The Rising Author Tag – I’m An Active Outliner.

The end of editing Part 4 is IN SIGHT!!! Unfortunately, there is a Very Large Roadblock in the way, so I thought maybe I’d just sit down and wave at the finish line instead of actually crossing it.

No, I’ll get there someday. Just not today. Ahahaha.

I’ve been TAGGED by The Temperamental Writer at All Things Trivial and Insignificant to talk about writing- obviously, I always wait for someone to ASK about my writing before I just start talking about it*.

THE RULES:

  1. No tagging back
  2. Tag Four People
  3. Thank the person who tagged you (thank u)
  4. and this wasn’t in the LIST of rules but I’m pretty sure Ask 10 Questions is part of the tag. So I’m ADDING IT MWAHAHAHA.

*obviously NOT.

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What’s your favorite thing to write about?

I love fictional politics, ethics, and science. Which sounds weird because in reality I sort of despise all of those things. But here’s the deal:

When I say ‘fictional politics’, I don’t mean Bob and Sally are running for president and I’m going to write about Bob and Sally’s lengthy debates about global warming. NooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

mean I like to know how things work. For example, my book is about a government corporation that’s illegally experimenting on people. Who’s in charge? Where do they get supplies and money? How do they recruit people for experimentation? I love answering these kinds of questions.

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And my favorite books (Code Name Verity and The Hunger Games) are both about ethics and justice and equality, etc. But more importantly, they’re rooted in the real emotions of people. Not in romance, or action, or a quest- the entire plot of the book is driven by these people’s realistic reactions to what’s happening around them.

That’s really my favorite thing to write about. People. Relationships. Emotions. Humanity.

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What’s the weirdest thing someone has said to you about your writing?

Uh…. that it’s any good?? No- in all honesty, I think my writing’s pretty good and I like it.

My sister’s writing a book too, and REPEATEDLY, I’ll say something that’s happening in my book and she’ll say “THAT HAPPENS IN MY BOOK TOO WHY ARE OUR BOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME”. So that’s probably the weirdest. We unintentionally wrote really similar books- but I mean, when you break it down, all stories are somewhat similar?? It’s what’s in the details that really sets them apart.

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Do you outline, or make the story up as you go?

I outline BIG-TIME, people. I have TWO entire NOTEBOOKS devoted to outlining. But I don’t outline it all before I start writing- no no no no.

I’m what I like to call an Active Outliner. The first outline for this book was v e r y   v a g u e on the whole ‘ending’ thing. It was like, characters have big fight, the end.

The thing is- my characters do have a big fight, the end. And I love that the vague first outline was a good enough groundwork that I was able to build the rest of the story on top of it.

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When I got about halfway through my book, I really started outlining, because I had NO IDEA what was going on and how to make things happen. Pages and pages and pages. There was a magical moment where I figured out how a Major Pivotal Event would pan out, and from that point on it was smooth sailing*. It was at this time also that I discovered the Huge Driving Motivation that would Carry my Characters to their Ultimate End. *shivers just thinking about how great it is*

*ha! ha! haa… cries.

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How do you name your characters?

I made the mistake of naming one character by spending hours looking at name MEANINGS and choosing something that related to his PERSONALITY and bla bla bla. He’s a really small character, too, so I don’t know why I did this?? His name is kind of the weirdest and doesn’t really make sense with his character anymore, but it’s too late now. I don’t wanna rename him.

Most of my characters were already named, because a friend named them before I even decided to write about them. I never would have chosen the name Nick for my main character, but if I didn’t have that name, I wouldn’t have this story. *cries*. Thank u friend.

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Which of your characters do you feel the most guilty about?

What kind of guilt do you mean? Like, guilt because I didn’t spend a bunch of time focusing on their characterization? Or guilt because I destroyed them?

We’ll go with that one because there’s already a knot forming in my stomach at the thought of one life I particularly destroyed and I have a lot of pain over that. I’m sorry, Margret. I’m really really sorry.

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Are there any objects/situations/etc. that you’ve noticed tend to show up in a lot of your stories?

OooOOooOoOOH, this is an incredibly good question.

