I am Charles Baker Harris tagged me.
Never have I ever . . .
. . . started a novel that I did not finish.
On rare occasion, yes, although to be honest, my novels change 150% in revision, usually, so I never end up with the same novel that I started writing. But I do have four or five “first chapters” that never went anywhere, because I wasn’t feeling it or it was a bad idea or I had something else I wanted to work on first. (I went through a Pratchett-esque face of pure literary goofiness / fun / insanity, and one first chapter I’ve never deleted involved a discombobulated wizard frustrated over an infant that kept disappearing and reappearing at different times and places. It’s a To Be Finished, at some point; might wind up a short story.)
. . . written a story completely by hand.
Yes, back in the days of yore when I was fresh-faced and laptops were not widely available, I wrote all my stories and novels (the longest being 40k words) by hand. Not for the last two decades, tho (which makes me feel old).
. . . changed tenses midway through a story.
No. I usually do third person present tense “now.” Used to be third person, past tense, or first person. I decide beforehand which suits the story better. I do not prefer first-person as much, since it locks you only inside one person’s head and I often want to show what’s happening elsewhere.
. . . not researched anything before starting a story.
Yes, sometimes I leap on an idea, then do research and have to come back and rewrite enormous chunks of it, delete plot points that are inaccurate, etc. I know I should research first but… meh. It’s more fun my way.
. . . changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft.
Yes, along with secondary characters. In revision, I remind myself that people skim-read, and having too many characters whose name starts with the same first letter will cause confusion. So oftentimes, names change several times before the end result. It’s usually side characters, although I did change a Thomas to an Alistair in Thornewicke and… he suddenly became a true and actual bad-ass instead of passive, so that’s proof that Names Matter.
. . . written a story in a month or less.
Oh honey, I’ve written a short story in a few hours. It never takes longer than a week. For novels, I do the first draft in about two months and then start revisions. Never participated in Nano, though. Was always already in the middle of drafting a book.
. . . fallen asleep while writing.
No. If I’m tired, I shut things down and go to bed. I’ve always marveled at heroines’ ability to fall asleep doing all manner of things, since it has never happened to me!
. . . corrected someone’s grammar irl / online.
Only family members, since they are used to my anal rudeness.
. . . yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel.
All that goes onto my page is notes for my later self (at the end of my writing each day) or the novel itself. I don’t talk to myself in drafts, no. I treat them like a last draft / finished book.
. . . used “I’m writing” as an excuse.
. . . killed a character who was based on someone I know in real life.
I don’t base characters on anyone I know in real life. I base characters on historical figures, but I’ve never consciously or unconsciously written someone into a book that I interact with on a regular basis. I pull characters from vague concepts / ideas and let them write themselves.
. . . used pop culture references in a story.
On occasion, yes, but a lot of it is nerdy stuff only my intimates would get, sort of an inside joke. And I do it now less than I used to.
. . . written between the hours of 1am and 6am.
Once or twice, if I have been unable to sleep in the middle of the night, and the writing bug is strong, I will get up and write, yes. Longest was until 3am.
. . . drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.
I don’t drink coffee.
. . . written down dreams to use in potential novels.
My dreams are so nuts, they would make disjointed stories. And those are just the few I remember.
. . . published an unedited story on the internet / Wattpad / blog.
Um. I plead the Fifth.
. . . procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.
Probably. High school was a long time ago. But I regularly procrastinate about everything, from grocery shopping to cleaning my floor, because I prefer writing, so it’s highly possible. 😉
. . . typed so long that my wrists hurt.
Yes. It’s not a problem now that I have my “wrist rest” bean bag bar.
. . . spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.
No, thankfully not. Though Cap, my cat, has done his best to knock over water glasses into my PC keyboard. Or plant his butt on said keyboard while drinking out of my cup.
. . . forgotten to save my work / draft.
Forgotten to save it, no. Forgotten to back it up and lost an entire novel when my laptop died, yes. I was fourteen. It was 40k words (about the average word count I now “throw away” from any draft :P) and I was devastated. But it taught me to buy external backups and save everything daily. 😛
. . . finished a novel.
Yes. 8 recent ones, and 7 earlier ones. *not-so-humble brag*
. . . laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.
No, but I’ve giggled with pure glee at my own deviousness.
. . . cried while writing a scene.
Yes. Lots. And when proof-reading said scene 6 times.
. . . created maps of my fictional worlds.
No. That don’t interest me, Ma’am.
. . . researched something shady for a novel.
Ha, ha. Oh yes, from the best way to poison someone in the middle ages without getting caught to how to avoid pregnancy in the Tudor era (you don’t want to know) to how long it takes a body to compose under specific conditions. I’m not quite paranoid enough to add “this is for a novel, please don’t come @ me, Internet Moderators” but the thought has crossed my mind!
I think most of my writer friends have done this already, but if you want tagged – consider yourself tagged.