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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.)

Near the End (For Writers)

Last weekend, I started writing the Epilogue for Clash of Tides! Yes, the Epilogue! My first novel is almost complete, and this is how I feel right now (and I’m sure other writers have felt this way, too):

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I won’t lie; it feels good to almost be done with Clash of Tides, but at the same time, I’m sad. I’ve been with Elena on her journey, and I had my own journey, too. Clash of Tides has visited different writing websites, has had different readers, and ultimately, will be edited for submission to an agent.

It’s so strange to think how far I’ve come with this story and in my own writing journey. After years of frustration (including a year of dealing with some stuck-up writers), I’ve finally found writing websites that work for me (after talking with a fellow writer last night, I realize I’m tired of so many young adult stories. I guess that explains why Wattpad and me broke up; my stories are definitely not young adult). And, I’m also taking my first in-person writing class right now with other writers! It’s been, ugh, I can’t think of the words. A roller-coaster. Now since things are dropping into place, and I’ll be working on my next series soon, I feel like this:

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Even though the story is almost finished, I know there is still work to be done. Once I get the re-write and edits done, I plan to hire an editor! Ahh!! It’s so wild to think I’ll be getting my own editor. Many of you have done this before, but I’m super happy to finally be following my writing dreams. Also, in June, I plan to start my own freelance writing business, so there are big things ahead.

Now, enough about me, how are you all doing?

When you reach the end of your long stories, how do you feel? Do you start thinking about writing and editing, or do you start with the next idea in your head? I wanted to blog more about reaching the end of our novels, but I felt it would be more fun to discuss instead.

So, share with me your thoughts, everyone! If you are a published writer, how did it feel to finish your story and prepare it for publishing? I would love to read your thoughts!

Now, I am going to go plan out the next books in the Clash of Tides series. I still have two more books to write until I can finally type,

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Writing Prompt Series: Disguise

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Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I did a writing prompt, so here it goes!

(If you are new to my blog, these prompts are for all readers and writers. If you would like to participate, please post your story in the comment section.) 

In 50 words, write a story about someone who wears a disguise and reveals what they really are.

Here is mine:

In the cover of night, her milk chocolate skinned changed. When darkness arrived, she was no longer human. Jewels covered her form, glowing from the moonlight reflecting off their surfaces. Humanity considered her just a black woman, but at night, she was the goddess of the stars, sky, and moon.

~ 50 Words

Happy Writing! Please post your story in the comment section, but only if you want to ^__^

Writing Prompt Series: Home Alone

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Hey, everyone! Since many of us are writers here, I thought it would be good to do a writing prompt series. My idea is that I’ll post different prompts, and then you can write out yours in the comment section. That way, the other commenters can leave feedback (if you want it). If you request feedback on your prompt, I’ll gladly do a review for you.

Today’s prompt is:

You’re home alone. Describe what you do when you are home alone or come up with your own story.

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Here is my prompt:

With a sigh, I slide the window open. Sweat drips from my brow, but the fresh air will do me some good. All I see is darkness and the faint outlines of tree limbs blowing next to the shed. No sound enters my ears, and even the house is still. For a moment, a cool breeze caresses my skin, and I close my eyes, embracing the air from the outside.

Behind me, the sound of glass crashing to the floor snaps me from my thoughts. I jump, whip around, and sprint towards the noise. My mouth opens agape, and my sight lowers to the shattered vase under the table. The shards are all grouped together, in a circle, round and perfect.

My only thought is, How did the vase fall, and who scooped up the glass? No one is here, but me.

~ 142 Words

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 I can’t wait to read what you write! If you want feedback, just post it in your comment. Also, these will be random, so don’t expect them every day =)

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Get writing!

Website Review – Writing.com

Hey, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

As promised, here is my review of Writing.com.

If you follow my blog, then you know I recently transitioned to Writing.com. Before I list out the pros and cons of the site, I want to say I’m enjoying my experience there so far. However, the site isn’t perfect, and here’s why:

Pros:

Review System – Unlike websites like fanfiction.net, Fictionpress, Wattpad, DA, and Penana, Writing.com encourages reviews. The base of the site is to share your work and get feedback. Honestly, I love that system. To me, that’s how a writing website should be run. However, I do understand that not everyone is looking for feedback on their work, which is why websites like Fictionpress exist. On the website, after you review a piece of writing, you get points. With those points, you can request reviews, buy stuff, and even upgrade your membership.

So far, I’ve received some awesome feedback.

Rating System – I know some people don’t like the 5-star rating systems, but I think it’s a good way to gauge your writing. For example, my ratings tend to be between 3-4.5 stars, which to me are not too bad. Of course, it shows I need to make improvements, but I already knew that =)

Review Template – Like Scri, Writing.com provides review templates for users. I think a lot of writers and readers need review templates. Giving good reviews is like a skill – you should always mention what the writer did well and what they can improve on. I’m glad Writing.com promotes those kinds of reviews.

Filter System – Writing.com has an awesome filtering system. You can filter by the most rated stories – which are usually older stories – or you can filter new stuff first. By default, all new stories show first, and the site promotes new users.

Cons:

Site Layout – The layout of the site is clunky, and there is a lot of information on just one page that can be overwhelming. If you are looking for a simple layout, then Writing.com may not work for you.

Cover Images – Most websites now allow you to upload cover images for your work. The same applies to Writing.com; however, it doesn’t look pretty. The images get compressed and look strange, so if you like websites where you can see your pretty cover picture, Writing.com doesn’t have that.

Community Threads – After my experiences on Wattpad, I run away from threads like talking politics at a family dinner. It’s best to just stay away and run, but I will post like 1-2 questions a month for a presence. With that being said, the threads on Writing.com are also clunky, so it makes it hard to respond to people.

Comment System – Writing.com doesn’t have a comment system, so if you like receiving comments on your work, the site may not work for you. Personally, I don’t really like comment systems on my stories. Most of the time, readers don’t use them anyway, so having a review system is more of a plus for me.

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed my review! Once I learn more about the site, I will do an update later. My hope is Writing.com will be my new writing hub, and I can improve my craft from the feedback I receive.

Have an awesome week, everyone!!