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Writing Community Warning Signs

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Hey, everyone! Sorry for the late blog post. Life has been a tornado these last few days, but I’m finally back with an update!

Here are a few things happening with me:

  1. If you haven’t noticed, I finally took the words “unworthy writer” off my blog. For me, that’s a significant accomplishment. For so long, I felt my writing was awful, just downright terrible, but I want to view myself differently and have confidence.
  2. Please follow me on Twitter! I’m trying to build my author platform, so I want to grow my Twitter account. The link is here: My Twitter.
  3. I’m really, really not a fan of Tapas, but I needed a place to host my online stories. Since Writing.com is more of a private site, I’ve uploaded some work on Tapas. If you used to read my old stories on Wattpad, please follow me on Tapas here: My Tapas Account. As I said previously, I won’t be deleting this account. This is my permanent home, along with my blog, Writing.com, and Twitter.

Today, I was originally going to discuss determination, but, something ugly happened over the last few days. Instead of determination, I want to mention warning signs that new writers and writers new to online writing communities should look out for.

So far, this is the list I have (but please comment if you feel more things should be added):

  1. Bullying from other writers! – If you notice any bullying between writers, and if it happens frequently, then leave! I can’t stress this enough. Writers shouldn’t be attacking each other on these online communities, especially in forums and threads. If you are old enough to surf the internet, you need to understand that everyone will have a different opinion. We can’t control how someone else thinks, but you can control how you respond to it. Also, if the website lets the bullying slide or shows favoritism, you’ll see how the management thinks.
  2.   Rant books! – We all need to rant at times, it helps us blow off steam. However, there is a difference between ranting and shaming other writers. To be fair, I used to enjoy rant books back in the day, but as I’ve grown as a writer, I realized how childish they are. In the end, calling out other writers for their personal decisions with their work is childish. Sure, you can use examples from various writings you’ve seen to make points on your blogs, which is the same as using published work, but actually shaming a writer for selecting a particular publisher or leaving a website is silly.

    Here are my thoughts:
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    If you see an overwhelming number of rant books on a writing website talking about other writers, move on. It shows most of the writers there are angry (and sadly, I used to be one of them, but I’ve freed myself from it), and instead of focusing on anger, move on. Lord knows I did, and now I’m better for it.

  3. Plagiarism! This is a huge one! As mentioned in another blog post, we know posting our work online is risking, but hear me out. If you notice well-known writers on a writing site talking about getting their work stolen, pay attention to the frequency.  If it happens, let’s say, once a month, maybe shrug if off. We all know free online communities will have this problem. Many younger readers read online, and of course, sometimes, they copy what they enjoy. However, if you notice messages going out every week, there’s a problem, especially if you see other well-known writers copying each other. The scary thing is, many well-known writers on these websites are trying to publish. Think about that for a moment. You write a remarkable story, get lots of readers, but another well-known writer copies your ideas, wanting to publish the said book. No!

    In the end…
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Don’t waste your time on a writing community like that, seriously, it isn’t worth it. I merely write this post to help others decide where to upload their work. Online writing communities are a great way to make friends, share your work and get readers, but it’s risky. I always tell people now to test out a community for three months and see how it goes. If you see those warnings signs, walk away.

For writers, above anything, your goals should be this:

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This post is way over my 500-word limit, but I hoped you learned something from it. My question to you is:

What writing community do you use? Have you noticed any of these things?

 

(PS. I haven’t noticed any of these things on Writing.com or Tapas. Gif is from giphy.com, and I made the memes.)

 

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Technical Writing Series: Handy Guides for Writers

Hey, everyone! I can’t believe it’s been fourteen days since my last post. I apologize for the late update, but life is still nuts right now. Not only am I switching careers, trying to finalize my novel, and going to Japan tomorrow, I’m also still beta reading for other writers. However, I don’t want to complain because I love writing, and it’s my dream to get money for my work.

Going forward with this blog, I want to have a schedule of what content I’m going to post and the days.

I wanted to post this on Tech Thursday, but I didn’t get a chance to finish it. So, I’ll post it today^^

How to add a copyright to your blog

A reader requested this before, but unfortunately, I never got a chance to make this FAQ. For this walkthrough, I explain how to make a copyright box for your WordPress site. This is handy for ensuring the contents of your blog is protected from plagiarism.

Here is my copyright box:

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The below is a step-by-step guide on how to add a copyright box to your blog:

  1. Log in and go to your page
  2. Click Customize at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen
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  3. Click on Widgets
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  4. Click +Add a Widget
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  5. Scroll down and click Text 

From there, you can add a text box and enter your copyright information.

