Your WIP in Gifs Tag! (NaNoWriMo 2019 Edition)

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen this tag before! I have previously done it for my project Arcadia (check out the post here) and for my #witchyWIP (which you can check out here) and both times, I just had a ton of fun. Now, I didn’t want to do an official NaNoWriMo announcement, because I don’t know how seriously I am taking it this year, but I figured everything that helps get me motivated is a good thing.

Disclaimer for those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is: It stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a yearly event that takes place during the month of November. Writers all over the world attempt to write a novel with at least 50K words during the time constraint of that one month. I’ve done it previously, but only succeeded once.

Since you are not supposed to TALK about what your WIP is about, I am not going to for now. I might do a short summary at the end, but will mostly just let you guess?? Let’s do this!


πŸ’› Thank the person who tagged you (no one tagged me this time, but still, thanks Michelle for creating this kind of post!)
πŸ’›Β Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!) and link back toΒ this postΒ so she can find out aaaall about your WIPs!
πŸ’›Β Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you


Sum up your WIP in 4 gifs!

(Keep in mind, this is just a regular old Contemporary YA. I wasn’t trying to hint at any sort of scifi connection or so …)

Time to introduce your main characters!


Little bean thinks she can do anything!


There’s some stuff to unpack there. Who is she jealous of? Does it make her literally sick? Stay tuned!


Maybe that’s not so much Jack, as Karoline’s thoughts about Jack, but whatever.


You don’t want to mess with that lady.

How would your main character react in a crisis?

I feel like Karoline would have a hard time asking for help. She’d just try to brave it on her own.

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?

This story has some … memoir-esque qualities …

And if you were to meet your antagonist?

It would be civil, but I don’t think we’ll ever be on the same page.

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

Actually, despite Karoline crushing on one or two people, there isn’t really a romance. It’s super tame and just not about that.

How do other characters feel about this ship?

How do you want people to react to reading your WIP?

This is the evolution of how I hope everyone will feel about Karoline.


As much fun as it was to look up those gifs and pick them for this post, I could understand how you might not feel the connection to any of it, since I have told you literally nothing besides it being Contemporary YA so far. Let’s start with a little blurb maybe?

Karoline is ready to see the world! (Or at least she thinks she is.) After mountains of paperwork and considerable support from her friends and family, she is finally about to embark on her exchange semester in the US. But when she arrives, nothing is like she imagined it would be. Yes, every day in High School feels like she jumped right into one of the TV shows that have shaped her youth, but somehow she just can’t seem to make it work with her host family. Will Karoline manage and have to grow up in a foreign country with no support system from back home around?

I am still working on that pitch … but it’s basically what it’s about. This is very heavily influenced by my own experiences, but I threw in more than enough fiction to not make it awkward with real life people. At least I hope so … no one better try to find themselves in this story.

So far, I am not on target for the official NaNoWriMo goal at all, but it’s okay. I will write at my own pace. What do you think about my untitled exchange semester story? Are you interested? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let’s chat!

23 thoughts on “Your WIP in Gifs Tag! (NaNoWriMo 2019 Edition)

  1. I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year as well. My story is called “Toyland,” and so far, I’m about eighty-five hundred words in. Hopefully I can finish Chapter Two today and maybe start on Chapter Three. Good luck with your project. It sounds like something you would enjoy writing.

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  2. YES. YES. YES. I adore this concept, as you know, and I feel like Karoline is literally me in how she reacts to a crisis. My life is basically that gif haha. Good luck with NaNoWriMo. Keep me posted!

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    • Awe, thank you! Karoline is also literally me, because … she is and that story is at least half mine.
      I am going to add you to the google doc. I am writing it all online this year, but you don’t have to check it out anytime soon. It’s just if you are curious πŸ˜€


    • Thank you so much, Lashaan! It’s been about 10 years in the making (at least in my head), so I really hope I will not abandon yet another project. Although, I’d like to pretend the others are just on hold and not entirely forgotten.

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    • If you like it, you should totally do a post like this yourself! I just didn’t tag anyone this time around, because most of my writer friends were tagged in previous attempts of this tag.


  3. Okay I love gifs and writing so this tag is incredible, how haven’t I heard of this tag before!! πŸ˜‚
    I loved finding out bits about your WIP and it sounds so cool with some of crushes and being clueless (in the best way) and growing up. I love the sound of it and I hope you enjoy writing it. Best of luck with your writing goals, I’m not taking part in NaNoWriMo but I like to use some of the motivation of it all to encourage me to write all the same πŸ˜‚

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    • If you ever feel like doing this tag, even if it’s not NaNo related, just go for it! I think it’s always a lot of fun πŸ™‚
      Thank you also for the luck! I am not doing NaNo very seriously to be honest. I have maybe 600 something words by now and it should be much more than that, but I don’t really care. I use it as motivation as well πŸ˜€

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  4. Ah I LOVE your GIF choices and I’m really looking forward to meeting all of your characters! It’s also refreshing that there is no romance, even if… well you know me, I love a good romance, but I’m all for a great character focused only kind of book, too πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you! I feel like so few people know about this. Usually, I am way more vocal about my writing projects, but this time it’s so personal haha
      And I guess there will be romance-related content. There’s just no one going to exit this book in a relationship haha

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  5. Hey Kat!!
    I really liked reading about your new WIP! I loved your blurb and the GIFs that you’ve picked.
    No worries about meeting the Nanowrimo word count target. Everyone writes at their own pace, the important part is to keep writing πŸ™‚
    Happy writing!!

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