Talking about my WIP in GIFs (and sharing! snippets!!)

So, it has been a little while since I talked about writing and my WIP on this blog. Truth is, and I talked about it before, but I kind of left the whole thing alone ever since I finished writing my draft back in September. I said I really wanted to finally edit the damn thing ever since January started, but so far, no luck.

I’m a bit terrified of editing, I will admit it. But I’m still determined to DO THIS THING someday, one way or another and, in order to get back into this, I thought, well, that I’d do a tag.

This is a wonderfully fun tag, created by Michelle, which allows me to talk about my WIP in GIFs only….Sounds complicated, right? IT REALLY WAS.

(Also, keep on reading because I will share snippets of my writing later on. I never do that so I’m crying right now).


πŸ’›Β Thank the person who tagged you
πŸ’›Β Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!) and link back to this post so she can find out allll about your WIPs!
πŸ’›Β Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you

Before answering these questions, a small reminder of what my WIP is about with this little synopsis.

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.

You can also check out My WIPs Aesthetics.


Sum up your WIP in 4 gifs!

This is the hardest thing to do, ever, because there is both too many GIFs and too little to perfectly sum up what my WIP is about and everything that happens in it. I tried, okay.

BONUS (because I just really wanted to put these, okay):

Time to introduce your main characters!

All of these GIFs try showing the mindset of all of my main characters…well, they do the best they can, they’re only GIFs after all.


Lyna (this actually perfectly represents Lyna and that would be Jamie saying that).

Jamie, a.k.a, THE mood of all times.


How would your main character react in a crisis?

Probably by trying to pretend everything is okay. Deep breaths or something, but inside, it’s more like this:

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?

With hugs and crying – the only normal reaction a writer can have.

And if you were to meet your antagonist?

I’d probably go all Veronica Mars on him or her or them, not going to reveal anything OKAY.

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

Spoiler alert: there is no romance in my WIP. There are hints of romance, romantic feelings, past, present, but there is no predominant romance or anything like that happening. I KNOW, I don’t know who I am right now, but sometimes a book does not need romance on the front, that was not what I wanted this to be about.

So that would be the perfect “romance” gif for what happens in my WIP:

How do other characters feel about this ship?

As I said before, there’s not really one “ship” in my book. There are friendships and hints and small awkwardness, so here’s a GIF of Lyna facing this:

How do you want people to react to reading your WIP?

Step one: wanting to become best friends with the characters. Step two: eating pop-corn (or not if you’re not an eater-while-reading kind of person) while turning frantically pages. Step three: crying because emotions. That would be my ultimate goal.

So… that was really fun – and really long to do, too, so I really hope you enjoyed it!



So…. I rarely ever share my writing with anyone, but for some reason, I thought this would boost me and make me want to edit already, so…. I’m doing this.

Here are three unedited snippets taken from my WIP. I’m totally internally screaming at myself for doing this.

A moment between Keely & Gaulthier…

About departures and memories…

My little favorite friendship in their little den, a.k.a some of my favorite moments to write….

Are you currently writing something? What’s it about? TELL ME EVERYTHING. Are you participating in Camp NaNo? How is it working out for you?

What do you think of my snippets…. please be gentle, friends. Are you terrified of sharing your writing, or, for non-writers, to share some of your blog posts sometimes?! Let me know in comments!

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79 thoughts on “Talking about my WIP in GIFs (and sharing! snippets!!)

  1. AHHHH, I screamed a little bit when I saw you posting this because snippets!!!
    Okay, I expected to adore it, but it’s so cool, no romance – sign me up!!! Friendship and even more friendship, characters that seem really sassy (a remake of Scandal, omg), the banter is so cute.
    Also, a boarding school – that’s a trope I adore in books. I love everything you showed us, I believe in you that you will start editing! I know you can do it, you’re amazing, Marie! ❀ But until you do the thing, know I’m here if you ever feel too much pressure or just want to talk about it!

