Your WIP In Gifs Tag!

me: *has no energy or time to write because of essays and stress*
me: when you DO find the time and energy you have to write your review ok!!
me: ok
me: *ends up writing this post instead*

uhhhh so yeah i have no excuse?? This idea popped into my head last week but I had no time and energy to blog (thus why I disappeared, which I kind of saw happening because once I start to stress I just,, drop everything else in my life and focus on that one thing which is usually school which I really hate and want to change about myself because I love blogging) so now that I finally did have time and energy?? Yeah I wanted to put it into a post I was really excited about. That said, I really need to write that review because the book came out on Thursday and I feel like a bad blogger woops

ANYWAY. I looked around the Internet to see if this didn’t exist yet and couldn’t find anything so here we are! This tag is fairly simple: you answer the questions with gifs. So let’s get started!

The Rules

💛 Thank the person who tagged you
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (me!) and link back to this post so I can find out allll about your WIPs!
💛 Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you

Sum up your WIP in 4 gifs

 

 

Bonus:

This… is not just an excuse for me to use gay gifs… why would you think that…

Time to introduce your main characters!

Yong-sun

an accurate representation of Yong-sun during senior year

Basically Yong-sun is a combination of Chidi and Amy

Drew

this gif is PERFECT because drew likes to think he’s all tough and ready to fight but in reality he’s just a smol cute bean who couldn’t hurt a fly

the true otp of my wip: drew + food

Reyna

fun fact i picture cierra ramirez as reyna so double win

if you don’t watch b99 first of what are you doing with your life y are you even reading this post just leave my blog and go watch b99 ok second the context of this gif is that she’s told to be careful because that sauce is hot

Reyna is that friend who will immediately text you a ‘like my post’ message

Hye-su

Hye-su most of the time

Hye-su when someone says things like ‘that’s not art’ or ‘i could do that’

How would your main character react in a crisis?

Actually this is Yong-sun all the time so

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?

And if you were to meet your antagonist?*

* No I did not include these questions so I could do this meme?? Don’t be ridiculous

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

I mean,, this is it. For almost the entire book. At first the flirting is subtle, but then,, Romeo and Juliet gets quoted and the other person is still like,,

How do other characters feel about this ship?

How do you want people to react reading your WIP?

 

I TAG

💛 Kat @ Life and Other Disasters
💛 Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books 
💛 Lu @ It’s Lu Again
💛 Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd
💛 Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink
💛 Julianna @ Paper Blots
💛 May @ Forever and Everly
💛 Vivian @ Writing With Style
💛 Lia @ Lost in a Story
💛 Whoever wants to do this of course!

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

If you want to know more about my unnamed contemporary WIP check out these posts (in order from oldest to most recent posts):

💛 Sharing 7 lines from the WIP
💛 Snippets: How To Flirt 101 by Andrew Lewis and Yong-sun is a Blue Cow
💛 Introducing My Characters
💛 All Hallows Write Tag 
💛 Winter Is Here Write Tag
💛 Valentine’s Day Write Tag

Are you working on a project right now? What’s it about? What gif would you use to describe your book? Do you relate to any of these gifs? Let me know in the comments!

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Valentine’s Day Write Tag

The lovely Kat @ Life and Other Disasters has created another awesome writing tag, this time Valentine’s Day themed (Happy Valentine’s Day btw love you all)! Thank you so much for tagging me Kat ❤ If you’re not familiar with her blog please go check it out!

RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post! (I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
💛 Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
💛Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible!

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

As I said before in the All Hallows Write Tag and the Winter is Here Write Tag, this summary is not complete, but I really like what I have so far. What you need to know besides this summary: there are two other main characters, Reyna and Hye-su. They are Yong-sun’s other friends. One day I’ll write the perfect summary that also includes them.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If there is a couple in your WIP, what are their plans for Valentine’s Day? And if there is no couple in your WIP, is there someone your main character would like to spend Valentine’s Day with?

