04 September 2016

The Wisteria Writer's Tag

This is a notebook which came in an even prettier wrapping box like WHAAAAT.

Hello, everyone! How's your three-day weekend going, for those who are living within the US? Recently, Sunset nominated me to do The Wisteria Writer's Tag, which is perfect timing, considering that I am now trying to make it a goal for me to post one writing post every month. Thank you so much for nominating me. Plus, there's some down time at a small gathering that my family is hosting, although my brother just came into my room and asked me, "Why are you introverting right now?"

If he only understood the negative, depleting energy toll that such gatherings can take on me. There are only two social events that can energize me, but their excessively rare.

// LE RULES
 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the ten questions
3. Write ten questions of your own.
4. Nominate other people for the 

// What's one thing you struggle to write the most? (Romance scenes, battles, etc.)
Battle scenes are such a struggle for me because they're something that I haven't done much of-- most battles scenes are used to forward a plot, and they only make up a small percentage of the novel. Usually, if I need to write a battle scene, I tend to enact it out, which does raise a few eyebrows in the house, but one, it's fun, and two, it helps the clarity of the moves when actually writing it down.

// Favorite character(s) from your current WIP?
WHY MUST YOU ASK ME THIS QUESTION? This is hard. I love my four protagonists! Sigh. I love all four of them for different reasons, but the main thing I love about each of them is their character arc development. All four children each undergo something different, and they grow in different ways that they each all clash with each other, but still carry a mutual bond and understanding that allows them to respect each other's struggles. They each have their little quirks, as well: Jack has a ten-page fire extinguishing itinerary, Christina sprays color-dyed water onto frogs every morning, Sam is obsessed with iambic pentameter, and Daniella is not flexible.

When you ask me choose favorites, I look like this baby. 
via.

// Why exactly did you begin writing?
When I was younger, probably ten years old, I used to not talk, at all. If you approached me with a question which I was required to answer I'd numbly stutter a response. Anything and everything else would receive an annoyed yet terrified glare. Before that shy phase, writing was something irregularly done outside of school. One day, in fifth grade, the entire class was in the computer lab, writing on a prompt on a computer program, because the school scored terribly within the writing sessions in the class. Meanwhile, I scored the highest possible grade on every one. It seemed like a fluke, but honestly, I had fun writing stories to this prompts, talking about how the characters had to sneak onto the cargo box of a train to outrun the impending storm. Soon, writing became something deeper, more personal, and that's how I continued writing to this day.

// AHHH! The library is on fire and there is (conveniently) only enough time to save three books. Which ones do you save and why?
I'm guessing you mean actual published book? In that case, I'd like to save the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Chronicles of Narnia anthology since they were the two series that pushed me to write, and probably the last one would be The Elegance of the Hedgehog which you all know I adore so very much.

My organization tools for writing are all in my arsenal! Seriously, I find some of the coolest notepads out there.

// If you are currently working on a WIP, give a brief synposis of it below.
A boy with fire. Lost enemies and parents. Shadows. Instability. Anger. Balance. That's all you're going to get, at the moment, unless you look at the long post about my WIP here.

// Which time period do you prefer to write about?
Um... here's the thing: I hardly read any historical fiction, not because I dislike it, but because the novels will often be a hit and miss. I've mainly written contemporary novels (contemporary = present day) but honestly, last year I've been exposed to a lot of time periods from the various forms of media I've encounters: the 1700s (cough cough, "Ev'ryone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman!") the Roaring 20s, and the Baby Boomer 50s, and these are interesting to me. I'd love to write about them! But, if you really know me, you would know that my favorite time periods would have to be the decades including the Great Depression and World War Two, because those have been my decade obsessions for a long time.

// First, second, or third person narrative?
Tricky! This answer all depends as to what the story best calls for. For my contemporary novels, I tend to write in first person, because my protagonists are within the natural world, our world, and the story would be more appropriate to view within the eyes of the protagonists. We (referring to the readers) now what an alarm clock is, how it sounds, how we feel, but there are millions of contemporaries out there, and personal character inflections are important to make the novel stand out within the theme sea of love, school, and kick-butt side characters. 

