Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A writer tag, and a book tag.


I was tagged for the The Ultimate Writer's Tag by Allie over at Spreading My Joy!


1. Link back to the writer who tagged you.
2. Answer all of the questions, including the "Ultimate Writer Question".
3. Make up your own "Ultimate Writer Question".
4. Tag as many writers as you'd like.

(Just a note, all these photos are from our vacation to Dallas.)

Allies questions:

1. When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was ten. I don’t know the precise date, but it was probably later 2009, or early 2010. 

2. What are the best things (pros) about writing?
Getting to escape and getting to ‘know’ characters. I use writing as an escape from a lot of the irritations of my daily life. I find it very therapeutic to, when things are getting hectic, write about someone else. Also, I really don’t mean to boast, but I love my characters. Yeah, maybe they are the most well-rounded characters, and maybe they aren’t all perfectly realistic, but their perfect for me. 

3. What are the worst things (cons) about writing?
I think the worst thing is when you have a thousand story’s running through your head and you can’t write them all, so you feel trapped in them. Also, writing things you know some people will hate.

4. What is your favorite thing to write? (Novels, stories, poems, etc.)
I love to write Novellas! Almost all of my stories range from 10,000 words to 25,000 words. I would someday like to write longer books, but I’m going to have to work up to that. I also really love poetry. 

5. What is your favorite genre of writing?
Contemporary fiction. But I also like non-magical fantasy. 

6. What are your favorite writing resources?
NaNoWriMo, WordHippo (a poets best friend), also BibleHub, for looking up verses. 

7. Do you like writing in guy’s POV or girl’s POV?
Girls! I have written two books from third person following guys, and I liked it alright, but I hate having to constantly go “Is this something a guy would really do/say?” Girls are much easier for me. 

8. What is your favorite music to listen to while writing?
It depends on the book. When writing most of my books, I normally just listen to things from Two Steps From Hell, which is a very good instrumental band (Despite the name.) But when I am writing my modern books, I love to listen to TobyMac, and similar artists. It helps me get in the zone. 

9. What are your favorite writing snacks?
Sweet iced tea and sometimes Skittles. I don’t really like eating much while writing, because I don’t want to get the keyboard messy!

10. What is your favorite place to write?
Out on the dining room table when I’m using a laptop. But when I’m writing on my Alpha Smart, I love writing outside. 

11. What is your favorite time to write? At what time do you write the best?
I like to write around 7:00-10:00. It’s quieter in our house by then, and I can focus more on my writing. I think the two times I write are then, and 2:00-4:00.  

12. What are your favorite famous authors/writers?
Well I guess my favorite famous author is Jane Austen. But most of my real favorite authors are littler known homeschool authors. 

13. What/who inspires you to keep writing?
My sister Rebekkah, mainly. Also, Lauren, Sarah Holman, Jessica, and a ton of my dear fellow authors who encourage me every day without knowing it. I find it incredible and inspiring to watch teenage writers pursue their dreams of writing. It makes me realize that I need to keep working to.

14. How do you find inspiration?  Where do you find inspiration?
I would say that you don’t find inspiration, inspiration finds you. Sometimes you have to seek it out, but rarely. I find a lot of inspiration from my friends and bloggers. I find it super amazing to think of all the stories people have to tell about their life. I also find a lot of inspiration from books, movies and songs. Often times a line will just jump out at me and I build a whole story about it. I once wrote a 25,000 word book from one line in a TV show. I also find some inspiration on Pintrest, though not as much as I used to. I have a whole story that almost every character is inspired just from a picture I found. 

15. Who are your writing buddies?
Micaiah is one probably my main writing buddy. Also, Sarah Holman. But I don’t really have many writing buddies. 

ULTIMATE WRITER QUESTION: What is your best advice for editing your novels or stories?

Keep at it. Even if you can only spend five minutes one day, just do that! It may not be the progress you had hoped for, but it will be something! 

I tag Micaiah. (Sorry I can't do more.)

And I was tagged for Would You Rather (Book Tag Edition) by Micaiah over at Adventures Beyond the Horizon

#1 Would you rather read only trilogies or stand-alones?
Trilogies. I like seeing characters change, and series normally give time for that. But I like stand-alones. 

#2 Would you rather read only male or female authors?
Female. I tend to enjoy books written by girls better, especially romances. Though I’ve read some really great books written by guys.

#3 Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
100% Amazon. I have been to a Branes and Noble once in my life and I couldn’t afford anything there then, and I still can’t today. I don’t mind used books at all, and I can find pretty much everything cheaper on Amazon. 

#4 Would you rather have books become T.V. shows or movies?
Movies. When they make them into TV shows they tend to add to much to the story. 

#5 Would you rather read five pages a day or five books a week?
Five books a week. I’ve done that before, so it would be a good week for me. 

#6 Would you rather be a professional reviewer or an author?
Author. I don’t write very good reviews, and though I have done some reviews in exchange for books and Beta reading, I would not want that to be my profession.

#7 Would you rather read your top 20 favorite books over and over again, or always read new ones you've never read before?
I would just read my top 20 books over and over. That would make me very happy. I LOVE rereading. But it would kind of make me sad not to have new books every once and awhile.

#8 Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?
I think bookseller. Though they both sound like good jobs!

#9 Would you rather read only your favorite genre(s) or anything but your favorite?
Just my favorites. I pretty much do that already.

#10 Would you rather read only physical books or e-books?
I guess physical books. I do love holding books. But I also love my eBooks. Other than the fact that you can’t just flip through it at will, I don’t see too much of a difference. And to be perfectly honest I don’t get most people’s hatred for eBooks.

I tag whoever wants to do this! 

Thank you to Allie and Micaiah for tagging me for these awesome tags! It was a lot of fun!


  1. I love these! Great answers, Mikayla. The WYR looks super fun- I may have to do that one sometime! =)

    1. Thanks, Emily! I hope you do it, I would love to see your answers to it! =D
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hey, Mikayla! Thanks for doing this tag (and for tagging me!)! :D I'll try to this post soon... And I'm your writing buddy?? (I literally didn't really know that, so thank you. XD) I'd say you're my writing buddy too. :)


    1. No problem! It was really fun! =D I look forward to seeing your post. =) Yeah! Of coarse your my writing buddy! =)


  3. Thank you for doing the tag! :)

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.

    1. It was my pleasure! I had a lot of fun doing it! Thank you for tagging me!


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