I've been tagged!

Jeannie tagged me!
Now for some info on my writerly habits, etc. :

1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?

I still have a short story I wrote on a little pad of paper when I was in seventh grade. It was a suspense with a happy ending. :-) The last thing I wrote were notes in my WIP about where I want the story to head next.

2. Write poetry?

Not really.

3. Angsty poetry?

I don't really know. What's angsty? Feel free to leave an example in the comments. LOL

4. Favorite genre of writing?

Historical and Contemporary romance; Romantic suspense

5. Most annoying character you've ever created?

My first heroine. I love her, but about half the people who read her (contests, critters, etc) hated her and said she was really annoying. Heh.

6. Best Plot you've ever created?

Not sure yet. :-) Maybe the one that sells? LOL

7. Coolest Plot twist you've ever created?

The hero is two people in the book, but the reader doesn't know that until the end.

8. How often do you get writer's block?

Several times during the course of my WIPs, but that's probably because I don't plot ahead of time.

9. Write fan fiction?

I never heard of it until entering the blog world.

10. Do you type or write by hand?

Type the story, write the ideas. You?

11. Do you save everything you write?

Pretty much.

12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?

I get ideas out of nowhere but if I don't write them down I totally forget them. I guess I could get an idea but if I can tell it doesn't have enough conflict/depth to make a book, I reject it.

13. What's your favorite thing you've ever written?

I liked writing the scene where the hero tosses the stubborn heroine over his shoulder. It made me laugh. Yes, my own writing made me laugh. I don't even know if it will make others laugh, but it sure felt fun to write. :-)

14. What's everyone else's favorite story that you've written?

Bad Boy's Redemption. Only two people read it but they both said they loved it, which was balm to my writer's ego.

15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?

I don't think I'll ever NOT write romance.

16. What's your favorite setting for your characters?

I don't know if I have a favorite place/state, though I do catch myself wanting to use moonlight alot.

17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?

Just my fiction WIP.

18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?


19. What are your five favorite words?

Hmmmm, interesting question. I really love the word persnickety. Besides that, I've been using the word Woot alot, because it's fun. :-)

20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?

I think Katrina in The Bridegroom's Revenge is most like me in her weaknesses.

21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?

I don't know. But I'm thankful for them. :-)

22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?

Never. It's intriguing and a little strange to me when people are able to have a dream and then create a plot out of it.

23. Do you favor happy endings?

If there's no satisfying ending, I won't read it. Romance is usually a must. I love The Color Purple. Sad, real book, yet it had a satisfying ending, right?

24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?


25. Does music help you write?

Not at all.

26. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head.

Nothing is popping into my head, because I don't usually remember what I've written, plus it gets changed a million times. Ha! Let me go look something up...

Okay, first line to my WIP:

On a fine day in May when hyacinths bloomed red and the spring-fed Manatee River glittered beneath a warm Florida sun, Pastor Joseph O’Reilly lost both his heart and his land within hours of each other.

It's omniscient POV, which means I'll probably have to change it. Any suggestions?

Now I tag Janna, Penny, and Sandie.

What's your favorite question on here? What are some of your answers?


Enjoyed getting to know you better!
Fun! Jessica, I see a lot of similarities between us. (It's all good. ;)

Thanks for the tag! Will use this next week, I think.
anita said…
Yay! I learned some new stuff about you today! Fun post, Jessie. :) Thanks for sharing all of that.
Hi Jess -

Persnickety, huh? A friend of mine invented a word, "splendiferous," which I like. I love adjectives, but I use them like spices. A little bit goes a long way.

Susan :)
Tamika: said…
That was great fun Jessica! I love your remarks on the best plot you've ever written- the one that sells! I agree!
Anonymous said…
Great answers. I've noticed some "wooting" going on... :O)
Katie Ganshert said…
Love it! Thanks for sharing, Jessica. I thought these questions were very fun!
Jessica Nelson said…
Thanks Donna. I thought they were pretty good questions. Some made me have to think.

Janna, I can't wait to see what you answer!

Anita, you can never discover all the depths of me... ummmm. LOL! Totally kidding. :-) In fact, I'm surprised you don't know me inside out with all the chatting we do. LOL
Okay, Jessica, I posted answers over on my blog. Thanks for tagging me!
Jessica Nelson said…
That's true about spices, Susan. Also, I feel like I've heard that word splendiferous before. It's truly... splendiferous! LOL

They were fun to answer, Tamika.
:-) You should answer some on your blog!

Diane, Woot, Woot! LOL Hopefully, I'll get tired of this word before I make people cringe. :-)

Katie, I'm looking forward to reading your answers!
Jessica Nelson said…
Oh cool! I'm heading over. :-)
Ooops, I should have posted the address so some of your readers can make the jump and see my answers if they're interested! Sorry about that.

Jessica Nelson said…
Oh, you don't even have to do that. They can click on your name in my post and it should take them there. :-)
this was fun, wasn't it? :) katie's posting her's wednesday...and i haven't heard form eileen yet.

i'm working on that edit...recognized your first line! :)

jeannieThe Character Therapist
Tabitha Bird said…
Well, I have to say that I am never concerned about spelling and grammar when I write my first draft. I hardly pause long enough to notice a mistake has been made the fist time around. It makes for a very messy edit, but I figure of all the mistakes that can easily be fixed spelling and grammar have to be the easiest.
Jessica Nelson said…
Tabitha, you're right! LOL I have no reason to be anal about this...and yet I am. Heh. It's a great help that you can ignore those errors. Maybe the longer I write the more I can too? Who knows. :-)

Thank you for tagging me, Jeannie! It is fun. I can't wait to read Katie and Eileen's. Thanks for letting me know about the wip too. :-)
Stephanie Faris said…
Whoa lots of questions! It was great getting to know your writing habits.
Angie Muresan said…
Great first line Jessica! I already can't wait to see what comes next.
Project Journal said…
LOVED your mention of The Color Purple!! Heehee, hence my picture : D I totally agree with you!

This was a very cool way of getting to know more about you, Jessica!
Dara said…
That's a fun meme :)

A few answers of mine:

The first thing you wrote that you still have? The story my mom transcribed for me when I was four or five called "The Story of the Tulip." I couldn't write yet but I knew the story I wanted to tell, so Mom wrote it out for me. Of course I did all the illustrations :)

What character have you created that is most like yourself? It's funny because many of my MCs have aspects of my personality. Naomi, from Promise, can over-react to things just like I do--only worse :P And even Miyuki/Yuki-onna has aspects of me--some of her darker characteristics are things that are unfortunately part of me, deep down. Writing her is a strange form of catharsis, I think. Maybe that's why that story has been difficult for me to write.
Deb Shucka said…
It's so great to get to know you better as a writer in this way. I love the first line to your book.
Ohps. Just noticed you already got tagged. Still keep the panda, though. :D
~ Wendy
Jessica Nelson said…
Thanks Angie and Deb. :-) Hopefully the rest lives up to the first line. LOL

Dara, that's such a sweet memory of your mom helping you do that! I agree too, about some things being harder to write when they're closer to home. So you're an overreactor, huh? LOL!

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