“What’s Your WIP?” Tag!

It’s been a bit since I’ve completed a tag, and this one has to take the cake for one of the most interesting! Thanks so much to my good friend Alyssa over at Seeking the Timeless Anchor for tagging me!

For this tag, I’m going to chat about the project I’m currently editing (the third book in my Grace Sufficient series. I may also complete this tag on my current writing project – book #6 of the series – in my newsletter. So if you want a lot of inside info, subscribe here. 😉)

And without any more jabber, let’s look at the rules (I’m already getting a little bit scared.)


  • Thank the person who tagged you & link to their blog. (Thank you, Alyssa! Be sure to check out her post – she’s writing a WWII novel that sounds absolutely amazing.)
  • Link back to the creator, Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic. (Thank you, Katja!)
  • List the rules. 
  • Answer the questions. 
  • Feel free to add snippets!
  • Tag as many or as few people as you wish & let them know they’re tagged. 
  • Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the “tagged.

Le Questions and Answers

Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?

Grand drumroll … the title is Untold. (Keeping with the theme here, guys.)

Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

Give me a few weeks on this one – the upcoming cover reveal will also disclose the horrific thing called a synopsis. (Why are those things so difficult to write?)

Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

Yep, once again, give me a few weeks on this one. (But there’s one in the works, and it’s so fitting for the story!)

How did you get the idea for this story?

Ooh, good question. A big part of this story actually came from the second book in the series, Unworthy. I’ve always fooled around with having a spy in this series, but it just never fit with the characters in the first book. So sometime when I was writing or thinking about the first draft of Unworthy, I decided to have a third book. Surprisingly easily, I came up with the idea of Nikolai and his past. Muahahaha, so very fun. 😊

How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

Well, it’s about 25,000 words down from the original draft, so that’s good news, but it’s still a little on the long side. My next round of edits is chopping words out, so I’m hoping for around 90,000. Hopefully.

Who’s your favourite character so far?

That’s a hard one. I have to say I really enjoy writing Nikolai – his past is so intriguing, and I’ve loved digging into that. He also just has such a dry sense of humor that’s come through. But then there’s Gregor Malkov (some of you may remember him from Unknown), and the scenes he’s in are hilarious, even when they’re really not. He’s just so fun to write, and he loves goading all the poor other characters.

What’s your favourite memory related to this WIP?

Favorite memory … hmm … Yikes, does anyone else feel like editing is this giant void of time that just sucks all the memories from you? I feel like whenever I have long periods of editing, I hardly remember anything that happened then.

So I’m not sure … I had a fun time rewriting it recently? 😊 That was a pathetic answer, I know.

Any special person(s) who helped create it?

Aww, yes! My amazing sister, Kristina, actually named Nikolai. (One of his names, at least. 😉)

What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

I have a lot of scenes that I really like (most of them that are emotionally charged, because that’s the weird person I am). However, I will mention one scene that I think is really cute, and it involves Gabe and Sofia from Unknown. Contrary to popular opinion, I actually love seeing my characters be happy. So yes to a happy scene for Gabe and Sophie. 😊

Can you give us a snippet? 

Um … I think that’s confidential information. 🙂

Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

Great question. I think in general it’s the same basic idea I imagined many years ago, but things have definitely changed with Nikolai (personality, background, etc.) The plot has just become meatier, I guess, and there have been smaller changes. For example, Molly (my female MC), used to not be related at all to Gabe and Sofia, but now she’s Gabe’s cousin to make things work right.

But in general, no massive curveballs – yet.

Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?

Oh yes! I love this question. One of the big overarching themes of the books is based around “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”

When and where have you done most of the writing so far?

At my desk. I don’t move from my spot almost ever!

Where do you get inspiration for this story?

Is inspiration the same as a kick in the pants because a “deadline” is looming? (Deadline as in summer only lasts a few months, and I gotta get this done before school starts again.)

But I guess some of it comes from verses and songs. Also, the whole spy persona thing – I finally had to get that out of my system after a million failed spies in other books. Also, I just love these characters, and watching them go through these trials and lean on the Lord more is just so much fun.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Pantser, I think? I’m not good at these fancy writing terms.

Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?

Not really, no. I try to pray before I start, but I fail at that a lot.

(Time to do better!)

Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Yup, hopefully late summer 2022! Be on the lookout for more developments in the coming months …

What things have you learned while writing this story?

Ooh, there’s a lot, but a big one that comes through in the book is that our struggles and trials serve to push us to the Lord.

You’ll have to read the rest of the book to find out what else I’ve learned. 😉


Thank you again, Alyssa, for tagging me! This was a lot of fun. Here is a clean copy of the questions for anyone who’d like to do this one! Specifically, I’d love to see Grace A. Johnson, Saraina, and Joelle do this.

  1. Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  2. Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  3. Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  4. How did you get the idea for this story?
  5. How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  6. Who’s your favourite character so far?
  7. What’s your favourite memory related to this WIP?
  8. Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  9. What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  10. Can you give us a snippet? 
  11. Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  12. Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  13. When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  14. Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  15. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  16. Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  17. Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  18. What things have you learned while writing this story?

