Welcome to the fourth and final post for this week! It has been dramatically-ish hinted at and now…it is here.
I have a big, big announcement! At last, at long last (yes I’m continuing being dramatic on purpose) I have finally…drumroll please…
CREATED AN ORIGINAL TAG!
Yep, you read that correctly! I have made an original writing tag, and it’s here now at Wishing Upon a Star!
I’ve always been a writer, and love talking about books, including my own. With Lulu, I have self-published three books in a series.
Some time ago, I did the Never Have I Ever Writing Tag, and the lovely Millay @ Millay’s Musings suggested in the comments that I make my own tag featuring all the quirks and perks of writing. I’ve always wanted to create my own tag, but wasn’t sure if it’d be something you guys would be interested in…yet it seems like you are? So I really hope you find this entertaining!
Combining my years of writing and desire to reach out to more writers resulted in this tag!!
This tag is called Lighting Up That Writer’s Nook. This is because the prompts featured are all things you can find among the messy surface of a writer’s desk.
The rules are to:
- Link back to the original creator’s post (this one!)
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
- Answer at least 6 out of the 12 prompts (you’re welcome to do all!).
- Tag 3-5 bloggers.
- Have fun!
Please note that when linking to others’ posts, to provide the link of that post, and not their blog’s link, or else they won’t receive a notification / pingback.
You may use the graphics I created, or just a list of the prompts (which will be featured at the end). Please note that while my aesthetic sense is not the best, I did spend time and effort making these designs and creating this post!
Let’s get started!!
I always make sure to give my characters intellect, compassion, fierceness, and pride. I also make sure to leave room for improvement in their character, which I can then develop with the events of the plot. I feel like these traits are some of the most interesting to read about in characters, and I enjoy writing these kinds of personalities A LOT.
I think the most unique or versatile element an author can give their world is culture and society. Being able to craft a whole people’s customs, beliefs, ideals, routines, and more is really next level stuff (wow a writer like me using the word stuff). When done well, it can add a whole other dimension to the reader’s experience and provide depth and a new level of understanding.
I LOVE unpredictable or unique plots. I have been using the Hero’s Journey in my writing (I find it easier than the 3-Act Story Structure — or maybe I just haven’t practiced the 3-Act one enough) since my first Spacia novel, so I understand it really well. While the Hero’s Journey is considered this ‘general’ outline that ‘so many movies, TV shows, and books follow’, I find that there’s still quite a lot of room to do your own thing. The best plots in my opinion are ones where the internal and external conflicts feed off of each other, and propel each other. So I do my best to do that in my writing.
Unfortunately, I don’t use notepads as much as I used to…but I think when I first get an idea, I’ll immediately look for paper to jot it down. I do watch some videos too, to help me further get a sense of the idea in my mind. I do a lot of mental thinking, and play around with the topic in my mind without writing it down. I expand boundaries, push down unrealistic thoughts, and when I’m pleased with a semblance of an idea, I type it out.
I’ll answer both of these, so if you’re planning on doing this tag (if you are, thank you x1000) you can have a general sense of what I mean by these prompts!
An “older” book I turn to for inspiration (and by “older” I mean books that were published a number of years ago, especially classics) would probably be the Anne of Green Gables series (which doubles as my comfort read). I love Montgomery’s lyrical prose, Anne’s philosophy and young wisdom, Gilbert’s practicality, Marilla’s soft edges, Diana’s steadiness, and I could go on and on. Sometimes when I’m stuck, my mentor suggests some books for inspiration, and they’re really helpful!
A technique I use that is not commonly found in modern writings is probably my use of language. My diction and writing style blends elements from the language in classic literature and modern novels. I think this is probably the biggest difference…and the fact that I make up words A LOT but they actually tend to make sense!
Yep, we jumped from typewriter to computer.
Lol can I list 62 writing tips? (That was a random number 😂 but quite true) Nope, only one or two. Okay, let me see…*scratches head*
I think one of the biggest things is to give your character a strong motivation.
This doesn’t sound like a lot, but it truly is.
Your character’s motivation is what will keep your readers following them, what causes them to make certain decisions, what affects their relationships with other characters, and 1021 other things. (Watch Eleanor turn this into a Literature 101 class)
Another thing is to slip details of world within scenes.
