Writerly Spring Cleaning Challenge


Hello guys! Recently, Deborah came up with this genius writing challenge which I was so generously tagged for! It’s not too long, so let’s get right into it!

Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you (done!)
2. Share the picture (done!)
3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer (see below! 🙂 )
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky) (will do!)

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

Alright, let us see. As you may remember from my 2017 recap, I didn’t really give myself very specific goals. I told myself that I wasn’t going to pressure myself so much, since I feel like this year is really going to be a busy time. But here are my goals (roughly):

  • Outlining my novels A TON.
  • Possibly do either JuNo or NaNo, but probably not both
  • Not being afraid to take hiatuses and rework blogging schedule

As for how I’m doing on those goals, I’d say I’ve got a pretty good start. I’ve started planning posts ahead of time again, and I believe I’ve taken at least one minor hiatus since the beginning of the year.

I’m considering NaNo to be more of an option, rather than JuNo, since my June is going to be CRAZY. If I do NaNo, I will definitely try to make time for it and really work hard at it.

And outlining…well, I’ve been looking over some old unfinished outlines, and I’m having a hard time choosing where to start. But once I figure which ones to continue with, I’m going to try to hammer out three this year.

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

Choice E. is currently what I’m at. With one of my novels, I’m looking at some major editing, but with most others, I’m still in the blueprints stage. I’d like to say some of them are moving past the blueprints and I’m looking into remodeling them, but I’m not quite there yet. 😛

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

Aww, I love this! *scours manuscripts for something suitable* Here you go, these are all from Imprint, (the only decently edited manuscript I have. XD)

“Write residence, Markus speaking,” he said around a mouthful of spaghetti.

“What are you eating?” It was Paige.

“It’s this thing called food.”

He grinned, practically hearing Paige’s eyes rolling.


“What are you doing here?” Paige hissed through clenched teeth. “You’ve taken to stalking people now?” Secretly, she was a bit relieved to have Markus here with her. She was still shaking from what had happened outside the window.

“Stalking is such a strong word…”

“How’d you get in?” She got up and rushed toward him.

“I scooted up the side of the tower like a caterpillar.”

Paige frowned. “Markus. Really.”

“Paige, I’m literally standing by a secret trap door.”


Zedidiah swept over to a mirror in the corner. It was held in a beautiful frame, fashioned from wood, and carved with images of creatures Paige had never seen before. He gingerly pressed his hand onto the glass and she could see a faint red glow under his palm. A figure appeared in the glass.

It was Drilidric. “What now?” he huffed, crossing his arms.

“Since this will be the last time you see any of your friends, I thought to include you in the sharing of my plan.”

“Oh,” Drilidric said, staring through the mirror. “How nice of you to think me. I wouldn’t want to miss this for Nore. Let me just go get some popcorn—”

“Stop talking,” Zedidiah snapped, annoyed.

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)

Here’s a picture of my work space! On my computer screen is one of the outlines I’m reading through and tweaking a bit.

Yes, that is a baby Groot. And yes, he is adorable. 😀


I tag… Faith @ The Writer’s Song | Laurel @ We’ll Be Fine | and Lisa @ Lisa Pickle

That was such a fun challenge! Thank you Deborah, for coming up with this! Are any of you guys spring cleaning? Writing or otherwise? Let me know down below!


7 thoughts on “Writerly Spring Cleaning Challenge

  1. Eep, this was so fun! 😀 I’m so glad you did the tag, and I really enjoyed seeing your responses! ^_^

    I need to be doing more outlining, myself! Good luck to you on those! (And on deciding… that’s the hardest. ;))

    Good for you for taking hiatuses! It’s so important to recharge. I should probably do that more often. XD (Maybe in May…)

    Doing ALL THE THINGS on different stories sounds like a lot of us are doing that. And that’s actually great, because variety!

    IMPRIIINT. I’m definitely more intrigued about this book every time you mention it! 😀 I hope I get to read it someday! ^_^ I loved your snippets. Paige and Markus seem so fun! And Drilidric and his snark, oh my word! XD

    I love your writing space! BABY GROOT!!! He’s so adorable! Definitely the best thing about that movie. XD

    You’re welcome, and thanks for doing the tag! I loved this! ❤

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    1. Yay, I’m glad you liked it! This was such a genius idea for a tag and a lot of fun too! 😀

      Yeah, I’ve really been trying to focus on that. Thank you! (I know…I guess the first step is always the hardest. 😛 )

      Yes! Hiatuses are so important for staying creative. 🙂 Haha, it doesn’t hurt! XD

      Yeah, all of my stories are kind of at different stages, but variety is good! Keeps things interesting! 🙂

      AGGHH. That makes me so unimaginably happy!! 😀 I would love to have it published someday! Aww, thank you! ^_^ They are such an adorable couple! And oh my word, yes, Dril’s snark is one of the most fun things to write. XD

      Thank you! ISN’T HE THE BEST THOUGH? 😀 I totally agree. XD

      Thank you for tagging me! This was a lot of fun! ^_^

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