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Red Book Tag

This book tag is based on the Taylor Swift album Red. I don’t really listen to her, but Lauren @ Narrative Paradise invited me and I do like books, so I will try it.

I started writing this a month ago, so half my answers are outdated, but most of them still apply.

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Question 8 – 50 Unique Questions to Get to Know Your Character

This question might reveal what’s really important in your character’s life.

What does your character dream about?

Dreams are complicated, and considering a sample night of your character’s dreams may let you learn some new things about them. You can even go further and research the meaning of some dreams, or incorporate a dream into your story. Sometimes dreams reflect what one was thinking about before going to sleep, or what they didn’t even realize had been in the back of their mind. However, I wouldn’t include the cliché “prophetic dream” unless it is different from the usual.

Follow-Up Questions

  • How did they feel in the dream?
  • How do they feel after?
  • Is it a recurring dream?
  • Was it about something that had been on their mind, or seemingly random?

Character Profile

Memoir title: My Boring Life
What this says: Sarcastic, doesn’t think their life has anything worth writing a memoir about, probably doesn’t really want to write a memoir anyway

Question they get asked the most: “Why aren’t you at school?”
What this says: Is (or at least looks) under 18, often doesn’t go to school — maybe homeschooled, skips class, can’t go for some reason…

If found dropped $50, they would: Take it
What this says: Might need it, might not; the other options might not have even crossed their mind

Current mood: Good
What this says: Something good might have just happened to them

Favorite game: Scrabble
What this says: Probably likes games that require skill and/or intelligence, has a wide vocabulary, may or may not enjoy active games and sports

Color: Clear-cut, bold, primary colors
What this says: They think logically and are cynical, sometimes struggles to think outside the box

Self-description: Diligent, average, considerate
Others’ description: Procrastinator, funny, empathetic
What this says: This person and others seem to disagree on whether they work hard or not enough. Like many people, they think of themself as not very unique. Everyone seems to agree that they are kind and caring toward others.

Dream: They were falling, but seconds before they hit the ground it shifted into a lake, which they plunged into. When they tried to swim to the surface to breathe, they couldn’t find it anywhere. Then they woke up.
What this says: They are probably stressed, and something is making them feel stranded or not knowing what to do next as things happen quickly around them. Or it could have a literal meaning, like they are scared of drowning. (Of course, I am not a dream expert.)

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Very Late Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2021

I was invited to this challenge over a month ago by Hassan’s Book Corner and have finally gotten a chance to try it. Halloween has long passed, and now we’re excited for the new year, but it’s an interesting and unique idea so I will do it anyway.

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Question 7 – 50 Unique Questions to Get to Know Your Character

This question will compare what your character is like from different perspectives.

What three words would your character use to describe themself, and what three words would others use to describe them?

The two questions inside this are both essential to understand what makes your character unique. Not only does it give you six words to elaborate on their personality, it also shows what parts of themself your character thinks differently about than others. This may reveal their insecurity or overconfidence.

Follow-Up Questions

  • How are the character’s words and everyone else’s words different?
  • Are the words mostly positive, negative, or neutral?

Character Profile

Memoir title: My Boring Life
What this says: Sarcastic, doesn’t think their life has anything worth writing a memoir about, probably doesn’t really want to write a memoir anyway

Question they get asked the most: “Why aren’t you at school?”
What this says: Is (or at least looks) under 18, often doesn’t go to school — maybe homeschooled, skips class, can’t go for some reason…

If found dropped $50, they would: Take it
What this says: Might need it, might not; the other options might not have even crossed their mind

Current mood: Good
What this says: Something good might have just happened to them

Favorite game: Scrabble
What this says: Probably likes games that require skill and/or intelligence, has a wide vocabulary, may or may not enjoy active games and sports

Color: Clear-cut, bold, primary colors
What this says: They think logically and are cynical, sometimes struggles to think outside the box

Self-description: Diligent, average, considerate
Others’ description: Procrastinator, funny, empathetic
What this says: This person and others seem to disagree on whether they work hard or not enough. Like many people, they think of themself as not very unique. Everyone seems to agree that they are kind and caring toward others.

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P.S. This is my 201st post on Words on Key! Thanks for reading!

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Ultimate Reading List Book Review: Earthseed by Pamela Sargent

It’s been several weeks since my last blog post. As I hoped wouldn’t happen, but expected, I ran out of time and energy to keep posting frequently from starting in-person school again. Although I lacked motivation to write, I replaced the habit with reading, and now I have found myself twenty-five book reviews behind.

I read this book over two months ago, so reviewing was a challenge, but luckily it stood out enough that I can still rant about it.

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How YA Lit Leads the Way in Representation

You may have noticed that each year, the books on shelves of libraries, schools, and the Internet have characters and topics that would not have been popular, or even published at all, a few years ago. But what role does young adult (YA) literature play in the evolution, and how far have we come?

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