This further establishes the setting and gives the reader more insight and context. For example, as your character enters a market (for a good reason that advances the plot, of course, and yes I’m using a bunch of parentheses because why not) it’d be good to show several things:
- different scents (great excuse to make up words)
- different foods (again, making up words is FUN)
- how the market is oriented (booths, large plaza square, etc.)
- snippets of conversation from fellow shoppers
- and about 293 other things (yes I’m literally typing random numbers but you get the idea 😉)
(And this did become a Literature 101 class LOL, sorry)
So those are my two writing tips! APPLY THEM — they are extremely useful.
For this prompt, it can be something you’re never ever ever ever ever going to put in your writing or something you haven’t put in it yet but would like to try, just because.
Something I’ve never put in my writing is an unreliable narrator, which I’d love to explore. But they’re really hard to do and there are only a few well known examples, so I hope to broaden my mindset when it comes to these tricksy characters. If you have any tips, put them in the comments below please, I’m really grateful!
Many apologies if I get this wrong, but in the olden days, the Chinese would write on bamboo and Indians would use dried palm leaves, hence the prompt about culture.
I like writing about Chinese culture a lot, because Chinese cuisine is my all time favorite no questions asked + it makes up 90% of my entire diet, and I’ve been to China several times, traveled to great tourist attractions, ate in their restaurants, walked with their people. I also love Chinese historical TV dramas, by the way. So, I feel really comfortable using Chinese culture in my books.
What do you go to in the hopes of some sort of lightning bolt moment of inspiration?
Me, I think I’d go with orange juice or milk tea. Ever try sipping milk tea while reading? SO refreshing and relaxing, highly recommend.
Just looking at the cupcake and pancakes makes me want to eat them…like, RIGHT NOW.
Anyways…haha, I’m 98% confident when I say I’d go to Haagen Daaz green tea ice cream. My all time favorite dessert!!
Grab a jar. Plop on the couch. Hack away at the creamy green surface. Pout over how something’s not working.
Yep. Definitely me.
Sit there for half an hour. Put back the jar. Head back to the computer. Start trying to fix it.
Yep. Probably me.
Because every writer has earbuds sprawled over their desk or a set of headphones hanging nearby, am I right?
I’d love to say that I listen to calming beats in the background (I don’t know why) but…not really. I listen to a lot of beautiful Chinese songs, and also some catchy pop & indie ones. So it really varies…but when I start writing, the music melts away in the background and the words blur in my ears. All I can focus on are the black words unfolding on the screen.
The very last prompt! Thank you for staying with me!!
My ideal writing nook would be a tree house. Inside, fairy lights would be adorning the walls, I’d hear calming beats in the background, and be clacking away at a typewriter all the while. I think I’d have paintings of nature around, and some sweet smelling candles too. Ah…
On that calming note…we have reached the end of the tag. I hope you enjoyed reading more about my writing process (and my snarky remarks in parentheses)!!
If you would like a list of all the prompts, here they are:
- Ink — what you always make sure to give your characters
- Map — what you think is the most unique or versatile element of a world
- Quill — what kind of structure you give your plot
- Notepad — where you doodle and flesh out all your ideas
- Typewriter — an “older” book you turn to for inspiration OR a technique you used that is not commonly found in modern writings
- Computer — one or two writing techniques you’ve found helpful
- Eraser — something you never put in your writing
- Bamboo and dried palm leaves — the type of culture you most like to write about
- Creative juice — the food or drink you go to for a moment of inspiration
- Comfort food — what you treat yourself to when part of your work is just. not. fitting. right.
- Headphones — the kind of music you listen to when writing
- Fairy lights — your ideal writing nook interior design
NOW FOR TAGS:
The rules say to tag 3-5 bloggers, but because I made them, I get to ah, tweak, them. Mwahahaha! No, in all reality, I’m going to tag 11 bloggers, just so the spirit of this tag can get to as many people as possible! You do not have to tag 11 bloggers, the requirement is 3-5 (you’re welcome to do some open invites or do more than 5 as well). Again, I hope this tag can reach as many blogs as possible, to spread our love of writing and learn some things from each other…which is why I’m tagging more bloggers.
As always, no pressure to do this if you’re busy! (I put you in alphabetical order)
And YOU if you’re reading this!
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to seeing your answers go up, everyone! ❤️❤️ I’m so glad to know you all, and thanks to you, the blogosphere is a better, brighter place!!