IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN!
Scorpio season, spooky season, the “excuse to watch Halloween movies every day” season.
In honour of the best Halloween movie, HOCUS POCUS, Kim Chance and Destiny Murtaugh have created the Hocus Pocus Writing Tag! Huzzah!
The tag is filled with questions that are all related to Hocus Pocus, and writing combined!
Let’s get into it, shall we sisters?
1. Sarah, Mary, & Winifred Sanderson: Being a witch is hard, but so is writing. If you had magical, witchy powers what aspect of writing or what part of the process would you magically skip over?
The second or third drafts.
Don’t get me wrong I love editing – but it’s the progression of “this might work” – “no wait this might work!” that I don’t get along with. I would much prefer to have the shitty first draft then instantly know how to make it refined, polished, and multi-layered without the time-consuming months of in between.
2. Max and Dani: What relationships tend to be at the core of your books? Friends? Family? Romance?
Friends – found, established, unlikely or otherwise – united by the same mission: whether it’s revenge, truth, secrecy, there’s always a friendship at the heart of it. Sometimes it turns romantic, other times it’s just buddies fighting the good fight.
Also unhealthy friendships. In one or two books I wrote, there was an obsessive quality to two friendships, and I like exploring that.
3. Amuck, Amuck, Amuck!: How do you approach the chaos that is drafting? Are you a plotter, a pantster, or a combo of both?
At first I was a pantser. Now I’m a plotser. I tend to have an outline of what I want to write, but when intuition takes me on a certain road, I tend to obey it. It might not work, but on the occasions it DOES work it opens up a hell of a lot more interesting layers and insights into character.
4. I Put a Spell on You: How do you deal with book ideas that want to pull your focus from your main WIP?
Ah. This happens often. Usually I play around with the idea, write it down, throw a few characters, dialogue scenes, pinterest board. I allow myself a day or weekend to play.
THEN I IGNORE IT.
I can’t focus on more than one idea at a time and do the projects real justice, so I tend to mark it in the shiny box and wait until I have the mental capacity to write it.
5. Thackery Binx: Things aren’t always what they seem–Think back to when you first started writing to where you are now. How has your process transformed from then to now?
I took a lot longer back then. I had so many ideas and crammed them all into the same MS. I used to give up editing about draft two, and then figure that was okay. (it was not okay).
Otherwise the process of ideas and ruminating with them generally remains the same. I get feedback a lot more, and I can see my writing improving with every project.
6. My Lucky Rat Tail: Do you have a writing ritual? If not, what are some of your favourite writing tools?
I don’t have a ritual usually. I normally have a drink, usually it’s tea or coffee, and I light a candle before every writing session but that’s just for atmosphere and good scents ^_^
7. Boooooookkk: Favorite Writing Craft Book?
The Emotion Thesaurus! Full of different ways to show and describe people’s feelings without having to write “X is sad”
8. Another Glorious Morning: Do you enjoy writing in the morning? Or do you prefer the evening, like Winnifred?
Winnifred’s my girl, I prefer evening no doubt. Everything I need is done for the day, I don’t have the worry of not doing housework, or having to do something else. It’s just… me. The dark. And my thoughts.
9. The Black Flame Candle: What’s one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made so far in your writing journey? OR What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Biggest lesson is to get some trusted CP’s because they are INVALUABLE. Also to read more than I write. Devour everything, no matter what genre, just expand my tastes.
10. Billy Butcherson: What’s a trope that most people hate, but you love and would like to see “come back from the dead”?
I love a good hidden identity trope. Like “he was the prince all along!”. It’s not quite dead, but I really enjoy it when it’s done well.
11. Come Little Children: Songs that give you a “hypnotic” focus when writing? I.e., fav songs on your writing playlist.
Firstly – I adore Come Little Children. It’s got the same tone as Once Upon A December for me.
My playlist changes with each project but currently it’s:
Rauha by Lasse Ennersen
You Had To Go And Spoil It by Steven Price
Kill V Maim by Grimes
WHAT ABOUT YOU?! I TAG ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DO THIS! LINK BACK TO YOUR POSTS IN THE COMMENTS, I WANT TO READ!
Many thanks to Kim Chance and Destiny Murtaugh for the inspiration!