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Fire shows up in a lot of them, I guess. People are always crossing their arms because that’s one of the only small movements I know and I throw it into conversation all the time to break up the dialogue- but, I mean, that happens in real life? So it’s not really a ‘common thread’ in my writing. Unfortunately, the trope of people suDDeNLY beING rELaTeD is a bit too common in my stories.

I haven’t really written tons of developed stories. There’s my book. My fanfics. And my letters.

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What’s a genre you’ve never written that you would like to try?

Historical fiction. I’m just not dedicated enough to research it out, though. I would love to write a WWII story- or a WWII play, that would be fun.

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Do you let anyone read your writing? If so, who?

*snorts* everyone. Literally, I pass out my book like car wash coupons*. If you (a) have a small desire to read it and (b) have access to my manuscripts then BOOM, you’re gonna read it, you’re gonna love it, and you’re gonna cry about it.

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But I don’t really worry about people not liking it? Because I love it, and I think it’s pretty good. And my friends aren’t going to sit there and insult me even if they don’t like it.

At the end of the day, I love writing it, and that’s enough. But I really want to share my story with others- so if you’re willing to read it, by all means, go ahead.

*or anything that’s passed out freely to all passerbys?? I don’t recall ever actually seeing a car wash coupon in my life so??

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If your book were a movie, who would play the main character?

The character from the actual book would spring to life and play himself because there’s no one in the world who could do him justice. The end.

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What’s something you’ve written that you feel proud of?

TAKE ONE GUESS

You, thinking for a second before guessing: “Is it… your book? The one you’ve mentioned every 2.5 seconds?”

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IT’S MY BOOK AHAHAHAHAHA

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I tag:

Katie & Ashley @ Lost In Pages

Janise @ Janise Anderson

Aris @ Awkward Aris

Chelsea @ An Ordinary Pen

And your fabulous questions are:

  1. How many first drafts have you completed?
  2. If you could write ANY story and didn’t have to worry about it being mediocre or falling apart in the middle, etc, what would you write?
  3. What’s the oddest thing you know about one of your characters?
  4. If you could have any author edit your writing, who would it be?
  5. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever written?
  6. If your book was made into a movie, what would it be like?
  7. Which one of your characters are you the most similar to?
  8. Do you let other people read your writing?
  9. Are there any objects/situations/etc. that you’ve noticed tend to show up in a lot of your stories?
  10. Can you do other things while writing? (e.g. eating, listening to music, etc.)

Man, I love tags. THANK YOU FOR THE TAG O TEMPERAMENTAL ONE!!! And Happy Friyay, everyone.

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  1. Thanks for the tag! I was planning on doing the Liebster award you tagged me for ages ago today, so I’ll squash this one in too. It looks like fun!

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  2. 😂 no worries! You can do the tags whenever you feel like. I just like tagging people. 🙂

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  3. thank youuuuuuuuu for the tag ❤ your answers are pretty funny and now i really want to read your book???

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  4. whaaat thank you!!! That’s actually a huge complement! I’m always afraid that I’m gonna make my book sound super lame when I try to describe the plot.

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  5. Isn’t it weird how book politics are so much more interesting than real politics? I would never think to say “I just love some good book politics!” but when you’re describing it… yeah I like good book politics.
    The car wash coupon thing made me laugh. I don’t know why. Probably because it was funny. Ha.
    Fabulous post! (As always)

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  6. THANK YOU for tagging me! This was a super-fun tag. And you know, I don’t even know if ‘politics’ would be the right word to describe those kinds of things in books, but I can’t think of a better word so there you go.

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  7. People- relationships- emotions- humanity YES. ME TOO. I am practically obsessed with such things.
    I love how confident you are with your own stuff! Yes, take your book and shine forth for the world too see! I CAN’T WAIT TO REEEEEEEAD IT. (And the car wash coupons bit was humorous.)
    I relate to wanting to write historical fiction but not wanting to research AT ALL. There are so many historical events that I think would make fantastic stories but then…research? No??? It’s something of an issue. Your answer to number ten is also extremely relatable. No one can play my precious characters, they are themselves and that is all there is to it.
    Great answers!

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  8. My answer to not wanting to research historical events is just throwing the whole event into a fictional universe and making EVERYTHING UP THE WAY I WANT TO MWAHAHAHAHA.
    Thank you!!

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  9. That is exactly what I do too. ALL THE TIME. It is such a convenient way to avoid research.

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