There is a couple in my WIP, but they get together later on and I guess it’s kinda spoilery? So I’ll be a bit vague. One of them would be incredibly cheesy and get a huge bouqet of roses, a huge bear and chocolates, while the other just gets embarrassed and throws a more personal gift at his head*

* Obviously not literally

Who has no shame about going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day alone?

Reyna. 100% Reyna. She has no shame when it comes to a lot of things and just generally has this ‘idgaf’ attitude. Not that she doesn’t give one at all, but definitely not about Valentine’s Day.

One of your characters requests a song on the radio for their crush! Which song and for which character would they pick it?

I had trouble choosing between Reyna and Drew, but Drew wouldn’t actually dare to request a song on the radio (though he’d pretend he would)- he’d just blast it himself out of his crush’ window. Reyna on the other hand would definitely request a song on the radio and she’d pick Mary Lambert’s I’d Be Your Wife. And who’d they pick it for?

Is there a character who would organise an Anti-Valentine’s Day party?

I can see Reyna throw a Galentine’s party, which can sort of be an Anti-Valentine’s Day party I guess. Though considering she’d invite her crush it would kind of still be a Valentine’s Day party

Reyna @ herself

What romantic gesture would swoon your main character?

It really doesn’t take much tbh – like one rose and the boy is a blushing mess

an accurate representation of Yong-sun

Which character would buy a bunch of red roses and hand them out to strangers on the street, just to make their day?

Hye-su without a doubt. She’s just smol cinnamon roll

What are your main character’s favourite Valentine’s movies? (Note: Valentine’s movies don’t have to be romantic!)

Okay so my WIP takes place in 2015 but can we just go to the future* and say Love, Simon because I can’t think of any other Valentine’s movie that Yong-sun would like

* I wish I could just go to the future pls I need to see this movie now

Who is ready for the February 15th, just to get all the chocolate on sale?

Without a doubt: Drew. Boy loves food, especially candy and especially chocolate

an accurate representation of Drew

Is there a character who never spends Valentine’s Day alone aka always has some sort of date?

Nope – unless we count some of their parents lol

Bonus: Create a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for one or several of your characters!

So uhh I got a bit carried away and created a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for all four of my main characters haha. In order: Yong-sun, Drew, Hye-su and Reyna

Thank you again Kat for creating such a fun tag! Every time I do one of these I get to know my characters a little better and love them even more than I already did, so of course I’m grateful for that!

If you want to know more about my unnamed contemporary WIP check out these posts (in order from oldest to most recent posts):

💛 Sharing 7 lines from the WIP
💛 Snippets: How To Flirt 101 by Andrew Lewis and Yong-sun is a Blue Cow
💛 Introducing My Characters
💛 All Hallows Write Tag 
💛 Winter Is Here Write Tag

Since today’s Valentine I’m just going to tag whoever wants to do this!

Will you join me and Yong-sun to the future to go see Love, Simon? It’s really easy we just need to steal a TARDIS no biggie. Are you ready for the chocolate sale tomorrow? Are you anti-Valentine’s Day or are you a big romantic? Let me know in the comments!

Winter Is Here Write Tag

The lovely Kat @ Life and Other Disasters created and tagged me (thank you!) for the Winter Is Here Write Tag which is a super cute tag that asks you winter related questions about your characters.

RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
💛 Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
💛 Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers! <– like with the Halloween tag, I probably won’t be able to stick to this rule, since I’m (mostly) going to answer with my main four

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

As I said before in the All Hallows Write Tag, this summary is not complete, but I really like what I have so far. What you need to know besides this summary: there are two other main characters, Reyna and Hye-su. They are Yong-sun’s other friends.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which protagonist is most likely to break into Christmas song first? Bonus: What song?

Definitely Reyna. She’s one of those ‘Christmas begins in November’ people while the others aren’t really, nor are Yong-sun and Hye-su that likely to break into song in the first place unless they’re doing karaoke. The first song she’d sing? All I Want For Christmas is You without a doubt, though she’d sing so many all day long

It’s the first snow of the season, who would immediately book a ticket to a hot beach location?

