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Never Have I Ever Writer’s Edition

I’m here with a tag I …well, I guess I stole it. XD Sue me. XP

The Rules

  • Link and thank the blogger who tagged you. (Thanks Bree! XD Not only did she create the tag, but she’s also the one I stole it from. XP)
  • Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!) (Yeah… not making my own this time. *points down* 😉 )
  • Answer the questions truthfully and honestly. (Does sarcasm count as truthful and honest? *smile smile* I’ll try to keep it at a minimum. ;p
  • Tag 3 bloggers. (*Cracks knuckles* 3, I can do 3.)

<Never Have I Ever>

…started a novel that I didn’t finish.

Yup. I have a few I’ve never finished. Mostly because I’m still writing them. So, my precious little stories aren’t abandoned, just put aside for right now, like More Than a Dream and about a dozen others… Yeah… I have quite a few I haven’t finished. As for a novel I started and abandoned, I do have one that was some sort of contemporary portal fantasy/dream world that I never made it past chapter 1? It was weird and so full of references and oh gosh it is so cringe-worthy. *hides*

…written a story completely by hand.

That is the sum of my answer. Typing is the only way to go for me. My hands are cramping just thinking about doing it.

…changed tenses midway through a story.

Hmmm… In a way, yes.

…not researched anything before starting a story.

Ha! YES! My excuse? I write fantasy, I can just make it up as I go, yes? Who needs research in a completely made up world? If things don’t make sense, can’t I just claim it’s some sort of Wonderland spin-off? *smile smile*

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

This question makes me cringe. Yes, yes I did. And after searching and replacing that name throughout the entire document… I realized I liked the original name and had to change it all back… *face-palm*

…written a story in a month or less.

Yes, I actually have done this. Shocker, I know. I am a slow drafter, but this story was well under 20,000 words. Goodness, did it even make 15,000? It was my little fairy book which was inspired by the Tinker Bell movies. I called it Rose and the Berry Thief and it was this adorable little middle grade novelette(?) that was the beginning of a series. Then I wrote the sequel and everything got dark. Story of my writing life. A story about cute little fairies turns into this dark story about shattered families, a war-torn homeland, traumatized pasts, secret identities, and betrayals. >.>

…fallen asleep while writing

Eh, no. Dozed off? Yes.

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online?

Well, yes and no. I am too chicken to just randomly correct someone’s grammar in person or online, unless they specifically ask me too, but I have teased friends and siblings about incorrect grammar or typos.

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

Yes, usually during NaNo when I need to make a note of something but don’t want to stop writing.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

…I wish. XD

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

Nooo, why do you ask?? Okay, okay, *ahem* I don’t really base my characters off of people in real life, but I keep threatening to do so and kill that character off when certain people annoy me.

…used pop culture references in a story.

*face-palm* *points to first question* That story was soooo full of pop culture references. My characters watched Phineas and Ferb, played Kingdom Hearts, quoted Disney lines. …yeah, in my defense that was only my third or fourth story idea I’d tried to write down (before I’d even finished a single novel. Baby Author me tried juggling five and six stories all at once.).

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

Yes, yes I have. I have gotten up at 5 a.m. to write and I have stayed up to 2 a.m writing, just not in the same day or I’d be a caffeinated zombie the next day… And when I’m writing between those hours I generally look like this…

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

Sadly, no. I have not. There has been times that I’ve wanted to, but nope.

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

Yup! I had weird dreams that I wrote down, but I’m doubting I will actually use them.

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

Hmm, do snippets count? I’ve published plenty of those. XD

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

I was homeschooled, I had no homework to procrastinate. XD Procrastinate other things to go write? Yes. (Clarification, I didn’t have homework like public school homework, but I did have extra curricular activities that could be classified as hands on homework. 😉 )

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

…yeah, about this question I have a sort of health update. I’m fine, I’m not dying or anything, but as several of you have noticed (maybe?) I’ve yet to answer most comments from the last post. To explain that, I’m dealing with Repetitive Stress Injury in both hands, which means a lot less typing for me. So, I will get to all your wonderful comments soon, I love getting them and chatting with you all. <333 In short, yes, I have indeed typed so long my wrists hurt.

