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    The Waking Moon Fantasy Ending Contest:

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    In The Waking Moon, Paulette’s life is the pits. Her sister is dead, her alcoholic mother is in jail, and her chaotic new school is full of bullies. Fortunately, she finds love and support from two boys — her quirky best friend Rhodes, and Jack, a beautiful boy who has come back from the dead. 

    Fans of the book have made many, many comments about the ending. Now it’s your turn. First you must read the book, The Waking Moon. Then ask yourself: If the ending had to be different, what should it be? Happy or sad, let me know what fate you would devise for Paulette, Jack, and Rhodes.

    Find out more here!


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    IMPROVE YOUR WRITING EVERY WEEK WITH WATTPAD

    Welcome to the Wattpad Weekly Writing Prompt!

    Start anytime.

    These are free writing prompts for Wattpad writers who want to be inspired and challenged. You’ll come away with new ideas, new techniques and, most importantly, you’ll generate lots of new writing. The prompts are posted every Monday on the Wattpad Insider.

    To join in: read the prompt and get writing – post your writing on the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Threadwhere I’ll give feedback as much as I can!

    The prompts are written by Alice Kuipers, bestselling author of Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You. Visit her at www.alicekuipers.com:

    Week Seven

    As the year comes to an end, we’re looking at how to end stories this week. I meet so many writers who can’t figure out how to get to the end of what they’re writing so it’s worth taking time to practice.

    As you think about an ending, think about what’s changed– how has the character changed, even within a short scene? What has happened to them to get them to this new place?

    In the prompt this week, I’m going to give you the end, and you’re going to write the scene that leads to this last line:

    Sam jumped.

    Write up to 500 words finishing with those two words at the very end.

    Post your responses here at the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Thread! I’ll read and give feedback as often as I can.


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    Jean Valjean, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and other great fictional characters:

    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Ian D. Ghrist, writer of scifi action “Dawn of the Epoch,” about archaeologist Hunter Price and his scientist wife Tiyana, who accidentally unleash a darkness buried long ago…

    Great characters are carefully developed. Unfortunately, they do not spring to life on the page of their own volition. In a California Federal District Court case called, “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Company,” the Court struggled with the issue of whether James Bond was a copyrightable character or whether he was merely a “stock” character, a generic spy hero. Of course, the Court held that James Bond was not just a generic spy hero; instead, he was a unique creation. But what is it about Agent 007 that makes him so special?

     

    The Court said, “Like Rocky, Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and Superman, James Bond has certain character traits that have been developed over time through the sixteen films in which he appears.” The Court described these characteristics as his “cold-bloodedness; his love of martinis, ‘shaken, not stirred;’ his marksmanship; his ‘license to kill’ and use of guns; his physical strength; and his sophistication,” among other things. The Court also pointed out the “music, pace, and mood” that go along with the character. 

      

    Movies and graphic novels can create characters visually, but books must rely solely on description. Fortunately, this can be an advantage, rather than a disadvantage. For example, Victor Hugo’s depiction of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert is richer and deeper than movie/musical portrayals, which are only glimpses of the original masterpieces.

     

    So, how does one create awesome characters? Here are three ways to get a good start:

    1.       Use character templates. Fill them out before you even start writing the story. There are hundreds of these available online. Get on your favorite search engine and do a search for, “character profile” or “character template for a novel” or something along those lines. You will find plenty of options.

    2.       Think about the range of emotions that people feel. Look at Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (again, just type it into your favorite search engine). Give your characters a background that takes them through the wheel and makes them who they are.

    3.       Give your characters distinctive characteristics, like Bond’s sophistication and marksmanship or Tarzan’s feral nature and inquisitiveness.

    Dawn of the Epoch introduces the Dahjaat, a race of prehistoric, supernatural giants. After remaining frozen in stasis for thousands of years hidden deep beneath the earth’s surface, they are unwittingly awakened. The story also features the Aldenduenum, pre-historic humans who left traces of their sophisticated technology behind when a worldwide typhoon wiped them out. I liked stock characters like zombies , vampires, ogres, cyborgs, wizards, cyclopes, minotaurs, treasure hunters, dragons, sea monsters, and knights, so I mixed and matched from stock elements, added features of my own, and created new products. Wattpad has whole genres set aside for vampire and werewolf stories. Maybe one day, Wattpad will have a Dahjaat genre? Given, however, that vampire stories were told around Transylvanian hearths before the printing press was invented, I have centuries of catching up to do.

