This tag was created by Bree Dawn over at the Long Voyage ! I definitely recommend stopping by and giving their blog a quick visit! Alright, now I’m gonna expose myself and my bad writing habits.
… started a novel that I didn’t finish.
Most certainly. Though to be fair, I think this is a common occurrence among writers. Sometimes we just get so excited that we start an idea before realizing that we either don’t like it as much as we initially thought or we don’t really have the motivation/time to finish said novel. So yes, I definitely have quite a few unfinished books sitting in a folder in my computer, just wasting away. Such is the life of a writer.
… written a story completely by hand.
Maybe once or twice. Especially when I was little. But my handwriting has always been awful so its not something I particularly like doing. Plus I feel like I can get my ideas out by typing so much quicker.
… changed tenses midway through a story.
All. The. Time. And I don’t realize it till editing and then I have to turn my brain inside out refiguring out phrasing that is in the right tense but still flows. This often happens when I write something and then pick it up again in the middle.
… not researched anything before starting a story.
Yup. Pretty much how I used to write until about three years ago. I just sat down and started plugging away when it came to writing a story. Now I do a little research before hand but I try not to get to bogged down in it as it can actually inhibit the start of my story for a bit too long.
… changed my protagonists’ name halfway through a draft.
I actually don’t think I’ve done this. I generally stick with a name and if I do have a hankering to change it, I figure it out long before I’m halfway through a story. I pick a name and COMMIT!
… written a story in a month or less.
Yes. I wish this happened more often but have done this a few times, especially when I was about 12 or so writing absolute garbage but loving it (I don’t regret it, even if looking back on my old work, I kind of wanna puke). I think I may have done this once or twice in adulthood but not as often as I’d like.
… fallen asleep while writing.
Hmmm… sort of. I’ve been writing a story on my phone and have nodded off but never at my desk typing. My chair is just too uncomfortable.
… corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online.
Maybe jokingly but not seriously. I don’t think it actually matters that much unless you’re editing something for someone. Being an actual snob about grammar is annoying for sure.
… yelled at myself in all caps in the middle of my novel.
Maybe once or twice. Or three times. I don’t know, sometimes I loose focus or have to make notes for my future editing self and I am kind of a big offender of using all caps to type anything so… yes.
… used “I’m writing” as an excuse.
Not really? Not that I wouldn’t use this excuse if I could but I can’t imagine when it would work. The closest thing I can come to this is maybe not doing a chore right away because I’m writing something for school (shout out to that online college student life) but beyond that, not really.
… killed a character that was based on someone I know in real life.
Not saying I’m above this, I just haven’t done this. Yet. Give me time.
… used pop culture references in a story.
I tend to write mostly high fantasy so I don’t think I have. Unless it was in some sort of silly inside jokey type of story me and my friends worked on.
… written between the hours of one AM and six AM.
Oh, absolutely. Gotta write when the inspiration hits and unfortunately that can be at some very odd hours.
… drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.
No, I don’t think so. I don’t really like the taste of coffee on its own and have to add monstrous amounts of creamer in order to enjoy it so I tend to limit myself to one cup of coffee a day.
… written down dreams to use in potential novels.
I have used elements from my dreams for inspiration for locations before. Does that count?
… published an unedited story on the internet/blog/Wattpad.
100%. Fictionpress & Wattpad were sites I frequented back in middle school as a place to share my awful stories. I loved it. Good times, good times.
… procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.
Absolutely. Homework has gotta wait sometimes. But I also have to kind of out myself that I have done homework to procrastinate writing before. I can get burned out on projects sometimes so I do anything other than that writing project some days.
… typed so long that my wrists hurt.
Yup. I used to have mini laptop to write on and it KILLED my lil wrists.
… spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.
Coffee, yogurt, and popcorn have become well acquainted with my keyboard unfortunately.
… forgotten to save my work/draft.
Oh. Oh yes. And there were tears.
… finished a novel.
Actually, yes! Now editing it is another story but I have finished it!
… laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.
Maybe once ore twice….
… cried while writing a scene.
Don’t think I’ve done this yet. I more of an evil laugh kind of person when I’m writing something that I know is gonna be heart wrenching. Sorry, readers.
… created maps of my fictional worlds.
I’ve done this a lot actually! It helps me visualize my world. Plus there are some super cool map makers online!
… researched something shady for a novel.
Considering I often writer murder mysteries most definitely. Usually poison.
And I think that’s all for now! Thanks for sticking around! And if you haven’t done this tag before, consider yourself tagged to do as such! Don’t be shy!