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

*screeches at the thought* Goodness, no! I am in horror at the mere thought! I keep all lidless glasses away from my precious laptop.

…forgotten to save my work/draft

Eh, yeah, but thankfully I’ve never lost anything due to that. (Just due to computer glitches deleting entire paragraphs or documents. Thankfully each instance only happened once and that document was later recovered.) Now I have Scrivener automatically back up my writing every few seconds.

…finished a novel.

I have!!! …well, the first draft. A year ago in March, I finished the first draft of my very first novel, actually the one that got me started writing in the first place.

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

Out loud? No. In my head, oh yes. I have felt pretty evil sometimes when I put my characters through a particularly difficult scene. Now I sound like a cold-hearted maniac, but I do love my wittle charries! I do! And usually I am sad when I have to put them through pain and suffering, but I know what’s on the other side and I know it’s for their good and they will overcome. …that actually sounds like what God does with us, we go through a hard time and He hurts with us, but He knows it’s for our good and through Him we will overcome. 🙂

…cried while writing a scene.

On the inside, yes.

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

Yes. Squiggly lined, stick figure drawings that will never be viewed by anyone’s eyeballs but mine. I have artistic inclinations, but map-drawing is clearly not my forte.

…researched something shady for a novel.

Have I mentioned I’m writing a murder mystery series? *nervous grin* Like, how much blood can you lose before you die? Or, what poison makes it look like you had a heart attack? It’s all writing research, I swear! XD




Joy Caroline

And since I stole it, feel free to do so yourself if you want. ;p

Do you write by hand? Have you ever cried while writing? What’s the shadiest thing you’ve ever researched?? Any questions above that you feel inclined to answer? XD

Let’s Chat! 😀


15 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever Writer’s Edition”

  1. Thank you for the tag, Jen!
    Oh, I totally get you on the research thing. Writing Biblical fiction means you have to research some weeeeirddd things sometimes. For The Apostle’s Sister, I had to research the Jewish scourging punishment system. 😂😭 I read an entire BOOK (Mishnah Makkot) that was all about what people could be scourged for, what the whip looked like, the position they would be forced into for the beating, and what often happened to them while they were being beaten (none of it was pretty). Long story short, by the time I was done researching I knew alllll the bloody, gory details and I honestly felt sick. But hey, without all that research I wouldn’t have been able to write some of the most important scenes in my novel. I wouldn’t have been able to write such chilling description. 😭 The things us writers must do!

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    1. You’re so welcome!
      Haha! Yes!!! I’ve done some research for a piece of Biblical fiction I had been trying to write and ooof… O.o XD Oh wow! Such dedication! I applaud you!! I don’t think I could have done that… I’d have been skimming or something… XD But that’s so great you were then able to write your important scenes! *sighs and pats you comfortingly on the back* Yes… the things us writers must do… XD I hope your writing is going well! ❤

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      1. Haha, thanks! It’s a struggle at times. XD But ’tis necessary… and my solace is that I loved how the scenes turned out! Grateful for the much-needed comfort, though. XD
        It’s going pretty good! I’m doing Camp NaNo this time around. I hope yours is going great as well!


  2. Ooooh, I LOVE this tag!!! It’s so brilliant. I think I actually did it a good while back. It’s such a fun one! 😀 And this was GREAT getting a closer peek into your writing life.

    The fact that your cutesy fairy story turned into this dark, complex drama is hilarious and soooo relatable. Hi, hello, this is my life. It can never stay lighthearted. Never. And I’m also discovering even when I write lighthearted things for the first draft, they get darker and darker with each draft/edit. And just…? I can’t even with myself. XD (But also The Rose and the Berry Thief is SUCH a cute name and that sounds precious!) I also adore that you filled the start of that one story to the brim with pop culture. Hey now, sometimes we gotta let loose ALL our favorite things. ;D

    I’m still so, so sorry you’re dealing with problems with your hands! You have been in my prayers extra hard. I do hope they get better. *HUGS* Definitely take care of yourself. There is never any rush to reply. I know we all just want you to heal! ❤

    I definitely feel like I understand God more through writing. It's hard to put our characters through difficulties, but we know they'll come out better through it all. And that is definitely how it is with real life too. Beauty comes from the hard, and though we may not understand at the time why God allows these difficulties, in the end they help us grow and draw closer to him. Something I have to remind myself a lot! Basically a big ol' YES to everything you said about that!

