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Updates and Life

Today’s blog post is just some updates on me, as some things have changed recently. I do plan to post a new topic soon about world-building and balance.

Here are the updates:

If you haven’t already noticed, my Wattpad account is deleted. After years of unhappiness there, I ultimately decided to let the account die. I wanted to pass it on, but I felt it’s best to have a clean slate. Over the years, there was too much drama, bad blood, and my fanfictions were always overshadowing my original work. Though I’m sad about deleting the account, it needed to happen.

If you read my stories on Wattpad, thank you for the support! I do have good news for my readers. I’ve joined a new website, and I’ve uploaded Love for an Angel there and my horror stories. In the future, I also plan to post the Clash of Tides ending too (and the unedited chapters). However, please know the story is going through a rewrite (that won’t be posted online), but any feedback I can get will be appreciated. If you want the link to the site, you can contact me here: Email Me. I’m still on Writing.com for improvement, but this new site is to build readership. Trust me, I won’t be moving sites anymore. I’m done now. Where I am, is where I stay.

I also have some new stories I plan to post in the future. I may post 9/Nine Realms there and Dawning Dragons.

If you want to know what sites I’m on, just email me or post a comment.

2. I got my first rejection a few months back. I didn’t say anything because I was too upset and busy, but I’m good now. Rejections happen, but you have to keep going. I’ll be submitting short stories again to magazines soon. 🙂

3. Writing contest!! Please submit your story! We want to read them and offer feedback if you request it =)

4. I’m taking a break from Twitter right now. I stretched myself too thin with so many social media sites. A smart writer told me once, “Don’t get so caught up in social media that you forget the writing.” I was forgetting the writing, so I’m taking a break.

That’s it for me! Recently, one of my readers reached out to me and encouraged me to keep on writing. I wasn’t fair to the loyal readers who supported me on Wattpad, and I apologize for that. There were many things happening in the background with other writers, so that added to my annoyance and frustration, but as I said before, I won’t be moving sites again.

Lastly, life is a journey, and none of us are perfect, so I ask for your forgiveness.

Other than that, I don’t have any updates right now. There are only five months left in the year, so let’s make them great ones!

Question: So far, what have you accomplished this year, and what left do you want to do? 

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself (For Writers)

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Lately, people have been telling me not to be so hard on myself. Even people online have been telling me the same thing.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know I’m hard on myself about writing. When I was on the train today, I started thinking about this.

If you have a goal, especially one you are passionate about, then you may be prone to toxic thoughts. What are toxic thoughts? Well, thoughts about self-doubt are negative thoughts.

Many of you have told me you’re passed feeling self-doubt about your writing. Maybe that’s because you are older than me and have more experience, I don’t know. However, I do know negative thoughts are real, and every writer has them. If you are hard on yourself to be a great writer, then stop, now! Being overly critical of yourself isn’t a solution, and it’s more detrimental than helpful. How do I know? Because that’s me – that’s my personality in a nutshell. When I am passionate about something, I try to be the best I can.

However, trying to be the best has led me to some dark places. For example:

  1. In despair, I have removed my stories
  2. I’ve deleted manuscripts
  3. I’ve lost fellow writer friends from jealousy
  4. I’ve lost readers because I’m wishy-washy with my stories

In some ways, it’s interesting. I never tried to be well-known on WordPress, and I just wrote posts for my own enjoyment. However, for my writing, I write to find an audience. Do you see where I am getting at here? Write because you enjoy it.

I know it’s hard, trust me. In today’s world of social media – Wattpad, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and various other websites, it’s hard not to feel competitive. It seems everywhere we go online, it’s a contest.

Who has the best story?

Who writes the best?

Who is more likely to get published?

The world is shifting (the online world anyway) – it doesn’t really seem about quality as it does quantity. The more you post, the more attention you get. The more stories you write, the more readers will find you. If you disagree with me, then please feel free to comment.

The point of this post is – please, don’t be so hard on yourself. There is only so much time in the day to write, to live, to work, to study, and to give social media your attention.

Even Stephen King said:

“There have been times when for me the act of writing has been a little act of faith, a spit in the eye of despair.”

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft (p. 249). Scribner. Kindle Edition.

I feel that way, a lot! And re-reading Stephen King’s book on writing helped me to feel better. Remember, we all want to succeed; I know I do, but we need to take a step back, exhale, and say, “I won’t be hard on myself.”

