‘Never Have I Ever’ Writing Tag

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

I came across this ‘Never Have I Ever’ Writing tag on The Orang-utan Librarian blog and enjoyed going through their answers – they are so awesome and had me giggling! Highly recommend that you take a few minutes to read it πŸ˜€

The original creator of this tag is the Long Voyage. Please also check it out and show some love.

Rules

  1. Link and thank the blogger who tagged you.
  2. Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!)
  3. Answer the questions truthfully and honestly.
  4. Tag 3 bloggers.

Never Have I Ever Writing Tag

…started a novel that I didn’t finish.

My memory stick and notebooks are filled with ideas and stories I have started but never finished. Either it was because I lost interest or didn’t have time. But mainly losing interest.

Most of the stories I abandoned came from when I was younger (a teenager), and it doesn’t appeal to me to re-start them because my perspective has changed.

…written a story completely by hand.

Yes, I have written several short stories entirely by hand. As much as I love typing out stories on a laptop or using my phone, there’s something more satisfying when writing with a notepad and pen. Though I did use a pencil because I kept changing my mind and including or rubbing out sentences. It is needless to say; the notebook is really worn πŸ˜‚

…changed tenses midway through a story.

With plenty of shame, yes!

I only realised I was doing this when I entered a competition over ten years ago, and one of the judges gave me feedback on my work and pointed it out.

I am grateful that the judge had taken the time to provide me with thoughtful and individual criticism and teach me how to improve πŸ™ Now I try to be meticulous and more aware to avoid making this mistake.

But if you see it in my writing, feel free to call it out! I beg you to call it out.

…not researched anything before starting a story.

When I started writing, yes! Oh god, it is so terrible. There’s no excuse…do not do this.

Even if you think you know a topic inside and out, research! *wags finger* Research when you plan, research when you write, and research when you are editing.

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

Nope. I tend to “fall in love” with each of my protagonists’ names and use them specifically for that one story.

…written a story in a month or less.

Flash fiction, yes. But a story/novel…hell no. I could only pray to do that one day.

…fallen asleep while writing.

No, I can’t say that I have. Not yet, anyway 😴

If you’ve fallen asleep while reading, leave a comment below!

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online?

Only to family and close friends πŸ˜‚ and it is usually as a joke more than a serious correction.

…yelled in all caps in the middle of a novel.

No. But I have done it in a blog post.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

I just used it when writing this tag, hahaha! I got caught writing in the early hours of the morning and was urged to get some sleep.

If I’ve spent hours on my laptop, my family will encourage me to take a break or shut down for the rest of the day. And in most cases, if I use this excuse – which is true 90% of the time – they are respectful and leave me be.

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

No. I actively steer clear of basing characters on family members or friends. I was swayed by an interview with an author who refused to include loved ones in her novels for the caution of offending them with their namesake’s actions or descriptions and to avoid personal fulfilment.

…used pop culture references in a story.

Oui, Si, Yaaaas! Especially my earlier writing – the most standout being song lyrics.

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

I have dabbed before 6 a.m. if I’ve woken up early and cannot go back to sleep.

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

No, I’m not a coffee drinker. While I enjoy the smell of coffee, it isn’t my go-to beverage.

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

Not to my recollection.

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

I have done that with a chapter for a story I co-wrote with my best friend on Wattpad, and dread to think how messy it reads now.

…procrastinated on homework because I wanted to write.

Yup. I cannot remember the history essay, but the character I was drafting was pretty badass!

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

I am seriously ashamed to say “no”.

… spilt a drink on my laptop while writing.

*taps on wood* No, and pray to God it stays that way for a long time πŸ™

…forgotten to save my work/draft.

Oh my god…who else feels their heart stop, their life isn’t worth living, and start counting how many hours have been chucked away when this happens?

This happened quite a bit when using Microsoft Word, and I could not get my work back, i.e. the laptop shut down out of the blue or the software crashed πŸ™ˆ

Google Docs has been my lifesaver as all work is saved every few seconds!

…finished a novel.

I have not finished a full-length novel.

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

No. If I started laughing suddenly while writing, I might frighten my family.

…cried while writing a scene.

*stuffs tissues up long sleeve* No (I’m lying).

I am emotional and like to observe how I feel / how my body reacts in certain situations, i.e. sad, frustrated, hopeful etc. So, I have sometimes cried when trying to relate to a character.

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

No. But I greatly admire those who have created fictional worlds they want to bring to life.

…researched something shady for a novel.

Yes. Thankfully, no one has never found my morbid Google searches. I can’t imagine what they would say or think.

My Nominees πŸ™‚

Here are my three tags to also take part in this fun activity. These talented bloggers share great content (both non-fiction and fictional) that should never go amiss. Check out their sites!

  1. Clcouch123
  2. S.G.Baker
  3. Kitty (Cat) Strawberry – Meow!

Thank you for reading! If you have already done this tag or will be doing it, leave a comment with your link so I can read it, too πŸ™‚

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