    Thank you for sharing this goodness with us! This was such fun to read!

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    1. It’s such a fun tag! 😀 Oooh, cool! Awww, I’m so glad!!

      XD I koooow, we just can’t seem to write lighthearted stories. And yes *I* sooo relate on each edit/draft making it darker and darker… O.O I tried fighting it, but now I embrace it and use it to show that hope can still shine through the darkness. ❤ (Awww, thanks! ^_^ That one is at least cute and lighthearted. XD) Haha, thanks. 😉 I recently read over a bit of it and oh, wow, *cringes* I really did let loose a lot of pop culture. XD

      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤ ❤ I am a lot better today than I was …oh wow, a month ago. Thank you so much for your prayers! *HUGS* Hopefully now I can get caught up on comments a little faster.

      Yes, yes, yes. So much yes to this! Sometimes I even find myself putting my characters through similar circumstances to what I'm going through or the same emotional problems and there's just something so cathartic watching them grieve their lot in life, work through the emotional turmoil, overcome and come out the better for it.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! ^_^


  3. OooOoooh!!!!! This is such a cool tag!!! I LOVED reading your answers and those GIFs were TOTALLY awesome! 😉 I don’t write by hand (at least for stories) ’cause *says in Thanos voice* the pain is inevitable… XP and even though I haven’t cried while writing, I haaave laughed like an evil villain out loud (but was thankfully alone. I…I’m not sure how I would’ve have explained that if people were around). XD The shadiest thing I’ve probably researched were the effects of hemotoxin (for a future murder mystery I’m hoping to write, too). ;P *cackles* We wannabe Agatha Christies sure do some pretty crazy things! XD

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Hehe, I had a lot of fun with those GIFs. ;D Ugh, yes, writing by hand brings pain. XP We just can’t help the evil laughs sometimes. 😉 (Oh yes, always a good thing to be alone when laughing like an evil villain. XD Explaining that would be awkward… XD) Oooh, sounds cool! (That’s so cool you’re planning a murder mystery series too! *highfives*) Haha, yep! We do! *cackles* XD

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  4. I love the procrastinate on schoolwork one! (Actually, they’re all great, but that one really made me laugh.) I too was homeschooled, and after I got over my hate for writing, my mom assigned me the “homework” of writing a novel in a year. So when I wrote I was able to say I was doing my homework. XD

    And the shady research. I’m dying. It’d be a very bad thing if I was suspected of murder, because my search history would indite me, even though I’d probably be innocent. It’s all for research. We’re not planning to use our newfound evil knowledge on real people. We’re writers. It’s natural. And I must admit I do sometimes cackle like a villain while writing. I look up and my sister is looking at me like I just announced my grand scheme to overtake the world.

    Loved this, Jen! Made my day.

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    1. Thanks, Madi! XD Homeschoolers for the win! *highfives* Haha, awesome! XD I sadly didn’t really get into writing, at least openly, until after I graduated, so I never had my writing as homework.

      Very shady. XD Ha! YES! It’s all for research. Most definitely not planning to use it on real people, especially not the ones who annoy us or anything. Writers, yes, it’s perfectly natural for us to store copious amounts of suspicious information to freak out our family members with. Oh my! XD Are you sure you didn’t? I mean, that seems like something you would do, scheming to overtake the world and all that. ;p

      Awww, thank you! I’m so glad. ❤

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  5. Ah yes. Another great post XD You pick the best GIFs! The shadiest thing I ever researched was probably stuff I didn’t realize was shady until I researched it… *coughs*


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