What You Can Get Out of the Wattpad Block Party

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The Wattpad Block Party is a group effort to celebrate writing and togetherness, held on Wattpad, with freebies, goodies, and tips galore. What can you get out of it?

  1. Freebies: Amazon gift cards, free e-books, hardcopy books.
  2. Promotions: there are spotlights of Wattpadders with hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of reads, so you get a chance of being promoted by some of the hottest stars.
  3. Sneak peeks: be the first to see special chapters, new projects, character interviews etc. of your favourite works by your favourite writers.
  4. Top tips: how to succeed on Wattpad, how to write fantasy stories (by yours truly!) and other helpful things
  5. Reflections by writers: what writers learnt about various topics

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Come join us! We run all February!

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Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018

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As mentioned in a previous post, I shall be guest-posting in Kelly Anne Blount‘s Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018. After hearing suggestions from all my readers, I’ve decided to talk about fantasy story plotting, specifically regarding Rune Mage, including magic lore, character building, motivations, and the actual plotting process.

It’ll be heavily condensed, because there’s only so much I can squeeze into a single post! There are plenty of books published on a single topic alone.

Other suggestions from readers have included:

As promised before, I’ll work my way through these in blog posts. The alternative endings will likely take some time, because I only ever really plot for a single ending.

Be on the lookout for my post on plotting fantasy stories! We launch in February!

New Year’s Resolution

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Happy 2018! Wishing you all a safe, happy, and successful new year. I thought I’d start the year with a short list of resolutions. Although I’m not one for using new year’s specifically for resolutions — I’d rather have short goals throughout the year — it won’t hurt to make a grand end point, right?

  1. Finish Firestarter, my Asian Fantasy YA novella, and rewrite it (possibly as a full novel)
  2. Finish rewrite of Rune Mage, my high fantasy mass-sacrifice novel.
  3. Read more! My reading motivation has dropped down to zero.
  4. Pass my clinical exam retake in May.
  5. Brew at least one of the plot bunnies that have attacked me during my late night musings of my WIP. Either a full-length Asian Fantasy or Western Science Fiction — yet undecided

What are your new year’s resolutions? Share them here!

Need Your Help! Wattpad Block Party February 2018

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Exciting news! I am proud to announce I will be participating in Kelly Anne Blount‘s biannual all-star Wattpad Block Party, coming to you in February 2018! Each member will contribute one chapter to her book of fun, alongside giveaways, shout-outs, and other fun prizes! This begs a question from me to you, my readers.

What do you want me to write about?

Options include (but aren’t limited to): reading, writing, blogging, Wattpad, character interviews, sneak peeks at new projects, alternate endings, 10 Reasons to Read *My book title*, storyboard creation, deleted scenes, spin-offs…

I was thinking of talking about how I plot my fantasy stories, focusing on Rune Mage (which has had the most detailed plotting by far). I don’t have any new projects to do a reveal for, because I already have two WIPs currently, but I’m open to suggestions!

Suggestions from readers so far have included:

  1. Alternate ending to Seeker: Demon Killers
  2. Character interview with Ari from March City
  3. Alternate ending to Windcaster

The options not used for the block party I’ll likely post on here instead, so suggest away!

What to do After Finishing a First Draft

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On 27th July 2017, Rune Mage was finished at 199k words after NaNoWriMo 2016 and two lots of Camp NaNoWriMo 2017.

Then I hit a wall. What now?

I had several plot bunnies boiling for the past few months and was too happy to jump straight into a different project, but I knew this was always my pattern ever since I started writing. Once I finished a story, it would be stowed away forever, not to be touched for years. Since I discovered Wattpad, I would get occasional commenters picking up on old plot holes, spelling/grammar errors, and general areas that could be better improved. I made a point of reading through the whole of Rune Mage again, now that I knew the ending, and added in red herrings, foreshadowing, and refined the lore now I learnt the true extent and limitations of the magic.

And, you know what? It was worth it. There were areas that didn’t add up to the ending (it had been eight months since the beginning, after all), characters who became more solid as the time went on, so conversations didn’t match up to their true nature from the beginning, and a few red herrings spiced things up.

It was also cringeworthy picking up on my typos or see where I’d been distracted and mis-typed, but nevermind.

Rune Mage is now edited at the time of writing this. I spent a whole month reading back and reliving the story, and tidying up after myself. I have a bad habit of being exceedingly under-critical of my own work, so I have a good feeling it’ll be at least a year if not more I want to rewrite.

What do you do after finishing a first draft?

6 Writing Tips by Victoria Moschou

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Victoria Moschou is a book reviewer, blogger (Victorious Pages on WordPress), writer (VictoriaMoschou on Wattpad), and winner of the Ruined Childhoods contest hosted by Christine Bottas (Nyhterides) and I.

They say the expert in anything was once a beginner, and I totally agree on that! Of course, I can’t say that I’m an expert on writing fiction, writing blog posts or even sharing zen tips such as the previous one, yet after blogging for the last nine years and working seriously for the first time in my entire life on my WIPs for the past two, I think I’ve gained some experience and I’m a little bit wiser on that aspect than I were the day before. And, since I have a Mary Poppins mood today, I thought I should share that experience and wisdom with you!

So, apart from the obvious and basics, such as grammar rules, structure, punctuation, spelling and sentence construction, there are also a bunch of other rules and tips, not only beginners, but also those who claim to be more experienced, should respect and follow.

Disclaimer! I’m a perfectionist and an organising junkie, so I love lists; and this is going to be a long one. So, I’d suggest you sit back comfortably, get a cup of tea, or in my case coffee, and embrace everything you’re going to learn, or maybe read for the gazzillionth time! What’s certain is that you’re gonna leave this place with at least one new tip up in your sleeve!

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Wattpad Spotlight: The Fairytale Princesses of Pleasure Series

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Book promotion! “The Fairytale Princesses of Pleasure Series” by Puffgirl1952

Enjoy this mature retelling of popular fairytale princesses!

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