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Supporting Fellow Writers and Updates

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How is everyone doing?! I know it’s been a while since I posted a real discussion, but I’m back! Real quick, I want to give you some updates on what I’ve been working on.

  1. Preparing for my trip to Tokyo this month. I leave at the end of the month, so I’m practicing my Japanese^^
  2. There have been many changes at work, so that’s been bothering me. I don’t know what will happen, but I’ll take it one day at a time.
  3. I’m trying to get a full-time writing job. Yes, I’m working on a career change right now to be a full-time Technical Writing until I get an agent, so I’ve been working on that.
  4. Writing and preparing my stories for submission. This is an ongoing process and takes time. I’ll be submitting Clash of Tides next year, and hopefully, 9/Nine Realms, too.
  5. Working on my artwork. I would love to make a comic for Clash of Tides^^
  6. Lots and lots of beta reading! I’m doing manuscript reviews right now, so that’s also taking my time.
  7. Lastly, I’m taking classes to learn web development: HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. Basically, I’m trying to switch careers into something new, and I want more skills. What I do now isn’t a career, it’s horrible, so I want a change.

Whew…so, that was a lot. Now since you all know what I’ve been doing, let’s discuss today’s topic. So recently, I asked a writing and art community how they felt about supporting a fellow artist. For example, let’s say you enjoy a writer’s work, follow them and read their stories. Would you want that writer to also read your stuff?

Well, the responses were a little shocking, and the conclusion was that most writers wouldn’t support a fellow writer. Well, unless they liked that fellow writer’s work. Honestly, it makes sense, but I’ve always supported my fellow writers whether I liked their work or not.

For me, even if I don’t like the other writer’s work, I can at least provide some feedback on why I didn’t like it.

I know everyone doesn’t have time to support their fellow writers. So if you are a new writer starting out, don’t expect anyone – least of all other writers – to support you. Most likely, they won’t.

Honestly, I don’t want to jump to any conclusions on this, and I would love to get everyone’s thoughts.

Question: Do you think writers should support each other? If yes, please tell me why. If no, please explain.

Lastly, what are you working on right now?

Thanks for reading

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Contest Winner!!

Hey, everyone!!

Before I announce the winner, I want to thank Thomas for being a judge and for helping with the contest. I also want to thank everyone who submitted their story. This was my first contest, and I had a good number of submissions, so all in all, I felt it was successful. Now enough rambling! It’s time to announce the winner!

The winner is…

Lanterns in the Sky by Pagan Malcolm!

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If you didn’t win, please don’t feel discouraged. Remember, always keep on writing because you never know what can happen. It’s always best to focus on improving your craft than feeling defeated.

To the winner, I just need your email address so I can send you your Amazon gift card. You can either email me or post it in the comment section =)

Thanks again, everyone!! I’ll be hosting another contest when I reach the 2K follower mark. Also, I plan to post a new blog post this week. It will be about more issues in the writing community. This time, I’ve noticed that many popular writers online don’t feel the need to rewrite and edit their stories.

Question: As writers, do you feel that first drafts should always go through a rewrite?

Let me know!

 

Goodreads, where should we draw the line? (For Writers)

Hey, everyone! It wasn’t my intention to post this topic today, but another writer and I have been discussing this recently.

To give you some background, and some of you may already know this, I learned a few weeks ago that stories posted on Wattpad are considered self-published by sites like Goodreads. You may be asking, “Aka, why is this important?”

Well, I’ll tell you. Some writers on Wattpad, mostly the popular ones, have been getting Goodreads reviews on their books. The issue here is, the stories they posted are first drafts, not finalized products. When we think of Goodreads, we think of a place to review published and finalized self-published books, not first drafts online.

Since the stories posted to Wattpad are free, we’re wondering if it’s right that readers are leaving detailed reviews on unedited work. The “where should we draw the line?” question comes from the fact these stories are free. It is right that readers are posting detailed reviews and rating on books that are still in progress? Giving feedback on Wattpad is fine, but should that also apply to Goodreads? To explain further, I mean that some writers may not want early draft reviews posted to Goodreads, as they still have time to edit and fix their work. Not only that, but the reviews may hinder the writer from posting their work in the future.

Also, Goodreads has confirmed they won’t remove detailed reviews for first draft Wattpad books, as they are self-published to Wattpad. So, even if you, as the writer, request these reviews to be removed, they won’t do. In short, “completed Wattpad books are considered self-published. The same also applies to other websites like Fictionpress.”

However, posting work online as become even more complex with Wattpad’s ads revenue program and websites like Radish. With the revenue program, readers click on ads in Wattpad’s popular stories, thus providing money for the writer. And with Radish, readers are actually PAYING for the story (for those who follow me, I covered this in another post.) On Wattpad, even if the readers aren’t spending their own money, they are providing money to the writers by watching the ads.

