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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? 

Blog Tip Series: More than One Account

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Hi! How are you doing today?

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As I mentioned in my other post, I’ve been MIA because I was working on contest entries and submissions for Writing.com. Also, last week was insanely busy! Needless to say, I’m glad it’s over.

And, I just realized this blog is going to be a year old next month. Honestly, I can’t believe so much has changed in a year. It was around this time last year that I wanted to leave Wattpad behind for good, but I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, someone told me about WordPress and advised I create a website here. Ya know, sometimes I do miss the old writing site I was on because it was easier to meet other writers (sad, I know), but overall, I still prefer WordPress. It’s nice to write the stories I want without dealing with annoying rules and popularity contests.

Anyway, today’s post isn’t about my blog anniversary, it’s about more blogging tips!

Today’s blogging tip may be a strange one, but it’s something I feel is important. To summarize the tip, it’s “Have more than one Account.” To explain further, I feel many writers have their main base for all their work. Now, that may work for some writers, but I feel it’s important to expand your platform online. For example, if you stick to one website, then you are missing out on other followers and readers.

Let’s say you only have your WordPress blog – that’s all you use. You get a few followers and some readers, but it’s only other users on WordPress, which limits you. If you want to capture potential readers outside of WordPress, then YOU, as the writer or blogger, need to do the work. Remember, we want people to read our content, so we have to search for them. Yes, I know it sucks, and it adds more work, but that’s part of an Author Platform.

We can’t stay in one place and think people will come to us because it doesn’t work like that. If you compare “real life” to the “online world,” then writers in real life essentially do the same thing. They go to writer’s conferences, library events and even ask local bookstores to stock their stories. Hell, I know one writer got popular on Wattpad because they were PMing other users (just readers), to check out their stories.

So, throughout those different avenues, they are finding readers for their work. And when they do that, best believe they are mentioning their website and any blogs they have. So if you do decide to expand outside of WordPress, mention your blog. That way, you’ll bring more readers to you. On my many different websites, I will tell readers about my blog. In the future, I plan to use Instagram to expand myself, and hopefully, grow my blog. Personally, I’ve tried to use Twitter, but I don’t like Twitting every day. Also, I’ve noticed some writers on Twitter are so desperate for readers, they’ll follow a bunch of people and then unfollow them. That’s actually a pet peeve of mine.

However, don’t let my experiences discourage you. If you want to find more readers for your blog, then step outside, and find new places to expand your content. ^__^ After all, finding more readers is like this:

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What websites do you use to find readers, and have you enjoyed the experiences there?

How to Measure a Writing Community

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How is everyone doing? Sorry, I’ve been off the WordPress grind for a while, but I’ve been working on my submissions.

Basically, this has been me:

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Oh! I also won a writing contest on Writing.com, and I got an honorable mention in another contest :3 I’m super happy about it, and I didn’t expect to win. Everyone there has been supportive and it actual inspired today’s blog post.

Today, I want to discuss how to measure a writing community.

When I say measure a writing community, I mean how to measure if it’s good, or if it’s bad. Now since I’ve found a good community, these are things I will look for in the future:

  1. Does the community inspire you to be better? – To emphasize my point here, I’m going to take an example from my own experiences. On Wattpad, I was never inspired to be better or to improve my writing. This was because so many poorly written stories were popular. Not only were the poorly written stories popular, the website was also giving them awards based on their reads and votes. Sadly, that didn’t inspire me to improve. It inspired me to write a cliché story and not worry about grammar and spelling. Needless to say, that didn’t work for me. On Writing.com, thanks to the reviews I get, I am inspired to improve my craft and master the written word.
  1. Are you able to find others that support you? – To be fair, I feel like you can find supportive people in any community, but those friendships shouldn’t turn into a competition. In the writing community, it’s easy to turn against one another or get discouraged by another’s success, especially someone who’s a friend. Thanks to my past experiences, I know what to look for in a writing buddy. All I can say is be cautious and watch people’s motivations. Have fun in your writing community, and try to find others who genuinely appreciate you.
  1. Are you progressing? – If you follow my blog, then you know progression is an important goal to me. In your writing Community, you want to measure your improvement. You can ask yourself the following questions:
  • Are you gaining more followers and readers?
  • Are you uploading new content faster? (motivated for your readers)
  • Are you winning any writing contest?
  • Are you inspired to be involved in the community?
  • Are you making genuine writer friends?