    By the way, Bram Stoker did not invent vampires. He only popularized them by inventing the most infamous vampire character of all, Count Dracula.

    Thank you for reading my post! I hope you got something out of it. If you are interested, then check out my first novel, Dawn of the Epoch, available exclusively here on Wattpad!

    Dawn of the Epoch by Ian D. Ghrist:

    Archaeologist Hunter Price and his scientist wife Tiyana are on the verge of a groundbreaking discovery. While digging deep beneath the Pyramids of Egypt, they uncover long-lost secrets. They awaken a darkness that was buried long ago.

    An army rises from deep in the earth. A tyrannical demigod threatens to enslave millions. Mythical creatures are resurrected. Only the sage wisdom of a hermetic guardian living high up in the Himalayas can give Hunter and Tiyana the guidance that they need to stop the onslaught.

    With the help of their Kenyan digsite manager and an Italian carpenter who lost his lover in the ensuing chaos, they follow clues left by a bygone race from a pre-historic era. Brute force will not be enough to end the devastation; they will have to become something more. With all of their guile and courage, they will take a stand against the darkness. They must be willing to sacrifice everything in order to preserve our beloved civilization.

    Pandora’s box is open. Welcome to the dawn of a new epoch!


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  • 01/09/13--13:56: "Finvarra’s Circus"
  • “Finvarra’s Circus”

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    “Doubt digs roots that remain forever and slowly suffocate love, until the heart turns to ice. It is doubt that kills love, and there is no greater magic than love. Promise me you will remember this.”

    - Kioyo; Finvarra’s Circus 


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    Congratulations to the winner of the Aisling’s Diary FanFic contest on Wattpad!

    WATTPAD BRINGS YOU A GUEST POST FROM AISLING FITZSIMONS, AUTHOR OF AISLING’S DIARY:

    Hello Wattpadders!

    My book is officially out! You can now get Aisling’s Summer Diary on Amazon in paperback and ebook format for Kindle eBook readers.

    The book also includes a fan fiction chapter from wattpader @dwagonfwy.

    A few months ago I ran a contest on Wattpad and Shannon was the winner. Her prize? To get her story published as an extra chapter of my Summer Diary!

     This summer was supposed to be the summer of our lives. Me, Siobhan and Ali decided to spend our summer holidays in sunny Southeast Ireland in Siobhan’s uncle posh resort. Sunbathing, beach going, quality time with new best friends, minor helping out on the resort, guilt-free resting and absolutely no boys! Those were the plans… but what actually happened was something entirely different.

    It would be a great help if you could rate and review my book on Amazon.

    Thank you for everything and I’ll see you @Wattpad!

    Love,

    Aisling 

    Find me on beChilled TV on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    Read “Aisling’s Summer Diary” on Wattpad!


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    Wattpad brings you a guest post from CelticRose on her top 5 villains in fiction. Read her vampire series  ”The Faustine Chronicles” free on Wattpad:

    Set in a fractured world of living vampires, fallen angels and psychopathic faeries, this dark fantasy novel explores the depths of love and vengeance, and what happens when the villain gets the girl.

    Face it. Nine times out of ten the villain steals the show. Whether it’s the witty one-liners, the charisma, suavity and charm or the tragic back-story that jolts you into feeling sympathetic or even empathising with them, it’s the villains that make a cracking story. After all, what would a story be without conflict? And how would the hero develop without a strong antagonist to push back?

    My love of villains and all things… villainous … began as soon as I was introduced to Disney. What has Aurora got that Maleficent can’t beat? Seriously. That woman has class, style, an amazing hat, and turns herself into a dragon. When I discovered that Angelina Jolie will be playing her in her very own movie, aptly named Maleficent, (out 2014), I was beyond excited.

    The evil fairy Maleficent is pretty much the epitome of a successful villain: she’s interesting, memorable, and has cheekbones you could cut your sandwiches with. She also has real emotions (it hurts to be the only one not invited to a party… how would you like it?) and without her, Sleeping Beauty would have been a bit of a snooze-fest. [See what I did there?!]

