This post is about one of the villains in my fantasy novel Rise of the Vengeful Dragon, which is free to read on Wattpad. As with all “Meet My Character” blog posts, this contains **SPOILERS**.
In my previous post, I talked about how I started the plotting process for Rise of the Vengeful Dragon. After answering the major questions heading each parts of the story, all that’s left is to assemble the parts, spice them up (my annotations after the assembly are in bold), and I can start writing.
Ah, plotting. The bane of my life. And the joy of some writers. I hate plotting, but I need to know where to go when I’m writing, so I definitely need it. Initial skeleton-drawing is fairly easy, but it’s the branching out that’s so much harder. The roots are easy to take hold. The trunk grows without much trouble. Branches and leaves require the sacrifice of several internal organs before they form.
A few people in the past have asked me how I plot. I haven’t found my own style of plotting yet and have experimented with different ways of plotting over the past few novels I have written. So here it is: how I plotted Rise of the Vengeful Dragon.
To plot RotVD, initially named ‘Essence of Gisella’ as a starting chapter for a story contest, I looked to this, on PublishingCrawl: how to write a synopsis.
So unattractive or unprofessional-looking covers don’t help your literary masterpieces get the attention they deserve. What can you do?
On Wattpad there is the multimedia club. There you will find many Wattpadders offering their services for covers, banners, image manipulations, etc. Some of the users are amateurs looking for more practice and renown on WP; others are professionals looking for some pass-time. Some may ‘charge’ a ‘fee’ of commenting on their books, shout-outs, or a follow. Others do it for free. Note, of course, that because Wattpad books are non-profitable, most of the images used are copyrighted and so if anyone wants to publish their books, they will need to get a cover that does not contain any copyright images.
I was lucky during my initial Wattpad life that I made friends with a very talented photoshop artist, Wendythestoryteller (find her here too!) She made the current cover for The Windcaster and I have had numerous compliments for it. I LOVE it.
Potential readers judge a book by its cover. Everyone does; anyone who says otherwise is lying. The first thing anyone sees is the cover and if it’s attractive and gives the reader an idea of what the book is about, they’ll pick it up. Then they read the blurb. Then they flick through it. If your book passes all those tests, then they may even read or buy it.
Say your work is fantastic. Literary perfection. Best book ever. Stick a crappy cover on it and most likely it will never attract many readers and definitely not the reader base it deserves.
One of the pitfalls I had when I first started on Wattpad was lack of a good cover. I had no knowledge in image manipulation. I was arty, but my medium was traditional: acrylic, oil, watercolour, pencils etc. The only image manipulation program I used was Paint. How on earth was I going to get a nice cover with any of those?
This is an epic fantasy by Wattpad-featured writer Katrin Hollister, which follows the journey of a 15-year-old girl destined for revenge and bloodshed. Along the way, she learns about the heritage of Draconian Families, the bloodstained bond that tie her to Gisella, and ultimately the value of sacrifice for the greater good — even if they are loved ones. Continue reading