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Previously...

Feb 24, 2016

Hello guys! Welcome to another edition of "Previously,"  a blog hop put on by Miss Cole, where writers share their month in writing and reading so far.


Previously in Writing

This month in writing has been wonderful. I can't tell you exactly how many words I've written, but I'm nearing the 20k mark in my WIP. I'm still posting my work to Wattpad. I've gotten some pretty encouraging feedback, and my short story, THE RIOT QUEENS, is going to be featured on the site in March. Still, although my writing is going well, I have all of these ideas swirling around in my brain that I want to write. It's so hard keeping them at bay, but I know I need to stay focused.

Previously in Reading

I haven't been reading as much as I should have. I've started two books this year, which I haven't finished. Currently I'm reading Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto. I'm really enjoying it so far and I'm determined to finish. Even if I have to read all night, I will finish.

Next Time in Goals

I'm thinking I want to take part in a self-directed writing workshop, You can read all about it here. Other than that, my goals are to finish the book I'm reading right now. I still have to edit my NaNo novel, and I've given myself a deadline of April 1st for a second draft. We'll see how that goes. As for my current WIP, I want to be close to 40k next time we chat.

A Word of Advice

My best advice this month would be to take more chances with your writing. Don't be afraid to put it out into the world. You never know what might happen. This is what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to keep an open mind. I'm constantly searching for new opportunities.

Currently on Wattpad

Feb 8, 2016
It's week four of my YA contemporary being on Wattpad. My book has done so much better this week than last. I did make a few changes. I changed the title yet again. I thought THEN THERE WAS US was too long. When I asked my parents for their opinion, they said it sounded more like a romance. I tried STALKER LOVE, but for some reason this title makes me cringe. Not to mention, there are so many similar titles on the site. Finally, I decided on AUGUSTINE. I like the way it sounds and it's easy to search.

With a new title, I had to make a new cover. Here's one I shared on Twitter:


The poppies are actually symbolic to the story. The poppy scene is one I'm longing to write. On top of that, I spent hours yesterday messing around with Windows Movie Maker, trying to create a trailer. By the end of it all, I managed to slap something together that's decent in my eyes. Trailers are hard you guys. It's actually more of a teaser trailer.


I'm still reading on the site and having a ton of fun interacting with everyone. I'm so glad I decided to post my story, even if not much comes from it. At least I can say I tried.

As always, happy reading and writing.

Currently on Wattpad

Feb 1, 2016

It's been two weeks since I posted my YA contemporary to Wattpad. I must say, I am now addicted to the site. I'm still trying to figure out how to make the most out of my posting experience. After reading a book on there called "Cracking the Wattpad Code" by Michael Limjoco, I've changed the title from THEN THERE WAS US to STALKER LOVE. According to Limjoco, simpler, more literal titles work best on the site. We'll see if there's any change in reads.

Updated to add: After going back and forth with the titles, I've decided to stick with the original.

I've also changed the cover multiple times. It was important to me that I had a cover I could share, so using just any image wouldn't do. I downloaded a photo from StockSnap.io, fiddled around with it in Fotor, and finally came up with something I think is pleasing to the eye. I liked it so much I shared it on Twitter. I also updated the cover for the short story I wrote for a Teen Fiction Community contest. I've you're struggling to create an appealing cover, I highly recommend Canva as well. It's easy to use and has lots of free templates. I could spend hours on that site, too. In fact, I have.

 

All in all, I'm having fun on Wattpad. The community there is wonderful. That's another thing I've realized. Being active in the community is vital if you want to do well. The clubs sometimes have great discussions, full of tips and tricks to help you and your story. Don't be shy to say hello. The teen fiction community is one of the largest on Wattpad. There's a vast array of books to read. Some of them are quite good. If you have the time, check out a story called "The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones." It broke my heart in the best way. I'm looking forward to what the coming weeks have in store for me and my stories.

In other news, I managed to complete one of my New Year's resolutions. I finished the YARWA editing course. I now feel confident enough to move on to the other chapters. *does a happy dance*

If you've been on Wattpad, what was the experience like for you?