The Writer’s Tag

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Hello!! First of all, I want to say thank you for the awesome comments yesterday, I was not having a terribly productive day (*cough* to say the least) and reading everything you wrote was a great pick-me-up 😀 ❤

Secondly, I saw this awesome tag over on Kat@LifeandOtherDisasters’s wonderful blog and I thought it was perfect for this month! Do check out her post cos her answers rock!! (and it’ll lead you to discover her brilliant WIP!) Okay, let’s get this party started!

What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?

I ❤️ fantasy. Seriously, everything I’ve ever written is fantasy and I don’t plan to change that. I’ve written a YA fantasy duology, I’m working on a dystopic fantasy trilogy, and I’m planning some high fantasy series for the future. Oh and I have an idea for a gothic novella… which is basically old school fantasy 😉 You get the idea, fantasy’s my jam 😉

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How long have you been writing?

Hard to say when I went from just making up stories to play and when I started writing them down… If you count all forms of storytelling, then forever

Why do you write?

I loved Kat’s answer here- basically in short: I HAVE to. It’s a compulsion.

When is the best time to write?

Night-time!!

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What parts of writing do you love and hate?

Lots of things…

LOVE:

  • Endings!!
  • When characters get a mind of their own- I mentioned this to Kat cos she had this on her list, but the best time this happened to me was when one of my characters came out as gay halfway through the aforementioned trilogy- it was a bit of an “ohhh” moment cos it was unintentional (that character and I get on so much better cos he’d been a bit of an enigma to me before)
  • When I’m on a role and the words are just flowing and you’re not too worried about what’s getting put on the page
  • When you read over said words and it’s not half bad

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HATE:

  • When you read over said words and it’s the worst thing you’ve ever read and you should probably scrap it all, but it was a lot of work so you don’t want to scrap it all, but arghh it’s crap, so you end up scrapping it all :/
  • When you’re book doesn’t like you very much and needs a million and one edits
  • When you’ve been working on the same thing for years and there’s no end in sight
  • Fear of showing people and guilt about not sharing it with people

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How do you overcome writer’s block?

I write something else. Like I said it’s a compulsion and I always have to be writing *something*

Are you working on something at the moment?

Yes indeedy- that aforementioned trilogy. Annnd I’m trying to figure out what I can say without giving anything away. Hmm… I think I traumatised my bestie the other day giving her book 2- so that was good… Sort of 😉

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What are your writing goals this year?

Well it’s near the end of the year, so a lot of my targets for 2017 are done- namely finishing book 2. I was actually pretty wiped out after completing it back in the summer and was gonna leave it there for a while…. But no time like the present, when I realised Nano was coming up and that I’d have a shot at doing something for it, I decided I wanted to press on with book 3, cos why not? So my plan is to get a reasonable amount of the way through by the end of the year (hopefully so that next year, I’ll be able to write that elusive “The End”- that’s the dream anyway 😉 )

Annnd now I think I’ve prattled on enough- I tag Daley Downing, Sophie Li, Marie, Eve Messenger, CharlotteDani and all the writers that are reading this!

So do you write? What’s your genre of choice? Let me know in the comments!

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60 thoughts on “The Writer’s Tag

  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh this is a brilliant tag, and even though I haven’t been tagged I may have to take part in this one anyways. 🙂 Perfect time for it considering I’m taking part in NaNo this month!
    I loved reading your answers. I 100% agree that nighttime is the best time to write, most nights I stay up too late writing which makes getting up on time for work the next day very hard! 🙂 I may have to try what you do to cure your writers block when I’m next struggling, and oh I really hope you manage to achieve all your writing goals for this year. Good luck! 😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh please do- I wasn’t tagged either, but I wanted to do it cos it looked like fun 🙂 Absolutely!! And that’s great!!
      Thank you so much!! I know right- I have as similar problem lol 😉 I’m currently subsisting on a strong caffeine diet lol!! 😂 Yeah I really do recommend that- though I’ve seen some great tips for continuing with the work your on as well (like just taking breaks and doing something else). Thank you so much!! 😀

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  2. Eve Messenger says:

    I’m so happy you tagged me on this. I’ve been so MIA from blogging–you know, life stuff, but I hope to get back on here and start following your blog more; I ALWAYS enjoy reading your posts and, wow, I had no idea you were a writer too! That’s so cool! I can relate to every single one of your novel-writing loves and hates. Can’t wait to get started on this tag, but first, NaNoWriMo calls. Are you participating this year?