P.S. I really need to start taking my own advice 😛

Time to Focus

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Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who commented on my post – Motivation and Writing (For Writers). Many of you said wonderful things about how I wrote that article, and you shared with me your motivation. Thanks again, all you lovely writers out there =) If I haven’t responded to your comment yet, I will soon.

So…

Strange, and it may be just me, but I’ve noticed the number of blog posts, and comments have declined recently.

And sure enough, my suspicions were correct! There are a few bloggers I follow who posted what is going on in their lives. Some are catching up with outside activities, and others are working on their stories.

To copy what they did, I want to let you know what I’m up to.

  1. I won’t be posting and commenting on blogs that much anymore. Since we only have three months left in the year, I want to focus on getting Clash of Tides and Love for an Angel done.
  2. Writing short stories – Next year, I plan to pursue publication. However, before I do that, I want to test the waters, build up some publication creds, and learn to write a query letter. My goal is to write five good story stories and publish them.
  3. Beginning Jan 1, 2017, I plan to start working on my new books:
  • Battle of the Five Kings (Game of Thrones/ Feudal Japan inspired)
  • 9/Nine Realms (Legend of Zelda/ Summoner/ Final Fantasy inspired).
  • Corruption of Competition (Sci-fi/Dystopian/new world order) Formerly, Spoiled Rich Girl. The title is still in progress.

Whew, I have a lot of projects to work on. Not to mention I still have school and work, so there you have it! I’ll be posting new content every other day instead of every day. I hope you’ll miss me 🙂 It will just be me and my characters for a while.

Oh, and this is more of a rant about a book I’m reading right now, but can the instant love stop already. I’m only on chapter 6 of the book I’m reading, and the two characters are about to jump in each other pants. And for the love of all good writing, it better not be because they are mates.

Ok, I’m done now.

#romancereaderproblems

Motivation and Writing (For Writers)

The leaves are changing, the weather has turned cold (not here in the Bay), and soon Christmas time will be here. As the end of the year looms ever closer, our motivation and desire to accomplish our goals may start dying. However, at the beginning of summer, are longing to write grew like the green leaves on the trees, but now, what once fueled us may have turned brown. Maybe your leaves have fallen, or perhaps they are still a stunning shade of green. Either way, you are still motivated to write, or you’re not.

If you are, great! If you are not, for shame on you – I’m kidding. Many factors affect why we may lose our motivation. This includes family, school, work, ourselves, and most importantly, our focus. Outside responsibilities definitely can keep us from writing, and for many people, it does. Ever since I can remember, I always planned my life around having freedom to do what I wanted. Meaning, very little external factors needing my time. Thus, I don’t have or really want right now, a family and kids. My time is mostly school and work – the boring stuff.

Even though I lack outside responsibilities, I have one demon that tries to kill my motivation – myself. For some of us, we are our own enemies. If you follow my blog, then you know I suffer from a lot of self-doubt and depression. If I don’t think I’m good at something, then I wonder why I keep doing it.

A lot of you already know this, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. Think of why you want to write? If you are a writer, and especially if you want to be a published writer, then writing should be like eating to you. Even if your week or month gets busy, you need to write. It’s not just a need; it’s a function to keep you alive.

When I get too lazy to write, I picture my characters knocking on a door, saying, “Don’t forget about us, we need attention, too.” Ok, so that sounds a little crazy, but they are right.

When humans become parents, they say their child is their world and heart. Well, I’m not a parent, but I can say my characters are my world and heart. I created them, gave them life and a story. They are my motivation to keep writing. Like a mother who sends their son or daughter off into the world, I want to send mine. And watch them pull others into their adventures.

Find out what keeps you motivated to write, and seize it, keeping it close to your heart. Make time to write, even it’s just 10-30 minutes a day. Don’t lose sight of your focus. And always remember, those you created are waiting for you, you just have to visit them again 🙂

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And yes, please answer the question, but only if you want to =)

What do you want to read?

In honor of reaching over 400 followers, I want to know what you all want to read. Are there any topics or subjects you would like me to focus on or add more of?

For example,

Plotting stories

Time Management ( For Writers)

Marketing Information

More Poems

Post more Short Stories

You get the idea. So, just tell me what you want to read.

