Never Have I Ever Tag // Writer Edition

*Cough, cough* Soooo… Yes, I know that this isn’t a review. The book that I was supposed to post this month accidentally got lost in cyberspace. I also got busy and haven’t had a chance to contact the publisher yet. And Kristina from @kristinahallauthor tagged me to do this fun tag. So I decided to try something different this month and do a tag post!

But if you really want a review, then BOOM, here is a review of “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo that I have posted on Goodreads and only rated three stars. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to and I didn’t feel that the review was positive enough to post on my blog. Enjoy! 😉

Hello everyone! With the first few paragraphs out of the way, I will explain to you what I’m going to do. Today I’m going to do the tag “Never Have I Ever (Writer Edition)” since I was tagged by the wonderful Kristina from @kristinahallauthor. So put on your seatbelts as you learn the nitty-gritty stuff that I have or never done with my books, characters, and myself while writing. This is going to be good.

The Rules

Before we get into it, let’s go over the four rules for this tag.

  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.

Thanks

Thank you Kristina Hall for tagging me! This is going to be a blast! You’re the best! =D Here is her tag post: https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com/2021/08/16/never-have-i-ever-tag-writer-edition/

(Original graphic and tag by Bree Dawn @thelongvoyage ( https://thelongvoyage.org/2019/08/03/never-have-i-ever-tag-writer-edition/ ))

Never Have I Ever

…started a novel that I didn’t finish.

Yes. There are probably a lot. Some that I’ll probably never work on again. But the one that I want to try to pick up again is something I started when I was sixteen. It is a speculative, contemporary, horror, YA novel called “The Blank Book”.

Two friends go camping with each other. They find a blank book in the woods that suspiciously starts to write itself. Everything goes downhill when they find out that everything the book writes comes true.

It’s supposed to be a good versus evil kind of story. I’m just not very good at writing contemporaries, so the beginning school scene is a little comical. Which is why I didn’t finish it at the time. I also got busy with other projects. But I still love it.

Here’s a little snippet:

“I kept writing. Because that is what writers do. We block out the noise and roadblocks and write, write all day every day. We continue this process of writing and dreaming because we know something about the world that many don’t know.

I’ll tell you when I find out.”

~ “The Blank Book” ~ Grace M. Morris

…written a story completely by hand.

Nope! XD I tried once. While I was moving I didn’t have access to my computer so I wrote the first chapter of “The Air We Breathe” in a notebook. But I’m not the best speller. So the moment that I got my computer up and running I transferred what I had written and wrote the rest of the story on the computer.

…changed tenses midway through a story.

Yes… Don’t go looking for them. This is my biggest sin. I blame it on my dyslexia. I think I catch most of them, but one or two always seem to slip from my careful eyes.

…not researched anything before starting a story.

Yes… I usually do little to no research when I’m just starting a story. If I come to a place I’m not sure about, I leave notes for myself to research something or write the scene to the best of my ability and do more research later. Oftentimes I do not know what kinds of things that I’ll need to research beforehand.

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

I remember when I was writing “The Air We Breathe” the only protagonist who had a name was Lily. Blake and Altan didn’t get their names until later. But I can’t really think of a time when I had changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft. Maybe by accident and I had to fix them back to their original names later. And I may have changed some side character names before.

…written a story in a month or less.

Ummm… I don’t know if I should include my kitty cat books called “Flip” as the first part was only 3,000 words and the second part was 5,000. Hey, it was two different NaNoWriMo’s and I was thirteen and fourteen. Man, this is embarrassing.

I think that “The Exile” was also written in a month, BUT, there was editing too, sooo… IT TOOK LONGER THAN A MONTH!!!

Writing books is hard. It takes time. I’m a busy person. What can I say?

…fallen asleep while writing.

Nooo… Who falls asleep while writing?

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online.

I mean, I have beta read people’s books before. And I might have corrected someone’s comment in my head before. But (unless I am beta reading) I don’t call people out on their mistakes.

…yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of my novel.

Yes. Mainly when I’m writing a note about how I got my facts wrong or that I need to change something or to remind myself to add something. It’s always fun to find these comments later. Apparently, I know how to yell at myself.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

Yes. XD But don’t tell anyone.

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

I get teased on this a lot as I have killed off a lot of characters. XD But no. Unfortunately, I have not done this yet. None of my characters are based on real people. I’m sure that I had pulled different personality traits from people I know and put them into my characters. But my characters are not based on any one person. Plus, I’m sure that if I did base a character off of someone and then kill them off that someone would get mad at me. But then, they would probably never know. XD

…used pop culture references in a story.

Goggle, what is pop culture?