My writer friend feels that if a reader paid for the story through Radish (or other sites like Tapas and Kindle, of course, they have a right to post the review on Goodreads.)

For myself, I have mixed feelings about this. It’s a known thing in the internet world that if you post your work online, you’re opening yourself up to this – getting bad reviews, people stealing your work, and losing first publishing rights.

Also, since this mostly happens to popular writers online, it’s to be expected. Honestly, you can’t get 1M+ reads and think you’ll get away unscathed. Some think the number of reads shouldn’t matter, but what do you think?

I do know this has happened to lesser known writers online, too, but not as much. In the end, it’s a moral argument. I’ll be honest about my feelings, though, when you post your work online, anything can happen. Some Wattpad writers and other writers on different websites feel readers are entitled, and I do agree with this.

We can’t stop readers from posting reviews on our stories, free, first drafts, or not, but what do you all feel about this?

The important discussion for today: Do you think first drafts posted online should receive reviews on Goodreads? Where do we draw the line with Goodreads reviews? Do you feel these reviews will hurt the writer’s future with trying to publish later?

(If you have an opinion, please post it. We want to know what other writers think about this. And as a warning, please be careful when you post your work online. We both didn’t know about the Goodreads thing. For this reason, I’m very glad I no longer post my long stories on Wattpad.)

Life and Updates

Ah! I’m so sorry for the lack of blog post, but yet again, it’s been a busy time for me. Like, seriously busy. I’ve been working on another contest entry and planning out my next book. I have so many ideas in my head that it’s hard to select just one story.

I’m also working on getting my business started, so that’s also eating away my time. However, I wanted to give you all an update on me.

Here are my updates:

– I’m still finalizing Clash of Tides, but I’m nearly there.
– I’m planning out my next book. It’s 9/Nine Realms! I have other ideas (many, in fact) so I may jump around, but for now, I’m going to focus on that story after COT.
– Working on contest entries for Writing.com
– Submitting more short stories to publishers
– I’m looking for an editor, so I’m hoping to have a dedicated person soon.
– New character art! I’ll be doing some new art commissions for Clash of Tides and 9/Nine Realms!
– I went to Comic Con!
– Tonight I had my writing class, and I got some great feedback on my work

And here is me with my lame ass outfit:

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It was so much fun! The costumes were amazing! I met some inspirational cosplayers, enjoyed my fandoms, and I met some fellow writers. I even got ideas to get a booth if I decide to self-publish my stories (I know, they cost money).

It was a great last weekend, and once I get more time to blog again, I’ll write more about it.

And thanks for all the comments on my previous blog post. I have so many that I’m still trying to respond to everyone. I guess free content and readers is a hot topic =)

Lastly, since this blog is turning 1-years old next month, I want to do something special to honor all you wonderful followers. Do you have any ideas for me? Are there any topics you want me to discuss?

Also, what have you all been up to? Has anyone done any submissions, finished a book or finished a chapter in your story?

Please comment and let me know!

Updates and Instant Gratification

Hey, everyone! I apologize for being MIA, but I’ve been busy this last week. Before we get into today’s blog post, I want to tell you what’s going on with me.

So, last week, I started an in-person creative writing class. The first class was an awesome experience. It was nice meeting other writers and talking about their work in person. In addition to the writing class, I’m been active on Writing.com. On Writing.com, I’ve been doing Contest, Activites, and participating in the discussions.

Since I’m doing CAMP NaNoWriMo this month, I plan to do a lot of writing this weekend. Which means I am going to finish Clash of Tides!!! I am excited and sad, but I’m ready to put Elena’s story on break. For those who follow me, then you know I posted the first chapter of 9/Nine Realms on here. Once I’m done with Clash of Tides, I’ll either start 9/Nine Realms again or pick up a new story, Dawning Dragons. Dawning Dragons is like Eragon in the modern day world. However, the main character is from Baltimore MD, and Dragons aren’t extinct.

After doing period writing for so long, I want to try more modern day work.

Ok, so now onto today’s topic. Since I need to write today, I’m going to keep this short.

Recently, another writer brought up instant gratification when it comes to posting stories online. In a way, getting comments on our stories is like a drug. Getting praise on our stories feeds our egos, it helps us believe we are decent writers with a fighting chance to publish a book one day. However, what is the price for instant gratification?

Well, if we stop getting comments where readers say they love our work, we can get depressed. Our self-doubt will kick in full folds and say, “I guess you weren’t that good after all,” or “See, you blew it! They used to love you and now they don’t.”

As writers, we all know how the old writers did it – they wrote alone, with only a few friends reading their work. Once their stories were polished and ready for the world, then they submitted them. There was no internet to post their stories on, wait for readers and comments. They weren’t competing with other writers and feeling inadequate. It’s was just the writer and their story, and that’s it.

My question to all of you is, “Do you think instant gratification is worth it?”