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah yes, I noticed, but I really like your blog, so I hope that when you get the chance you’ll be able to do more 🙂 hehe thank you!! I’m so glad you can relate!!! And I’m excited to see your answers for this tag!! haha yes, I’m doing an easier target (like half the words) but it’s eating into my time- good luck with yours!!!

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  3. allymemes says:

    Ugh I agree, getting on a writing roll and then reading it over and realising it’s not good is the WORST. It happens for me with school all the time and sometimes I just give up and hand it in anyways haha

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  4. authorsinspirations says:

    i totally understand what you’re saying. the very first time i tried writing, i was on the draft on the third book in the trilogy when i checked on the first book. let me tell you, that book – it was mortifying, to say the very least. but after a few tries i got the hang of it. My first novel, which is an urban fantasy, is now under editorial revision. fingers crossed that it will be soon published. great post. i might even try this tag later on.

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  5. Sarah Angleton says:

    Yes, if you are a writer, writing is a compulsory thing. I’m excited you’re writing a dystopian trilogy. Me too, though I think it’s mostly for me, at least for now. It’s not all I write, but I love the genre. The market has moved away from it for a while I think, at least from new authors. But it will be back. It always comes back. Happy NaNo-ing!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      I know right!! I don’t think I ever had a choice lol 😉 Yeah totally get that (though this is heavier on the fantasy side than the dystopic side). hehe yes that’s for sure- I will always love that genre, so I think it’s exciting you’re writing dystopia 😀 Thank you!!

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  6. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    YAY! Sounds like you are on a writing roll Orangutan! Loved your answers… I LOVE ENDINGS! It is so satisfying just to get to the end of a scene, let alone the end of a book!! Actually the first draft is hardest for me so crap or not I’m excited to use what I have there as the foundations of what comes next… I AM ALL FOR reading your dystopic fantasy!! Love that idea!! (WANT THAT!) Thanks for tagging me!! This will be fun to do!!

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  7. Bookstooge says:

    I am writing THE Great American novel. I will publish it posthumously and it will forever be seared into the minds of the American public. School children will cry when reading it. Teens will throw it at their parents. Adults will walk off of cliffs they are so absorbed in it.
    Goodness, that’s a lot of pressure 😉

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  8. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Nice answers! I too can only write at night… reviews or just my thesis. Haven’t ventured into writing stories, but I imagine that night-time is when the crazy ideas would come out too. 😛 But maaaaan, you traumatized your bestie?!?! I want to read what you write now!!!!

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  9. Nel says:

    I’ve probably read this post like 3 times and never commented. Fail. I love reading about your writer goals! It’s all so exciting. I hope I’m lucky enough to read one of your works someday 🙂

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  10. Marie says:

    Oh this is such a fun tag, thank you for tagging me 🙂 I really hope to read some of your work someday. It’s so great that you always have this compulsion to write! I have it too, at times, but… I’m unable to put words on a page at times, I’m just… weird I guess ahah 😛

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  11. Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

    This is such a brilliant tag! I’ve only just started writing (like for REAL) very recently so I’m still new to it all and very inexperienced XD I am currently doing NaNoWriMo for the first time and it’s not really going well if we’re talking word count??? But my own personal NaNo goal is to finish outlining my story so I can start writing at the end of the month—and that is actually going quite well! 🙂

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  12. Kat Impossible says:

    Oh yay, I am so glad you did the tag! I loved it back when I did it and from what I can tell, writing feels very similar to us in a lot of ways. 😀 I hope that I one day get to read some of your work. Trilogies and duologies – so ambitious 😉

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  13. Sophie Li says:

    Hello!!
    Thank you so much for tagging me! I was very excited to read your post because I love reading about how other writers’ write!
    I can’t help but smile as I was reading your answers, especially what you love and hate about writing- I can relate to ALL of those points :’) It’s the best feeling when I read something I wrote and it’s actually good!! And yes it is so intimidating to send my novel off to others to read (even when they are good friends)…
    Congrats on finishing book 2! Hope Nanowrimo is going well!! 🙂

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  14. Zoie says:

    It *is* hard to pick a time when I began to write as well because I’ve been creating mini story books and magazines and comics since I was a little kid 😊 And isn’t it weird that sometimes when we read over our draft a section is absolutely amazing, while there are other parts that make us cringe and go… “Uh, did I really write that?” 🤣

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