I’ve been on Wattpad for a while, but I’ve been too chicken to post any of my writing there so I mainly used it to find stuff to read.
And maybe stalk authors. The awesome Mina V. Esguerra writes on that particular platform, and that was the only place where I could find the third installment of her Interim Goddess of Love series when I couldn’t find it in bookstores.
But I digress. Wattpad is a great place to find poems and stories, true. But it’s also meant to be a place where people can SHARE stories. It’s a space where budding (and not-so-budding) authors can get constructive feedback on their work, hone their writing, discover a community that loves their words.
And, like I said, I’ve still been too much of a coward to try posting my writing there. Thankfully, a bunch of stuff that happened over the last few months have made me a bit braver:
- Discovering The Art of Work by Jeff Goins (everyone should read this!)
- #StrangeLit (I proved to myself that I can write fiction on a deadline)
- Meeting other, braver new writers
- Being in the same room as authors who have given me feels over the years
- Positive-ish reviews of my #StrangeLit short story (my favorite being from @jotheeful)
- The surprising desire to continue writing in the same universe as my #StrangeLit story
- The Skillshare Class Writing for Online Engagement: Fiction in a Digital World by the great Rebecca Sky
- Being tagged in the 13daysofhalloween challenge on Wattpad (and being forced to write)
- Being told by tamoja (an awesome poet) on Wattpad to not be afraid to hit publish
- My growing obsession with PicMonkey, with which I create covers for stories I haven’t written/haven’t finished writing yet (might as well use them)
All these, and probably other stuff that I don’t consciously know, are telling me to stop making fear-based excuses when it comes to writing. They’re telling me to stop feeling guilty about writing stuff I like.
It’s time for my epic un-chickening with Wattpad.
Which is why I’ve started to upload my new/unfinished work on the site. So far (and by that I mean 11/04/2015), I have only two pieces of work on the profile:
- “The Air“, which is my microfiction entry to the #13daysofhalloween challenge
- “The Lost Champion“, which is a fantasy-ish story set in the same universe as my Incredible Truths short story “Shake-Ups”, and which I plan to update on a bi-weekly basis
But of course, I plan to post other stories I’ve been tinkering with over the years (often with my sister)—including but not limited to:
- “Lost Boys”, the adventures of a former teen superheroine who finds herself playing psychiatrist to her former peers’ secret identities
- “Blue Fairy” (Originally called “The Highways, The Low Ways“), a sci-fi/fantasy story involving a woman and a boy on the run from a war
- “Damn Attractive”, when a glamorous contract-based romance-with-benefits goes sideways
- “Egg”, in which a cat lover has to deal with the fact that one of her babies isn’t really a cat and actually has talent for superheroics (based on my sister’s characters in a LiveJournal RP)
All of these have been partially written already (though I’m sure they need some rewriting before they’re uploaded), but they’ll all definitely be up on Wattpad this month. I hope at least one person ASIDE from my family and myself will enjoy them.
LET THE UNCHICKENING COMMENCE! (oh help)