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Too Many Options

I have so many writing projects I want to do.

Anyone ever go on that site Quotev? It’s basically a site where one can create quizzes and stories for other people to take and read. One of the more popular options of the site is to create “Choose Your Own Adventure” or the romance-equivalent “Who Would You Fall For” types of story-quizzes. I had a few story-quizzes on there that I haven’t updated in about three years because life happened, but I still get comments and likes on them to this day. Finishing up those little things are on the back of my mind.

I enjoy writing fanfiction, so filling up my Archive of Our Own page is on my to-do list as well. I feel as if fanfiction is less pressure but also still fantastic practice for writing and, perhaps, getting some constructive criticism, and I love the excitement that people share when it comes to common fandoms.

Then there’s Wattpad. I would like to put up some of my original stories there, gauge anyone’s reactions for them. Rachel and I are in a writer’s group, but that usually meets only once a month. The writer’s group is great, don’t get me wrong, but it does take awhile for us to read enough of a story to really garner an opinion on it.

I just want to start sharing my writing and reading others’ works more often. WordPress and Tumblr are great places to start, but in today’s digital age, I do want to reach out more.

Of course, to do that, I need to focus and pick which of my WIPs to prioritize.

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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Home

 

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Give and Take: Feedback

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Where do you generally get your writing feedback from?

Are you part of Wattpad, Fictionpress, Archive of Our Own, or another writing website? Perhaps you found some other like-minded writers here on WordPress, or another social media site like Tumblr or Twitter, to swap stories.

I’m lucky that I have Rachel, my sister, as a partner in this writing adventure and creative pursuits. We’ve recently swapped manuscripts, and we’re preparing to give each other feedback regarding them.

It can be a little difficult to give and receive feedback. Obviously you don’t want to have anyone’s feelings be hurt, but strong critique and the ability to take it gracefully are the best ways to help you improve your art in the long run.

Do you have any special place to get feedback? Any tips on giving and receiving feedback to share?

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Home

 

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Breaking the Habit

Have you ever gone back to read some of your old writing, get really into it, then realize that you had stopped in the middle of the story? Then you just sit there like, “What the hell? Where’s the rest?” and your treacherous brain responds, “You haven’t written it!”

I go through that once in a while, especially when I want to write but don’t know what to write, like I did yesterday. Our family had just gotten back from a weekend getaway, one where I forgot to pack a little notebook (I know, I know, but I bought a really pretty one instead!). On Saturday, my parents took a good nap while Rachel and I chilled in the hotel room. I was able to finish the book I brought with me (my second mistake was bringing only one book), and my biggest urges to write tend to come after reading.

Granted, we were only gone for two nights. One book and the lack of notebook was fine, as we were busy with other activities, but that urge was still nagging me.

Therefore, on Sunday when we had returned, I booted up my laptop and read over some of my older WIPs. I really want to focus on going through one of those drafts, sprucing it up, maybe putting it on here or Wattpad or the like to get some feedback (other than our monthly writer groups). I didn’t really write yesterday, but Rachel and I did come up with a pact to have a draft of one of our novels ready to swap with each other by the beginning of October to critique.

I have a penchant of starting new novels instead of finishing old ones. Let’s see if I can break that habit, shall we?

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Home

 

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