Yong-sun. Though he doesn’t like the cold, he can handle that (sort of. It’s not bad enough to make him leave the country anyway). But snow??? It’s extra cold and hard to walk through, at some point it gets gross and muddy – it’s just a big nope for him and if he could he’d definitely get outta there

Which character believed in Santa (or a mystical equivalent) for the longest time?

In The Netherlands we have Sinterklaas instead of Santa, and I feel like either Yong-sun or Hye-su would believe the longest. They just couldn’t imagine their parents lying to them about it.*

Drew didn’t have the greatest childhood living with his father, and his father wouldn’t keep up pretenses of Sinterklaas. Reyna on the other hand is WAY too curious and went to investigate Sinterklaas and then accidentally found out her mom and grandmother were the ones behind the presents.

* SAME. I WAS SO MAD WHEN MY MOM TOLD ME HE WASN’T REAL? ‘SO YOU’VE BEEN LYING TO ME ALL THIS TIME?’ and then I basically interrogated her by asking her about all these situations that had happened surrounding Sinterklaas, demanding explanations and proof lmao

Who is most likely to build a blanket fort and go into hibernation with books, Netflix and tea/hot cocoa/coffee?

Considering he doesn’t like the cold: Yong-sun. A blanket fort where he could just live all winter and just read, binge watch a bunch of stuff and drink tea or hot cocoa sounds like heaven to him. What is outside

Yong-sun @ people who want to go outside during winter

Who would be the first to start a snowball fight and then get really competitive about it?

Drew, for sure. In a lot of ways he’s still a big kid at heart and he loves snow. Snowball fights, making snowmen… he loves it all. He’d turn everything into a competition, not just the snowball fight. And he’d be determined to win. Whenever he loses a fight, he will sneak up on whomever won the next morning and throw a snowball at their back.

Who buys their Christmas presents super last minute?

Hye-su loves buying or making people presents, but… she’s also a HUGE procrastinator. She’s gotten better at it over the years, but she still curses herself for leaving it so late.

There’s a local snowman competition, who would be the best sculptor? What would they build?

Being the artistic one in the group, definitely Hye-su. She would probably go all out and make Cinderella’s Castle and Mickey and friends in front of it. And then all the other competitors would hate her because who would be that Extra™

Something like this

If someone were to organize a Secret Santa event, who would it be?

They actually do Secret Santa in the book! Though there isn’t much to organise – they just put their names on slips of paper and pulled it out of a hat. They exhange gifts during karaoke, but they’re over there a lot, so Reyna just has to book a room and that was it. Hye-su is put in charge of snacks, because she’s basically a Snack Mom™, but if there was actually an event to organise it would be Yong-sun. He’s incredibly organised with all his notepads, notebooks, lists, a white board… They’d all nominate him for the job.*

* Though if any calls had to be made, he’d ask Reyna to do that

Someone refuses to leave the house unless strictly necessary because of the cold. Who is it?

So this is again Yong-sun, like I said before he’d love to live in a blanket fort and not acknowledge that the outside world is a thing

Who puts style before comfort and would rather freeze in fashionable clothes than be warm but not on trend? Bonus: Add a winter aesthetic for the character!

Reyna, for sure. While the others do dress nicely during winter and have that Winter Aesthetic™ going on, they can also cover themselves in non-matching scarves, hats, gloves, wear socks that are so thick you can see them through their pants, you name it. Reyna though? She gotta look on point

TAG YOU’RE IT

💛 May @ Forever and Everly
💛 Lia @ Lost in a Story
💛 Every writer who wants to do this!

Can you relate to any of my characters? How long did you believe in Santa (or Sinterklaas)? Would you put style before warmth and comfort? How’s the writing going? Let me know in the comments!

All Hallows Write Tag | My Characters Prepare For Halloween… A Year Early?

I saw this fun tag on Kat @ Life and Other Disasters’ blog and even though Halloween is long over and Christmas is around the corner, I just knew I had to do it. Not just is it fun, but it’s also a way to get to know your characters better.