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    1. AWW you are way, way too sweet, thank you so, so much ❀ ❀
      It really makes me happy to hear that you could enjoy this – we have such similar taste in books, if I can please a reader like you, seriously that would be my ultimate goal, because it means that… I could please my inner-reader as well and that is my very selfish goal?! This doesn't make sense?! I don't know hahaha.
      Thank you SO much for everything and for your support, I really hope to be able to edit something soon, anything, just a word or a chapter haha. Thank you ❀ ❀ ❀


  2. I hope you already know that I want to read your WIP, but in case you didn’t – I REALLY WANT TO READ YOUR WIP ONE DAY. I am so glad you also decided to share some snippets. It gives us a great feeling of your characters.
    Also, that Dawson’s Creek gif in the beginning gave me all the feels. How dare you?
    Lyna is like Fallon??? I mean, a little bit at least???
    I want to meet Noah the adorable awkward turtle haha
    Somebody else commented this on my post when I did it, so I was also wondering what you thought about it. But if I were to meet my babies, I would NEvER ever in a million years tell them that I am the author. They’d kill me. Do you think your characters would hate you too if they knew you were their author?

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    1. Aww you’re really sweet Kat, this means SO much to me ❀ ❀ To be honest, if you agree, I'd love for you to be one of the first readers, like, when I manage to edit something decent and feel ready to share it? ❀
      I'm…. sorry? Dawson / Joey is really a mood for my entire book haha, even if I am team Pacey in the tv show. I'm weird like that?!
      And… I didn't even think of Fallon, at first, but once I got lost for a couple hours looking for GIFs, I just found that one and, it clicked, somehow, with Lyna. So she certainly has a Fallon-vibe haha.
      Oh.oh…. that's such an interesting question and I'd answer the same way. My characters would hate me, all of them, even awkward-turtle-Noah. Seriously, I'd never tell them hahaha.
      Thank you for all of your support, you're the BEST ❀ ❀

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      1. Of course! We can talk about it some more in detail when the time comes and you are ready πŸ™‚ but I’d love to!
        We’d just be that needy emotional person meeting them and balling our eyes out for no reason and they’d think we are psychos, but it would still be better than us telling them we are the authors haha

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      2. You’re the best ❀ ❀ I'll keep on trying anyway, one time I WILL start this haha.
        YES it still would be better, they would hate me even more if they knew I was the author hahaha.

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  3. Hi Marie! I am also writing a YA novel. It’s done except for I’m half way done with an edit. So, I guess its not done. LOL. I posted the previous version on a website called Inkitt over a year ago. It’s still up if you’re curious. It’s called Midnight Metamorphosis. It is so hard to talk about your own book isn’t it? Mine is about a girl named Avery who discovers she isn’t an average girl. There is a prophecy written that she may cause the end of the world….or save it. There is a hint of romance but its not a romance, its about friendships…. Let me know when you want to talk about your book!

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  4. AAAHHH MARIE THOSE SNIPPETS!!! I’m screaming and crying all at once. 😭😭 They are ALL very beautiful and great writing… but that first one, oh my god. I can’t wait to read your book one day and have it DESTROY me. πŸ˜…

    And I know I’ve already said this, but I love your characters so much already, without even have really read about them yet. And I’m super glad that there’s no romance, because I think we need a whole lot more platonic relationships in YA! (Although I bet you would write a very cute romance. πŸ˜‰)


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    1. Oh May what are you serious, you are WAY too sweet 😭😭😭 It means the world that you enjoyed these, thank you so much!!
      I will write romances someday as well haha – I know I have a story in mind already about that, actually haha – but it’s also great not to focus on it too much, I love amazing friendships in books πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!!! ❀ ❀


    1. Oh thank you SO much, I’m so happy you liked this post – since you’re writing as well, feel free to give this tag a try, it’s really fun πŸ˜€
      I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling with edits, at least you are doing a little something, one day at a time haha. WE CAN DO THIS, I want to believe we can haha. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh my gosh. That Scary Movie gif was utter perfection. Yes. Who DOESN’T want their readers to have that exact expression while reading?? And I definitely love your second snippet the best, I can see it so clearly in mind, and it sounds SO sweet and real ❀

    Currently I'm stiiiiill in the edits for my first novel. I just received 3 more beta edits and they were all awesome and terrifying because there's still so much I need to fix and sometimes I just feels completely impossible. And still, I persist.

