I know, I haven’t done a tag since…well, since the Week of Blog Tags, and I don’t remember how long ago that was. But what writer doesn’t love talking about writing? And when May @ Forever and Everly tagged anyone who wanted to do it, why not do it…a month later? (That’s pretty good for me, actually.) Thanks, May!
So, it’s time for The Writer’s Tag! Where I talk about writing!
What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?
Lots of things, but I suppose it’s usually the same things that I like to read about!
For genres: Fantasy with cool plot reveals and a dash of romance. But, you know, I’ve never read epic science fiction, and yet that’s something else I’m writing about? I need to read more sci-fi…anyone know of any books?
For styles: I usually write in 3rd person, past tense, but for Battle Song, which I’m starting to work on again, it’s actually in 1st person! And my writing style is usually fairly straightforward. I would love to develop better word choice and a more beautiful writing style, but mine is pretty simple right now.
For topics: I love to write about dragons, magic, fairy tale retellings, cultures/beliefs, deep characters, and war. Probably too much war. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure that I’ve written a novel that doesn’t have war in it…I just love the strength and heroism it brings out in people!
How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember! I still have old notebooks from when I was in elementary school with unfinished stories in them (usually about fairies or orphans…who knows?).
However, I never really took writing seriously as something I’d actually want to do with my life until my dad suggested we do Camp NaNoWriMo together, in April 2013. That’s when I realized how much I loved writing.
Then, 2014 was when writing became more a part of my life, when I took the 365K challenge and tried to write a thousand words every day.
And now, I’m trying to make writing my career, so I guess it depends on your definition of “writing”. Maybe I’m just beginning!
Why do you write?
I write because I love it. I write because if I don’t write, my mind fills with new ideas and new plots, and my Creative Dragon awakes within me, telling me that it won’t leave me alone until I write something. (True story.)
I write because I love to express emotions through words, because I can’t always speak, because there’s a beauty in showing how people progress through difficult challenges.
I write because weaving a story is my favorite way to spend my time. I adore my characters, I can’t stop the exhilaration of coming up with a new idea, and I love trying to puzzle out how everything fits together. In short, it’s awesome!
When is the best time to write?
All the time! Just kidding. I don’t know if there’s a particular time of day that I feel more productive to writing, because that’s not something I normally pay attention to, but on my new schedule I’m writing from 3:00-5:00 p.m. I don’t know, if I did it a little earlier, I’d probably be a bit more creative, but it still works! I like having a timeframe that I have to stick to–writing, and nothing else, during those hours.
What parts of writing do you love, and what parts do you hate?
Love: I love that moment when everything just fits together! After you’ve been thinking hard and pondering how anything relates, and it’s so confusing, but this flash of inspiration comes and everything makes sense!
When you think of an awesome plot twist or plot reveal.
When you’re developing a character you didn’t really connect with before, and then you figure out something about them, and you just love them to death.
When thinking about a character’s death makes you want to cry (even if you don’t).
When you write that super emotional scene and your heart feels like it’s being squeezed and your characters are all so awesome and dramatic and everything is awesome.
When you have dreams about your characters being shippy. *nods*
When you have dreams that spark story ideas.
When you share your work and someone loves it! And not only that, but they connect with it. That’s awesome.
When you look back on old writing and realize that it’s not as bad as you remembered.
When you think of a deliciously sad and emotional ending or scene.
When you get to be the evil author. All too often done by me…but it’s so fun!
When you’re so in love with your story that everyone else can’t help but love it too.
…that was kind of long…
Hate/Dislike: Being stuck and not knowing where to go next.
When you have such a great idea, and it doesn’t turn out as good on paper.
When your characters are all refusing to develop themselves. Hence all the character-glaring that I do.
When you start to compare yourself with other writers and feel like a failure.
When you feel like you don’t know how to write anymore.
When someone doesn’t like your writing that you’re really proud of.
When you feel so inadequate and like you’ll never measure up.
Gosh, why do we put the “hates” after the “loves”? That’s just depressing.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I don’t. Umm, probably through endurance, I guess? Sometimes all it takes is to keep going when it’s hard. But I think usually it helps to take a break and do something else (like drawing or playing the piano) to calm me down. After that, it helps to find where things went wrong and then try to fix it or go from there. Identifying the problem is half the battle!
(And fixing it is the other half. *sighs* Usually something needs more development…always more development.)
Are you working on something at this moment?
Yes, I’m writing this blog post. Yup! I just started working on Battle Song, a retelling of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, with warrior mermaids + cool characters + cool religion stuff + wars! (See? There’s even multiple wars in this one.) I started writing it last November for NaNoWriMo, but I’m restarting.
(I’d link you to the page, but some things are changing and I need to rewrite it. And also make a better blurb. Because I’m great at that.)
Anyway, I’m still working on re-developing stuff, but soon I’m going to start writing. This time, I’m going to write the last 10K first because then I’ll know where I’m headed. Plus, there’s some great emotional/shippy/awesome scenes at the end. *grins*
What are your writing goals this year?
Well, I do have goals from my New Year’s Resolutions post, buut a few of those might be changing. My new goals are to write every day, to publish at least two short stories, and have the first and second drafts of Battle Song done.
Unless you mean “year” as in a year from today, in which case to have Battle Song as ready for publishing as I can get it.
And, of course, to always be improving!
If you read this and enjoyed it, consider yourself tagged. Because I only have a few people who I could tag, and I’m also not sure how many you’re supposed to tag for this…so tag if you want it!
(Also, if you do this tag, feel free to use the graphic!)
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Are you going to do the tag/have you done it before? I’d love a link! And if you don’t want to do the tag, feel free to answer the questions in a comment below! I especially want to know what you love and what you hate about writing.
Oh, and, P.S. I’m going to be gone next week on a family vacation. I was going to write a post and pre-schedule it, but I don’t know if I’ll have time. So if you don’t see me, that’s why!