trying to pattern them after, after all–but it’s still weird for me when it comes to actual, PERSONAL inserts…

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