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    1. I found that GIF and I knew I had to use it, it’s just the PERFECT expression, we all want that haha that’s for sure.
      Awww thank you so, SO much, that means so much to me 😭
      I think that’s pretty amazing, really, you are my role model, still going through so many edits and yet not giving up, that’s really what I aspire to do, manage to edit and not give up until this thing is done and feels good enough haha. ❀ YOU CAN DO THIS, you are doing amazing! ❀ ❀


  6. I love the gifs! Thanks for the tag, I’m not sure I’ll do it though because I’ll end up searching for gifs for entire days before I’m satisfied haha
    I loved your snippets! I can’t wait to read more of it!

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    1. Hahaha I get that, it took me about two hours to find GIFs and… I think I could still be searching now, for the perfect ones hahaha. πŸ™‚
      Aww thank you so much, that means SO much ❀ ❀

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  7. *screams and cheers and claps* Marie, your WIP sounds amazing! And all the gifs you used were spot on, I greatly enjoyed the Harry Potter and Friends ones in particular. πŸ˜‰

    Your snippets were wonderful, too! The first one made me screech because… why can’t he follow anymore?! I’m already intrigued.πŸ˜‚Good luck with your editing, I hope you get the motivation soon!

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  8. Hello Marie!!
    Yay!! I am so glad to be reading more about your WIP! I love the GIFs and the snippets that you shared here. Noah seems like a funny and adorable character haha πŸ™‚ I think there doesn’t have to be romance in a book for it to be memorable. Some of my favourite books have no romance or just a little bit of it.
    Thank you for the tag! I think it’ll be hard for me to talk about my WIP in just GIFs haha but I will give it a try πŸ™‚ I am doing Camp Nano this month however I am a bit behind. Good luck with the editing! You can do it! Sending positive vibes your way ❀

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    1. Aw thank you so much, Sophie, this means a whole lot that you enjoyed this ❀ I have to agree, romance is not needed in any book and I love great friendships as well ❀
      I hope you'll manage to do this, I'd love to see your answers for this. And best of luck for Camp NaNo, I hope that it's going well? πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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      1. Yes friendships are really important! The truth is that we will (most likely) have more friendships than romantic relationships in our lifetime, right?
        I finished writing up this post (it was SO fun!!) and I will be posting it later this week! I love Camp Nano so far, although I am quite behind on my word count :’)
        Have a great week ❀

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      2. Yeees definitely, and I just love friendships so much. Romantic relationships are great to explore and write about, too, but I really wanted to focus on friendships for that one πŸ™‚
        I hope you’ll have a lovely week πŸ™‚

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  9. Good luck with your editing! I’m sure you’ll do great πŸ™‚ I’m planning to write my first full novel this year but I still haven’t started outlining it yet, but hopefully, I’ll be ready to start writing once NaNoWriMo comes around, so I’ve got plenty of time to prepare myself. And I don’t usually share my writing with other people because I always get really scared that they’ll think it’s total trash, but thankfully that doesn’t happen πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, you’re so sweet! πŸ™‚
      I hope you will manage to write a LOT when NaNoWriMo comes around and most importantly, that you have tons of fun. We’re only in April, so you have loads of time to prepare and outline, that’s great you are thinking so far ahead! πŸ˜€


  10. I signed up for Camp NaNo…but I definitely haven’t kept up with my hours goal. My goal this month was to edit one of my NaNo novels but editing is so hard!
    When I was younger I had no difficulty in showing people my work to get feedback (this only applied to my internet friends as my IRL friends didn’t know I wrote anything). Now the idea of showing anyone my writing definitely freaks me out.
    Now that you’ve reminded me of Camp NaNo, I feel inspired to go chip away some more at the mountain that is my novel D:

