Never Have I Ever Tag – Writer Edition

UL Never Have I Ever Tag by Casey Carlisle

The Rules

  • Link and thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!)
  • Answer the questions truthfully and honestly.
  • Tag 3 bloggers.


This (very cool idea) was created by the Long Voyage- so definitely check out the original here!


<Never Have I Ever>

…started a novel that I didn’t finish.

I have only done this once. But I went back and attempted the novel again a second and third time before giving up. I usually will skim to the end of novels that don’t grab me so I can get a gist of the story, plot, character arcs, and writing style to at least give the novel a decent review. But alas ‘World War Z’ did not cut the mustard. The OCD in me is reeling!

…written a story completely by hand.

Oh no. This is really going to show my age. Yes I have written many stories by hand. Until I learnt how to use a typewriter… and until computers were invented and at a price the average household could afford *cough-eighties-cough*

…changed tenses midway through a story.

Maybe in my primary school days, but ever since I learned what tenses were, I am not aware if I do this. Very rarely do I fall victim to mixed tenses unless it’s a hastily written draft that I have completed in different stages with a chunk of time in between each sitting. (So not intentional – just getting the ideas from my head on to paper – you know, a mental vomit which is excluded from all the rules of grammar. Right? Tell me I’m right.)

…not researched anything before starting a story.

I love research. I will always get some preliminary knowledge down before I start writing – it can help develop a plot and make things even more interesting! Plus, who doesn’t want to know about the UV radiation and gravity on Ganymede or the mating rituals of a Hexabranchus sanguineus (Spanish dancer sea slug?)

…changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft.

I have done this a few times. It depends what is working, what is marketable. I have no fear in altering my work in progress. All writing is malleable.

…written a story in a month or less.

Absolutely! If I am hitting a creative stride I can get a 60,000 draft completed in a month. I’ve only accomplished this twice though. Lots of fevered late nights unable to leave the keyboard for fear the idea will be forgotten, growling at my flat-mate for his interruptions as he impishly delivers a cup of tea and toast. That is my beast-mode.

…fallen asleep while writing

Hell no. Writing had the opposite effect on me. I’ll be up all night if I need to get my ideas down. Writing sets my brain on fire.

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online?

It’s a bad habit I’ve slowly gotten out of. I’m also an English teacher and hired out as an editor, so at one point in time it was my job… and that’s the excuse I’m sticking to.

…yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of my novel.

Um… no. Do people really do this? Sounds crazypants to me.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

I use this on a daily basis. With a hectic and loud household, with constant interruptions, I have my noise-cancelling headphones on and still need to let people know not to disturb me – even when they can see me typing furiously. Seriously, I don’t know where you left your keys! Ye God’s bring me my sword so I can decapitate this heathen! No wonder I don’t get invited out with friends anymore.

…killed a character that was based on someone I know in real life.

I have one current work in progress that I can say is based on a real life person that is going to get killed, brought back to life, and killed again in every way imaginable. Feel my wrath. Writing is a great outlet – it stopped me from actually doing the killing in person. Incarceration would not suit my complexion.

…used pop culture references in a story.

Absolutely. I’d have my nerd card revoked if I didn’t.

…written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

On occasion. I try not to if I can help it. I like to keep my circadian rhythms in check – it’s more productive that way. I hate exhausting myself and taking days to recover… plus some of the writing in that lack-of-sleep delirium may not be any good at all. The older I get the more I value my bed… and track pants… and no-bra work days.

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

I can’t do that. Coffee make me want to rush to the loo every five minutes for the next hour… I prefer tea. Tea is the thing. Nectar of the Goddess!

…written down dreams to use in potential novels.

All. The. Time. Some of my best ideas have been developed from dreams. (And some of my worst, it’s a double edged sword. But I like to live on the edge.)

…published an unedited story on the internet/blog/Wattpad.

Nope. I’m too much of a control freak to let something go out into the world unedited. Someone might think I’m on drugs and call the police for a welfare check. Nobody wants that.


…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

Not bragging, but I was a huge nerd and multitasker – plus I loved school and research. Never needed to procrastinate. I was in geek heaven. Yes, I was THAT kid in school. Lucky I was quiet and an introvert so my nerdiness went mostly unnoticed.

…typed so long that my wrists hurt.

Frequently. L

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

I’m a good girl. Nope. Though my flatmate knocked over my tea on my desk once and came close… he’s not allowed in my study anymore under the threat I’ll sneak into his room when he’s sleeping and shave off his eyebrows. That way no-one will know if he’s angry or surprised. *evil laugh* Plus laptops are expensive – cherish the laptop, love the laptop.

…forgotten to save my work/draft

I haven’t forgotten. But I have had the power go out and lose half a days work. It wasn’t too hard to remember it all, but a pain in the rear to waste all that time again re-typing.

…finished a novel.

Many. Coming to a bookstore near you in the future *crosses fingers*

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

*looks sideways slyly* …yeah. Mwuh-ha-ha-ha!

…cried while writing a scene.

Yep. I don’t mind admitting it. I always cry in sad bits in book and movies. If I can cry from my writing maybe I’m doing something right?

…created maps of my fictional worlds.

Depending on how involved my story is in a world spread across multiple locations. It can help keep things clear in your head. Plus, who does not appreciate a good map in the end pages of a novel?

…researched something shady for a novel.

Oh, definitely. Definitely. I don’t get up to shady activities myself, but the antagonists (and maybe some protagonists) in my stories do, and you need it to be believable. It’s a wonder the F.B.I. hasn’t come knocking on my door from my google history.


I Tag…

The sexy people… only the sexy people (pop culture reference – see I still got it :D)

UPPERCASE lowercase 2020 by Casey Carlisle

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