RULES

💛 Provide a short description of your story!
💛 Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers! <– I’m probably not going to stick to this rule, since I’ll mostly answer with my main four

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

Okay so it’s not complete, because I want to mention Reyna and Hye-su and just the overal theme of friendship, but hey I went from this:

‘Friendship, banter, food, karaoke, The Gay™, Dora the Explorer Discourse (I’m not even joking I really hope people will find this very very long scene as hilarious as I do lmao)’

Anyway it’s very light and fluffy though it tackles some more serious issues like anxiety, bullying and abusive parents too.

To the first paragraph. LOOK AT ME FINALLY BEING ABLE TO SUMMARISE/WRITE A BLURB FOR MY WIP. I say I’ve improved.

If you want to know more about my characters and see some pretty aesthetics* read this post.

* If I do say so myself

QUESTIONS

It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as?

Actually, there is a Halloween scene and one of Yong-sun’s friends, Reyna, has the idea to all dress up in Hogwarts uniforms. She sorted all of them* and Yong-sun wears a Hufflepuff uniform. Though it was Reyna’s idea, he does love Harry Potter** so he’s fine with it. Plus it’s not embarrassing nor something that sounds out much, so perfect for his anxiety.

Yong-sun isn’t really that creative when it comes to costumes, so for future Halloweens he’d ask Reyna or one of his other friends for advice again.

* Actually I did duh
** I wonder if I’ll ever be able to write a character that doesn’t at least like Harry Potter. And by that I mean a character who isn’t an antagonist or villain

Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up at the Halloween party without a costume?

I can’t imagine any of the main four refusing to dress up, so I guess for this one I’ll go with my antagonist, who I finally named a while ago! I was done with writing [antagonist] all the time so after a year* I finally named him. Well, actually I asked my friend for help. She suggested Luke** and I turned that into Lucas. So Lucas would definitely refuse to dress up because that’s ‘childish‘. He’ll get into it once he’s in college though, but his costumes will be pretty problematic.

* I think it was over a year actually
** ‘Are you saying Luke because of Percy Jackson’ ‘Yes’

Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be?

So all four of them wear Hogwarts uniforms in the WIP, but if anyone would wear something outrageous, it would be Reyna. Drew is a close second, but I think Reyna’s costume would be more ‘outrageous’. Outrageous as in some people would not be amused because her costume would call out some form of discrimination. And of course she’d make a vlog about it.

On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which of your characters gets caught in their clutches, and which creature do they subsequently turn into?  

I feel like this would be Drew. He’d do something stupid and somehow get turned.

I can definitely see him as a werewolf, and not just because I picture Daniel Sherman as Drew and he played Isaac on Teen Wolf. I just can’t picture Drew’s personality on a vampire or a zombie, as silly as that may be because it’s not like a vampire would go ‘hmm, nah, I won’t suck your blood you’re better suited to be a werewolf’. Though I can imagine a supernatural being like ‘nope not turning this one don’t want to be stuck with this for an eternity’ since Drew can be quite annoying haha

Who wins the contest for best costume?

Hye-su, hands down. She has the advantage of having a costume designer as a dad, so her costume would look really professional. The Hogwarts uniforms they all wear in the WIP were also designed by her dad.