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    1. YES EDITING IS SO HARD 😭 I am pretty much the same, showing my writing just makes me way too nervous, just sharing these couple lines in my post made me way too stressed out, haha.
      I hope you will manage to edit your NaNo novel, YOU CAN DO THIS Anna, I’ll be rooting for you! ❀ ❀


  11. I love your post! As you may know, I adore gifs so seeing tags that incorporate them is amazing. πŸ˜€ Your WIP sounds amazing and I would definitely love to read it one day! Also amazing snippets, I really enjoyed reading them – they really give a great feel for your characters. ❀

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  12. Oh, my God, your WIP sounds AMAZING. I love the friendship, the setting, and the names! I also am hardcore happy to hear that there is no romance. We need more books that don’t center on romantic love. Jamie is basically me. So, there’s that. Also, your GIF game is strong. Sometimes, I wish I used GIFs. By the way, the awkward hug GIF made me laugh. Marie, the snippets were lovely! I hope you post more snippets, and I hope you get this published someday.

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    1. AHHH what, Dina you are way too sweet, your comment just made my day, thank you 😭😭 I’m so, so happy you enjoyed this ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀


  13. Oh, this looks so good, Marie! I’m very excited to read this one day! Editing is a blackhole, so I hope you keep reading and surviving.
    Honestly, awkwardness is my favorite thing with kids and hints of romance. And awkward turtle moments make me so happy πŸ˜‚
    I love the snippers! Especially the Scandal reference. & the paragraph about the photo, it’s so melancholy and pretty!

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  14. OMG THIS IS AWESOME. And I’m ~obviously~ intrigued by your first bonus GIF for the first question, even if you said that this book doesn’t have romance… Noah’s GIF makes him sound super cute and it would be awesome to meet him!!! The first excerpt you shared’s also really heartbreaking. T_T I’m excited for this, Marie! I hope you get published one day. β™₯

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Oh Aimee, thank you SO much, you’re so, SO sweet, this means the world to me thank you ❀ ❀ ❀ I really hope you will be able to read it someday ❀


  15. Oh, it is scary to share snippets but it’s a good thing too!

    I’m all happy that it focus on friendships! 😍 That’s the best thing in books. /count/ the second snippet is all soapy and now I have soap in my eyes. If you are ever in need of a writing partner, I’m available. 😜

    Good luck for editing! 😊

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  16. I love this post Marie, and I loved learning a little more about your WIP as well. πŸ˜€ These are some great gifs, and I actually imagine my reaction reading your WIP would be similar to your three step process (except maybe the popcorn because I never eat while I’m reading, I worry about damaging my books too much!)
    Also wow I love your snippets, I hope one day you feel comfortable sharing more of them because I want to read more. Your writing is great, and I definitely want to learn more about your characters too.
    Great post, and thanks so much for tagging me as well. I’m not taking part in Camp NaNo this month but maybe the next time it’s on I will. Either way I will be taking part in NaNo again this November for sure! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Beth, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this ❀ ❀ ❀
      Ahah I used to be like you, afraid to eat because I didn't want to damage my books, but … I got used to doing it during my lunch break and now I'm good at it hahaha.
      I hope that maybe we can do NaNo together in November, if I end up participating πŸ˜€

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    … got a bit too excited there but basically, when is this getting published?? cause i need this

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  18. AHh Marie, I love those snippets! And seeing these gifs really makes me want to read your WIP. Hopefully someday πŸ˜‰ It sounds amazing because boarding school and woods, but most of all, FRIENDSHIP! Is it weird that I kind of already love this friend group, just from these few gifs and snippets? πŸ˜€

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    1. AHH thank you so, SO much, you’re so sweet ❀ ❀ I really hope you'll get to read it someday ❀
      It's not weird at all, honestly it's what I DREAM of so THANK YOU!! ❀ ❀


  19. Thank you so much for sharing the snippets with us Marie! It sounds amazing, I love hearing about your writing and your progress. Also of course all the gifs make it seem so exciting and being able to get into the heads of the characters through their little gifs, I spy stiles!
    Keep up your amazing work love, you can do this ❀

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  20. The snippetsssssss!! The Keely and Gaulthier one.. I feel like that’s a crying moment. Also, Noah sounds so funny and cute “A remake of Scandal” hahaha! Thank you for sharing these little glimpses.

