After seven months, I finally finished a seven page story to add to my Wattpad novella, “VII.” To be perfectly honest, I am a bit disappointed in myself. However, I’m not going to let the disappointment slow down my momentum. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer over this past year, and I hope to put what I’ve learned to good use.
If you don’t know by now, I am a fan of Wattpad.com. Not only is it a great place to find new favorite authors, but it can be a great way to open the doors for a new writer. One of my favorite aspects of the system is the ability to write fan fiction. Without worrying about copyright infringements or legal repercussions, you can embellish on your favorite fictional landscapes. Here is why I think this is important for new writers.
When I first started writing creative pieces years ago, I was excited to have someone in the family read them. It’s not necessarily that I wanted a critique of my work, but more of the ego boost. Most of the time, friends and family are going to tell you what you want to hear regarding the story. Unfortunately, this can often lead to a hellish snowball for the artist. I’m not saying that family can’t be good critics. However, it will influence their judgement.
I haven’t been able to write as often as I’d like because I have been unbelievably sick the last few days. It’s like a summer cold on steroids. I don’t feel nauseous, but the fever, sinus infection, headache and coughing have made existence quite miserable. I’m feeling a bit better today, but I can already feel that I have been pushing myself a bit far. So, why shouldn’t you write content when you’re sick?
A lot of people have aspirations about being a writer. Whether it’s the fast-paced world of ghostwriting, such as what I do, or it’s developing a great story, being an author can be attractive. However, a lot of us have hangups that will prevent success. What’s worse is that many people can’t identify what’s stopping them from trying. For some, it’s a culmination of several things that play into a lack of effort.