I haven’t done a tag post in a million years because I never get tagged for anything, and I also wanted to talk more about writing this year, so what better way to do that than to do this tag! The questions I’m answering I got from Aris’ post which is hilarious.
It’s probably a stretch to call myself a “rising author” because I have never actually written a book and tend to write mainly short stories. But I do plan to actually plan, write, and finish a whole novel this year and I want to bring you all along with me because things like this are easier with friends, right? And we’re all friends here!
So far my book only has a bare-bones plot because I haven’t started outlining yet and it’s adapted from two short stories I’ve written. It also only has two characters so far and no title. But it does have a “theme song” that I use as inspiration for those characters:
What’s the weirdest thing someone has said about your writing?
I studied creative writing at university, and a part of taking creative writing classes is that you have to show other people your writing. Before this, I hadn’t specifically asked people to look at my writing and had only posted things online, and surprisingly, people online are nicer about your writing than you’d think.
There is a point to this ramble, by the way.
So, my first short story for uni was a 1500 word story (which looking back, is so short) about a girl who murders somebody. I was in a morbid mood when I was planning it. The story ends with the girl killing someone and then running away, and a few people in my critique group asked why she didn’t clean up after herself. The answer? I didn’t have enough words for that. It makes sense now, but I thought it was weird at the time.
What was the worst thing you’ve ever written?
I dabbled very briefly in fanfiction when I was 14 years old, and I mainly wrote short Batman pieces from the points of view of the villains. I had a plan to do a series of one-shots about Arkham inmates and what being locked up in their was like. It was a good idea but I only got three of them written. And only one of them was good.
The three that I wrote were The Joker (which I still have saved on my phone), Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc. The Killer Croc one was probably the worst thing I’ve ever written because I didn’t understand the character properly. And I still don’t. Having one of Steve Blum’s many voices in my head usually helps me in some way, but not in this case.
Can you do other things while writing?
It really depends on how good my concentration is and how stressed I am about writing. When I was writing my masters dissertation (which was creative writing because my course was cool like that) my anxiety was so bad that I couldn’t write the actual creative part in the house because that kind of writing is something that I have to do on my own, but for the academic side I had to be in the house, and I had to have my mum sitting with me. It was awful but I still got a good grade out of it. yay!
But to get back on topic, I can do other things like listening to music, but I never make specific playlists and just listen to whatever I’m in the mood for. I think I’ve written scenes of people being killed to really upbeat pop music before because I was just in the mood for it. Although sometimes my concentration isn’t that great so I can’t listen to music with singing in. On those occasions, I like to look for vaporwave or witch house mixes on YouTube, which can be a total lifesaver for my brain at times.
If your book was made into a movie, what would it be like?
I don’t actually have a book yet, but I do envision it being like the movie Only Lovers Left Alive which is one of my favourite movies ever and one of the best vampire movies I’ve ever seen.
Describing it in terms of atmosphere is kind of difficult because it’s a pretty chill movie but you still manage to get so involved in the characters (one of which is Tom Hiddleston). Plus there are only five characters and that’s about as much as I can deal with.
So basically if my book was a movie, it would be chill but also emotionally investing with blood and angst. Yes, I’m bringing back angsty vampires.
Oh, and my dream leading actor would be Ezra Miller because he’s precious and I feel like he’d be perfect for it.
Do you include food in your books?
Everyone’s going to hate my for this answer, but I never write about food. Like, ever.
I have three reasons for this:
- I write about vampires. They don’t need to eat.
- Even if I wrote about characters who do eat, I’d still forget.
- I have serious issues with food so I’d just rather not.
To elaborate on that last reason, I’ve never been the kind of person to obsess about food in a healthy way (if that even exists) and I’m not the kind of person to plan my whole life around meals or declare that I’m hungry every five minutes. Maybe it’s weird, but I’m actually an extremely picky eater and I often get made to feel guilty about it so I’d rather not write about food when there are so few things that I will eat.
Which one of your characters are you most similar to?
My MC Jay is pretty much me because a lot of his character traits are based off of myself and I actually intended him to be that way.
Here’s a few of his traits:
- Very shy
- Barely leaves the house
- Has a few nervous twitches
- Messy but dislikes being dirty
- Easily overwhelmed/overstimulated and scatterbrained
- Loyal and kind
He’s basically me. Also, I have kind of written him to be Autistic but I’ve never explicitly stated him to be on the spectrum because I keep changing my mind.
Which of your characters do you wish you had never created?
None of them?? Even though I’ve been a short story writer for years and I have a habit of abandoning characters once their story is over, I don’t ever regret creating any characters because they’re like my children. And I would be a horrible mother if I said I hated one of them.
Do you let other people read your writing?
I haven’t written anything since November because I’m recovering from how stressful my dissertation was, but for my MA and my BA courses I had to let other people read my writing or else I wouldn’t get a grade.
Before that, I used to post my writing online. First on Piczo (good grief i feel old whenever i mention piczo) and then on Mibba. I never expected to get any feedback but the feedback on Mibba was better because on Piczo everyone just commented: “omg ur story is soooo good” and not give any constructive criticism.
What’s the oddest thing you know about one of your characters?
Charlotte (who is Jay’s girlfriend) got her nickname – Lola – from the song “Copacabana” by Barry Manilow. Jay’s parents gave it to her because they’re the kind of people who give nicknames to everyone.
What is the very first story you remember writing/have record of?
My memory is the absolute worst thing ever, but I do remember that when I was a little one, I didn’t actually write my own stories, I just rewrote TV shows that I watched into novel format. It did not work.
One time I rewrote the first episode of Futurama from memory, and it ended up being completely different because I was 9 years old at the time and remembered it wrong. And then another time I tried to transcribe the first episode of Sailor Moon into novel format, and then another time after that I basically wrote a Sailor Moon fanfic for class. I was 10 and didn’t know that fanfic was a thing at the time, and thankfully the teacher didn’t know that I’d written fanfic. But I guess it was good practice at the time?
Are you a writer? If so, what do you write about and do you have a current WIP? Do you give your characters hidden quirks that you probably won’t write about? Am I really weird for never writing about food?
oh and i’m not tagging anyone or making any questions bc i don’t want to lol byeeee