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  21. SNIPPETS! One of the most daunting things about a writing project like this is when you’re done writing your draft, YOU STILL NEED TO EDIT IT. I think this is why I procrastinate on my WIP, I don’t want to finish that first draft.. eh. Your characters sound SOOOO good though, I love awkwardness when it’s well done.

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    1. It is the wooooorst πŸ˜‚ I really hope I will be able to edit it, I really, really want to. It’s just so scary and I don’t know a thing πŸ˜‚
      Aww thank you so, so much, this makes me so happy!! ❀ ❀


  22. THIS IS SO COOL! I really hope that you publish your book soon because I want to read this! The snippets you shared are really good. My favourite is the first one 😊
    I love books with friendships and your book really seems wonderful.
    I loved that Noah Gif 🀣 It was fantastic. Turtles, huh! 😜

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    1. Oh you’re so sweet, thank you SO much, that means a whole lot ❀ ❀ I am far, far, faaaaar from publication, it's a faraway dream for now, maybe someday πŸ˜‚ thank you so much though, it really makes me happy to see you're enjoying it ❀

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  23. Thank you so much for tagging me Marie! πŸ’— Fun Fact: I’ve wanted to do this Tag this month (as it’s Camp NaNo) and intended to Tag you – It’s fate 😱

    I’M ALREADY TEARING UP OVER THOSE SNIPPETS HOW DARE YOU??? 😭 😭 😭 πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— I definitely need the rest of the book, it’s so good already from what the snippets showed!! How far are you into writing?

    I’m participating in Camp NaNo (it’s getting a bit harder, because currently SO many things demand my attention) and I have finished the (very much crappy) first draft of my WIP Intoxicated!


    1. You’re so welcome, I am so, so happy you did this tag!! ❀
      Awww Caro you are WAY too sweet, thank you so much 😭😭 I am done with my draft actually, I finished it last September and… I need to edit it, but haven't found the courage and just, how to do this?! I hope that I will manage to start soon haha.
      YAY I'm so glad to hear it!! πŸ˜€


  24. This post was so much fun to read! Also, thank you for sharing some bits of your WIP with us (I absolutely love the “about departure and memories” sample. It will probably be my number 1 highlight when your book will be out!).

    I’ve always wanted to write a book. But I constantly think that I’ve no creativity whatsoever and that I don’t know how to write. I would love to go on the writing adventure, even if it’s only for me and that it never gets to be published but my brain is always like “NAH, THAT’S NOT FOR YOU”. But, posts like yours and many other “bold” writers of the book blogging community I met recently make me think it’s possible, that I could do it!

    Anyway, thank you again for this post! Your book isn’t even edited yet you’ve already got yourself a future reader! 😜 Good luck writing/editing it meanwhile, I wish I could help you! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Awww Mathieu thank you, your words mean so, so much to me and I’m so glad you enjoyed this ❀ ❀ I really hope I'll manage to edit and make this book something… readable and okay haha. Publication is far, far away, it's a dream for now πŸ˜… but your support means the world ❀
      You know, I also thought that writing was not for me – every day, I think that it's not for me, every day I'm not editing or doing anything, haha. Yet, I'm also inspired every day by fellow writers and I know I can do this, I managed to write drafts and messy words, so can you! πŸ˜€ If you ever need to talk about it, you know where to find me. Also, NaNoWriMo really helped me in kick-starting my writing a couple years ago – maybe that could work out well for you? πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much again ❀


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