25 thoughts on ““What’s Your WIP?” Tag!

  1. OOH, THERE’S A SPY IN UNTOLD????? I DIDN’T KNOW YOU WOULD PUT ESPIONAGE (I’m trying to sound fancy…I learned that word about two years ago, and I’m so pleased with myself XD) IN THE BOOK!!!! *eyes* Then again, my days of spying and trying to be an FBI agent from childhood are long gone…maybe…I think…XD

    And LOL, you want your characters to be happy…Hm, you’re not as cruel as some of the other people I know…So you probably could never bring yourself to kill off one of them, hm? 😀

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    • “Untold”!!! I LOVE IT!!! 😀 *squeals* Oh I’m so excited for this book. (And YES for the Gabe and Sophia’s happy scene!!!) This was so fun to read!!!

      Thank you so much for tagging me – I’m looking forward to doing this! 😀

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      • (Haha sorry, I didn’t mean to reply to you, Amelia ! XD Oh – but I will say, you’d better not give Vanessa any ideas!! I won’t bear it if anyone I love dies!!!)

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      • You’re good, girl! I’ll just impersonate her for the next two minutes. XD

        And PFFFFFFFT, meeeeeeeee, give her ideeeeaaaaaaas??? PFFFFT, what kind of beta reader would encourage the author to kill off characters in the future? PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT, neeeeveeeeeeeer.
        *walks away cack–I mean, singing sweet and lovely songs about death to charac–I mean, peace and rainbow kitties*

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      • Aw, thank you, Saraina! (Right?? Poor things need some serious happiness after the last two books … and now this one *clears throat*) But thank you for reading!

        I’m looking forward to your answers!! ;0

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    • Ooh yes, prepare yourself for many spy thoughts. 😉 And yes, all the fancy words are so much fun – espionage just sounds cool. I’m still trying to get over my obsession with spies and spying, hahaha!

      Um … well … I wouldn’t say I’m beyond thinking of killing a character off. (Not those exact characters, though. They’re my babies. :))

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      • Oooooooh, got it! YES, fancy words are fun…especially around other high schoolers you know little to nothing about…XD

        So you ARE thinking about killing characters off that aren’t your own…If so, then HAH, SARAINA, SHE’S CONSIDERING IT!!!

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  2. Ooooo this tag looks SO fun!!!! I LOVEEEE the book’s title!! Untold!! aaaahhh it’s PERFECT!!!!! AND THERE’S GONNA BE A SPY IN THIS BOOK???!!! GIRL, I AM ALL HERE FOR THIS!!!!!!! I have a secret-not-so-secret undying love for books with spies!! I mean, how can’t you? THEY’RE SPIES!!!!! I’m SO excited for this book to be published and to see the cover and read the blurb!! I know it’s gonna be EPIC!!! I’m also obsessed with the name Nikolai so there’s that too. XD Also, this might sound weird, but it was kind of a relief to know I’m not the only one who fails at praying before writing, but just like you, it’s definitely something I want to get better at!!! Anyway, LOVED this post, LOVE this series, and LITERALLY CAN’T WAIT for this book!!!! Good luck with that editing!! You go, girl!!!

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    • Awww, Issabelle, thank you! (I love your enthusiasm so much.) Well, we have an ex-spy in our midst, so that’s as far as I’ll go with the spying. But it’s definitely fun.

      And yes, Nikolai is a cool name. Very sleek. 🙂

      Ahhh, yes, don’t we all struggle to pray enough? *sighing* But we’re being sanctified every day and being more formed into the Image of Jesus, by His Power alone!

      Thank you so much!! You’re such an encouragement, sister!

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  3. Girl, I was JUST thinking of how much I wanted to do this tag! (And how I didn’t have any blog posts lined up for this week/next week…) So THANK YOU!!

    And AAAHHHHH!!!! Untold sounds FABULOUS already!!! (I *cough* still need to read Unworthy. I am so behind on books right now I could just cry.)

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  4. AHHHHH THIS LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN THANKS FOR THE TAG!!!

    Also. I’m already in love with Nikolai and I haven’t even read the series yet. XD HURRY UP AND FINISH THE BOOKS SO I CAN READ ALL OF THEM AT ONCE XD

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    • Thanks, Joelle! And I’ll be looking for your post with all the answers to these very interesting questions. 🙂

      Awww! I think Nikolai would be appreciate of the love. 😉 And it might take me a bit to get through all of the books … at least another two years. Probably more. 🙂

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  5. Great tag, Vanessa! I love writing at my desk too (though, I’ve learned the hard way not to sit for too long Lol.) As for the editing void and the dreaded synopsis, I’m not sure which is worse XD. I look forward to hearing more about your book this summer! Spy stories are a lot of fun 🙂

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    • Yes, writing at a desk is just the way to go for me, hahaha! 🙂 I am very habitual by nature, so it’s kind of hard for me to write anyone else. And yes – I sit too long, too.

      Aww, thank you! Spy stories are quite interesting, indeed!

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