The Rising Author Tag~ In Which I Divulge My Deepest Writing Secrets

Hello, friends!

I have been tagged for the Rising Author Tag, which sounds very dramatic and makes me feel like I am a phoenix RISING FROM THE ASHES. Whether I am rising in order to launch a rebellion or rising to get a sandwich from the far off kitchen remains to be seen.

Thank you buckets, Jem Jones, for including me in this tag and giving me the opportunity to answer your lovely questions! Tags are a great blessing because at many times my brain is the size of a peanut and I can’t come up with post ideas on my own.

(By the way, everyone, Jem’s blog is amazing and she has the most adorable logo. You should stop by and she will probably shower you with witticisms and tasteful GIFs and everyone will have a grand old time.)

But while you are still here, I might as well attempt to answer the questions that Jem Jones has kindly given me.

Except in case you are wondering, here are the rules to this tag. See, I am an upstanding citizen and follow instructions.

The Rules:
#1: No tagging back
#2: Tag Four People
#3: Thank The Person Who Tagged You

Okay, now to the questions!

1. What is the weirdest thing someone has said to you about your writing?

This is a difficult question because it requires me to REMEMBER things. How could you expect so much of me?

Well, I have a way to cheat on this one. My mother once read one of my stories and wrote her comments down, so I don’t have to remember anything.

There is this section of the story where a son betrays his parents and ends up stabbing his mother, which for me was kind of dark and violent and everything.

This was my mother’s response: Very nice. *smiley face*

I wasn’t sure whether to be honored or insulted?

2. What was the worst thing you ever wrote?

Ha, ha.

No. Where to begin?

Recalling my list of failures is a ponderous and somewhat depressing undertaking.

This is another memory test that I will likely fail. I have written a lot of things that are extremely cringe-worthy.

There was this one time though, when I was going to write an allegorical novel based upon an American Idol episode.

Thankfully I never got very far before I realized how completely terrible that idea was.

3. What was the most awkward scene you’ve ever written?

Why do you keep bringing up the pain of my past?

Or, more accurately, the pain of the fact that I don’t remember the past.

I am not quite sure. It was probably something involving humans.

Likely it was some heart-wrenching scene in which I put my characters through way more turmoil than I knew how to handle. I am always doing awkward things like that.

4. On a scale from one to ten, how often do you end up writing more than 3 chapters of the stories you start?


5. What is the hardest thing for you to write?

Um, everything?

No, I think that the hardest thing to write is action sequences. I have a hard enough time visualizing battles and combat when I am reading about them. Writing them is somewhat disastrous.

That is probably why most of my stories include a lot of battles and combat scenes. I like to torture myself this way.

I also think that romance would be hard for me if I ever tried to write it. However, I try to avoid the topic like the plague.

6. When you look back at your early writing pieces, what’s one thing you can see you’ve improved in?

I once wrote a story where three wolf pups escaped from a mountain lion by climbing a tree.

I like to think that the feasibility of my plot points has improved since then.

7. How do you name your characters?

I have multiple approaches to this extremely important task.

  1. I write down jumbles of letter and see if any of them are pronounceable
  2. I take an ordinary name and switch some of the letters around to make it fancy
  3. I name them after household objects or fruit animals or furniture
  4. I go to baby name websites (my characters are my babies, okay)
  5. I don’t

8. If you had to pick one genre to write in forever, what genre would it be?

Such a hard question! I think I would have to go with fantasy, since that is what I mostly write anyway. But I hate the idea of being bound to just one genre. I don’t like getting stuck in the genre mentality since there are excellent pieces of literature in every genre, and some stories that have a hard time fitting into any genre at all, which I think is wonderful.

9. Which of your characters do you feel most guilty about?

Guilty? About what? You mean all the people I have tormented and slaughtered? I have no idea what you are talking about.

The one that comes to mind is Winston Dorkwood, because he was the most innocent, gentle sunshine and I crushed him in the most cruel way possible. First I mangled his mind and then I killed him and I don’t know what to do with myself now.

10. Which of your characters deserves everything you’ve given them?

Um, I don’t know? I am usually pretty brutal to my characters, though I try to give most of them happy endings. I am not quite sure what any of them deserve except to be shoved into a corner and never spoken of again.

