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Using Your Talent (For Writers)

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Today’s post is more personal, but I figured I would share it with everyone. People say writing is an art, but writing isn’t visual like most traditional art. Let’s say, for example, drawing, graphic design, and acting. Nope, writing isn’t something people can see without using their imaginations. So for some, reading and visualizing a story isn’t easy. I figured that’s why most people say, “I’ll wait for the movie or TV adaption to come out.” Or, “Why read it when I can watch the movie?”

People say writing is an art, but writing isn’t visual like most traditional art. Let’s say, for example, drawing, graphic design, and acting. Nope, writing isn’t something people can see without using their imaginations. So for some, reading and visualizing a story isn’t easy. I figured that’s why most people say, “I’ll wait for the movie or TV adaption to come out.” Or, “Why read it when I can watch the movie?”

For those who write and read, we know those people are missing out on some great stories. And of course, books usually cover more than a movie or TV show will. So as writers, our work is harder than traditional artists who create beautiful pieces for people to ponder and stare at.

Now, you may be wondering what’s the point of this, and I’m going to tell you. Point blank: use your talent. A few years ago, I was always on DA (Deviantart). If you don’t know what DA is, it’s a place for artists to share their work. So think, drawings, gifs, photography, and more. On DA, fellow artists would draw pictures for other users. The same can be said for artists offline. For example, if a friend is sad, you can draw a picture of them with their favorite fictional character. Those artists use their talent online, and offline.

As writers, we should do the same thing. If you are a writer, use your talent not just to write stories online, for publishing or for yourself. Also, write for the people in your life who love and care about you.

This week, my mother was upset over something my brother did, and I tried to think of ways to make her feel better. Of course, we talked about, but then I thought, “I write! Why don’t I write her a poem.” So, I got my thinking cap on and wrote something short and straightforward:

There is no reason to be mad,
so please, don’t be sad.

Here is a simple message to say,
I am here for you now and always.

Dedicated to my mother, Evelyn. 

I know it’s not much, but it’s a way to use my talent to cheer her up. If I were better at drawing, I would have drawn her a picture of the landscapes she likes. However, that’s a skill I’m still working on. So next time someone in your life is sad, use those writing skills to make them feel better. After all, it is your talent. And besides, if your friends and family see more of your writing, then they may read that book you’ve been working on or, they may finally say, “We have a writer in the family, and it’s (you)!”

Have you ever used your writing talent for a friend or family member? If you did, what did you write them?

Writing Websites – Platform Guide and Review (1)

This is part 1 of my Writing Websites – Platform Guide and Review

Today I want to discuss different writing websites that are available online. Since I bounce around a lot, I’ve been on a few writing websites. Some good, some bad, and some just seem dead.

Deviantart – Ah, good ole Deviantart (DA for short). DA was one of the first writing websites I stumbled upon. When I first started out writing again, I wrote fanfiction. Specifically, x reader fan fiction. If you don’t know what x reader fan fiction is, it’s when you put the reader (you) into the story. Generally, these stories are written in first person or second person. Yes, you read right, second person!

For example, “you felt his touch on your skin, sending your heart aflutter.”

If you write fanfiction, especially x reader fanfiction, Deviantart is a good website for you. However, DA is more of an artist website than a writing site. The format to upload and edit stories is horrible, yes, horrible! But, if you want to get a lot of readers for your FANFICTION, then DA is the place to be. Also, keep in mind the demographic of readers is between 13-20, teen girls and young women. So, if you are looking to write romantic fanfiction, then it’s a gold mine. If you are looking to use DA for original stories, then nope, nada, move on, and move on fast! While DA does have clubs and groups for original works, they are pretty much dead. You’re lucky enough to even get 20 reads on a chapter. DA was good when I was writing fanfiction, but once I decided to write original work, I had to find a new website.

In a nutshell, DA is great for x reader fanfiction with romantic themes, but for original work, move on. Before I left DA, I had 400 followers between my two profiles. Oh, and the same goes for OC X Canon Character stories, you won’t get many readers.

Wattpad – My old writing home, and where I spent three years trying to get reads on my stories. Before I speak about Wattpad, I just want to say it’s not a bad site, but there is a lot of things there that irk me. Like Deviantart, Wattpad is a good site to post your x reader fanfiction, especially if it has romance. If you post a romantic x reader fanfiction (or a romance story in general between a girl and hot guy), you will get reads. I repeat, you WILL get reads. I’ve seen some of the worst written stories get a hundred thousand to over a million reads. It’s pretty much a hub for romance writers. While Wattpad does have other genres, romance, vampires, fanfiction and werewolves are the most popular on Wattpad.

During my time on Wattpad, I gained over 2500 followers for my fanfictions. Now, I have 3191 followers between both my fanfiction and original stories. Yes, I didn’t separate the accounts like I was supposed to (fanfiction & original work), but I’m stuck now. Anway, between DA and Wattpad, I would say Wattpad is best for original stories. However, it will take a long time to get readers for your work. Wattpad is more like a social media site for writers than anything else. The demographic is similar to DA and it shows. So don’t feel bad if you spend days perfecting a chapter for good grammar and spelling and get no reads. More than likely, a poorly written story will get more reads than your work. Now, I don’t want to knock Wattpad too much. Wattpad does provide a nice format for writers to post their stories and show off pretty covers, but if you are looking for semi-quality writing, move on.

My Wattpad Stats:

Clash of Tides 53.2K reads

Love for an Angel 21K reads

That Jerk of a Captain (fanfiction) 531K reads 

I have more to say about Wattpad, but I’ll cover that in part 2.

If you have used either Wattpad or DA, did you had a good experience?