I am so honored to have been asked to join this awesome group, and cant wait for you all to see what we have in store for 2017!
I am incredibly proud to announce that I have joined the Wattpad RomanceSparks profile! A collection of Wattpad writers who love romance writing, novels, and everything love, we strive to bring you contests, anthologies and chats every Wednesday to discuss all things romance!
I am so honored to have been asked to join this awesome group, and cant wait for you all to see what we have in store for 2017!
As if February, with Valentines Day and the Wattpad Block Party, couldnt be exciting enough, the romance gurus of Wattpad, also known as @RomanceSparks, have used this month of all things love to host their Crazy For You anthology!
With incredible Wattpad writers such as Fallon Demornay, Shaun Allan, Gaby Cabezut and more, it is a collection of all things romance no matter your hearts desire!
Yours truly is also featured, my one shot of a lifelong love featured on March 3.
Be sure to check it out, read the posts and try your own hand at romance!
Its that time of year again, where the Wattpad community comes together in an anthology like no other! New chapters, exclusive features, give aways and more, make the Wattpad Block Party the best collection on the forum.
The winter edition III comes this February, featuring Kelly Anne Blount, LIndsey Summers and more (myself included)! Each day in February will bring you new features from several authors, their posts exclusive to the WBP event.
Make sure to add it to your Wattpad libraries, and follow along each day to check out the new features authors have created!
Click HERE to check it out
Wattpad readers know that Wattpad authors are some of the brightest and most talented in the writing world. As as more and more of these writers break into traditional publication, there are even more who remain on the site or balance between the two.
Well, Inkitt has taken notice, and has included many of these incredible writers in their Top 100 Online Indie Authors to Look Out for in 2017...
Many of the names you can expect with such a list, including Kelly Anne Blount, Rebecca Sky, AV Geiger and more.
It is an exciting moment for any author to make a top or best of list, so huge congrats to all these writers for this achievement!
Check out the full list HERE
With 2017 just hours away, I find myself reflecting back on 2016.
I have been incredibly fortunate with the success my work has found on Wattpad, the friends I have made and the support of my readers. Your encouragement and enthusiasm has kept me striving towards my goal of finding representation and publication, which I have strong hopes for in 2017. With several manuscripts currently under consideration with publishers and agents at present, I am hoping that good news will be coming soon!
My experiences with Wattpad have extended beyond simply writing and reading from my device, to becoming more involved directly with the venture. Becoming an Ambassador in October 2016, attending the 10 year anniversary party in November, and the adventure that was NYCattcon in October onlly further impressed on the community that is unique to Wattpad. There is no forum better, in my opinion!
I have also met some incredible writers who I have admired for a long time, including Lindsey Summers, Fallon Demornay and the incomparible Anna Todd. Their support and motivation has encouraged me to keep writing, keep taking risks, and their friendship has meant even more!
But to my readers, you are the biggest thanks I have to give. So many times I have thought of giving up, or taking a long break from writing. But your comments, your dedication and your feverish responses to my works has given me the energy to keep writing! Any time I finish one work, I find myself thinking of other possibilities that might delight you! It is for you that I write, and for you that I will continue to do so!
So for giving me a wonderful 2016, I thank you! I hope 2017 is amazing for all of you, and hope to meet more of you soon!
All the love!
It's coming up on that time of year again! Another amazing Wattpad Block Party is just around the corner, coming February 2017!
Hosted by the awesome Kelly Anne Blount, the party features Wattpad writers new and established doing special features, extra chapters, give aways and more! Each day in February, you will be treated to these gems and get tips and tricks from some of Wattpads most popular!
I am lucky enough to be included in my second block party! WOOHOO! I still dont know what Im going to write this time around, as last time I did a follow up interview with Harry and Lane from Afterlife. What will come this time? I guess I will need to figure that out!
I will be posting links and the like as the WBP approaches, so make sure you check back often! And if you're on Wattpad, follow the book on Kelly Annes profile, and check out the hash tag on Twitter!
Its coming up to that time of year again! The time of making resolutions, swearing to change bad habits, and starting anew!
Writers are not immune to this trend, and we all have those little quirks that we want to change in order to become better and more successful writers! For me, as I look at how infrequently I've been updating my blog lately, I have to admit being more dedicated is definitely at the top of my list. And I am sure my friends would say being stricter with my editing and revision lol
But, everyone has their own hopes for 2017, so in the spirit of the general season, here are a few New Years Resolutions for Writers!
1) Make more time for writing
This is probably the biggest one for all writers. No matter your genre, or whether it is your full time job or simply a hobby, finding the time to sit down and write is always the hardest part. We all have things that get in the way, but if we want to write, we need to do just that...stick your butt to that chair, and write. Yes, some people can bang out 10, 000 words in a week, while you've written 4. But guess what? Those 4 are still something! It is still better than a blank page!
My tip? Pick a time of day that is generally free of distraction, and designate that as your writing time. For me, it is between 9 and 10pm. Hubby watches his weird cop shows, so I retreat to the bedroom and write. Sometimes its editing previous chapters, other times its writing outlines, or maybe even a full new chapter. But at least its something, and its productive. So set aside that time, even if its only 3-4 times a week, and make that yours!