In Conclusion

That’s all the questions! Now it time for me to tag bloggerly types to continue the legacy of the Rising Author!

I shall tag…

awkward aris

Sari @ Penumbra Reviews

Samsara Parchment

Joce @ Write Through the Night

If my calculations are correct, that is four bloggers. Go forth and do with this tag what you will.

Feel free to join in if you are reading this post as well!

It has just occurred to me that I should probably come up with some fascinating questions for you to answer.

The Questions:

  1. Do you prefer to write your first drafts on the computer or on paper and why?
  2. What is one of the best ideas you have ever had for a story?
  3. What is one of the worst ideas you have ever had for a story?
  4. Do your endings tend to be tragic, happy, or bittersweet?
  5. What drives your stories forward (plot, characters, writing style, etc.)?
  6. What is the very first story you remember writing/have record of?
  7. What is your favorite character type to write about?
  8. What is the hardest character type to write about?
  9. Which of your characters do you wish you had never created?
  10. Do you include food in your books?

There we are. I hope that all you wonderful people had fun reading, and I hope you have even more fun answering these questions!

Thanks again, Jem, for tagging me! It was quite entertaining.

Happy writing, folks!

21 thoughts on “The Rising Author Tag~ In Which I Divulge My Deepest Writing Secrets

    1. Feel free to join in if you have the time! I would love to see your answers.
      Yes, action scenes are a real struggle for me. You have to visualize each person’s actions in correlation to every other person’s actions in correlation with the surroundings in correlation with the weather, AND you have to make it all up in a way that makes some semblance of sense with the story you are trying to tell. It’s basically ultimate multitasking and it is too much for my small peanut brain to handle.
      Thanks for commenting!

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    1. Thank you, I had fun writing it! Yes, family members often provide the strangest reactions to one’s stories. What would one do without them? I have a really hard time with names too sometimes! Hence, sometimes the poor dears are nameless or are burdened with something truly mundane or appalling. It is hard. I need my babies names to be perfect! Thanks for commenting!

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  1. Poor Winston Dorkwood, he sounds like he deserved none of your cruelty *takes him away and protects him viciously*
    I haven’t decided if my mother would be horrified if she read something I’d written like that, or whether she would too write “Very Nice”, and just accept that her daughter was twisted.
    Anyway, this looks fun and I have been tagged by Katie, so I’ll be doing this soon too and it looks fun!

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    1. I appreciate your instinct to protect Winston! He certainly needs much protection. Alas, it comes too late… *weeps for eternity*
      Yes, my mother is just as dark as I am, so I don’t think I could truly horrify her, but I had hoped she would at least be sort of sad about it. Hopefully that is what “Very nice *smiley face*” translates to?
      Yay, I look forward to seeing what you do with this tag! It’s so much fun!

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  2. Thank you for your kind words, o Story Sponge! *gives lamingtons* (Unfortunately I fell into a gaping haitus approximately the time this was posted, so didn’t see it earlier…)

    Your answers to numbers 4 (writing more than 3 chapters almost never), 5 (actions scenes) and 7 (nAMING) are so exactly like my answers would be (down to the occasional “I don’t?” in naming characters) that I’m finding it slightly eerie?? *squints at you* ;P
    Jem Jones

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    1. You are quite welcome, my friend! We all must take hiatuses now and then, but I am glad that you are back! Especially since there are so many amazing posts (such as this) for you to read.
      Eerie? My answers? I don’t know WHAT you are talking about? *nervous laughter* Nothing…eerie…at all…
      I wasn’t going to tell you, but I did.
      Wow, it’s a relief to have that off my chest. I hope I haven’t further disrupted to timeline by telling you. But I probably have. I’M SORRY.

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      1. NOO NOT THE TIMELINE. WHAT HAVE I DONE. (also if you’re Future Me… does that mean I never get any better at naming my characters?? *weeps*)

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      2. Indeed, it pains me to distress you (or, I suppose, myself) but alas, it is true, naming characters is still a struggle. But there is yet time! You can alter the course of history and perhaps avoid this dark fate!

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