WIP Talk: The Milestones Writing Tag

Before you ask: no, I still haven’t edited anything of my WIP. It’s been a rough 9 months since I finished writing it.

Yet, my friend Kat does some amazing writing tags, so obviously I want to participate, still in the hopes that this will make me want to edit my WIP. I want to do it, actually. I just don’t know how or where to start, despite having read a thousand billion of articles about editing online and knowing what’s supposed to be fixed. Yes I’m a mess. Sorry about that.

You’re not here to hear me complain though, so let’s cut to the chase here and do this lovely tag!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!

    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.

  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Can your Main Character (MC) remember their first day of school? Who was with them?

Not really. Keely can’t remember much from her early years – I mean, can anyone, really, unless you had something really unforgettable happening that day? All she can remember that she was her usual nervous self and that she went on her first day of school with Gaulthier, that boy next door she met a couple months earlier.

Which one of your characters would be the first to buy a house or property? (because that’s part of adulting??)

Hm I’m probably seeing Lyna buying a house first – though it wouldn’t be so much as a house as a big appartment, in the heart of a city where there’s always something to do. Most likely London. (by the way, my WIP is actually set in England, so London isn’t that far away).

Does someone in your WIP own a pet?

Right now, no. Maybe someone should? Though my WIP is set outside of the characters’ homes, and the poor pets wouldn’t be too happy to live there – with intense classes and everything, no one would even have time to take care of them. Though I’d see Jamie skipping school to take care of a dog or something. They need hugs and everything, he would say.

What was your MCs first job and how did they feel about it?

I’m going to be really cliché if I say my main character did not experience working life just yet, but yeah… she didn’t.

Instead, I’m going to talk about my other main characters. Lyna has worked in retail for a little while in the summers. She despised all of the rude clients, obviously. Jamie has helped working in the Sherlock Holmes Museum, where his aunt works. He loved it and obviously pretended to be Watson, costume and everything while he really didn’t have to. Noah hasn’t really worked just yet, but he has done tons of art commissions so far for a lot of people online (he draws. a lot. like, even when he shouldn’t). He loves it very much.

Does your MC or another character want kids?

Right now, Keely does not want kids at all and probably won’t for a little while either. Out of all my main characters, I think I’d see maybe Jamie having kids someday the most. He’d be that goofy dad for sure, I kind of see a bit of Phil in him.

Name a song that reminds one of your characters of heartbreak in their life!

Keely’s biggest heartbreak was when Gaulthier left. Obviously, and the song that reminds me of that – and one I listened to a lot while writing, would be from Pieces – Red.

I’m here again
A thousand miles away from you
A broken mess, just scattered pieces of who I am

Has one of your characters lost someone close to them? How did they deal with it?

One of my main characters Lyna has lost her brother. To be completely honest, she didn’t quite deal with it.

What is an achievement your MC is proud of?

Keely is kind of proud of getting into the school of her dreams, after working so, so, so hard to get there.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic for a special or memorable day in one of your character’s lives! (It’s up to you if you want to explain it or not!)

Not explaining that one…. key part of the story here…hopefully this aesthetic will make you want to read it? Do you have any guesses for what’s happening here?

I TAG THEE

I feel like Kat has tagged all the writers I know on here, but if you’re a writer and really want to participate, YOU SHOULD. Please feel free to do it and spread the word. These tags are honestly very inspiring and I love doing them.

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and that it wasn’t too boring? Fingers crossed.

Are you writing something at the moment? How is it going?

What do you think of my answers? Would you live in Lyna’s appartment? Do you feel like books need more pets?

Last, but not least… would you read my WIP? Won’t be offended if you say no, just curious to see if these little answers would somehow make you curious about my writing. I’m noisy. Sorry.

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53 thoughts on “WIP Talk: The Milestones Writing Tag

  1. This sounds so amazing, Marie, I’m in awe right now. I love your characters’ names, especially Jamie, Noah, Keely and Lyna (okay, these are pretty much all the characters you mentioned except for Gaulthier, which I also like …), and I adore Noah’s characterization/personality/background. And ahhh look at those aesthetics!! I’m so excited about this already and I wish I could read it now.

    Sending you lots of motivation & I hope you’ll get inspired and find the time to edit soon! 💕

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    1. Oh Lily 😭 Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this means so much to me 😭 Characters’ names are the hardest things ever for me, so I’m really happy to hear you enjoy them already!

