(Taken from kidshealth.org)
For the purposes of this post, I decided to use this picture to solidify my point.
Recently, one of my writer friends from Wattpad messaged me. I was surprised because I haven’t heard from her in a while, and I was wondering how things were going.
She told me there is a Fiction Award contest going on and as she was reading through the nominations, she saw all the same writers promoting each other. In her words, she said, “It’s all the same people voting for each other (their friends/people they are sucking up to) rather than quality of writing.
Annnnnnd guess what group it is doing it? Someone nominated me and I considered going for it, but honestly? It’s going to be the top 15 and I bet it’s all those books because the whole clique has voted for each other >.> What’s even the point?”
Honestly, I felt this topic should be a blog post because I love to read what other writers think about this. Mind you; I know who the clique is. Now, don’t get me wrong. Those writers are nice in their own way, but I don’t see the need for them to vote constantly for each other and praise only each other’s stories. Each of those writers has 2K-4K followers, and as I was looking at the nominations, only one of the readers from the five authors who were praising each other actually nominated one of them.
I hope this doesn’t make me sound like a bad person, but that’s sad. If there is a contest for ALL writers to get a chance to win a fiction award, then why are other writers voting for one another more than their own readers?? I’m not on Wattpad that much anymore, but this helps me to reaffirm my issues with the website. This group of writers started their own fantasy profile and mentioned they are some of the best writers on Wattpad. As another blogger pointed out before, this is the type of competition that some writers want to stay away from. It just bothers me because I feel a writer who has readers that truly were inspired by their story, should vote, and their votes should mean more than just authors who praise each other.
Maybe I am looking at it the wrong way, or maybe those authors who always praise each other really enjoyed each other’s stories, but outside looking in, I don’t see it.
To my fellow writers, what do you think? Am I overthinking it?