This week, I have a different kind of blog post for you guys. The lovely Raina Nightingale tagged me for Lauryn Trimmer’s #WritingCommunity Blog Award. Thank you, Raina! This is my first time being involved in one of these, so please forgive any missteps.
For those who don’t know, the rules of this tag are:
- Display the award logo on your site
- Link back to the person who tagged you.
- Answer 5 questions
- Tag 3 blogs (must be blogs related to writing, not book review blogs) and ask them 5 new questions
- Follow as many blogs with this award as you can!
Raina came up with some great questions, so let’s get into this!
- If you write fiction, can you share something that stands out to you about that why you write fiction or think that it is important? (If you don’t write fiction, can you share something similar about whatever it is you do write? Or share why you like a specific genre or sub-genre of fiction that you write.)
- Why do you write (tell us something about your purpose, goal, or motivation – this is similar to the question above, but more open-ended)?
- How does it feel to have finished a work?
- Can you share something about a favorite book?
- Can you share something about a favorite book outside of your favorite genre?
My Reason for Writing Fiction
I love this question! I guess I write fiction because it can change people. I know, because I’ve experienced it myself. A good book can radically alter how you see the world (*cough cough* Anne of Green Gables) or inspire you to become a different, better person (*cough cough* the Millie Keith books and Little Women).
Why I Write
Well, firstly, I write because I can’t stop. It brings me joy and comfort, and my life wouldn’t be the same without it. But I also write because I want to light up the world! There are books I’ve read that still affect me today, and I write because I want to touch someone’s heart like that. I write because I want to light up the world, glorify God, and bring hope to people through my books.
All in God’s strength and with Him working through me, obviously.
How It Feels to Finish a Book
Finishing a first draft for me is this crazy mix of excitement, joy, dread, and grief. It’s like I’ve just finished a marathon. I feel triumphant, but I also feel incredibly sad because that “chapter” of my story’s journey is done. I’ll never write the first draft of it again, and I’ll never have the excitement of discovering the story as it pours from my fingertips again.
Hehe, sorry if I’ve depressed you.
As for what it feels like to finish a final draft… check back with me later because I haven’t actually done that yet. *shifts awkwardly*
My Favorite Book
My favorite book is Little Women. I read it when I was eleven or twelve, and I was blown away. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny, so impactful, and so easy to read. As someone who has several sisters myself, I related to this book so much. I love it because it taught me many things, inspired me to imitate the best qualities of the characters, and made me fall in love with everyone in it.
My Favorite Book Outside My Favorite Genre
So… awkward. Little Women is outside of my favorite genre. So I’m going to tell you about my favorite book inside my favorite genre instead! *apologizes profusely to Raina*
My favorite genre to read is either fantasy or sci fi. I’ve read more fantasy, so I’m going with that one.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is my favorite book from that genre. I read it when I was a little girl, and it also blew me away. It was magical and whimsical and surprising. There are parts of it I always remember so clearly, no matter how long it’s been since I last read it.
My Questions for Y’all
Yes, I used “y’all” in a heading. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
- What’s your favorite genre to write and why is it your favorite?
- What are your favorite tropes to use in a story? If you don’t have any favorites, share your least favorites (hehe, let’s inject some negativity in this tag).
- In honor of the Christmas season, what’s your favorite Christmas-themed book or movie?
- Do you enjoy listening to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
- Who is your favorite author and why is he/she your favorite?
Looking forward to seeing your posts, you three (see, I didn’t use “y’all… I almost did, but I stopped myself)!