Ohhhhh. So that is what it is.

Nope. Never have I ever. Most of my books take place in a fantasy, sci-fi world, so it would be weird if I just dumped a bunch of pop culture in there. Maybe someday. Just not today in these particular stories that I am writing. 😉

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

Bro, that’s my normal uptime. What else am I going to do at that hour? Sleep? Hahahha *Cries in insomnia* I think what this question is trying to ask is if I have written at an odd hour. In which case, yes. I stayed up until 11 AM. To write and edit an episode for the “Eye of the Panther”. I know that might sound “normal” to you. But when you’re up at the hours between 1 AM and 6 AM normal is out the door.

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

Goggle, what is coffee???

Hahaha, I’m kidding. I know what coffee is. No. I do not like the flavor of coffee without a ton of sugar and creamer. I cannot drink caffeine, otherwise, I’ll never sleep again. And I cannot drink too much coffee without feeling sick to my stomach. So no coffee. Sorry guys.

Drawing of Grace holding a mug that says "I Don't Drink".
This doesn’t look exactly like me, but I tried. =)

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

Nope. I don’t have good dreams for stories. If I tried to write something based on one of my dreams you would be super confused.

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

Maybe? I always edit my stories to the best of my ability so they are readable and enjoyable to you readers. But there have been times when I had posted something without having one of my beta readers look at it first. Those posts, however, were fixed with the necessary changes within a day or so after posting. I never post something without some editing though. I don’t recommend anyone to post something that is not edited.

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

I have graduated! XD But when I was in school, probably? Mom considered writing as part of school, so I was blessed. I did work on other curricula though.

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

I take lots of breaks. So no.

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

*Horrified* How? NOOOOO!!! I get up to drink, downstairs. Exercise, you know? I never have a drink with me when I write. I don’t even have a laptop, sooo… XD

…forgotten to save my work/draft

Nope. However, I have had problems with computers crashing on me before, without me saving. A computer broke once and I lost all of my story files. I had once replaced my edited story with an old file, that was a nightmare. I have a hard drive now to back my files on, so I’m good.

…finished a novel.

Yes! I have finished 5 novels. Two of them are going to be rewritten, one still needs to be edited, and the other two, “Before” and “The Exile”, are published! I was going to consider the “Eye of the Panther” as a novel too, but the last episode will not be published until the last Friday of September, but it is almost done!

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

I like writing my villain scenes. However, I can’t think of a time when I had laughed like an evil villain. I think I have smiled before. I might have laughed over something they had said. I’m not very vocal when I’m writing. 0_0

…cried while writing a scene.

Yes. I think I have cried while writing “Before” and possibly while writing “The Air We Breathe”. But I have to really be in the scene to shed a tear.

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

Not yet. I have plans on creating a map for the “Eye of the Panther” though. I really need to. I keep getting locations mixed up to where they are relative to each other.

…researched something shady for a novel.

Hehehehe, wouldn’t you like to know? XD

And I’m Tagging…

Nicki @nickichapelwayauthor

Merie @imperialscribis

You!!

The Questions

Never Have I Ever

…started a novel that I didn’t finish.

…written a story completely by hand.

…changed tenses midway through a story.

…not researched anything before starting a story.

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

…written a story in a month or less.

…fallen asleep while writing.

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online.

…yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of my novel.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

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

…used pop culture references in a story.

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

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

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

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

…forgotten to save my work/draft

…finished a novel.

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

…cried while writing a scene.

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

…researched something shady for a novel.

Conclusion

That wraps up the post!

So what things on this list have you done as a writer? Be sure to let me know in the comments down below. If you decided to do this tag, let me know so I can see your answers. =D

Update 12/31/21: I posted the drawing for this tag post! =D originally I wasn’t going to draw a picture. But my Mom gave me a cool idea that I just couldn’t get out of my head so I decided to draw it. I drew myself in my pajamas, looking exhausted, and holding a mug that says “I don’t drink”. XD

Enjoy the Adventure! =D
Grace M. Morris

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Published by Grace M. Morris

Grace M. Morris traveled into a story one time, and no one has been able to pull her back ever since. When she learned that she can create stories of her own she has been striving to write speculative stories with a Christian basis suitable for young adults.

8 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever Tag // Writer Edition

    1. You’re very welcome! I can’t wait to see your answers. 😉 It was a blast. And thank you! =D It has been a few years since I had touch “The Blank Book” but the little I had written of it was fun and I kinda what to see if I can make anything out of it. I think that the main problem with contemporary’s is that I can’t just make something up. You have to write according to the time. I mean, there is a little room for imagination but if you were to write about cops/doctors/fast food you have to know know about said thing.

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