I hope this information was helpful! Since I’m leaving for Japan tomorrow, I won’t be updating for a while, but I hope everyone has a great week! In a way, this trip isn’t just for fun but also for my writing. The Battle of the Five Kings takes place in a historical Japanese setting, so going to the temples in Kyoto will help me plan out the story.

Keep on writing, reading, and supporting your fellow writers, everyone! I’ll see you all in seven days!!

Question for the day: What countries do you want to visit and base a story on?

Contest Reminder!

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This is a reminder that contest submissions are due tomorrow night, PST!

The prize is a $25 Amazon gift card. If you want to enter, leave me a comment in the comment section or email me. You can read about the contest here: 1500 Followers Writing Contest!

I can’t wait to read all the stories!

Once all the contest submissions are in, I’ll post a new blog post. Some upcoming topics are:

  1. Issues in the writing community – Do writers need to rewrite their work?
  2. Round 2 – If something isn’t working, then try something new. 
  3. Showing your personality to your readers

If there are any topics you want me to post, please let me know.

If you are looking for my stories, you can read which sites I’m on here: Where to find me (akaluv99).

1500 Followers Writing Contest!

I still can’t believe it! This blog has reached over 1500 followers, and as such, I want to do something fun for everyone. The focus of this blog is in writing, reading, and the writer’s journey. So to celebrate all things related to writing, I’m holding my first writing contest!

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The prize is a $25 Amazon gift card for the winner. My hope is the winner will find new stories to read and check out some of Amazon’s indie’s writers who need support.

What is the writing contest you ask? Well, I decided to do a novel writing contest based on the first three chapters of a story.

I’ll be looking for the following:

Do your first three chapters engage the reader?
Does the writing flow well?
Do you have a hook, established a hint of backstory and a specific setting?
Is the writing free of many spelling and grammar errors? 

When writing a novel, it’s important to ask those questions. The first few pages of a book are critical in getting readers interested, and if it doesn’t capture the readers’ attention, then it’s hard to grow a readership.

For the contest, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been writing or what genre you write in. I’m just looking for those four criteria.

If you want to help judge the contest, please let me know. Of course, if you decide to help judge the stories, you can’t submit your own work.

If you want to join the contest, please comment with the following:

Your Name
The title of your story
Summary
URL where we can read it

I know some writers don’t post their stories publicly, so if you want to keep it private, that’s fine. While judging the stories, I can also leave you a review if you’re looking for feedback.  Please let me know if there is a passkey to access your work. You don’t have to post the passkey in the comments section. If anyone wishes to email me with a link to their work, that’s fine too. You can email me here: Email Me.

I’ll announce the winner on August 26th!

I hope you’ll join my contest! Submissions are accepted until August 12th. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Let’s get writing (or editing)!

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(Please note: I know some of you have given me awards, and I’ll posts those next! I’m just so swamped with things on here! But I promise I’ll do it.)

Building Yourself Up (For Writers)

Hey, everyone! Before we begin, I want to say,

Winter is here

Just kidding! But I am excited about Game of Thrones tomorrow, but no, I really wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog post. The amount of support and advice I got was overwhelming. I feel much better about my decision to try and get traditional published or even self-publish, so instead of anxiety now, I can focus on finalizing Clash of Tides for querying.

So, today I wanted to discuss building yourself up. As writers, we are always trying to improve our skills, grow our readership, and just maintain a presence online.

We already know how the greats did it: Stephen King, J K Rowling, and many other authors. However, in today’s world, lots of people are building up their brand.

Of course, as writers, it makes us feel better when we read about other writers getting rejected and still succeeding. But what about business owners, musicians, and other artists that start from nothing? Well, there are plenty of stories about them. During the last few days, I’ve researched people that are inspiring, who help me to keep moving and not give up.

So today, I want to talk about a company that changed how we read, buy books, and even look at publishing: Amazon.

I’m not sure if any of you know this, but Jeffrey P. Bezos started Amazon out of his garage at 30 years old. Yes, out of his garage at only 30 years old.

This information is taken from http://www.fundable.com:

 1994: Jeff Bezos quits his job and launches Amazon out of his garage.
Within 30 Days, it is doing $20,000 per week in sales.

1995: Bezos raises an $8 Million round of funding from Kleiner Perkins.

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 per share.

1999: Bezos is named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for popularizing online shopping.

2009: Bezos acquires Tony Tsieh’s Zappos through a stock swap.