      Thank you for your support, this means the world! Hopefully I will be able to edit this beast soon haha ❤ ❤

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      1. Of course 😃❤️ Yes I dont know why but I think it might be because I’ve always been intrigued by boarding schools, and fantasized about going to one when I was younger😁

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  2. Oh, that was a really nice tag ❤ I should do something like this to figure my own MC more.

    I would definitely read your WIP! Honestly, I love when fellow bloggers write. I wish there was some kind of publishing house that focus specifically on their work and publish them U_U

    At the moment I'm re-seeing the first chapter of my WIP. I'm translating it in English and since is not my language, I feel a bit strange while reading. But work out at the same time. Is a bit like knowing what you're writing my at the same time you aren't so sure it's working out

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it! You should do this tag – and check out Kat’s blog (www.lifeandotherdisasters.com) for her other write tags, there are a couple and I find them so inspiring and helpful to describe my characters 😀

      Aw that would be THE dream, this publishing house would be amazing and would have such a great author selection! 😛

      Best of luck for your writing, you can do this! I hope that the translation helps you – I know it helped me a lot! Hopefully this will inspire you to go on 😀

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤ ❤

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  3. Thanks so much for participating, Marie! I am always glad you like the tags and I know how hard it is to pass it on to other bloggers/writers. I wish I had a method of making it more accessible to other people, but I think ever since I started the tag, only 2 people I didn’t know before participated haha
    Anyway, on to your aesthetics and answers. I love all of them, of course, and cannot wait to one day really get to meet them on the page. I think we may have established this before, but Jamie will probably be one of my faves. The guy sounds too precious for this world.

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    1. You’re so welcome, thank YOU for creating these tags, I’m always having so much fun answering your questions and it inspires me, or at least keeps my love for my WIP alive, too, so thank you for that!

      Oh I get that, I wish I knew more writers or blogger writers I could tag. A couple people mentioned writing to me today elsewhere and in the comments and I’m telling them to do this haha. Hopefully more people will come with time and… when we find all the writers haha 🙂

      Aw thank you so much – I feel like Jamie really would be your kind of character, I hope you won’t be disappointed by him when you’ll read about him haha 🙂

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      1. I am glad the tag has that effect, because that’s exactly what I was striving for. I often find myself wanting to work for my WIP, but writing new scenes is hard. With these tags I feel more productive and like I am not just forgetting about it.

        And thanks! Tell everyone they are officially tagged if they like it haha

        Marie, I have no doubt whatsoever that I will love every character you have created ❤

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  4. Great post, and I loved reading your answers and learning more about your WIP Marie. I don’t remember my first day of school, but then again I can barely remember what I was doing last week so I feel like that’s just an example of my terrible memory coming into play. Also I feel for Lyna because my first job was in retail and I have actual horror stories I could tell you about my time there (this isn’t even me being over dramatic (much) there are literal horror stories.)
    I hope you manage to find the time/inspiration to get some editing done. My writing is kind of a non-event at the moment, I’m always inspired to write at the worst times (so when I’m at work) and when I have the spare time my inspiration is gone?! How do you deal with that?
    Again great post. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I also have a terribleeeee memory hahaha I’m glad I’m not the only one haha.
      I haven’t worked in retail, but I’ve heard these kind of horror stories as well and I can only imagine what it’s like… I’m glad your job is better now (I hope it involves less horror stories for sure!! <3)
      Thank you, Beth! I have the EXACT same problem, I get inspired and random moments at work when I can't write at all, and after that it's all gone. I have no idea how to deal with that, I wish I had. I'm trying to find a writing routine again… well, trying is the key word here, haha, but maybe sitting down in front of your WIP at regular hours or some particular days, will make inspiration come. Hopefully? I hope! ❤
      thank you!! ❤ ❤

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  5. Hmmm… now that I think about it, most of the books I read actually don’t contain pets! If there are pets, then the pets don’t play a huge role in the story — they’re just in scenes on and off. 🤔

    I really like the name Gaulthier, btw! I’ve honestly never heard of that name before — but that’s even better, because if I happen to encounter this name in the future I’ll think about your WIP straightaway! 😋 I’m sure you’ve probably mentioned this before, but how old are the characters in your WIP? I’m guessing they’re not too young, if some of your characters have work experience?

