10 Things I Love To Write {A Tag I Totally Didn’t Steal}

Here’s the thing about tags.

One must actually have a rather large readership to actually be tagged in the things. Which means I’m not often tagged.

*giggles* Just kidding. I really don’t put in enough effort or blog often enough to really grow much of a readership on here.

That’s my own fault.

All this said, I occasionally lift tags off other peoples’ websites – this time, Jenelle Schmidt’s.

It’s funny because I have spent the last few months realizing that many of my stories are connected in unexpected ways.

So here you are… 10 Things I Love to Write {aka, How to Know that Bekah Wrote It}

1. Death

{me with my characters}


^^^ this should be the warning-label on every Rebekah DeVall story. {eyes Death’s Mirror}

TH death gif.gif

{also me to my characters – I actually can list all the ways characters of my current WIP die}

Seriously, I don’t know what it is. Maybe because this is almost frowned upon in Christian-esque fiction?

Maybe because shock factor is awesome?

Maybe because I’m not afraid of it? I don’t know if it’s the missionary-kid side of me that’s just accustomed to saying goodbye?

I don’t know.

Don’t care.

If it has death, it may very well have been written by yours truly.

2. Cross-cultural themes.

{Octavia and Lincoln – best fictional cross-cultural relationship ever}

This has been a recent realization.

When Your Melody Fades crossed from hearing to deafness {poor Maeve!}

Aveza of the Ercanhelm crossed the barriers of classes and beliefs, with the underground Christian society, the Ercanhelm.

Lunetta crossed the barriers from prison to “normal life”.

And my nonfiction – Waterfalls: Navigating Life Changes God’s Way – is literally a discussion on the cross-cultural change.

Nara and the Dragon takes a similar turn as When Your Melody Fades, this time with the loss of sight.

Gate of God is there at the literal beginning of the splitting of cultures.

Vixere is a literal cross-cultural change, with Ingomarian warrior Roza’s loyalties being tested as she is brought under the influence of her Aenorian masters.

3. Close familial relationships.

Maeve and Ealar of When Your Melody Fades. Aveza, Falk, Knut and Therese in Aveza of the Ercanhelm {they weren’t blood relatives but this was definitely their relationship}. Persa, Zane and Lunetta in Lunetta’s series. Nara and Mirza in Nara and the Dragon. Roza and Lothar in Vixere.

I may actually need to vary this up a bit.

I can see where it comes from, though. My sisters and I are super close. ❤

4. Strong female main characters.

{^ Lagertha was actually my face claim for Aveza!}

That’s pretty self-explanatory.

I feel like I’ve done pretty well avoiding highly-feminist tropes {I hate the I AM BETTER THAN ANY MAN thing of my generation}. I have found writing male characters particularly difficult. Fun fact – the original draft of Vixere included Lothar’s POV. There are reasons why I am revising it now. xD

5. Bittersweet endings.

*eyes piles of dead characters*

Um… yeah. Highly self-explanatory.

It’s hard to have a happy ending when all the characters are dead.

{That said, I cried at the end of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy because of the bittersweetness of the end. I see from whence the love comes.}

6. Characters losing their abilities.

This isn’t so much every story, but I definitely see the recurring theme.

When Your Melody Fades – Maeve losing her hearing – partly came from the advice “write what you know”. I had been working with the deaf {or is hard of hearing the politically correct term now?} for three years and could definitely place myself in Maeve’s shoes.

Nara and the Dragon – Nara losing her eyesight – came partly from an exercise. Anyone who’s read my first… or second… or third… drafts knows that I suck at descriptions. I rely heavily on eyesight. What happens when I don’t have eyesight to rely on? That’s where the blindness aspect of Nara’s story was formed.

7. Lack of fantastical elements.

I watch it. I read it. I don’t have a problem with either of the above. I don’t know why I’ve never cared for writing straight-up magic {does the personifying of Death count as a fantastical element?}.

My guess is that it leads back to my love-hate relationship with description. *shrugs*

8. Lack of romance.


Really, I do. But let’s face it, Falk and Aveza’s relationship was surprising and last-moment, and none of my other stories really have a romance at all.

*eyes Vixere* Cenric and Roza have a cute friends-to-lovers relationship but sheesh. This stuff is hard.

9. Gray characters

I venture pretty far from the “white hat = good guy” trope of the Westerns I read a lot in my early teens.

Honestly, life rarely gives us black-and-white decisions. There are no absolute good guys or absolute bad guys in life.

My characters screw up – sometimes enough to get themselves killed – and even the bad guys have their redeemable qualities {well, mostly}.

10. Death.

Williams death quote.gif

Because I totally didn’t say that enough times up at Point #1.

There we go – the ultimate guide on How to Tell if a Story was Written by Bekah. Or, in fewer words, 10 Things I Love to Write.

Like this list? Take it, share it, write your own post and share it in the comments below. I’d love to see what common threads you have in your own stories!

5 thoughts on “10 Things I Love To Write {A Tag I Totally Didn’t Steal}

  1. I didn’t know you had a blog!!!! *curls up with some hot chocolate and totally plans to read ALL the posts at some point*

    Hehe, well, you made this sound like your stories are kinda morbid, but having read and LOVED Death’s Mirror, I thought you did a brilliant job of playing with the theme of death without being creepy or terribly sad about it. Just my 2 cents. 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your stories someday!

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  2. I loved this! I love getting to have this “glimpse in your brain” moment when you write these types of posts. I mean I feel like we talk about writing a lot but at the same time we also don’t really talk about the particulars/uniquenesses of our writing and why it’s that way. So I always enjoy your posts on thie subject/topic/vein. AND THE GIF AT THE TOP 12/10 excellent gif use.

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