The Wisteria Writer Tag!


Hey, young bloods! I was tagged by the lovelies Sunset and Vivian, so thank you to both of them. <3

Sunset's Questions:

1. What one thing do you struggle to write the most?
R o m a n c e. I've never so much as hugged someone romantically; how do you expect me to chronicle a courtship?

2. Favorite character(s) from your current WIP?
LITERALLY ALL MY WIPS ARE MY CURRENT WIP. I work on all of them simultaneously, which results in very little progress on any individual thing. But recently I've been paying special attention to my sorcery quartet, and my favorite character there would definitely be Aleuna.

3. Why exactly did you begin writing?
I've always been making up stories, but it took me until age four to get the idea to write them down so I wouldn't forget them.

4. AHHH! The library is on fire, and there's (conveniently) only enough time to save three books! Which do you save?
I DID A PROJECT ON THIS LAST YEAR IN ENGLISH CLASS OKAY HOLD ON LET ME FIND IT.
Okay. I would save:


5. If you are currently working on a WIP, give a brief synopsis of it below.
BUT I HAVE SO MANY.
Okay, I'm going to go with my Camp NaNo novella, Heaven Bleeds Fire -

The Second Heavenly War is not going well. At least, not for Safildor.
Heaven is getting restless after an eternity with Michael as God's favored angel, and a revolution soon arises with Gabriel as the figurehead. Caught in the crossfire is Safi, a hapless angel fighting for Gabriel. Kidnapped by a band of demons, Safi is used as a pawn in their quest for vengeance against several angels Safi once knew. Yet between hair's-breadth escapades and chatting up the Grim Reaper's secretary, Safi's perceptions of right and wrong are turned upside down as he learns to see the evil side of those he once worshipped and the good side of those he once thought impossible to save - just in time to find out he might lose them all.
Angelic anarchy.
Demonic desolation.
Did you know that heaven bleeds fire?

Here, have a small aesthetic collage.

7. First, second, or third person narrative?
Third. Specifically, omnipotent - I know (and narrate) the thoughts of all the characters instead of those of just one.

8. What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
Terry Pratchett once said to write 400 words a day, which is pure genius as far as I'm concerned. I've started doing that recently (and keeping track of it in my bullet journal), and the thing about 400 words is it tends to take you to the middle of a scene. So you keep writing because you're just getting to the good bit of the scene and you want to finish it!

9. Is diversity an important thing in books for you? Why? How diverse is your own writing?
HELL YES. Diversity leads to education and understanding, lack of it leads to erasure and stigma.
Even though I try hard to make my stories diverse, I still have a very long way to go (as do 99.8% of writers). Thus far, I have about

7 LGBTQ+ main characters - one agender, one bisexual, one gender fluid + pansexual, two gay,  one lesbian, and one asexual homoromantic.
5 main characters of color - one Saudi, one Thai, one African-American (parents from modern-day Senegal), and two biracial (one is half Malian, half Caucasian. The other is from a fantasy universe, but in our world her ancestry would be equivalent to North African + Caucasian).
1 main character with mental illness - schizophrenia.

Which is, although maybe slightly better than average, still pretty pathetic. As I'm developing current characters and adding new ones, I'm constantly trying to incorporate more diversity.

(Note: I define a main character as anyone who appears frequently throughout the book and impacts the plot.)

10. What genre do you prefer to write about?
Fantasy all the way!

Vivian's Questions:

1. Where do you like to write?
My bedroom is my favorite location, but anywhere will do.

2. Favorite character you've written?
*GASP* WHAT. MY FAVORITE EVER? HOW DARE YOU.
Okay, I think I'm going to have to go with Safildor, my smol bisexual angel from Heaven Bleeds Fire.


There's a demon named Zaphrim who always uses the word "sofa" to describe a couch, which is inexcusable in Safi's mind.
I tried so damn hard not to make them canon.

3. Do you give your characters ship names?
ALL THE BLOODY TIME MAN, ALL THE BLOODY TIME.
Ex. - Zafildor.
Also - Koratio.
Which is ridiculous because I have absolutely zero intention on making them canon, but I ship it damn hard all the same.