"Linda, 'it's no wonder that her name means beauty.' I'm writing this as I stay at my mom's home, recovering from an unexpected hospital trip, and I struggle to put into words how incredible my mother truly is. Since I've been here, she has anticipated my every need, down to even the most seemingly inconsequential things that mean the world to me. This morning, she came into my room and asked if I needed a notebook and pen, just because she knows I love to write, especially when going through something difficult. I had been feeling so alone, and that felt like such a small but profound, tender mercy and gift to me. It is so astounding to have that in your life, a mother like mine. Someone who just understands you, attuned to your needs before you even ask, who is always there to remind you of the beautiful and special daughter of God you truly are. And because she is always there to remind me of my beauty, I wanted this opportunity to remind her of her own. From the first time we see her face, our mother is the most precious thing we know. The beauty between mother and child is so deep, it reaches even beyond the surface of our faces and touches our very soul. With nine children, she is consistently going back and forth, trying to give all of herself to make sure no one slips through the cracks or gets left behind. She selflessly does this for us, and she selflessly cared for her mother, who passed away when my own mom was still in high school. Throughout her life, she has remained resilient, yet kind, and especially, beautiful, inside and out. I can't think of any more perfect queen than Belle to pay tribute to my own queen mother." -Bethanie, about mother, Linda Credit: Photography @tonyross001 Hair @royalenchantments Makeup @audryfoote Models my beautiful wife @bethaniegarcia And my even more beautiful mother in law @linwadley11 😅 dress @designerdaddy_ Location @utstatecapitol

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I imagine her wearing an amazing Disney Princesses dress like this one. If you don’t follow @designerdaddy_ yet please do! He’s amazingly talented

Who hands out toothbrushes to the trick and treaters?

Ohh this is a tough one. I’ve been putting this question off, because I just don’t know? I can’t imagine any of the main four do that. I did consider Lucas at first, because I thought ‘he would be that evil’* but then I realised people who hand out toothbrushes think they’re doing a good thing and care about kids’ teeth and Lucas would never.

* I was thinking from a kid’s perspective because let’s be honest,, I’m still a big kid

Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume together?

I can definitely see Drew finding this a hilarious idea and convincing Yong-sun to do this, but the costumes would be low-key way. He also convinces him to be the devil while he’s the angel, because he loves that everyone would expect it to be the other way around.

I imagine Drew’s costume to be like Hikaru and Kaoru’s. Yong-sun’s would be similar but no wings and a devil horns’ headband on instead. Definitely no tail

Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it?

Both Yong-sun and Hye-su hands down. They both have anxiety so parties?? Especially ones that are MEANT to be scary?? Double the scare no thanks

Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick?

Drew, no doubt. He’s like a little kid during Halloween and wants ALL THE CANDY

Yong-sun is the oldest sister in the back*

* I don’t remember the names of these characters woops

Which character is most likely to place a curse/hex on someone and who would they curse?

Reyna would definitely lose her temper and curse/hex anyone being offensive. Lucas would be at the top of her list if she knew what he was up to. Reyna would be like book! Ginny and her temper

Reyna hexing everyone in her mind

TAG YOU’RE IT

I won’t tag anyone in specific, but if like me you believe time is an illusion and you just want to do a fun tag, consider yourself tagged!

Does your WIP or any of your past WIPs have a Halloween scene? Would your characters dress up?   Would they hand out tootbrushes? Would you? Let me know in the comments!

When Books Make You Feel Insecure About Your Writing

Sometimes you read a book so bad it improves your confidence. If this can get published, than surely I can one day too? While bad books are awful to read as readers, they’re great for your confidence as a writer.

But sometimes you read a book that’s so good that it makes you question everything about your writing. Is my WIP this well written? Are my characters this thought out? Are the messages I’m trying to convey clear? Is it as powerful? As fun to read?

As a reader I love good books, as a writer?

This is the second post in a row I used this gif can you tell I love it

I just finished an amazing book, one of the best ones in a while since I’ve read some mediocre books lately. And suddenly I found myself panicking and thinking about my writing. This doesn’t happen often, actually. I’ve read tons of great books that make me wish I was just as talented, but made me panic? Anxious?

That’s not to say that this book (What’s a Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne) is better than any other book I’ve read. My top two books of this year (and among the best I’ve ever read) are still Queens of Geek and The Hate U Give and they didn’t have this effect on me. So…

Me @ this wonderful book

Honestly I just came here to have a good time (which I did!!) and feel so attacked right now*

* I don’t care that this meme is old SO AM I KIDS**
** If I’m acting like this at 20 what will I be like in a couple of years I feel a midlife crisis coming up at like,, 21

Maybe it’s because when I read Queens of Geek and The Hate U Give I wasn’t actively writing and not really thinking about my WIP, which is something I have been doing a lot lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been feeling incredibly insecure lately. I think it’s becoming pretty clear to you guys that I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS HAPPENING and I’m basically just writing this post to get out all my feelings and share my insecurities which I’m sure a lot of you share. Right??

