lighting up that writer’s nook

Hi there! 😀 ❤ You’re reading the latest post on Chickadee Lover Maggie, the blog where the only thing predictable thing about my content (at the moment) are my #Inktober2020 posts. haha welcome back!

At the end of September, my lovely blogging friend Eleanor @ Wishing Upon A Star created a new writing tag! It’s called “Lighting Up that Writer’s Nook.” The graphics are beautiful, the prompts look like fun, and I’m very happy to be among the first to get tagged to participate! Thank you so much Eleanor! ❤ I hope you all enjoy reading and learning a little bit more about my life as a writer! 😀

Here’s the backstory to get you caught up on my history as a writer:

  • I wrote my first story (with help from my mom) when I was 8 years old! It was a short book about my pet guinea pig Oreo, called Oreo’s Surprise.
  • As a preteen, my fave subjects to write about were my guinea pigs Oreo and Becky, our cat Dorie, and the fictional friends I created for them!
  • It’s not quite writing, but I was the author of a big collection of comics I added to regularly from 2011-2016!
  • When I was 13 and 14, I loved exploring writing fantasy and historical fiction.
  • When I was 16 and 17, I worked on different historical fiction novels set in the Middle Ages and ancient Mayan empire.
  • As a 17 and 18 year old, I enjoyed writing romantic short stories!
  • More recently (ages 19 and 20), I’ve had fun creating short stories in a wide variety of genres (notably romance, adventure, and fan fiction).
  • Looking ahead at the future, I’d be so happy to write a new fantasy novel, complete a few historical fiction novellas, try my hand at writing a mystery, and continue writing romantic/adventurous short stories!

rules:

  1. Link back to the original creator’s post (this one!)
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  3. Answer at least 6 out of the 12 prompts (you’re welcome to do all!).
  4. Tag 3-5 bloggers.
  5. Have fun!

the prompts:

I would have to say kindness! It’s important to me to give my characters the qualities I find most admirable in a person, and kindness includes compassion, understanding, and empathy. I deeply care about others and I find that personal quality often showing through in my characters 🙂

The history! When you’re bringing a town, neighborhood, culture, etc. to life, it’s the historical background that turns a fictional group of people or a city into something that resembles reality. By showcasing how your world got to the point that it’s set at in the story, you create a believable backdrop for the readers to learn about and rely on as they get deeper into the book.

This has been one of the most challenging aspects of writing I’ve faced over the years, lol! I’ll create a great cast of characters, pick a cool setting, and have a basic idea of how the genre will guide the story, but man… the plot’s usually the hardest part. I’ll usually do a bit of character background and setting the stage in the first few chapters, give the story a problem to solve or a mission to accomplish somewhere around the middle, then the end will happen when completion has been reached.

Right now, it’s a draft on my blog! When I’m working on a full-length novel (which I haven’t done in a while), I’ll open a fresh WordPerfect 12 document and get typing. That’s where all the fun happens!

There’s something about Hamlet by William Shakespeare (which I know is a play, but it looks like a book doesn’t it lol) that gets me thinking creatively and makes me want to get writing! Oh, and a unique technique (I’ll go ahead and answer both) I use is mapping out my ideas on a piece of notebook paper! I write the beginning scene idea at the top, then I fill in what I want to see happen by the middle of the book in the center of the page, and the final scenes are described a bit on the bottom line of the paper. I have yet to use this planning method for a completed first draft, but it has been a good starting place for me as I work on finding the ways that help me to plan a story!

Get it all out in the first draft and perfect it later! For a while, I would feel like the first draft of my story was the completed draft, but I think now that it’s a great starting place for a book. When I was younger I was always wanting to work on a new story, not any second or third draft, but as I grow as a writer I really appreciate that tip!

Domestic violence. I’ve even refrained from including a villain in probably 99% of my stories, because when I was younger, what I loved about writing was having some awesome characters go on a fun adventure and have a great time. It was hard to put any negativity in. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’d really like to eventually write a story with good conflict, a villain, and an impacting ending, since I never focused on that as a younger writer!

When I was 16, I loved working on that Middle Ages story! I focused on what life as a peasant was like in the 1200s in southern Europe, and I did a ton of research to realistically craft those scenes.

When I’ve worked on short stories in the morning to share on my blog, I’ve enjoyed having my morning cup of iced coffee while writing! Otherwise, my go-to drink is water. 🙂

The last time this happened, I threw my hands up in momentary defeat and distracted myself with some YouTube videos. It instantly gets my mind off the stunted writing so I can come back to it later with a clearer perspective.

Usually instrumental that matches the genre I’m writing in, and occasionally, whatever I’ve been enjoying listening to in everyday life! But typically, songs with lyrics distract me from creating dialogue and descriptions, so instrumental is my main choice for writing music.

It would definitely have fairy lights! I’d have a warm brown L-shaped desk with a desktop computer and comfortable keyboard for writing stories, and a cozy, light turquoise desk chair. To my left would be the side of the desk where I could store notebooks and creative supplies, and to my right would be a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of a beautiful forest. ❤ I so wanna go there now haha!


bloggers I’m tagging:


This was SO much fun, Eleanor! I love that you created this tag, and thank you again for tagging me to participate.

How long have you been writing stories? What are your favorite genres to write? Let’s chat in the comments!

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16 Comments

  1. It was really fun to read through your writing process! I loved the idea of mapping out your ideas beforehand. That would give a foundation to build on.
    Also, your ideal writing nook sounds like a fairytale setting 😂 Amazing post, Maggie!!

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  2. OMG THIS IS SUCH A COOL TAG!! I’ve only just started following it and it is so so amazing plus I am loving learning some more about your writing!! Writing is such an incredible hobby/activity – I’m trying to get back into my writing properly, although not sure how successful I’ll be with university and blogging as well. Lots of love 😊✨❤️

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    1. I agree!!! 😍💛 it was a lot of fun, and thank you so much! Yesss I love writing 🧡 there are different seasons in my life where I write a LOT, then others I barely pen a word 😂 that’s been my experience as a writer! I’m sure you’ll find ways to write when it works for you! 🙌🏼

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      1. Writing is amazing!!✨ Yeah same it’s funny that but also so amazing because it shows you write as you fluctuate through life 😂☺️ Haha thanks and I look forward to reading more of these posts!! ❤️

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  3. This was so cool! I started writing seriously about…4 years ago? But I haven’t done much of anything in over a year, so idk. I think that my blog is a form of serious writing, and that’s what I’m chosing to focus on as of now.

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    1. Thank you Diamond! Oh cool! 🙂 yeah I tend to find that when I’m very committed to blogging, it becomes my main creative/writing hobby. If I write a story or finish a creative project, it’s just here and there since blogging’s my main focus.

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