Talking about writing and some aesthetics : winter is here write tag

I know, it has been a while since I talked about writing on this blog. It is one of my 2018 resolutions to do more in terms of writing: talk more about writing here, edit the WIP I have been forgetting for over four months now, and so on. Yet, it is surprisingly HARD.

If you’ve read my blog and writing posts before, you will remember that I finished my WIP back in September. You will also know that I haven’t done anything since then. Yet, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I keep hearing that it’s good to forget what you have written completely before getting into the whole editing phase. But how can I forget? I just KEEP.THINKING.ABOUT.IT.

So I’m going to get back into it. At some point. Before then, I’m going to do this amazing tag my friend Kat created about a month ago and talk about writing with the Winter Is Here Write Tag! , Christmas and my characters I want to explore a bit more.

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
  • Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers!

I really suck at coming up with descriptions for my WIP, mostly because I feel like it is still a bit of a mess, but… I will try. This is my first time actually writing down what my story is about in full sentences. Be gentle with me.

After the disappearance of her best friend, Keely chooses to follow their dream-path and gets into the very selective boarding school they both wanted to attend. Grieving Gaulthier, making new friends and trying to make her dreams come true turns out to be more of a challenge than she thinks, especially when this new competitive world is paved with something that clearly seems like bad intentions.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which protagonist is most likely to break into Christmas song first? Bonus: What song?

Hm, for that question I think I will have to go with my favorite little goof, Jamie. I think he has to be the funniest character of the lot and I could totally see him breaking into a Christmas song as the snow falls around the school’s grounds. As for the song… To be honest, I think he would probably go with his very own imitation of Mean Girls’ Christmas song Jingle Bell Rocks, you know…just because.

It’s the first snow of the season, who would immediately book a ticket to a hot beach location?

Keely, definitely. She is not a fan of the cold season and would take any occasion she has to escape somewhere else.

Which character believed in Santa (or a mystical equivalent) for the longest time?

It’d have to be Keely. She doesn’t believe in Santa anymore, but tell her about Big Foot or any other mystical creatures like the Loch Ness monster…. well, she still believes in all of them.

Who is most likely to build a blanket fort and go into hibernation with books, Netflix and tea/hot cocoa/coffee?

Oh that’s an amazing question and I know that it would have to be my main character, Keely. She is more of an insider than anyone else in the little group and would happily stay on the couch, with warm blankets, a cup of tea (she does not drink coffee) and a book.

Who would be the first to start a snowball fight and then get really competitive about it?

I think it’d have to be Lyna. She is probably the most competitive out of the little group and, even if she makes efforts not to, she will always try and win everytime she can. Losing is just not “a way to live”.

Who buys their Christmas presents super last minute?

Definitely Jamie. That guy never knows how to be on time and I see no reason why he would buy his gifts on time.

There’s a local snowman competition, who would be the best sculptor? What would they build?

The little artist in the group is Noah, but let’s be honest, he would not go into this kind of competition by himself – Jamie would have signed him up as a joke and told him very last minute that he had to build something. He would be the best and he would definitely build a Jamie sculpture with a crooked nose. You know, as revenge.

If someone were to organize a Secret Santa event, who would it be?

I think it would have to be Lyna. She loves organizing everything and always tries and be thankful for the people she has in her life, given what happened to her in her past. She would make a big fuss out of organizing a whole celebration just to pick out names, and another big party for everyone to give out their gifts. No matter who she picks out, she would have to find the BEST gift.

Someone refuses to leave the house unless strictly necessary because of the cold. Who is it?

Noah. He’d order food online and get delivered all winter if he could. Yet his best friend Jamie would totally drag him outside every single day, just to throw snow at his face. #bestfriendsgoals

Who puts style before comfort and would rather freeze in fashionable clothes than be warm but not on trend? Bonus: Add a winter aesthetic for the character!

At last, that would have to be Lyna. She probably is the one, out of the group, that cares the most about what she looks like under any circumstances. She is not shallow, she just likes clothes and dressing up.