    My novel, The Book of Fate, first in a planned quadrilogy, revolves around a very simple premise: what if the villain got the girl?… How many different ways could a classic hero story end if that was the case? The best thing about a premise like that is that you could write it a hundred different ways, and it would come out differently each time. Why on earth The Book of Fate ended up the way it did is anybody’s guess, but I blame my various twisted influences, of whom Alan Rickman was probably the strongest…!

    Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    … But what’s with my obsession with villainy?

     When asked in an interview why he always plays bad guys, Alan Rickman replied, “I don’t play bad guys. I play very interesting people.”

    That’s one of the most important keys to writing any antagonist: they have to be interesting. They can be immature, sarcastic, or just flat-out hysterical, but without a sense of depth to them they fall a little flat. Antagonists need a gripping, well-thought out back-story, a reason to be who they have become, a reason to do the things they do, and a personality that you can really engage with. Whether you love them, hate them or love to hate them, they have to provide the hero - - and the reader - - with a real challenge.

    Just as importantly, they have to be memorable. There’s a reason people know who Hannibal Lecter is even if they haven’t read the novels or seen the films. You don’t forget the charming self-assured psychopaths with a penchant for eating people in a hurry.

    Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs

    As an author who comes over all maternal when talking about my characters, my villains are far and away the favourite children. For the character of Kristof I borrowed from the historical figure Vlad the Impaler, tapping into my lifelong Dracula obsession. Borrowing from history and mythology is a great way of creating new and original characters that really stand out, and feel real.

    If you were to make a list of your top five, what would they have in common?

    I think I’ll leave you with that thought, and, just for fun, my own top five favourite, interesting, memorable villains of my childhood… (mine was an interesting childhood…)

    5. Maleficent

    Best Qualities: Magic powers, dragon transformation, and, like most of us, hates being left out of things. She doesn’t get mad. She gets even.

    Best Line:You poor simple fools, thinking you could defeat me. Me, the mistress of all evil.

    There we have it folks. Mistress of all evil. Top Five it is.

    4. Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham

    Best Qualities: He. Is. Hysterical. Also oddly attractive (come on, tell me you can’t see it!), completely barking mad and dysfunctional, balancing between sinister and sympathetic with a screwed up childhood (raised by the witch Mortiana who turned out to be his mother – the scene where he found that out got cut, sadly, but is supposed to have been the funniest scene in the film…) and not a snowball’s hope in hell with Marion.

    Best Lines:       That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!”

                            “LOXLEY! I’m going to cut your heart out with a spoon!!!

    3. Hannibal Lecter

     

    Best Qualities: Suave, sophisticated, hates rudeness and unrefined behaviour and believes it should be punished. He once ate a musician for playing out of tune. His expensive tastes run to the opera and fine dining. His complex relationship with Clarice Starling is brilliantly conceived and the psychological twists of his deeply disturbed psyche are fascinating to read.

    Best Line: “I’m giving very serious thought… to eating your wife.”

    2. Jadis the White Witch

    Best Qualities: She is, quite literally, one of the coolest villains around. She controls the seasons, lives in an ice palace, and turns people to stone. Her wardrobe is amazing. She is terrifying and alluring, and genuinely frightened of Aslan, which gives her a vulnerable side.

    Best Line:“You know, Aslan, I’m a little disappointed in you. Did you honestly think by all this that you could save the human traitor? You are giving me your life and saving no one. So much for love. Tonight, the Deep Magic will be appeased, but tomorrow, we will take Narnia forever! In that knowledge, despair… and die!”

