Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

Just when I convince myself no more tag posts for a while, authors Kim Chance and Destiney Murtaugh go ahead and co-create The Hocus Pocus Writing Tag! The perfect tag to do given Halloween is just around the corner now. I mean first off, if you’ve read my Fall Favorites Tag post then you already know I love this movie. Secondly, it’s a solid writing tag – so that counts as adding more writing content on here right? You know what, don’t answer that, I’m just going to say yes and move along to answer this eleven question writing tag – and I’m actually going to tag a couple of people to do this specifically.

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?
I feel like every writer I see that has answered this type of question always says they’d skip drafting and go straight to editing. Well I must be part of a small percentage of writers here, because I love drafting. I absolutely love those initial creative vibes and flows that come with writing out the initial story. It’s the editing that’s driving me up a wall! Looking for all the little errors and tightening things up. I think if I had the power I would cast my spell to magically skip over edits and revisions.

Max and Dani: What relationships tend to be at the core of your books? Friends? Family? Romance?
Well I haven’t officially published yet, but in the coming books I have planned I would definitely say friendship is a strong one for me in my writing. I do also enjoy writing strong family relationships, but friendships I believe are at the core of my stories presently.

Amuck, Amuck, Amuck!: How do you approach the chaos that is drafting? Are you a plotter, a pantster, or a combo of both?
It’s kind of funny to me how my writing approach has changed over the years. I was a solid pantser at one point in time. For the past handful of years I’ve rocked both worlds, but as I dive further and further in novel writing I find myself heavily leaning more towards to side of plotter.

I Put a Spell on You: How do you deal with book ideas that want to pull your focus from your main WIP?
I am presently balancing two projects at once, but I think after these two I’ll do my best to focus one at a time. Anyways, I still get a ton of ideas that hit me for future novels. I actually took advice from author James Patterson (via his Master Class) and keep a notebook for random story ideas. I make a few notes here and there, but don’t really allow myself to focus too much on it. I don’t want to overload myself with too many WIPs at once. Two is the limit for now!

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 would say the biggest thing that’s changed, is I’m okay with making mistakes. Well, let me rephrase that. If I’m going to be completely honest – I’m more okay with making mistakes compared to when I started. When I started writing, I wanted everything to be perfect. A first draft had to be perfect, which is probably why I would get so far into them and then stop. I’d get stuck. As I am approaching more steps into finally publishing a novel I am sure my process will only continue to grow and change further as I venture down being a published author.

My Lucky Rat Tail: Do you have a writing ritual? If not, what are some of your favorite writing tools?
I didn’t think I had a writing ritual, but I realize Peanut M&Ms are a constant on my desk. There is just something rather satisfying about the crunch of them while I write.

Boooooookkk: Favorite Writing Craft Book?
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have a writing thesaurus for pretty much everything now. There are Emotion, Positive Traits, Negative Traits, Urban Settings, Rural Settings, and Emotional Wound. I would definitely recommend having these on hand when novel writing. They are packed full of useful information.

Another Glorious Morning: Do you enjoy writing in the morning? Or do you prefer the evening, like Winnifred?
I am so not a morning person! I definitely prefer evening to late evening writing. Some nights I prefer the middle of the night. My schedule at my day job doesn’t always allow for this, but I find I flow the best with my creativity in evening.

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?
Oh gosh, I’ve made plenty of mistakes thus far as a writer. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say I’ll make plenty more too as time goes on. I think one of my biggest mistakes has been trying to rush myself on certain projects. When I rush everything turns into a mess and I end up having more work to do to straighten it out.

Billy Butcherson: What’s a trope that most people hate, but you love and would like to see “come back from the dead”?
I don’t follow or unfollow tropes. I appreciate a solid story, if there is a love triangle or whatever other kind of “trope” people generally seem to roll their eyes at involved – so be it. Quite frankly as long as the story as a whole is solid and the “trope” makes sense within it they don’t bother me any. I say if it’s something you want to write, then by all means write it!

Come Little Children: Songs that give you a “hypnotic” focus when writing? I.e., fav songs on your writing playlist
I actually don’t listen to a lot of music while novel writing. I’m more of the write in silence type. Though, I did listen to a lot of Lana Del Rey and Veorra when writing the original first draft of Vini’s Story. If I have music on its typically in moments I need a little added inspiration for a certain mood or aesthetic. It also has to be on low if I’m actively writing, otherwise it gets too distracting at times.

Okay that’s it for my answers! Hope you’ve enjoyed them. Now onto the tagging! I tag (like for real, I’m actually tagging people this time) The Haunted Wordsmith, Antiquaries, Fictive Finesse, and Fantasy Novels By Bridgette

If you love Hocus Pocus and writing like I do, then by all means feel free to do this tag as well! I’d love to see your answers if you do so feel free to ping back or drop the link in the comments below!

XOXO, Jane

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13 thoughts on “The Hocus Pocus Writing Tag

  1. Thanks for the tag! I want to know which writers want to skip over the drafting part and only do editing—those heathens! Editing is the bane of my existence.

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    1. Totally agree with you. Whenever I finish writing, I ask my sister to read because I hate editting it. Drafting actually helps organise thoughts.

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      1. I sometimes had my writings to my mom. 😀 lol

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      2. 😀
        Editing is boring, indeed!

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    2. Thanks for doing it! ❤ I KNOW! I swear my jaw drops every time I see/hear a writer state they hate drafting. I'm like… "How?"

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  2. Jane, thank you ever so much for the tag! I’m a bit caught up at the moment so I guess I’ll take this up only after the weekend.

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    1. No worries or rush! 🙂 I look forward to reading your answers whenever you get around to it. ❤

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      1. Thanks. Will do it ASAP

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  3. Cool stuff Jane. I write around the clock but find middle of the day writing – mid-afternoon – works best for me. Fun post 🙂

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    1. Mid-day is a good time to write! It’s probably my second best timing. I can sometimes write early, but I’m so not a morning person. lol

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