I TAG ALL OF THE WRITERS READING THIS!

This tag was a lot of fun to do and I loved talking about my characters a bit more. I hope you enjoyed reading this!

If you are curious about my WIP, you can also read:

Are you working on something, writing-related, this year? What are some of your writing goals?

Do you find yourself thinking about your characters a bit too often, or is it just me?

If you are not writing – are you a fan of the cold season? Let me know in comments!

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70 thoughts on “Talking about writing and some aesthetics : winter is here write tag

  1. I loved reading your answers so much, Marie! And the time spent on the aesthetics was definitely worth it! ❤ I am glad you finally got around to doing this tag and are tackling the editing process of your WIP. You rock!!! I hope you will share loads more as you go along.

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    1. Aw thank you! It took me so long to find the right images haha, doing aesthetics is the worst. But also the best, it is so inspiring. ❤
      I hope I will be able to share more as well and… that I will have things to say haha. Fingers crossed! and thank you!! 😀

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  2. I loved reading your answers for this tag Marie. 🙂 Also, and I’m not sure if this is the case or not, but I feel like your short synopsis in this post was the first I actually heard about what your WIP is actually about. Either way it sounds amazing and it’s definitely the kind of book I’d pick up if I saw it on Amazon or Waterstones and read the blurb. 😀
    Hearing Jamie would do an imitation of the Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock has kind of made him my favourite character already, but I definitely agree with Keely in that I’d want to escape to somewhere new and warm the second it gets cold. 🙂
    I’m working on re-planning my WIP at this moment, but I’m getting stuck on the names (why is naming characters so hard) and I’ve pretty much completely changed everything about my story as well because there are so many tangents and odd secondary plots I’ve wandered off to. I guess this is just the way I write. 🙂
    Good luck with your WIP this year Marie, I’l be looking forwards to hearing more about it as well. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ahah you’re right, this is the first time I’m actually writing down what my story’s about; It’s a bit… weird to do that and scary, but well hahaha.
      This makes me SO happy and really encourages me, thank you so much, Beth!! ❤ ❤
      Ugh, naming characters is the hardest part, I get it. I hope you'll find the names that just, click, somehow! I can't wait to hear more about your WIP as well, hope you'll talk about it more 🙂
      Thank you!! ❤

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      1. In that case I’m kind of amazed you managed to sum it up so well. I still have no idea how to tell people concisely what my WIP is about, I struggle when people ask me what the book in reading is about and I have the blurbs go help me there! 🙂
        But that’s all right! 🙂 ❤️
        I have a few I like, I’m just waiting to find the characters to fit them almost. I’ll get there in the end and then I won’t have to worry about it as much, which is what I’m really looking forwards to if I’m honest! 🙂
        That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to hearing more about your WIP for sure! ❤️

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  3. Aaahh, Marie!! This was SO much fun to read! This is the most we’ve heard about your characters and all that and it makes me SO EXCITED. 😂 Ooh, I think I most relate to Keely?? Wanting to stay inside all day in a blanket fort and read books, that sounds nice. (Except I LOVE the cold season ahaha.)

    Your aesthetics are so pretty!!! Teach me your ways. 😂 Wishing you the best of luck with editing (YOU GOT THIS) and I’m anxiously awaiting for the day we all get to read your wonderful novel!! 😜

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    1. Awwww thank you SO MUCH May, this means so much to me. You have no idea how nervous I am every single time to write about my WIP😂 😂
      THANK YOU! I don’t even dare hoping that someday you’ll get to see this book somewhere on bookshelves, but… if I’m ever looking for beta readers…. I might want to ask you 😛

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  4. Marie!!! Your synopsis for your book, can I have it in my hands please… now.
    I loved reading your answers and learning more about your characters. I definitely would love to get back into writing, I still have the same idea swimming round my head which i’ve tried writing for 2 years now but I can’t stay focused. I seem to have so many ideas that I struggle writing something or when I do, the next day i’m like NO WE SHALL DO THIS INSTEAD and I never get anywhere.
    😦 One day!