    I always enjoy reading about your WIP, Marie! Happy writing & I can’t wait for more updates! 😆

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    1. Yes that’s what I thought, when I was writing this post. There are NO pets! The only book I can think of is The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness), where there’s a dog and… I’ll leave it at that, but it’s one of the only times where a pet is actually one of the main characters as well. It’d be amazing to have more of them in books!

      Aww, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! 😀 I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, actually? My main cast of characters are between 19 and 21 years old, college-aged, basically 🙂

      Thank you so, so much for your support always, this means SO much ❤ ❤

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  6. Lovely post Marie. Loved all of your answers 🙂 And all these pics are so beautiful and it shows how carefully you have chosen them 🙂

    I guess, before that question occurred, you never thought of your characters to have kids or something like this? I don’t know, it’s a guess 😛

    And yeah, as I have said earlier too, Noah is my favorite character from your WIP 😛

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    1. Oh thank you so much, this means the world to me ❤
      I never really thought of it before, actually. It's why I love these kind of tags so much though, forces me to think deeper about my characters 😀
      Aww ❤ Noah is my little turtleeeee haha I love him as well ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m so glad you’re curious about my WIP now ❤ I really hope you'll enjoy it if you can read it someday, this makes me so happy though, thank you!! ❤

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  7. Here you go again Marie, making me fall in love with your WIP even more! Can’t wait to one day read this, seriously Marie. Also one of your characters working at the Sherlock Holmes Museum?? That is so cool I’m lowkey jealous of a fictional character now 😛 And books could definitely use more pets, though not if they die. Then it should just be petless from the beginning (I’m still traumatised because of this one book and I can’t remember if you read it or not so I don’t want to spoil it haha)

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    1. Aww Michelle😭😭 this makes me so, so happy, really, I only hope you’ll be able to read it someday and hopefully, that you won’t be disappointed 😭
      Are you talking about the knife of never letting go…………… because if so, yes I’m still mad and traumatised about that as well…………….

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      1. Ahhh I doubt I’ll be disappointed Marie! From the few snippets you’ve shared I’m positive I’ll love it 🙂
        Yes That’s EXACTLY what I’m talking about. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. If I ever meet Patrick Ness all I’ll say is ‘why’ and I have a feeling he’ll know what I mean

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      2. Awww, I hope so, you’re so sweet ❤ ❤ ❤
        Hahahahaha, well make sure to film that meeting or something, I just really want to see his face when you'll tell him, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY did you do this? hahahaha. 😛

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  8. Hello Marie!!!
    Yay!! I’m so happy to hear about your WIP! And YES I would totally read it one day!! I loved reading your answers and learning more about your characters. I like all of them though Jamie seems very cute how he likes to pretend to be Watson and wants to be a dad, and I am curious about what kind of art Noah likes to draw! Also curious about where Gaulthier disappeared to, and if he will ever come back? And this may be a long shot but…… Are Keely and Gaulthier a couple!?
    Love the aesthetic, which seems to convey a summery and beachy tone for your story.
    Sending good writing vibes your way! Editing can seem like a huge and daunting task, and the hardest part might be taking the first step. It seems like you’ve done a lot of research and preparation for it. You might not feel ready for it, but I think you are 🙂
    My new WIP is going well! My past novels have been fairly unstructured, so my goal for this project is to actually follow plot structure for once haha 🙂

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    1. Ahahah, sooo many questions Sophie, I’m so happy you’re curious about my WIP, this warms my heart so, SO much ❤ ❤ I will compile some of Noah, or at least what he can do, art-wise, hopefully 🙂 and as for the couple question – Gaulthier and Keely are not a couple, they're best friends. Sort of a Dawson and Joey situation, if you ever watched Dawson's Creek 😀
      Thank you so, so much, Sophie, your support means so much to me, as always, really ❤
      I'm so glad your WIP is going so well, I can't wait to hear more about it all 😀
      Thank you so much! 😀

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      1. Of course – I love what I’ve read about your WIP so far. I haven’t seen Dawson’s Creek, though I do enjoy reading about best friends and friendships in general 🙂
        Best of luck with editing Marie! Take your time and keep us updated about your progress. Remember that only you can tell this story, no one else 🙂

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