The Voices of YA Tag

August 15, 2017

Thank you to Catherine for tagging me :) And sorry for the veeerryyy late release

1.       What draws you to YA?

Let’s be honest, I’m not big on exclusive YA. However from a person who reads the classics, YA is refreshing. YA is different and it’s encouraging to read stories whose characters are relatable to your situation, however that narrows the span of YA because much of it is targeted to youth that like… *clears throat* I think you get the idea, and that is most definitely not refreshing or encouraging, but a well written YA is pleasing. (And this is why I am I’m with Rebellious Writing)

2.      Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

I have started using bullet listed outlines with more specifications. (otherwise the implications of my naturally panster writing would be horrific) Honestly my writing style and process is in development so I go with what is best and most effective, often that means learning through trial and error. I'm still very much a learner!

3.      How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I have been writing since I was eleven, however I only really started getting serious at around thirteen. The problem is...I did not have the tools and I was very much in the dark, so being a perfectionist I knew something was wrong but I didn't know exactly what. And that was very naturally I never finished any first drafts. I only have half completed works from that stage. In fact I am still learning, and in no way am I stellar writer, I still haven't written a complete first draft. But I am a lot more equipped and ready to conquer my WIP. 

4.  What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

  * My laptop. (I tried so hard working in notebooks but I pitifully fail each time *eternal sorrow* But honestly it's so aesthetic, pen to paper. So I do a lot of notetaking and journaling for my WIP in notebooks.)
   * Peace and quiet

And that’s it. As long as I feel at peace inside, things are not too loud and I have my laptop…I am good to go!

5.     If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

Do not, not, not…get caught up in the comparison trap. It is the most damaging thing you can do to yourself, your dreams, and your life in general.
I have imperfections, you have imperfections…EVERYONE is imperfect. No matter how jaw dropping that snippet is, or how incredible that accomplishment is…you aren’t going to do any good for yourself by standing there and feeling envious or (the “humble and good” version *notice those savage quotes*) inadequate. Yes, be happy for others…share their joy. But don’t sit there and inwardly sob over your shortcomings…get down on your knees and pray, ask God to fill in your gaps, thank Him for what He has done for you…given you hands to write, a mind to think, eyes to see beauty, ears to hear song…then stand up and keep going. Dreams don’t happen by wishing, no matter how much of a dedicated wisher and believer you are, nothing’s gonna happen unless you sit down and DO IT. And you absolutely can!


1.       What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

Hmm…LOTR. I was so devastated when so and so happened, but WHAT, the plot twist had me more than reeling. I was wildly applauding J.R.R. Tolkien for his genius.

2.      What books are you most anticipating for this year?

I must say I was most anticipating “The Blood Race” by K.A. Emmons but that is out, so definitely check that out!

3.      In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

That's a very tough question and unfortunately at the moment I have no answer.

4.      What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)?

       Oh boy, that's practically impossible! I'm going to break the rules and list a few favorites. (Sorry, not sorry!)
       "Becoming fearless isn't the point, that's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it" - Divergent, Veronica Roth
                  "I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren." - LOTR, J.R.R Tolkien
                  “He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends” - Les Miserable, Victor Hugo
                   “What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul” - Les Miserables, Victor Hugp
5.      What book do you most hope will have a movie adaption?

I would love all of the indie books that my blogger friends have published to become spotlessly rendered movie adaptations.. examples include
- Martin Hospitality
- Andora's Folly
- The Blood Race 
- (I know I am forgetting many others here)

So get back to writing so I can add your book to this list! (Psst, one of my far fetched dreams has included making indie movies, so ahem...)


What about you! Talk to me below :)
I am tagging (and feel very free to not do the tag!) 

(I had quite time finding people who have not done this tag before, and if you participated in the tag then I will lose my trust in blogger search engines.)

 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;

(Proverbs 1:2)

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  1. That'd be awesome if you started doing indie movies!

    1. I would love to! The thing is I need to get a camera and get comfortable with it...otherwise everything else is not too hard for me. Also I'd need some equipment for sound/ when I can afford all then yes! :)

    2. Yeah, it would be awesome for you to make movies. <3

    3. I've been dreaming of it since I was very little! :)

    4. Maybe you could, one day, turn some of we dreamers' books into movies!

  2. I'm sorry, Anna. I already did this tag. But thank you so much for thinking of me. I really appreciate it. I can do it again if you want me to. I bet some of my answers will have changed.
    Blogger search engines are not that great, lol.

    1. Ackkk. I was certain! And no problem Ivie! I must have even commented on your post but not remembered, lol.
      And if you want to do it again that's fine but I know I sure wouldn't want to repeat a tag again xD So it's totally up to you <3

    2. Okay, then I probably won't. But thanks again for thinking of me. I appreciate it. I think it was the first tag I ever did. I believe Catherine tagged me. (hard to remember.)

      You did an awesome job, though. Thanks for understanding.

    3. Of course! Phew, repeating this tag would be no fun haha!
      And thank you! <3

  3. YES. We need indie movies of allllll of the books! That would be AWESOME.

    Great job, Anna! I enjoyed reading your answers.

  4. Awesome post, Anna!:) and I love the quotes you chose.


  5. I loved reading your answers, Anna!

    Oh my gosh, you wanna do indie movies! I've done one or two, it's time-consuming but it is crazy amounts of fun!

    (In answer to Ivie's question, yes, I was the one who tagged you.)


    1. Thank you Catherine!

      YES! It's been a longggg time dream of mine.

      Really!? Would you mind me asking what they were about? I'm quite interested! :)

    2. Okay, I thought you tagged me, Catherine. I haven't lost my mind yet, then. Good to know. XD

      You made movies?!

  6. Thank you for the encouragement from question 5 :) I struggle with that a lot, and what you said lifted my spirits!

    1. Boy I get you Lila! Why I listed it is because I struggle with it very much, myself.

      <3 I'm so glad it could help you! And your work is beautiful, I have seen some of your shared work and I personally love it :) You've got it in you!

    2. Oh my goodness, Anna, you have absolutely NO idea how much that means to me!! I have adored your shared works as well and can't wait to see more!

    3. Well it's a 100% TRUE <3 :D <3 I'm your fangirl ;)
      AHH Thank you! *hides happy face behind hands* Honestly that means a lot, a lot to me too. I can be pretty insecure about my work!

  7. Oooh cool post Anna! You came up with some good answers to these questions. That last question seems like the hardest to answer for sure! Thanks for the tag! And it couldn't come at a better time for me :D

    1. Thank you Marrok! xD Oh man, I KNOW that was just incredibly hard to come up with, so many of my favorite books are already movies.

      I'm glad it came at a good time (because an overload of tags is a pain) and I'm looking forward to seeing your answers :)

  8. Beautiful advice! The comparison trap is really dangerous, but God can help us get through it. :) Lovely post! Best of luck with all of your writing!

    1. Thank you Melissa! <3 God above all but also sweet people like you are what get me through and encourage me to keep on :)

  9. Hi Anna!!
    This tag is super cool!! I did it a couple of weeks ago, and i had my fun. Glad you enjoyed it too! I loved reading your answers :)

    1. Hey Juls!
      I know! Isn't it fun? Thank you so much ^.^ That so sweet of you *blows kiss*

  10. Oh. my. word. LOTR has the best plot twists!!!! Which one are you talking about? (Are spoilers okay in the commets? If not email me.)


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