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    1. Awww what really? Hannah you are WAY too sweet, thank you, you have no idea how much that means to me ❤ ❤
      ONE DAY YOU WILL write all the words, I know you will! This idea I'm currently working with, let me tell you… I've been working with it for over 3-4 years now 😂 and I'm doing it. YOU WILL as well, you'll find the right time, the right moment where it'll click and all of the words will get out. We should try writing sprints and motivate each other. ❤ You can do this ❤

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      1. Yes, do that! A sort of plan – it will always change when edits come around – and then we can get into writing sprints and everything. I’m always here if you need help, but I know you can do this! ❤

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    1. OH thank you so much!! ❤
      Maybe you needed some time off, don't worry – I am sure you will get back to it eventually ❤ We all do, if it's an idea we really want to pursue 🙂

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  5. This is such a fun tag! I hope it helped you. Try not to worry about your WIP. I think sometimes the time spent not writing is as important as the time spent writing – especially when your story is still on your mind.

    It’s funny, for ages all I really wanted to do was write fiction. I minored in Creative Writing for my degree and I loved it. For the past couple years though, I’ve been way more into non-fiction. I think I want a career in journalism – it’s kind of what I’m working in now, which is nuts. I like the idea that I will write a novel one day though. I hope that I do. I still spend like 90% of my time day dreaming so I have the material, haha.

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    1. Oh thank you! It did help me, actually, it made me inspired to open my document again and take a look at what I wrote. One chapter, but still that’s a start 🙂
      I agree – I guess the story grows in our minds as much as on the pages 🙂

      I am so, so happy that you found a place in the field you dream of working in – I hope it will all work out for you ❤ Also, I hope you will write a novel someday, too. I'd love to read it, I'm sure it would be SO BADASS somehow. 😛 ❤

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      1. That’s great! Writing exercises can be so helpful that way. They used to annoy me, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve found them to be a really great way of getting unstuck.

        Thank you! Well, if I write it I will let you know.

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  6. I thought I was alone being obsessed with my WIP even when I was trying to take a break from it, but apparently after reading many bloggers’ talk about their WIP experiences, I realized that it’s actually quite a common thing to deal with as a writer 😊 It’s amazing that you were able to answer all these questions for your characters — you must know them super well to do this, and your winter aesthetic pictures are so well-put together! (They look like collages that I would buy from a store and put up on my wall 😋) I’ll be cheering you on from California as you work on your WIP!!! 😆🎉

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    1. You are NOT alone 😂 😂 We all are obsessed with our WIPs, don’t worry haha. I am really curious – what are you writing? what genre is it? I’m sure it’s FABULOUS, sorry I am a bit curious ahah 🙂
      And wow, thank you so much! I’m not going to lie, it took me a couple hours to put these aesthetics together, I’m glad it looks good 😂
      THANK YOU!! ❤ ❤

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      1. Thank you for being curious about my WIP 😋😆 I am planning to share those details soon on my blog now that I’m starting to get into editing my story… honestly I’m kinda scared to do so, since so many little details about my story could change over the course of editing, but seeing so many bloggers share their WIP (and even snippets!) encourages me to do the same too 😊 AAHHH I’m so excited to get back into writing and editing again! 😆💕💕 I hope your WIP is going well too!

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      2. I am so excited for you to talk more about your WIP, get to know your story a little bit and so on. Also, if you want to, feel free to do this tag on your own blog as well – it is very inspiring to get back into writing (it helped me) 🙂

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  7. This is such a cute tag. I’ve recently been learning how to build certain aesthetics for my characters, and I’ve found that it helps me to love them and grow them even better than I used to. I hope you get around to working on your edits and that it’s smooth and painless.