    1. Dracula

     

    Best Qualities: Based on genuine folklore, superstition and the history of a certain Wallachian [NOT Transylvanian] prince, this character propelled vampire literature into the popular imagination like nothing before. The Byronic vampire – a sophisticated twist on the bloodsucking peasant corpses which clawed their way out of the dirt to plague their unwashed relatives in rustic superstition – had been created in 1819 by Polidori, a friend of Lord Byron’s. Stoker created a similarly aristocratic and gentile figure, basing it on the real-life 14th Century figure of Vlad Tepes or Dracula, son of Vlad Dracul, known as Vlad the Impaler. He is able to walk in the sun but his powers of nature are diminished in the daylight. He is not killed by sunlight, but by being stabbed in the heart with a Bowie knife and having his throat cut. Vampires are said to read minds, control thoughts, become animals, control the weather and even turn into mist, and of course, they can create other vampires. Dracula’s power over women and the way he turned them from dutiful and nurturing wives and mothers into sexual predators and child-killers was a terrifying concept to Stoker’s Victorian public. They are also themes which resonate deeply in people today (men and women alike), and have sparked the ‘vampires = liberation’ of many modern interpretations of the vampire myth. Without Dracula and his evolutionary ethos, we would never have had Lestat, Angel, Spike, the Lost Boys, Bill Compton, Eric Northman (and the rest of the True Blood clan)… the list goes on. We probably could have done without Edward Cullen, but if you are one of those that could not, then you have Stoker to thank for him too.

    Best Lines:       “Listen to them - children of the night. What music they make.”

                            (1992 film) “We Draculs havearight to be proud! What devil or witch was ever so great as Atilla, whose blood flows in these veins? …”

    So there we are! My personal top five. I’ll leave you on that happy note!

    … Sweet dreams…

    Read “The Faustine Chronicles: The Book of Fate” on Wattpad:

    Unless the crack in reality can be healed, demonic forces will triumph. Unless the Cult of Zacharias can be stopped, a whole race will be wiped out. Unless the schemes of an ambitious sadist succeed, the world will end.

    Elsa Faustine, the last living descendant of Zacharias, is being stalked by a menacing presence. Abandoned by everyone she loves and abducted by brutal slavers, she falls under the charismatic spell of a blood-drinking tyrant who desires her for his own evil ends – and must do what she can to survive.

    The threads of Elsa’s chequered tale are recorded in The Book of Fate, a chronicle written by the young scribe Nicodemus whose divine revelations about the legendary Zacharias will shake the Cult to its core. Visited by Fate in the first of his four visions, Nicodemus transcribes Elsa’s story as Fate Herself narrates.

    Set in a fractured world of living vampires, fallen angels and psychopathic faeries, this dark fantasy novel explores the depths of love and vengeance, and what happens when the villain gets the girl..


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    IMPROVE YOUR WRITING EVERY WEEK WITH WATTPAD

    Welcome to the Wattpad Weekly Writing Prompt!

    Start anytime.

    These are free writing prompts for Wattpad writers who want to be inspired and challenged. You’ll come away with new ideas, new techniques and, most importantly, you’ll generate lots of new writing. The prompts are posted every Monday on the Wattpad Insider.

    To join in: read the prompt and get writing – post your writing on the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Threadwhere I’ll give feedback as much as I can!

    The prompts are written by Alice Kuipers, bestselling author of Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You. Visit her at www.alicekuipers.com:

    Week Eight

    When you’re describing a place, think about how the movement and actions of a character in that place can reveal what the place is like. For example, if your character has to push through a crowd, the reader sees and feels the crowd without you having to tell us the room is crowded.

    Imagine that you are the last person left in the world. Write up to 400 words describing the world as you wake up in it. Think about not only sights and smells, but also what actions you must take – how can the things you do in the empty world show the reader what the world is like?

    Post your responses here at the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Thread! I’ll read and give feedback as often as I can.


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    Love Chick Lit? Us Too.

    Celebrate the launch of the Chick Lit genre on Wattpad. Find out more at http://welovechicklit.com



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    Are you a fan of historical fiction and all things related to England’s history? Read about the drama and culture of 17th century England through the life of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester:

    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Bridge Bridgewater, writer of “Rochester Unveiled: The Illusory Second Earl,” a quirky and well-researched historical fiction of one of England’s most notorious wastrels, wits and libertines. 

    Read the novel for free on Wattpad!

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    Who needs Dr. Who? Well we all do sometimes. However, we freely possess an inbuilt Tardis of our own. Our partnership of senses includes simply that, a time machine. When viewing a film or a play our perceptions are easily led. But when reading a novel our imagination button kicks in big time and sparks off untold perceptions for the words create visions in our minds and the beauty of this is that each individual’s imaginings are unique.