4. Favorite writing blogs?
Ahhhhh okay ummmmm. Crap, this is hard. I love everyone. (#pansexualproblems) But, defining a writing blog as a blog that posts writing-related-things (not book-related-things) as the majority of their content, I'll probably have to go with (in no particular order) -

  1. Musings of an Elf
  2. Author's Note
  3. Down by the Willows
  4. If These Stars Shall Fall
  5. Studies in Character
  6. Quill Pen Writer
  7. Summer of 1999
  8. The Sunset Sky
  9. Gossiping With Dragons
  10. Twilight to Dawn
  11. And a brand new favorite - Coffee Colored Ink

5. Where do you get your writing inspiration?
Pinterest, mostly.

6. Do you make Pinterest boards for your stories/characters?
HELL YEAH.

7. Have you done NaNoWriMo?
Unfortunately, no. Since my school semester ends in the beginning of December, November is always the craziest month in terms of schoolwork. Same story with April, as the school year ends in May.
I was able to do Camp NaNo this July, however! I didn't hit my goal, but I still got a good deal of writing and plotting done.

8. Do you listen to music while you write? What music?
Occasionally I'll listen to the Hobbit movie soundtrack or something, but usually I stick to silence. It's harder for me to get the rhythm of the sentences right when I'm listening to music.

9. Do you have a writing buddy or group you share your progress with, or do you work alone?
The lovely Áine is my wonderful critique partner, and Sara and my IRL friend Ellen also read my crap sometimes.

10. What do you do when you have the sudden and inconvenient urge to write with no writing materials close to you?
Cry.

Literally everyone has done this already, so I tag whoever hasn't yet! Use whichever of Sunset or Vivian's questions you wish :)

Let's chat! Do you use Pinterest for writing? Are you doing NaNo this year? Favorite genres? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles.

Namarië,
Ellie
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11 comments:

  1. AHHH YOU LIKE MY HUMBLE LITTLE CORNER OF THE INTERNET? GRACIAS, MI AMIGO!

    Your answers were so interesting to read. I have always admired the amount of diversity you incorporate into your writing, and I've been trying to replicate that level of inclusivity into my own writing. Obviously, all writers have a good way to go to achieve NOBLE WRITING STRUCTURE (if anyone gets my chemistry reference, I love you), and what you said about that really resonated with me.

    Yeah, I know. Tangent. Great answers, and thank you for mentioning mi casa a la interneta! (yeah I'm obviously fluent in Spanish)

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    1. ps - Just curious...hypothetically, if I were to create a writing tag, would you participate in it?

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    2. OF COURSE I DO YOU'RE ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS.

      Thank you, ahhh!

      EYYYYYY *finger guns*

      It'd depend on the questions/theme of the tag, but you're a lovely being so probably!

      - Ellie

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    3. IM A LOVELY BEING YOU'RE A LOVELY BEING! You're so sweet, and it would probably just be writerly-related (WIPS, characters, etc)

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    4. That sounds awesome!

      - Ellie

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  2. Love all your answers!!! So glad you did this tag- thanks so much for doing it <3

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  3. Aww thank you so much for mentioning me Ellie! <3 I love your blog too! XD

    That's so awesome you have a Thai character in your story. I can hardly ever find any books with Thai characters (at least in English books) which is sad, as I've grown up in Thailand. And yessss to fantasy! It will forever be my favourite genre. :D

    This is such a cool tag; I think I'll do it for my post today. It looks like heaps of fun. :)

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    1. Thank you so much!

      Ahhhh, that sounds SO cool.

      - Ellie

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  4. Dude WOO HOO, third person omniscient is the best! If I bump into a YA author who writes in that particular POV, I carry respect for them, because first person just so common now, and there are times that I want a change. If someone is going to write in first person, there better be a unique voice.

    I FEEL YOU ABOUT DIVERSITY. I don't have any LGBT characters yet, only because nothing has popped up yet, but racial diversity is super important. Also, writing 400 words a day-- good advice! ^.^

    xoxo Morning

    P.S. OH MY SHISH KEBABS you wrote an essay about what books to save in a fire. WHHHHHAAAATTTT.

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    1. I definitely agree!
      DIVERSITY YES.
      It was actually over what books I'd save if the world were to end, but yes! It was super fun!

      - Ellie

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