If you answer no to any of those questions, then ask why? You may find the community you are using isn’t right for you. If it isn’t, remember, that’s ok! There is nothing wrong with feeling like a certain website isn’t the place for you.

I can say from my own experiences that leaving behind some writing websites worked out best for me. When I originally started writing fanfiction on Wattpad, that community worked for me. However, now since I’m older and working on original stories, Writing.com has proven to be a better environment. On Writing.com, I won 1st place in one writing contest and got an honorable mention in another. So, you see, leaving behind one community for another isn’t a bad thing ^__^

I hope this post will help new writers and experienced writers find a community that works for them. There are many websites out there, so don’t limit yourself to a place where you are not happy.

What writing community do you use, and are you progressing there?

 

Video Games and Writing (For Writers) 

Before we begin today’s topic, I want to let you know the following:

– I’m still beta reading two stories, and I hope to get them done soon. 

– If you were following me on Wattpad, I left there and moved to Penana.com and Writing.com. Once I’ve been on both sites for a while, I’ll post my reviews. 
However, I will say that Writing.com has a lot of users, and I’ve already gotten feedback on my work^^. They are serious about critiques there, so if you decide to join, put your thick skin on.
Now, onto the topic!
Ok, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Aka, what does video games have to do with writing?” Well, my answer is, “A lot!”
Lastly, I’ve been playing the awesome, new:
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I can say with honesty this is my favorite game in the franchise. In the past, my favorite was FF 8. Growing up, J-RPGs (Role Playing Games) played a significant role in my life and how I learned storytelling. Not only did playing Japanese RPGs help me but also anime did, too. For those who read my stories, you’ll notice a strong influence of Japanese storytelling. I know many people say playing video games is a waste of time, but I beg to differ.
When I play a good game, with character depth, development, great world-building, and plot, it’s like reading a story you don’t want to end.
RPGs, can, and will, help you improve your writing, and here’s how:
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  • Character Development – In a good video game, you will see amazing character development with the MC. Like with any story, you will see what the character lacks in the beginning, and you’ll see how they grow throughout the story. Of course, all the events in the story should have some impact on the MC, even if it’s a mild event. No scene should be wasted. Also, the supporting characters should help the MC grow. In FF 15, I think this was done beautifully! I’ve only been playing the game for two weeks, but there have been many “small” scenes where the MC is challenged by the supporting characters, and I can already see how he grows based on those events.

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  • World-Building – This is a major aspect of a game. For the player, exploring the world is essential to the experience. The same applies to reading a book. If you don’t have good world-building, then the reader won’t get into the story. The joy of playing a good RPG is it taught me to have a vast world, a place where the reader can’t wait to find out more. In Clash of Tides, I adopted the same idea. I haven’t written all of it yet, but the world of Clash of Tides is huge. I did the same for 9/Nine Realms, so I’m excited to write that story soon.

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  • Plot and Story – For any player or reader, the plot and story are important. If you have an engaging story with a great hook, you can lure your reader in right away. However, you want to make sure you keep the reader invested. What do you need to keep the reader in the story? A good plot! To me, a good plot is a balance of emotional, heart touching moments and action. With that being said, you need to make everything flows well. I honestly learned good scene transitions from anime, manga, and video games.

Well, that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget, all around us is a story, we just have to look for it^^. 

Yes, I’m proud to be a female gamer. Video games have taught me so much, and without them, I probably wouldn’t be a writer today =)

Is there any other form of entertainment that influenced your writing?

 

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 😛

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?