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    We are in control; we set the scene as we ourselves see it, in whatever century we travel. We paint the panoramas on the greatest backdrop in the world, the canvas of our minds.

    So go ahead, try it. I promise you will not be disappointed. In Rochester Unveiled you can breathe the very air of history; its sights, sounds and smells and the triumphs and failings of love, the depths of despair, and the heights of elation. The romanticism and the barbarity of the time will become a reality in your own personal voyage.

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    To be born in the year 1647 amid England’s fierce Civil War, to be raised by a stern ambitious mother, to see little of your father for eleven years and then to hear of his untimely death, must surely have had an extraordinary impact on the life of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester.

    The effect of Commonwealth England especially on its Londoners was one of despondency and misery. The country’s self-styled head, the fanatical puritan Oliver Cromwell, banned all forms of recreation. The amusements that had been enjoyed for centuries were forbidden by law. Entertainments such as the theatre, street fairs, morris dancing, May Day celebrations, pleasure gardens and even the sacred Christmas festivities were all ruthlessly suppressed.

    So it’s no surprise that on the death of Cromwell and the long awaited restoration of the charismatic King Charles, the years of pent up frustration of most of England’s people exploded into one of decadent freedoms. And the adolescent witty Wilmot, was no exception to the new found liberties and revel in them he did to excess.

    Rochester’s life was much like a game of chess but his plan was one of impetuous moves and some of the players in his wild charade are shown here:

    The Knight:  Rochester’s close friend and confidant Sir Henry Saville, the younger brother of the Marquis of Halifax.

     “None but dearest Henry became an intimate friend to me”.

    The King: His Majesty King Charles II. Rochester loved his easy character but reviled his devious charm.

     “Lady Rochester! As entrancing as ever I see.It has been far too long since I set my eyes on this feast John. Your Lord should not keep you hidden away in Oxfordshire. It is not good for one so beautiful to be left alone and deprived of admiring company”. Said the King kissing Elizabeth softly on the cheek”.

    The (Somerset) Queen: Elizabeth Malet, Lady Rochester. The rich and available heiress, who Rochester wooed with dramatic victory over other wealthy but lacklustre suitors. Their elopement and marriage in 1667 was the talk of London.

    During these periods of excess and illicit carnal adventures it was as though Elizabeth was not a part of my life and my whole being was in a chaos of over-indulgence and pleasure”.

     

    The Castle: Enmore Castle, Somerset. The ancient ancestral home of Rochester’s wife.

    In the corner of the room was a half-sized oak four-poster bed with pale green silk hangings and embroidered thereon were red and pink roses. This exquisite bed had been specially commissioned for Anne’s first visit to Enmore”.

    A Pawn: Anne Wilmot, Rochester’s daughter.

     “The sweetest little face I have ever seen”.

    A Pawn: Charles Wilmot, Rochester’s son and heir.

     He was by far the prettiest boy I had ever set my eyes upon”.

     

    A Pawn: Elizabeth Wilmot, Rochester daughter.

    I had seen but little of Lizbet since she had been born but I could see now that she was growing into a very pretty child”.

    A Pawn: Mallet Wilmot, Rochester’s daughter.

    “Mallet, our youngest, was a sweet child although more delicate in health than her two sisters”.

    A Pawn: Mrs Elizabeth Barry, actress and mistress of Rochester.

    She was wearing a fine cloak lined with red silk but she herself looked pale and sickly, hiding her tired and gaunt face under a heavily painted exterior. She was clearly under the influence of much drink and steadied her balance by the linking of her arm to a gentleman; well dressed but an obvious rogue. I looked again to Mrs. Barry for signs of a swollen belly but as she was all but hidden from view by her entourage of scoundrels and whores such detection was impossible”.

    The Bishop: Gilbert Burnet. Man of God, friend to the courageous Rochester and witness to the dying Earl’s repentance in July 1680.

    With Gilbert’s prayers, Elizabeth’s selfless devotion and a mother’s love for her son, I felt an absolute contentment that I had only known as a young boy”.

    The game has ended, for Rochester at least!