2) Edit, edit, edit
The bane of every writers existance is the dreading editing process. It is a pain in my butt, and something I suck at. Im sure my friends will agree, since most of my drafts (posted on Wattpad) are completely void of any editing at all. But it is important to at least give it a general self edit before posting, because no matter the forum, you want to make a good impression. And while your work may be stellar, it can be diluted with spelling errors and flubbage (yes, I made that word up). So try and give each chapter a general scan, and catch any of the big issues before you post. You can always go back and do a major editing round afterwards
3) Take risks
Everyone has their comfort zone in all things, and writing is no different. We all have our go to genre, the one we stick with, afraid to take risks and break out of the comfortable little bubble we know. In 2017, try and write something new! Writing is yours, no matter the genre, so if you've always considered writing a sci fi even though you identify as a romance writer, DO IT! There are no limits, and nothing is considered 'wrong' in writing. It can be fun and challenging to try your hand at something new, and might rejuvinate your love of writing!
4) Call yourself a writer!
This is a hard one for everyone, even some professional writers. Some feel that they arent really writers until they've released a traditionally published book, made a bestseller list, or maybe never. Writing, as with most creative arts, are considered as 'not a real way to make money' by some, despite the love and dedication it takes by those who do it. So you know what? Forget that! If you write, you're a writer! No matter the genre, whether you write short hiakus or full length novels...if you write, you're a writer! Call yourself one, and be proud!
5) Support others writers!
This goes without saying, but is something I think some people forget. Since writing is generally a solitary task, we sometimes dont think about reaching out and supporting others in the same skill set. Those within the Wattpad community know the power that supporting each other, leaving votes, comments, the forums, and chats can have on inspiration and encouragement. Sometimes all you need is someone to tell you they love what you're working on to give you the boost to keep going! So, if you have a writer that you enjoy, whether a newcomer or established, let them know! Alot of the time, the only feedback writers get are reviews, which are looking for qualities to pull down. As a fan, lift them up!
These are just a few general resolutions, and of course, everyone is different. Mold these to yourself and things you want to change for the new year and your writing!
I was recently fortunate enough to be able to attend the Wattpad 10 Year anniversary party in Toronto on November 22, and I honestly cant say enough about this amazing group of people. The sense of community within this gathering resonated the fundamental basis of the forum itself, as we toasted the creators, the writers, and talked of hopes for the future.
I gave a detailed overview of the night for Fangirlish, and wanted to link it here for readers to get an inside look at one of the best parties of the writing community
Wattpad Celebrates 10 Years
Thank you to Wattpad for allowing me to be a part of your big night!
Congratulations. You've just written your first (or maybe fifth) novel. The hours of research, of staring at your computer screen, of sore hands aching after typing at the speed of light, and headaches from days of writers block and self loathing have finally culminated into a completed, and in your honest option, fabulous work.
You've taken the obligatory break from your work; those few days, weeks, or sometimes months that most writers take after finishing a new book to give them distance and clarity. Stepping back allows for objective ability, and a sense of detachment that is necessary before this next, and just as important step.
Now, if you're anything like me, the word makes you cringe. I bloody hate revision. More than the sore hands, more than the writers block. It is the part of the writing process that I absolutely suck at, the ability to read back over my work with an objective eye, and catch all the things that I missed, misspelled, or that need changing. I know it is an important part of the process, and welcome it whole heartedly. I just suck at it, if I am being completely candid, and it is something I just don't have a knack for. Even some of my writing crew love to be able to make fun of me for my 'lack of editing'. Any time I write a new piece, either for the blog, for Fangirlish, or for my Wattpad novels, they love saying 'did you edit?' or 'did you read it over'? A friendly teasing, with a touch of truth, because my answer every time is no.
But, it is necessary. The art of improving the perfected, of making the little changes that increase your works draw and imagery.
So, for this post, I've decided to include some comments and statements about the art of revision by those we all wish we could emulate....the writers!
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” — Mark Twain
“Mostly when I think of pacing, I go back to Elmore Leonard, who explained it so perfectly by saying he just left out the boring parts. This suggests cutting to speed the pace, and that’s what most of us end up having to do (kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings)…I got a scribbled comment that changed the way I rewrote my fiction once and forever. Jotted below the machine-generated signature of the editor was this mot: ‘Not bad, but PUFFY. You need to revise for length. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. Good luck.’ — Stephen King
“I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” Truman Capote
“Read over your compositions and, when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”
— Samuel Johnson
“By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.” — Roald Dahl
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” — Saul Bellow
Now clearly, this particular blog post does not tell you HOW to revise. It gives no tips on what to look for, on how to make changes and improve structure. That is another post entirely. This one is mainly to impress the importance, universally, of that dreaded stage all writers tend to loathe despite its necessity, and give a little insight into how those we admire feel about it.
Wattpad has already made an impact on the publishing world with launching the careers of Anna Todd, Ali Novak and more. Removing the guesswork on popularity, fanbase and what will draw in readers, Wattpad is bridging a gap between what readers want and the writers that can bring it to life.
Writers Digest recently featured an article on Wattpad and publishing, with the help of a Wattpad Star. Check it out here
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