With Halloween literally right around the corner, I thought it was time to do a Halloween-themed writing tag, something I haven’t done in waay too long! Fortunately, one of my favorite YouTubers, Jenna Moreci, recently uploaded her take on the Spooky Scary Writing Tag! Originally created by Emma Fink (another witty writer and YouTuber), the Spooky Scary Writing Tag delves into some writerly habits, the writing process and let’s us chat about our babies – aka our WIP.
With that said, let’s get into the tag!
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Spooky Scary Writing Tag!
Have you ever originally put a character/scene/theme in the book and then later taken it out?
There’s this chapter in my WIP where Ava and Hawke, having recently realized they’re siblings, go on a hike/mini adventure together. I love the awkwardly tender moments and witty sibling banter that goes on when I put them in a space together but I had to cut back some of that to keep the story moving and that made me so sad!
Most misunderstood character in your WIP?
My lead male, Lincoln, faces a lot of adversity on his path to bettering himself. Because of his complicated past with not-so-nice dudes, everyone who looks at him sees the old Lincoln and refuse to see the efforts he’s made to be a better person.
What’s your most common source of inspiration to write?
Usually music – is that cheesy? Because when I hear a good song, even if it’s been days or weeks since I feel like I’ve written anything decent, music can spark an entire scene.
Preferred form of writerly fuel? Coffee, tea, etc.
Coffee. Obviously <3 But lately I’ve been really into teas 😮 These days I’ve been trading in my extra espresso shots for earl grey lattees.
Cheesiest trope that made it into your novel?
I’m completely guilty of adoring the bickering pair who are thrown together but eventually end up falling in love and had to add it into my WIP. Linc and Ava have a lot of disagreements and differences at the start but they end up making a great team intellectually and emotionally.
What’s a character in your WIP that’s fine from afar, but you would NOT want to interact with if they ever got close?
By far, my anti-villain Dom. He’s charming and charismatic when delivery his twisted plot to save humanity, so much so that he could convince anyone to get on his side. But the truth is, once in his grasp, his side is pretty freaking horrific. The grass is definitely not greener on his side.
7. Frankenstein’s Monster
Ever combined two characters into one/split one character into two?
So many times actually! I think my favorite part of the writing process is character creation but obviously not all plot ideas turn into a full-blown project – sometimes it’s just the characters who survive.
Best tips for adding in character baggage without info-dumping?
I like to sprinkle tidbits of a characters physical description throughout a scene rather than make a super long paragraph detailing every eyelash and freckle. In terms of backstory and personality, I think it’s best to let their actions speak loud and for themselves. For instance, I’ll let another character know my MC is brave by watching her fight or realize she’s a nurturing and family oriented by how she acts around kids or interacts with family. It’s way more meaningful then simply writing ‘so-and-so was kind. so-and-so was intelligent.’
What’s a polarizing writing/bookish opinion that you have?
Okay so I think I’d have to pick two answers for this one:
1) Outlining, Outlining, Outlining!!!
When I was younger, I’d never plot my stories in advance and that was basically asking writers block to sit on my shoulder and never leave. When I ran out of ideas, I had no direction. And that’s why now, I summarize every chapter to make sure I always know where I’m going next.
2) Getting Your Friends/Family to Read Your Work isn’t a Bad Thing!
I have heard the words ‘don’t show your friends/family your work – they’re bias!’ to death and for a long time, I believed it. But if you’re feeling shy about showing your work to strangers, I think asking the people close to you to give your stuff a read is a really great idea. They all have different backgrounds (One of mine has a minor in English, and others studied theater and liberal arts respectively.) I was worried upon asking them to read my stuff that I’d simply get a neutral ‘it was great’ but instead, I found one pointing out all my grammar errors, another raising some interesting questions I hadn’t considered and the third pointing out the cliche she didn’t care for. Your true friends want you to succeed and they’ll be honest with you for that reason.
Most frequent writing distraction?
The internet! Particularly Netflix and YouTube….
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Ahhh and that was my Spooky Scary Writing Tag! I actually thought this tag was so much fun and I really missed doing them! With NaNoWriMo coming up real soon, it was awesome to just play with my WIP 😀
+anyone else who loves to write and wants to join in on a fun tag!
Thanks so much for giving this a read and let me know in the comments down below, what are your fall reads this season? With that said – happy weekend Wanderers! <3