    But further puzzlers are in store for one of his kin.

     

    Read “Rochester Unveiled: The Illusory Second Earl” for free on Wattpad:

    Rochester Unveiled is a quirky historical fiction of one of England’s most notorious wastrels, wits and libertines. It characterizes John Wilmot The Second Earl of Rochester’s life and those of his wife and children, his friends and enemies and his romantic infatuation and adoration for the celebrated actress Mrs Barry.

    The content of the novel is well researched drawing on extensive historical detail, combined with vivid and at times idiosyncratic imagination. It will amply appeal to anyone with either a passing or a keen interest in the infamous times of England’s seventeenth century. The work is the true history of people, places, buildings, theatres, houses, churches and curiosities in London, the idyllic Cotswolds and the wilds of Dorset along with the invented.


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    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Samantha Young, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

    Keep an eye out for Samantha Young’s adult fiction, “On Dublin Street,” coming to Wattpad in February! Follow her on Wattpad to read her other stories FREE and get instant updates.

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    Picking A Title For Your Novel:

    Is there anything more satisfying than that moment that you come up with the perfect title? Sometimes it just pops into your head as you’re writing, and other times you’ve already thought of a title before you even begin writing. And sometimes you’re sitting wiggling your bum like a pleased puppy at how gosh darn clever your title is!

    Not me. No. I never do that.

    For the most part creating titles for my novels has been easy. I usually come upon something in my research, or during my planning stages, and I have a title all ready to go before I’ve even begun typing the story up. All of my previous books have been paranormal and urban fantasy so it definitely felt like I had more scope for a title. I guess in a way, for me, titling those books were easier.

    When I started drawing up plans for a contemporary romance for adults, I was stumped on the title front. Anything I thought of was immediately followed by a childish, scrunched-up expression— like a five year old who’d just been subjected to a piece of broccoli. Those first ideas were cheesy, overly sentimental, and in some cases utterly crap.

    I was at desperado stages. Despite being a hot romance, there was a lot in the story that was personal, that was earthy, and hopefully really relatable. I wanted a romantic title but not one that suggested frivolity and lack of depth. I wanted one that hinted at the possibility of an epic romance between its pages.

    Of course, I finally deemed it necessary to pay a visit to my sounding board (a.k.a Mum, a.k.a Super Mum) and we started talking about the basics of creating a title. Your title should encapsulate what you as the writer think is the most important element of the story. Is it the lessons learned? Is it the item, person, or place that’s the focus of the plot? Is it the destination? Is it the things left unsaid? And would it communicate to the reader what to expect?

    For me, I knew that it was the place that was important to my heroine, Joss. She was an American now living in Edinburgh, and the flat she moved to in the early chapters of the story was the beginning of a massive turning point in her life. It would be the stage for every significant moment that would happen to her.

    “So where is it?” Mum asked.

    I shrugged. “I don’t know. I was thinking New Town.”

    “Which street?”

    “Well, there are some gorgeous flats near Queen Street Gardens. There’s Abercromby Place, Heriot Row, Dublin Street… Dublin Street. Dublin Str—On Dublin Street!”

    On Dublin Street?”

    On Dublin Street.”

    “I just got goosebumps. That can only be a good thing.”

    “Me too.”

    And that was how I came up with the title for my bestseller On Dublin Street. It had all the Celtic romantic connotations perfect for a romance novel, and those three simple words suggested that something happens here— a hint that hopefully readers would find compelling enough to pick up the book.

    Sounding Board Mums (they’re also available in dads, grandparents, an assortment of relatives, as well as helpful friends and nosy neighbors): an accessory no writer should be without.

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    On Dublin Street by Samantha Young is available now in paperback or ebook, and coming to Wattpad in February. In the meantime, start reading her other stories on her Wattpad profile.

    “On Dublin Street”:

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare …

    Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

    But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her … down to the very soul …

    Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/On-Dublin-Street-ebook/dp/B009TKD6XA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358164720&sr=8-1

    
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/On-Dublin-Street-Samantha-Young/dp/0451419707/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358164740&sr=8-2&keywords=on+dublin+street


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    Fans of bewitching tales & teenage magic will love this book trailer of “What The Spell?,” the debut published novel written by Brittany, “The Book Slayer” on Wattpad. Find out more on MTV!