Once I’m done updating my stories, I will post the next part of Blood & Love =)

Clash of Tides |Chapter 18-Moist| Part 2

|Chapter 18-Moist| Part 2 has been posted! Enjoy!

|Chapter 18 -Moist| Part 2

To catch up on previous chapters, click here {Clash of Tides}

This chapter was hard for me to write, which is why it took so long for me to update. I know I shouldn’t be posting my work online anymore. However, many readers have already started the story, and I don’t want to take it away from them. Hmm, I think this story may need so much editing, it may not even matter. Right now, I’m still deciding if I want to trad publish or self-publish it.

Recently, I met a new writer online that advised me to self-publish ad try to trad publish at the same time. Have any of you ever done that?

Alas, writer’s life is not easy.

If I haven’t responded to your comments, then I’ll get back to you soon. It’s been a busy writing weekend^^

Online Readers vs. Real life Readers Fight Fight Fight!!!

Online Readers vs. Real life Readers Fight Fight Fight!!!

For the past few days, I’ve been talking to some of my fellow writers about online readers vs. real life readers. This led me to ask the question, “What are the major differences between online reads and real life readers?” I tried to do some research on this topic, but I couldn’t find any good articles about it.

Warning, these are based on my own observations. Please add your opinion. It will help gather data and perspective. So, here we go!

If you write online, then you know how important an audience (your readers) is. Most writers who write online hope to turn their views into book sells in the future. However, is that truly possible? Do people who read stories online for free want the same in a published book? Well, this is what I’ve noticed about Online Readers and Real Life readers. Ready! Fight! Go! (Feel free to add your comments).

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Online Readers vs. Real Life Readers!

(Original stories only, not fanfiction – this post IS NOT about fanfiction)

Short chapters – Online Readers!

I’ve noticed that online readers prefer short chapters, usually around 1.5K to 2K words. Now, not all online readers are like that, but the majority.

I’ve noticed real life readers don’t mind long chapters, as long as it’s interesting and provides information to the story.

Reason: More than likely, online readers like short chapters because they read on the go. They don’t want to read something complicated – quick and easy is all they want. If your chapters are too short, they suffer from lack of character development and your world won’t be fully developed. Well, unless you write a long book online. I’ve seen some 70-200 Chapter online stories. We know most, if not all publishers would never accept that.

Quality Stories – Real Life readers!

Real life readers want quality stories. This is probably due to the fact they are paying for their books. Not only do they want quality stories, but they also want something that makes them think.

Online readers don’t tend to care about quality – they just want a simple read. I know not all online readers are like this, but this could be due to a lot of readers online are younger and don’t know quality work, yet.

Free stories – Both!

Who doesn’t like a free story? I’ve noticed both sets of readers will take free books. However, real life readers are more likely to complain about a poorly written, free story.

Clichés! – Online Readers more so than Real Life readers

This one is hard to say. Clichés sell, every writer knows that. However, online readers may like clichés more. It’s easier to find a story with a simple premise and theme on the go than something complex.

This post is getting long, so I’ll sum up my findings. And please, everyone who read this please add your thoughts to this discussion.

Overall Conclusion (Online Readers):

  • Online readers don’t care much about quality; they just want a good plot. A lot of this could be because they are younger readers, or they are more forgiving of grammar errors.
  • Online readers want writers who can update fast. More than likely, if you have outside responsibilities, you can’t do this.
  • They want something unique, and yet cliché O_o I know this one is strange, but I’m serious.
  • They want free stories and something quick to read.
  • They don’t care about quality as long as the story is interesting.

Overall Conclusion (Real Life Readers):

  • Want quality books – no errors!
  • Want a unique story with maybe a few clichés
  • Developed characters and world – they want to lose themselves in the stories
  • Will pay for a good book
  • They are willing to wait for the next book in a series – no rushing decent quality

So, does this translate to book sells if you publish your stories online first?

The answer is, it depends!!!

Of course, everyone is different. Some readers online will buy a published author’s books, but some will just move on to the next free story. However, I firmly believe online readers don’t care about quality like real life readers do. If you are reading on the go, you want something short and to the point. Think about it, now. On WordPress, people like reading short blog posts, don’t they?

This is a discussion post, so please post your findings! Remember! This isn’t about fanfiction. Fanfiction to me is a whole different game. Fanfiction readers do want quality stories. I feel this is because the world and characters are already defined, so there is an established standard to live up to.

Discuss! Debate me and post your comments! Everyone is welcome ^____^