I’m sure a lot of us are incredibly insecure and anxious about our writing. Sometimes a good book can either inspire you, or make you feel worse. I guess in a way What’s a Girl Gotta Do did both. Because I want to write, and do better. But I also want to crawl in a corner and cry

Basically I want to pull a Tamaki

Of course crawling in a corner or your bed is not going to do anything. What is going to do anything is learn from the amazing books out there, write a lot (*insert cliche PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT KIDS*) and just,, try to remember why you’re writing in the first place, something I think a lot of us often forget.

Of course we all write for different reasons, some similar, some not. But I doubt any of us started to write to feel insecure. So let’s all stop being a Tamaki and… be a Haruhi instead?* Of course she doesn’t write, but she gets shit done. And we need to get shit done kids*****. So get out of that corner, bed, hole, wherever you’ve been hiding from your writing and get to work. Which is easier said than done, I know, but we should at least try k- nope I’m stopping myself no more calling you guys kids. This is becoming a habit and I need to stop.

Me @ Me

* All of you who are not familiar with Ouran High School Host Club** are probably a bit lost right now and for that I’m sorry but I love Ouran and I’m going with this metaphor here
** Please read Ouran High School Host Club. The anime is amazing too but the manga is better. Treat yourself kids***
*** I need to stop calling you all kids I’m basically still a kid myself even though I’ve technically been an adult for two years****
**** I’ve been a WHAT
***** THERE I WENT AGAIN SOMEONE STOP ME I’M MAKING MYSELF FEEL OLD******
****** A while ago I helped with a kids workshop at the museum and they all used the formal you  (this is a thing in Dutch) while speaking to me and I FELT OLD

Anyway, in all seriousness: insecurities will get to you, but if we give in to them we won’t change anything. We won’t improve and we won’t be able to accomplish our dreams, whether that’s to get published or something else.

Wow would you look at that! I didn’t think I’d actually end up giving you guys advice? I just thought this would be me ranting, crying and crying some more for help.

Has this happened to you? Any helpful tips on what to do when your insecurities get to you, whether it’s because you read a good book or something else? Let me know in the comments!

RECIPE: How To Make Your Own Writer

Do you have a million ideas but no time or motivation to write them? Are you tired of writing your novels yourself? Is NaNo getting to you? Then I have THE recipe for you! Before you know it you’ll have made your own writer who can take over your work for you

I know it sounds to good to be true, but I guarantee you that it works*

* And if it doesn’t you clearly did something wrong while following the recipe so don’t blame me

I can hear you scream: WHAT IS THIS RECIPE MICHELLE? SHARE IT WITH US ALREADY

No worries, here it is:

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WRITER: A RECIPE BY MICHELLE

NECESSITIES:
💛 1 bowl
💛 1 liter of tears of frustration (TEARS OF SADNESS DO NOT WORK!!)
💛 All of your ideas
💛 1 notebook
💛 2 pens
💛 Your favourite song to write to
💛 Something comfortable to wear while writing, like a onesie
💛 A blanket
💛 Tea, coffee or another writing beverage

DIRECTIONS:

💛 First change into something comfortable to wear while writing, like a onesie

Yes that’s me

💛 Put on your favourite song to write to while making your writer*. This is ESSENTIAL if you listen to music while writing/use it to inspire you. Your writer will have less inspiration if you forgot to put on that music. Don’t worry if you never listen to music while writing – in that case your writer won’t need it either
💛 Preheat the oven uhhhh** 200 degrees (CELSIUS!! VERY IMPORTANT NOT FAHRENHEIT YOU AMERICANS)
💛 Put all of your ideas in the bowl – you can do this by writing them down in the notebook, on separate pieces of paper or by sending your thoughts in the bowl***
💛 Add the notebook if you haven’t yet and also the pens
💛 Add tea, coffee or an other writing beverage and stir 10 times

