Happy Sunday! Bree from The Long Voyage recently published an awesome blog tag called the Never Have I Ever Tag // Writer Edition, and it looked like so much fun, I had to do it. (I spent more time figuring out how to work in GIFs from my favorite fandoms than actually answering the questions, so please appreciate those.) Never have I ever…
… started a novel that I didn’t finish.
Um, only all the time? Honestly, as much as I hate to admit it, it’s more rare for me to start a novel that I DO finish.
… written a story completely by hand.
I wrote several stories by hand when I was younger. I was just looking for one the other day and couldn’t find it, so those notebooks must be boxed up at my parents’ house. One time when I was probably middle school age, I had a binder with notebook paper that I was using to write a novel titled Warsaw Children (about the Warsaw ghetto uprising) by hand. Hmm, I’d like to dig up that one too…
… changed tenses midway through a story.
I probably have at some point, but I can’t think of any specific examples right now. Normally I just stick to present tense–I’ve learned that that’s what I prefer, and even if I try to write in past tense, I find myself switching to present tense without even realizing.
… not researched anything before starting a story.
Sure! In fact, I usually just jump in and start writing, and then fill in those gaps later.
… changed my protagonists’ name halfway through a draft.
Have I? I really don’t know. I don’t think I ever have.
(but also I write in first person 95% of the time so good luck if I even remember my protagonists’ name)
… written a story in a month or less.
If I remember correctly, I think there’s only been one time when I wrote a full-length novel in about a month (World on a String, spring 2018, aka one of the best times in my life). Usually I work on my novels in cycles–a few weeks here, a month the next year, another few months the following year. (It’s not very efficient and not what I would prefer, but somehow that’s what happens.)
… fallen asleep while writing.
Surprisingly, I don’t think I have.
… corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online.
Um… yeah. All the time. I might not do it aloud in person, but rest assured I’m ALWAYS doing it in my head.
… yelled at myself in all caps in the middle of my novel.
No, but I do leave myself notes for when I’m editing–things like “figure this part out” highlighted in red so it stands out.
… used “I’m writing” as an excuse.
I’m not sure! Maybe, when I lived at home and it was time to set the table or something? But not anymore. (Of course, I sadly write fiction a lot less often than I used to.)
… killed a character that was based on someone I know in real life.
Hahaha. No I haven’t. Although I guess all of my characters are at least somewhat based on someone I know in real life, so… maybe?
… used pop culture references in a story.
Yes! This is something that I’ve just been able to start doing in more recent years now that I write YA contemporary, and it’s so much fun.
… written between the hours of one AM and six AM.
Never. I haven’t even been awake during those hours in years.
… drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.
Never. Sadly, my stomach doesn’t like coffee.
… written down dreams to use in potential novels.
Oh, ALL the time! I have a notebook in my nightstand drawer that’s full of them. I have some wild, crazy, vivid dreams.
… published an unedited story on the internet/blog/Wattpad.
No. I’ve published fiction online before (in secret places on secret accounts which shall not be named #fanfiction #is #embarrassing), but it’s always been carefully read over and edited.
… procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.
A long time ago, yes.
… typed so long that my wrists hurt.
Not my wrists necessarily, but my fingers/hands, yes. Gotta love that carpal tunnel life.
… spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.
Thankfully, no. *knock on wood* But also, I don’t really eat or drink while I write.
… forgotten to save my work/draft.
Oof. I’m sure there has been a time. I can’t think of anything specific right now, but I’m so obsessive about it that I’m sure I learned the hard way at some point.
… finished a novel.
… laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.
… cried while writing a scene.
I don’t think I’ve ever actually cried while writing a scene? But I’ve definitely done a lot of emotional squealing and shrieking. And I can get emotional reading back through my old work–diving back into that world I created and being reminded of the things I was going through at that point in my life, which always get written into my fiction even if I don’t realize it at the time.
… created maps of my fictional worlds.
HAHAHA, yes I have. I was just admiring a few of those maps yesterday, actually. If I do say so myself, I think I’m quite the artist… (I’m obviously kidding, they’re very rudimentary sketches just to help me keep things straight in my head)
… researched something shady for a novel.
Totally. Not so much recently since I’ve been mostly focused on sunny YA contemporaries, but oh yeah. The best ways to kill people, the best ways to commit certain crimes, all kinds of shady things…
Pick your favorite prompt from this post to answer in the comments, and/or add one of your own!