2013: Bezos acquires the Washington Post.

If we look at these dates, it took Jeffery 4 years before he really got noticed for Amazon. Along the way, it wasn’t always an easy journey. Think about it, if he gave up on starting Amazon, where would we be today? Of course, I’m sure someone else may have made self-publishing a thing, but Amazon is now a legend in the online world. Honestly, I feel that’s how it is with writing. It’s a long, never ending road of working hard and waiting for our stuff to get noticed.

Growing your readership and improving your craft takes time. So please, to new and old writers (and this may sound strange coming from me), please don’t get discouraged. For new writers, at a minimum give yourself 1-2 years to build up your craft and presence online. Seriously, don’t rush the process like I did. If you ever need someone to beta read for you or help you with your stories, I’m just an email away. I started this blog to help other writers, that’s what I want to do. If another writer offers to help you, take them up on that offer. Really, you have nothing to lose.

The most that will happen is they won’t get back to you, but if they do, that could be some valuable feedback. I started this blog to help other writers, so I’m here if you need me.

Lastly, I’ve almost reached 1500 followers! Once I do, I plan to hold a writing contest! The prize will probably be a $25 Amazon gift card, but hey, that is some free books. More details to come.

Question: How long did it take you to build up your craft and presence online? From what I’ve noticed, it takes about 1-2 years to build up a readership.

(I haven’t forgotten about the comments. I will respond to you.)

 

 

 

Video Games and Writing – Part 2

Before we begin with today’s topic, I wanted to post some updates from me. So, over the weekend, I removed all my original stories from online, but for Writing.com. Why you wonder? Well, my original stories were online long enough. Now since I’m working on the rewrite for Clash of Tides (and hoping to submit it at the end of the year), it’s time for a change. Going forward, I won’t be posting my full rough drafts online anymore. To everyone who read my stories, thanks for the support! I won’t lie, the journey of posting my stories online has been conflicting, and I can’t say I enjoyed it. However, with this day and age of the internet, it’s something I needed to experience.

If Clash of Tides gets picked up (which I doubt), I’ll be sure to let everyone know!

Now for today’s post!

If you follow my blog, then you know I’ve posted about this before. Lately, my time has been spent playing this:

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It’s been years since I’ve returned to my video games ways, but with all the good games out, I couldn’t resist. The Legend of Zelda games is one of my favorites! I especially love Link’s character.

In addition to playing Breath of the Wild, I’m also working on 9/Nine Realms right now. My goal is to get the rough draft of 9/Nine Realms done before the end of the year. 9/Nine Realms is my first Epic Fantasy, and the world-building is difficult for me; however, Breath of the Wild has inspired me to try some new things. So like my post before, I want to point out the benefits of playing video games and being a writer.

1. Experiencing an adventure – When we read books, we’re following along with the characters on their journey, but with reading, we’re not interacting with the world the writer created. With video games, especially games like Breath of the Wild, we get to actually experience the world. Of course, I don’t mean with the five senses. I mean we get to explore the world and learn about the lore.

For example, let’s say in your story, you need more experience writing puzzles in a dungeon or sending your characters on a quest to recover something. If a video game takes place in a fantasy world (it’s own world), you can experince that in the game. From there, you can build upon that inspiration and write your story.

2. The lore – When playing an Epic Fantasy game, you learn about the lore of the world and how everything ties together. Sure, you can read that in a book, but it is fun when you see images of old gods and royalty in games.

Thanks to Breath of the Wild, I was able to get inspired for 9/Nine Realms, so I’m excited to see how the story progresses.

I mean, come on, look at theses:

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Question: For you, what is the hardest part about world-building? When it comes to world-building, what inspires you?

Thanks for reading! I’ll respond to all comments tomorrow!

 

 

My Return

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Hey, everyone!

I didn’t mean to be MIA for so long, but my Vegas trip really tired my body out. I had a great time! I even got inspired to write a new short story that I may turn into something else later.

How is everyone doing? Sorry for the lack of updates. I do plan to update something soon, so I hope you’re ready to read some new content.

Also, I plan to get some artwork of my characters done again! Is there any particular character you want to see?

I’ll catch up with everyone soon.

Right now, I’m working on the following:

Planning my trip to Tokyo
– Learning Web Development, refreshing my Japanese, and working on Technical Writing
– Finalizing Clash of Tides and working on the second draft
– Reaching out to editors
– Plotting out 9/Nine Realms

Basically, I’ll be like

work work work

What are you all working on?

PS. I still need to respond to comments, and I’ll do that soon.