* Bonus! Dance like me in the gif while making your writer for Extra Fun™
** I’m not making this up as I go along?? Where did you get this idea

*** 10/10 would recommend this method takes up the least ammount of energy, but it won’t work for everyone so if your writer doesn’t come out right it’s not my fault okay 

💛 Now it’s time to add those tears of frustration. Don’t have any yet, let alone 1 liter? That’s okay! Just think about how far behind you are on NaNo, how many ideas you haven’t been able to work on yet, all those plot holes… I’m sure you have a million writer problems to cry over!

💛 Stir for one minute, make sure those tears mix with your ideas nicely
💛 Now put all that in the oven for fifteen minutes
💛 Get comfy while you wait – time to use that blanket! Don’t use that free time to write – no don’t take that work away from your soon to be baked writer! Go sleep, watch a movie – do whatever writing got in the way of
💛 Let your writer get accustomed to their new surroundings for a bit when you take them out of the oven

The ammount of time this takes is different for every writer, but make sure you don’t put them to work before they’re entirely accustomed. It won’t take longer than a few hours – if it does, you did something wrong and you can’t hold me accountable
💛 Don’t forget to sprinkle that imagination on top of your writer!

Now set that writer to work and enjoy all that free time!

Do you have any other great writing recipes for me? Have you tried my recipe? Did it work out? How’s NaNo, or writing in general going? Let me know in the comments!

When You No Longer Like Your Plot, But Your Characters Own Your Heart

Hello my name is Michelle and I have a problem. I hate the plot of one of my WIPs, but I can’t let go

I really wish this was me, but alas

Once upon a time, when I was 13 (or 12??), I came up with the most original plot of ever, namely two teenagers DESTINED. FATED. CHOSEN. to prevent the devil from returning to earth and fighting demons. BASICALLY IT WAS A BUFFY THE VAMPIRE RIP OFF. Instead of Watchers and the Watchers Council it had Guardians and the Council of Guardians/Guardians Council whatever. The Watcher Guardian that looked over my main two characters (who were called ‘The Chosen Ones’. So clever. So unique. Much originality) was basically a Rupert Giles rip off (to the point that I  pictured Anthony Head as the character lmao). Oh and he was the librarian at the school (if you’re not familiar with Buffy: Giles was the librarian at the school as well lmao) for no apparent reason?? When I rewrote it he just worked at the Council, which actually made sense, but still.

It started out as a rip off. I’m not saying everything was exactly like Buffy, but the similarities were there, which I didn’t notice when I first wrote it because I was young and naive and unknowingly inspired by which was back then my favourite tv show of ever.

I finished the book when I was about 14 I think? Or maybe still 13? I have terrible memory

And started to work on the second one, which I never finished because at some point I decided to rewrite the first one, since I wasn’t too happy with it. In the end, I wasn’t happy with that rewrite either, and started to rethink everything. Character backgrounds, plot points, overal plot, relationships… Everything.

And now I look at the mess I made when I was 13 (because it wasn’t just a rip off, it was also full with plot holes and tropes I absolutely loathe now and just… ugh) and I just no longer like it.

Except. I really love the characters. I love their backgrounds, their relationships with each other, the development I was going to make them go through… I am really attached.

I’m ready to let go of the plot, but not of these characters

So now what?

Because I have no clue

have thought of coming up with a new plot, and keeping these characters, but what kind of plot? Should I stick to (urban) fantasy? Or choose a different genre? And then what? Will they still be the same characters? Because a different plot (and possibly a different genre) means changes to their background stories and the development I had planned. I AM LOST.

If any of you thought this was going to be a helpful post full with tips on how to deal with this I am truly sorry. Instead this is me getting this of my chest, crying for help and hoping I’m not the only one.

Anyone been/going through this? Any advice? Or should we all start a support group together where we cry and eat ice cream? Let me know in the comments!