The Lighting Up That Writer’s Nook Tag

Hi! Yes, this is a tag. Yes, yes, I know it isn’t #BookTagTuesday. However, the awesome blogger, Eleanor @ Wishing Upon a Star created this GREAT tag and tagged me! (Thanks so much, Eleanor!) So, I decided to do it! Here I go!

HOLD UP! Y’all need to go check out Eleanor’s blog right now, so get along lil’ doggies!

First of all, I need to enlighten (enh? Eleanor, you see what I did there? ;)) on the meaning of the name of this tag. As Eleanor put it, it is call The Lighting Up That Writer’s Nook Tag because, “the prompts featured are all things you can find among the messy surface of a writer’s desk.” Now my writing desk is my bed or outside under a tree. So I can’t really relate to the title of this tag, but I am sure others do! 🙂

Rules:

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

Please note that when linking to others’ posts, to provide the link of that post, and not their blog’s link, or else they won’t receive a notification / pingback.

These are the original graphics Eleanor created! If you don’t wish to use them, I will list the prompts individually at the end of the post.

Spunk. In my opinion, characters aren’t real without a little bit of sass and a little bit of spunk. Everyone is weird, and so should my characters be.

I don’t really create my own worlds…so I don’t really know. But what I love to find in other’s books and writings are talking, or at least very personified, bees! (I’ve now read two books that have these and they are like my favorite thing EVER!!!) In The Door at the End of the World by Caroline Carlson, she creates bees that use their formations to spell out words so that they can talk!!! They are awesome! And in The Hippo and the End of the Hall by Helen Cooper (Isn’t it strange that both these books with entertaining bees both have the word “End” in their title?) has, not talking bees, but very expressive bees.

This is a little divergent from the original prompt, but I the kind of “story-telling” (I guess is the best way to say it) I give my poems (depending upon the length) is the first stanza is question/problem, the second stanza is hope/striving, and the third stanza is usually resolve. Now this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes the story of the poem will represent the same emotion or entity. Sometimes the poem will be longer so I’ll stretch it out. However, they usually end up only being THREE STANZAS LONG!! I even wrote a poem about my weird habit of subconsciously creating poems containing only three stanzas!! Haha!

For me, the place where I write my “permanent” ideas is the exact same place I create new ideas! My favorite idea list that I have was actually created by my brother. We both LOVE Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and all that good stuff! So he scouted out all of the “untold” tales of Middle-Earth and created a list of ideas for me to write about. So if I ever need an idea, I always go back to that. It’s great! (Don’t steal his idea. Or else. ;))

An older book I turn to is a book of poems my mom has, or Lord of the Rings. Duh! J.R.R. Tolkien’s poetry in it is so AWESOME!!! Just like the rest of the book. 😉 (At some point, you all are gonna get really bored of my LOTR obsession, aren’t y’all? Haha!)

I have a couple. The first few will be for you poets, and the others will be just possibly kinda ‘duh’ grammatical tips, but I find them helpful.

  • I find that always trying to stick to a rhyme in a poem can be grounding. Though it is fun, I don’t recommend always doing it.
  • Never, I mean never, throw away a poem. Even if you don’t like it, you could still use it for future inspiration. Ya ever heard the saying, “You are your own inspiration”? Yeah, well you are. I’ve experienced this first hand.
  • The thing is with poems is that there are NO rules except one. The only “rule” is to be true to yourself and what you’re feeling. Poetry comes from the heart. It cannot be contrived anywhere else. So, if you are having trouble writing poetry. Just tap into your heart a wee bit more. That should work.

Other than poetry, the only kind of writing I do is essay-like material like my reviews. But, seeing as my mom is a grammar warrior, she has given me a few tips along the way.

  • When writing professionally, do not use words like “won’t”, “shouldn’t”, “can’t” or “they’ll”. It does sound professional. Use their original forms. Ya know, like “cannot”, “they will’, or “will not”. (Disclaimer: this blog isn’t something I would deem as perfectly professional so I do not always apply those rules here. ;))
  • Always proofread your stuff.
  • Make sure your sentence is a complete thought. (I know this may be a ‘duh’ but I’ve found a lot of people don’t do this when writing professionally.)

Yeah, some of these are kinda duh, but the point was to share tips I find helpful. I didn’t even list all of them cause there are so many! Haha! When writing, these tips are ALWAYS at the back of my mind.

I can’t think of anything…I think my stuff is pretty diverse. I am sure there are many things that I would love to put into my writing but haven’t yet.

Fantasy “culture” and moden culture.

Water.

Yeah, I know, I know, how boring, but a nice cool glass of water really clears my mind (as well as my body) and gives me a fresh look on my writing.

Either a PB&J (cause I might as well be 10. I love them so much) or I go and either walk or ride my bike outside.

Absolutely anything. Most of the time it will be movie soundtrack or Brunuhville, but it seriously could be anything. Anything and everything gives me inspiration, even outside of music. But, dang, do I love music!

A clean, quiet, and aesthetically pleasing bedroom.

As promised, here is a list of the prompts.

  1. Ink — what you always make sure to give your characters
  2. Map — what you think is the most unique or versatile element of a world
  3. Quill — what kind of structure you give your plot
  4. Notepad — where you doodle and flesh out all your ideas
  5. Typewriter — an “older” book you turn to for inspiration OR a technique you used that is not commonly found in modern writings
  6. Computer — one or two writing techniques you’ve found helpful
  7. Eraser — something you never put in your writing
  8. Bamboo and dried palm leaves — the type of culture you most like to write about
  9. Creative juice — the food or drink you go to for a moment of inspiration
  10. Comfort food — what you treat yourself to when part of your work is just. not. fitting. right.
  11. Headphones — the kind of music you listen to when writing
  12. Fairy lights — your ideal writing nook interior design

Tags:

Thanks again, Eleanor, for tagging me. I had a lot of fun doing it!

Thanks everyone for reading my random post today! Are you a writer, dear reader? Let’s get to chatting in the comments. Until tomorrow. God bless!

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.

Virginia Woolf

6 thoughts on “The Lighting Up That Writer’s Nook Tag”

  1. First off, thank you SO much for participating in this tag, I loved reading your answers!! Wow those bees sound really cool and the way you structure your poems make so much sense 😀 Your response to Computer was perfectly detailed, and haha some of them do seem obvious, but it’s still good to keep them in mind!! That’s so great you have diverse things in your writing, it’s always fun to explore. Again, thank you for doing this tag, and have a lovely week!!!

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    1. You’re so welcome. You don’t even need to thank me, Eleanor, for I had so much fun! Haha! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my answers. Really? I always unintentionally write my poems that way and it seems so random. Haha! I’m glad it makes sense, though! It means I’m not crazy! Hehe! I hope you also have a lovely week for a lovely girl like you deserves it. xoxo
      -Millay

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      1. Aahahah now I NEED to thank you for your beautiful kind words. Thank you so much ❤️sending loads of virtual hugs your way!! And you’re not crazy, you have so many wonderful ideas, it was a pleasure reading about them!! Again, thank you ☺️ lovely Millay

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