Curious Writer Questions \\ casual pre-NaNo writing post

Hello!

I had a different post planned for today, but then I read this blog post by Elizabeth, which was inspired by Cait, who was inspired by Rebecca and I got inspired.

I don’t know if this is an actual “tag” but it looked like a lot of fun, and I loved reading both Elizabeth’s and Cait’s posts (I love when they talk about anything writing tbh) so I decided this was a pretty casual post before NaNo.

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what are your favorite kinds of scenes to write? why?

Dialogue, probably. I love witty banter (not promising that I’m very good at writing it but I enjoy doing it).

That, or descriptions. Often for months or years before writing my thoughts down I have an image of the main character or a certain setting in my head and FINALLY writing it down is the best feeling.


we’re all our own worst critics—so, what about your writing are you genuinely proud of? don’t hold back.

My ideas. I was recently rereading my writing from 2016 and I realized that while the writing, characters and and obvious plot holes were really cringey…I still loved the ideas. And I really wanted to start writing those stories again.

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what do you love about writing? what excites you? what makes all of this nightmare struggle worth it?

I think it’s when I get to the point where what I write is actually something I would read and enjoy.

A lot of the actual writing process takes SO MUCH mental energy – keeping myself positive, actually writing something I don’t hate, planning, etc. – so when I get to the point where I can casually read and enjoy my story, I do a happy dance*

*except not actually bc I have no coordination


what’s something you’re not as strong in that you’d like to improve?

I’m not sure yet. I haven’t finished a complete story yet, so I haven’t been able to look back and assess yet.

I do want to get stronger is writing diversely. Not that I don’t now, but I do have a bit of limited knowledge. I want to know how to write a good trans character, or a character who is asexual.


we talk a lot about “big” writing dreams (movies! shows! bestseller list!) but do you have a smaller, quieter dream for you and your work? what is it?

Honestly, I just want to see someone, who I don’t know, say that they like my story. That’s the most motivating and amazing thing to me.

(also fanart. That’s my secret dream)


are there things that pop up in your writing over and over again whether you like it or not? what are they?

My main characters are always Gryffindors. At least one of them. And I didn’t realize this until I started assessing their personalities and values…and realized I might have been projecting a bit.

tbh most of my characters fall into the “villains with good morals” category, but that’s what I love to read so it’ll be what it is.


what are some tropes that you unapologetically adore writing? what are ones you never write bc you can’t stand them?

Like I said, I’m a Gryffindor. I love all the hero tropes – saving people, choosing Good, etc. It never gets old.

However, I literally can’t stand any contemporary tropes. Underage drinking, mean girl, Plain Jane etc. I shall never write these, nor do I ever really read about them.


if you could hop in a time machine and give baby-writer you one piece of advice, what would it be?

Nothing, I don’t think. Just because I like where I’m at now and wouldn’t want to change it.

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what’s the last book/last books you read that made you go HOLY SHIT that’s some good writing!!?

For me, the books with best writing are the books that inspire me to write. For example, anything by Mary E. Pearson. Her fantasy books always make me want to write my own fantasy because they’re so well done!


do you have a book out? a book you’re working on? tell me about it!

I don’t! However, I’m only fifteen and giving myself time in that area.

I do have a WIP for NaNo called Melora, and I am so confident in this being my debut (I have a lot of interconnecting stories planned, and this one needs to kick it off). That’s my working title, but basically it’s a German-inspired fantasy about the Wicca and self-discovery.

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Alright, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you write a post like this please let me know! I love hearing about others’ WIPs and writing.

*Also, in November I’ll be posting my normal Wednesday post as well as a writing-themed post every Friday. 

 

Corvi argenti quinque,

Marrill

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