Please let me know what you think!

Also, I will respond to all comments today ^__^ Thanks for being so awesome, everyone!

Book Review: Stuck in the Game

Hey, everyone!

Today I’m going to post a book review for a fellow blogger and writer, oops, I should say author.

(If you were wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been working on contest entries and manuscript submissions.)

The story is titled, “Stuck in the Game,” by Christopher Keene.

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(image was taken from Amazon)

Note: I was given a copy of the story for this review. I was not paid for writing this. 

I haven’t done an extended book review before, so this is going to be my first one. I decided to divide up this review into three sections:

Plot:

To begin, I’m going to discuss the plot of the story. So, the genre of this book is LitRPG. For those who aren’t familiar with the genre, it’s a subgenre of Science Fiction and Fantasy that describes the hero’s journey within an online computer game. We start the story with the main character, Noah, waking up and finding himself stuck in a Dream Game. After having a car accident, his parents out the Dream Engine is the only way to communicate with him in his unconscious state. Honestly, I liked the opening to the story. For anyone who plays video games, you start at a central point in the character’s  journey. Sometimes that’s the character waking up (cliche, I know), or at the onset of a mission.

Without spoiling the book, I’ll mention a few a few things about the plot I enjoyed:

  • Meeting the different characters was fun to read. Each side character had their own unique personalities and goals.
  • The boss battles were enjoyable. It really felt like reading an RPG to me.
  • The mystery of what happened to the main character’s girlfriend. I thought that plot was fleshed out well.

Here are some things about the plot that bothered me:

  • The twist didn’t feel that shocking, and I felt there were some plot holes.
  • The main bad guy seemed random to the plot, and new characters were thrown in at the end of the book without being mentioned earlier in the story.

Overall, though, I enjoyed the plot. Like with most stories, nothing is perfect, and I wish certain details were fleshed out more.

Character Development:

Again, to avoid spoilers, I won’t mention too much here. I felt Noah only changed in one way during the story. Mostly, he went from avoiding the game to enjoying it. However, I’m not sure if that’s really character growth. He’s stuck in the game, and to survive (not die), he needs to power himself up. Honestly, I didn’t think Noah grew as a person at all during the story. He didn’t learn any lessons, and his views on things didn’t change.

As for the side characters, I only felt one changed during the story. So for character development, I would have to rate this low.

Writing:

If any of you read my stories, you know I’m a descriptive writer so I may be biased here. Don’t get me wrong, the writing wasn’t bad, and it was easy to read, but more description would have been helpful. For the characters, I didn’t get a sense of what they looked like, so it was hard to imagine them. Although, I felt the descriptions of the boss fights and the different realms in the game were well done.

Final Rating:

I’m giving this book 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed reading it and plan to read the second. I want to know what new boss fights await Noah as he learns more about the Dream Game. If you like videos games, or like animes such as “Sword Art Online,” and “.hack,” then this book is for you.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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First, I would like to say thank you for following me!!!! I can’t believe there are over 1,000 of you! When I saw the alert from WordPress, I was shocked. I never thought this blog would get so many followers, but I’m glad people enjoy my posts. Thanks again for following me :3

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Also, I would like to thank Rachael for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! In my next post, I’ll answer her questions. They are hard!

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Here we go!

Today is an important topic to me. I want to discuss getting out that comfort zone. What do I mean by that? I mean that writer zone, you know, the one where only you and a select few people read your writing.

I also call it the safe zone. It’s a beautiful place where you don’t get feedback, and where your friends (or family) say your writing is wonderful.

I’m not going to lie; the safe zone is an awesome place to be. It’s just you and your writing – no pain, no fears, and just pure imagination.

Well sadly, if you want to be a published writer, you need to step out. Meaning, say goodbye to the safe zone and a hello world of *cough* feedback *cough* bloodcurdling pain. I know it sounds horrible, and sometimes, it is. However, if we want to accomplish that goal of seeing our stories in print (or in e-book format), we need to take the good with the bad.

To me, one of the scariest things in life is taking risks. You can take risks by starting a business, getting into a new relationship or even trying to make friends. What do these all have in common? Stepping out of your comfort zone.

Like with anything, it can either end up good or bad? But you know what? At least you tried! And you never know, you may end up finding your new spouse or making a new best friend. The same applies to publishing our stories. Yeah, so your manuscript may fail, or you could write the next Amazon best seller. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you’ll never know.

Benedict Cumberbatch once said, “The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”

And Lao Tzu said, “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not deemed fit to be a scholar.”

Two different lives, but both are well-known people.

This year, I plan to step out of my comfort zone, but not just with writing.

So take a chance, and say, “Today, I’m stepping out!” It will be a rough ride, but eventually, you’ll get back on that even pavement.

As writers, we write about our characters finishing their journeys. So, start working on your story, because after all, you are the main character.

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Are you going to step out this year?!