90% of most romances in my novel look like this.

If the reader is being introduced to an unknown world different from what they're familiar with in their everyday life OR if the novel is told within the perspective of multiple characters, it becomes more efficient for me to write in third person (omniscient, usually). This is mainly to keep the various personalities of each character erect-- who wants to write a novel with several points-of-view chapters being relayed by seven different narrators? This is always where I see personal character inflections either distracting certain observations or being too stale to distinguish one character from the other. We just need a reliable narrator. 

// What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
It's a tie between, "Buy yourself the biggest possible frappucino once you finish your novel, because you and your brain will thoroughly need it," "Ignore your inner editor while writing your first draft," and, "Don't stop writing daily; writing is a muscle. You've got to train it."

*internally screaming over my printed draft*

// Is diversity an important thing in your books for you? Why? How diverse is your own writing?
Diversity is such an important thing in my novels, especially when people of color, such as myself, are often underrepresented in various forms of media. You don't see much Asians in literature! Some of my books call a great attention to their heritage, thus inflecting parts of their personality, while other books of mine do not have much emphasis on diversity not because I don't want to, but it's not entirely appropriate. For example, for my current novel, their racial background isn't that important because they travel within a fantasy world where labels such as Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Native, don't apply, and it is somewhat hinted that Caucasians are the majority in the children's quaint hometown.

However, in my current work in progress, the world also has areas rich in a mingling blend of various Eastern and Western countries, and I am earnestly trying so hard to accurately portray the best yet realistic parts of these cultures without having to demoting them to merely stereotypical countries. As I enter this umpteenth edit and rewrite, it's one of my main priorities to be able to mix this and create a fresh new blend, such as what I am doing with Germany and Japan, for example (their folklore and stories just mesh well, and DO NOT get me started on their food and how good it is).
 // What genre do you prefer to write about?
Fantasy and contemporary are my main two that I usually write about, although I dabble in sci-fi.

// LES QUESTIONS
1. Take your most despised store. Describe what it looks like and why you hate it. Now, imagine your protagonist and antagonist of your current WIP visiting the store for the first time, separately. How would they react, and what would they buy? ("Nothing," won't be an acceptable answer!)
2. Do you have quirky writing rituals you need to in order to begin writing, such as editing with the door closed and a purple pen, all while wearing mismatched fuzzy socks? If you do, describe them.
3. Which of your characters from your WIP embodies what your entire writing process resembles?*
4. List the top three writing conferences you'd want to visit.
5. If you had to collaborate with a published author, who would it be and what would you two write about?
6. Your sources of inspiration?
7. Quick! You're on a five minute break from editing-- but your first choice of food to snack on ran out! Name your other two brain foods.
8. What's a writing-related question that bothers you when people ask?
9. List two songs that would describe both the good and bad sides of your deuteragonist.
10. Up to this point, what is your current word count for this post?

*Example: if C.S. Lewis's entire writing process was very sneaky, the character closely relating to his writing style would be Edmund.

// TAG! YOU'RE IT! I nominate:

34 comments:

  1. your questions are like the awesomeest. #7 is my fav. My first choice of snack would be trailmix, but if that runs out..I'd have an orange or graham cracker. lol xD I really don't eat much when writing tho--it totally distracts me. :P

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    1. SARAH. <3 Trailmix is great. The only awkward part is people who give odd glares because you like to sort out the raisins from the different variations of nut from the M&Ms, you know? Is trailmix OCD a thing? xD I have to agree with snacking while writing-- usually I try to make it a habit to eat something before I embark on writing or studying, otherwise, the endless cycle of eating Cheez-Its, crying over no more Cheez-Its, then getting up to get some more just happens, and it ultimately becomes very counterproductive. :P

      xoxo Morning

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    2. LOL YES. I DO THE SAME THING. it must be an OCD thing. xD

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    3. xD We should have like a mini food OCD society where all we do is just complain over the ways we eat and the conditions that have to be preset before we are able to fully enjoy and digest our food. We shall have cookies and donuts and it will be epic!

