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The Quarantine Write Tag!

Hi everyone!

How is the pandemic treating you?

It definitely feels like a surreal time, but I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Remember to take care of yourselves- not only physically and mentally as well.

One of the things keeping me sane right now is writing. Because I love my story and my characters, I look forward to working on my novel every single day. Because of writing, self-isolation doesn’t feel too bad. When I’m feeling burdened by everything happening around the world right now, or when I’m just feeling bored, I let my mind wander to my WIP.

I also spend a lot of time petting my dogs ๐Ÿคฃ

Thank you Kat @ Life and Other Disasters for creating this write tag! Kat is such a sweet person and has an awesome blog (be sure so visit it if you haven’t already!)

For those who don’t know- write tags give writers an opportunity to talk about our story and our characters! Personally I love them because they help me get to know my characters better and come up with ideas for my novel. Whether you have finished a novel or are just getting started (or even if you just got an idea for great novel you’re going to write one day), I encourage you to give this a try!

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!

What is “Children of the Sun” about again?

Meredith Zhao kicks butt at math olympiads, wins Rubikโ€™s cube competitions, and loves ramen. But she has a secret: she is a Deviant, a genetic mutant who sets things on fire. While snooping around the Deviant Investigation Unit where her adoptive father Rio works, Meredith stumbles upon notes left behind by a former detective: the unresolved case of three young women who died of unknown cause.

Behind Rioโ€™s back, Meredith delves into the mystery. She discovers the reason why the files collected dust underneath a desk for months: a conspiracy that oppresses the lives of Deviants around the world. Meredith must make the difficult choice to save her kind, even if it means turning her back on the people she cherishes.

Which character is most likely to help out their elderly and vulnerable neighbors during the crisis? OR which of your characters has an essential job (or would have if they didnโ€™t live in a fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi/whatever different world) and brave the outside on the daily?

Prior to the pandemic, Rio and Edene‘s primary role was to arrest and detain rogue Deviants. Now that priorities have shifted during COVID-19, they have been redeployed to drive around the city and fine people for not staying 2 metres apart.

Prior to the pandemic, Carmen was a nurse in the maternity unit. Now she’s been recruited to take care of COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Who is your go to character for TV and movie recommendations? (As they most likely spend all their time binge-watching shows already!)

Sandy is your go-to gal (name a TV show and she can summarize it from beginning to the latest episode)… if you can find her that is.

Tell us about the first character who would go slightly mad staying inside for too long?

Carmen is (secretly) thankful that she works in healthcare and does not need to endure weeks or even months of self-isolation.

How does your most extrovert and your most introvert character handle the crisis?

Meredith is a true extrovert. Being homeschooled is tough enough… are you saying now that she has to stay inside all the time?!?

Meanwhile, Zenith is doing just fine. In fact he’s living the dream, staying in his room all day with his music and his sketchpad. He might be a straight-C student, but he’s born to ace social distancing.

Which of your characters is a prepper and would have been ready if this had been a zombie apocalypse?

The villain of this novel has it all planned out. In fact he might have planned this all along.*

*All kidding aside, there is absolutely ZERO evidence that COVID-19 was manufactured in a lab.

Who got panicked and bought everything in bulks (despite reassurances that markets would not run out)?

When the 100th case was reported in Wuhan China, Rio rushed to the supermarket and bought boatloads of toilet paper. People probably thought he was nuts. (Well who is laughing now?)

If there is a character who might be hard to convince that the virus and its dangers are real, who would it be? Why?

Karoline swears by science. When the news of the coronavirus came out, she reassured her peers that Ebola had a fatality rate of 50%, while COVID-19 only killed less than 5% of its hosts. As more and more countries were affected by the virus, as personal protective equipment supplies dwindled worldwide, it sank in for Karoline how dire the situation was.

Who would organise all the zoom-group chats to make sure their friends and family stayed connected? 

Edene. She doesn’t talk much but she likes people.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic of your main character bundling up at home!

I tag these awesome people!

And YOU!!

How are you doing? What activities or hobbies keep you sane during this tough time?

Photo by Jacob Morch on Unsplash; Rachael Gorjestani on UnsplashPeter Forster on UnsplashJoรฃo Silas on Unsplash; Adrien Tutin on Unsplash; Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash; Nicolas Thomas on Unsplash; Sven Mieke on Unsplash; Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash; Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash

18 thoughts on “The Quarantine Write Tag!

  1. Sophie, I am so happy you decided to do the tag and even more so now that I got to read more about Children of the Sun! I had a small chuckle when you talked about Zenith being a straight-C student but acing social distancing. It feels so relatable haha
    I hope you are doing alright and keep staying sane by writing. Everything looks great and I LOVE the aesthetic at the end!

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    1. Haha yes if there is a silver lining, at least the pandemic is giving me time and mental space to write. Glad that you liked the aesthetic! Thanks again for creating this tag! It was lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Thanks for the tag Sophie! This looks like a fun tag ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s a great as a writing exercise to get to know your characters better, get into their heads more and think how they would. Btw I love your aesthetic for Meredith!

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  3. So glad to hear that youโ€™ve been able to get a lot of writing done during self isolation! Iโ€™ve been trying to do the same, and even though itโ€™s sometimes hard for me to focus, I have managed to get more done than usual ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for tagging me!
    Haha reading all your descriptions of how your characters would react to this crisis was very entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ I can tell how well you know them all! Hope writing goes well for you!

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    1. Hi Margaret! That’s great to hear that you’re able to get some writing done as well, though I get that it’s hard to focus with everything that is going on. Sending you good writing vibes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Your story sounds amazing and all of your answers to the questions were wonderful. I definitely can see how tags like this can help you get to know your characters better โ˜บ๏ธ

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  5. Hey Sophie, sorry, I all but disappeared from WordPress for months. ๐Ÿ˜… It was mostly because I was spending too much time on pokemon go battle tournaments, but also because I was too overwhelmed by social media in general. Ever since the lockdown, I felt even more flooded by social media messages. XD But I’m feeling a little better now, after cutting myself mostly off social media for a number of days.

    I loved when Zenith appeared! Haha I love how you call him a straight-C student who aces self-isolation! XD I love this guy, haha. Gee, I should do a writing tag one of these days. (I think I haven’t touched my blog in a year or more. XD )

    The Children of the Sun is a great story to do the Quarantine Write Tag on, especially as it also features a mysterious disease with no known cure.

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    1. Hi Sieran! Glad to hear from you! Yes social media can be overwhelming sometimes so I like to take an occasional break too. Glad that you are feeling beter ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad that you liked the answers and especially the one with Zenith ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to see your version of this tag (or another write tag!) in the future.
      How is writing going for you? What are you working on at the moment?

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  6. Ah I’ve gotten so casual nowadays, though I’m still writing. I’m continuing Annabelle and Cadence (the Gender Puzzle Maze series). The plot is quite complex, with lots of characters and subplots, etc. But it is fun to write about a lot of characters and subplots. My story is still not nearly as complex as George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, which is reassuring to think about when I worry that readers will lose patience with me. XD There are audience members who like reading complex plots, haha.

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