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    1. Ohh, if you are writing, you should do this tag as well 🙂 It was a lot of fun to answer these questions, glad you enjoyed reading it.
      I agree, aesthetics are SO helpful, I love doing them so much even if they take me hours , sometimes, haha.
      Thank you so much! Best of luck for your writing as well 🙂

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  8. I’m so glad you shared all of this! And that synopsis is really intriguing!! I can really relate to Keely- I’m not a fan of the cold 😉 I really like the sound of all your characters to be honest- they sound so well developed 😀 And I love the aesthetic for Lyna! Awesome post!

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  9. Your aesthetics are so amazingly beautiful, Marie 😍😍😍
    I’m so happy you’re focusing on your writing a little bit more and that synopsis sounds perfect, I’d definitely pick it up! Also Keely sounds like the perfect character and I can’t wait to hopefully one day read more about her 💖

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  10. Good answers! I feel like I would have a hard time answering these questions about a lot of my characters because when I write in cold places I tend not to set stories during the coldest months. Especially cold places where they celebrate Christmas.

    I think it’s a side effect of where I live, though it is unseasonably cold at the moment.

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    1. Ohhh, well… you should do this tag, if you’re looking for a little challenge? 🙂 You might have fun with it.
      I get it though, it’s weird how influenced we are by the places we live in / places we visited 🙂
      thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤

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      1. Maybe I will 🙂 I’ll have to think of how my characters would act in a completely new situation.

        Yeah, I live in a place where about half the people I know have never seen snow. I had an on going argument with a friend growing up on whether there was any difference between snow and frost. (I was born in the Midwestern United States and so have seen snow before.)

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      2. YAY! This makes me so happy. I hope you’ll have fun with it 🙂
        Ohhhh okay, wow. I see snow every year, well almost, it would be weird for me to have no real “cold” season, haha 🙂

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      3. I hope so too, might be a little while before I get to it though.

        I’ve seen artificial snow this year, but that’s it. 🙂 Not to long ago there was a day when there was a 10% chance of snow. The local news outlets were all publishing about it because that never happens. 🙂

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      4. Okay!

        I wouldn’t know. I’ve lived in this area for quite a while and it’s never snowed in the time I’ve lived here. I’m not sure it ever has. You’re probably right though 🙂

        Actually, I just Googled it. Apparently, snowflakes have been reported about 10 times in recorded history.

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  11. Noah and Jamie sound like such great friends! I love friendships like theirs… signing each other up for stuff and “getting revenge” … and this is such a fun tag… I love all the aesthetics you included! Finding images takes forever but it’s so worth it in the end! It sounds like you are getting closer and closer to editing! It is good to get distance, but I know you’ll do great once you start! Like Cait it sounds like you may be on the road to publication…?! ♥️

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Dani, you are way too sweet ❤ Jamie and Noah's friendship is my favorite kind of friendship, too ❤
      And comparing me to Cait, wow, you are way too sweet here haha, I'm far, far from being on the road to publication and don't even want to hope, if I'm being honest. It would be a dream come true, but for now, I want to write a book I'm really proud of and.. I'll see next? 🙂

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  12. Loved this post! I am not much of a writer but all of your answers are so good. And your aesthetics looks really cool. I guess I have trouble with aesthetic as I don’t understand them? I don’t know every time I think of them I get confused that what even aesthetic suppose to have. I guess, you can give me a training on it 😛

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    1. Oh thank you so much!! ❤
      Well…for me, aesthetics really are inspirations for my writing, they represent my characters, universes, settings, inspirations, quotes and feelings that just remind me of my story here. To sort of… put images on feelings and writing in the works 🙂 I don't know if that makes sense haha.

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  13. Marie I LOVE this! Your WIP sounds like such a fun read (apart from the disappearance and bad intentions I guess haha) and I already love your characters just based on these questions. They sound like such a fun bunch and I hope I’ll be able to read your WIP one day 🙂

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    1. AWWW thank you so much Michelle, you are way too sweet!! I want it to be fun, but also kind of heartbreaking and dramatic, hahaha. I hope you will get to read it someday as well. Thank you so much for your sweet words ❤ ❤

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