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  2. "If he only understood the negative, depleting energy toll that such gatherings can take on me. There are only two social events that actually can energize me, but their excessively rare." << EXACTLY! I have a select few social events that actually energize me (one of which I would bet that we have in common), but otherwise it's just a no.

    Battle scenes are really hard for me, too. That's why I usually stick to writing contemporaries- battle scenes aren't exactly prevalent. XD

    LAFAYETTE!!

    Forget aboutttttt theeee boy!

    YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT!

    XD

    "Buy yourself the biggest possible frappucino once you finish your novel, because you and your brain will thoroughly need it," <<- That is wonderful advice.

    This post was so much fun to read, oh my goodness. I loved it! I posted this tag today, too, but yours was a lot more interesting haha. XD

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    1. Yes, I think I know which one we have in common. ;) We're practically the same person, except you have a cool southern accent and you're probably taller than me. Accents are cool. I speak in a normal American accent, which is boring. >.< Is there even such thing as a normal American accent? Or maybe it's "Northwestern." I dunno.

      Battles scenes aren't really that prevalent yeah!

      You know me too well these musical references are making me happy exclamation points and smiley faces cannot fathom AND LOOK "I GOT TEARS COMING OUT OF MY NOSE." (I'm like 95% sure you'll know where that one is from.) xD

      Frappucinos are so rewarding. They not only taste good, but the coldness just numbs out the exhaustion one feels after writing so. Many. WORDS!

      YOU POSTED THIS WILL NEED TO READ YOUR RESPONSES TOMORROW ASAP

      xoxo Morning

      P.S. So apparently I'm not following you via GFC like THAT'S NOT OKAY. I'll go do that when I get online tomorrow!

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  3. YES I WAS TAGGED FOR THIS TAG THANK YOU I’ve been wanting to do it for forever <3

    Seriously, these questions are the coolest, blogging peeps are so creative :’) And your answers ahh a lot of them made me smile :)

    Also those gifs were perfection. Especially the glee one. :D

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    1. YAY I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU DO THIS!!! The questions were developed in a way to provoke a comedic response-- they're mainly just for laughs, though they also can be really good to find out more about your characters.

      Ah, Glee. I was searching for a post to come up and the one with Rachel making a deep face was the first result, so I was like, "There's no way I'm not putting this in here." I still need to watch Glee, although I'm kind of nervous because I think it would have been more meaningful to grow up watching it while it was airing and not after the show ended. :(

      xoxo Morning

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  4. I love this tag so so much!

    - Edie
    mintyperfections.blogspot.com

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    1. Same here! Writing and blog community tags are the best!

      xoxo Morning

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  5. This is awesome! Lovely tag!:)

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  6. I love your answers! And thank you so much for nominating me, I've been quietly stalking this tag waiting for someone to tag me in it. lol I'm totally normal don't worry

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    1. I can't wait to see your post! I'm so excited! And pfftt, what's weirdness? *scratches foreheads confusingly* I don't know what that is. xD

      xoxo Morning

      P.S. You fit right in-- almost all of my friends have a strand of weirdness associated with them, even the ones who appear normal and but are well-known throughout the entire town who one wouldn't consider to be weird.

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  7. I love your answers to this! AHAHA Just said the same thing as the person above me. WHOOPS> BUT I DO!!!!

    I admire your writing skills! I could never write like you but I am working on it.

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    1. xD That's okay! Actually, I should probably go read your post, because I know that you nominated sunset. Also, I need to comment on your vlog! Gah! You have such a great streak of posts flowing.

      Aww, Vanessa! Don't look too down on yourself-- everyone's got different writing styles and routines. I bet there are some aspects in writing that you're better at than me. <3 Give yourself more credit. ^.^

      xoxo Morning

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  8. Thanks for the tag, looks like fun! :)

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    1. No problem, Opal! I can't wait to see your answers, if you decide on doing the tag!

      xoxo Morning

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  9. Wow, this looks like a fun tag, thanks for tagging me!
    I love your answers, they were really fun to read, especially paired with all those gifs and images :-)
    I haven't really written that many battle scenes but I do agree with you on that they're hard to write.
    And, the frappuchino advice is perfection :-)

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    1. I really hope you do this tag, Jollygirl! It would be fun to see your answers and see the fun side of it. GIFs rarely ever occur on the blog nowadays but they're just completely enjoyable. The question to be asked is, "How can there not be GIFs in tag posts?"

      For battle scenes, the most difficult parts are trying to get all of your characters and write what's going on with them simultaneously while also trying to pace it slow enough for your readers to understand why certain things are happening, but not going too slow to the point your boring the readers over the origins of the sword which represents the character's birth honor. xD

      Frappucinos are some of the greatest things ever. <3 Now I'm craving one right now. Great... :P

      xoxo Morning

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  10. "PLEASE DO NOT STEAL." <-- omg that is the perfect thing and I am dying of laughter. xD

    Yaas, all the frappuchinos! I totally agree. Especially since I work at Starbucks. :P

    Thank you for tagging me! <3

    // katie grace
    a writer's faith

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    1. "PLEASE DO NOT STEAL" actually has a huge backstory, not because someone tried to actually steal my manuscripts before, but because it was more of a warning without bluntly saying do not read, which is one of my major pet peeves-- it's only presentable for reading once it has been refined from NaNo. And right now, there are approximately four more days until I can officially start editing!

      FRAPPUCHINOS ARE LIFE. Aww, you're so lucky you get to work there! Starbucks would probably be my third job on my list of, "Somewhat Okay High School Jobs That Does Not Involve Frying Something," with only working as a cashier at a somehwat okay place and assisting at the dance school.

      You're welcome! <3

      xoxo Morning

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  11. Thanks for tagging me, dearest.
    I loved reading your answers so much, I went back and read them again.

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    1. Of course, Jordy. <3 I loved your answers, as well.

      xoxo Morning

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    1. It is! If you feel like you want to do this tag, definitely feel free to do it! I'd love to see your responses!

      xoxo Morning

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  13. Your answers are awesome! I love these tags, it's just such a great way to interact with the blogging community and get to know people in general.

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    1. I love tags too! They're not something I tend to do, though-- a lot of tags are similar and it gets repetitive after a while, so if it's something that genuinely stirs up some interest, then that's when I'd do it. Thank you so much for nominating me to do this again. <3

      xoxo Morning

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  14. I like your answers! And your questions are great too. :)

    Also, I'm so behind, but I finally read Paper Comets! And wow, so much inspiration in those pages - the words and illustrations. You girls did a fantastic job!

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    1. It's fun to make answers and questions... although not necessarily at ten in the morning, which was the case here.

      YAY! I'm so happy that you finally read Paper Comets-- you really should join the next issue, which info for that will be out in roughly two weeks! It's going to be tons of fun.

      xoxo Morning

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  15. acting out fight scenes sounds SO EPIC.
    ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG IS AMAZING.
    awesome post!

    evelyn clickman @ if these stars shall fall

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    1. DUDE, they are. You have no idea-- it also is a great excuse for if people say that you don't exercise enough. Just say, "I'm engaging in an active, strenuous active allowing for my heart to not only reach its optimal target heart rate, but also hurt my characters. Um, yeah." xD

      I'M SO HAPPY SOMEONE ELSE READ THE BOOK like literally no one else know what the book is and it's just something that I need to fangirl over now, at the moment. Whoo!

      xoxo Morning

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