    You can read Britt’s stories for free on Wattpad, including the sequel to “What The Spell?,” the original “Life’s A Witch.”Follow her on Wattpad to read her other stories.

    Pre-order “What The Spell?” from Simon & Schuster.


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  • 01/18/13--14:00: YA say YA want a revolution?
  • Love reading Young Adult Fiction? Find out more about the beginnings of this genre, and all the YA classics beloved by readers around the world.

    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Dan Ahearn, writer of YA mystery “Dark Beach”:

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    YA say YA want a revolution?

    YA fiction: questioning your world view since… well, like forever.

    More than any other book, S. E Hinton’s The Outsiders inspired me to write my story Dark Beach. The Outsiders was the first book written not only for teenagers, but by a teenager. Hinton was 16 when she wrote the book. Even though the talk of the Greasers and the Socs may seem odd, the emotions of two social classes of kids at war still ring true, especially, poor doomed Johnny’s hope that Ponyboy will “Stay Gold,” and hang on to the idealism of youth.  Ponyboy and his friends don’t have clear ideas of how to change their situation but they keep trying, lashing out blindly with tragic consequences. The Outsiders is a great read if you love passion, drama, youthful alienation and rebellion. And who doesn’t? 

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    Not to get into movies too much, but Rebel Without a Cause, a hit movie starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, was a huge influence on Hinton and other young writers. James Dean and Natalie Wood are incredible in this movie. And you’ll see that many contemporary actors like Leonardo Dicaprio and James Franco owe much of their acting style to James Dean. Rebel created generations of rebels, both writers and filmmakers. (BTW, Kristen Stewart will soon be appearing in a movie based on Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, another rebellious classic of the 50s/60s period. Check it out.)

    Continue below for more YA Fiction!


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    J. D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, the narrator of Catcher in the Rye, is a founding rebel whose voice is echoed in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Some claim that Catcher in the Rye, not The Outsiders, is the first true YA novel. Though not written specifically for young people, Catcherin the Rye has been a constant favorite with every new generation of teens. Other classics sharing Catcher’s DNA are To Kill a Mockingbird, A Separate Peace,The Bell Jar, Less than Zero and Ordinary People. Each one threatening to start a fresh revolution each time a new reader opens them. Personally, I’m conscious of Catcher in the Rye’s influence on almost everything I write, especially in Dark Beach.

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    While reading The Hunger Games, I was reminded of Mary Renault’s thrilling adventure The King Must Die. In this novel, the teenage prince Theseus demands to be part of a “tribute” of young people who are taken by the Minoan Empire. These teenagers are sacrificed in the Bull Dance (a kind of ceremonial bull fight) in the capitol city of Knossos in Crete. As they die one by one, Theseus begins to realize that his only hope of survival is, you guessed it: Revolution. Sound familiar? It’s an amazing story; I defy you to read it just once. If you’re a Hunger Games fan, you’ll love it.

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    The Giver is another great depiction of a ‘paradise’ that most of us would consider hell. (Jeff Bridges is developing The Giver for the screen. He looks right for the part, don’t you think?) In The Giver, society tries to control all emotions, particularly romantic love.  The idea is order and peace, but Jonas, the hero of the Giver, discovers horrifying truths about his ‘peaceful’ community. Finally, he has no choice but total rebellion.

    The classics Brave New World and 1984 contain many of these same themes of people being forced by unnatural societies into revolution. And don’t be put off reading some of these ‘classics’ either. They appear regularly on lists of banned books. This proves their lasting significance and power. In other words, these books are so good, they have made some people very angry.

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    In the brilliant cyberpunk dystopian novel, M.T. Anderson’s Feed, the society has really gotten into your head. Literally! The internet is implanted in kids’ brains and they are constantly online, living a lotus-eater life of consumerist distraction gone wild, while the world goes down the tubes around them. Finally, two kids try to fight their way back to reality, with heart-breaking consequences.

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    What’s right? What’s wrong? How do you tell the difference and what do you do about it when you know? To me, that’s YA. The hero of my book, Dean McCarthy, (I would cast Dane Dehaan, above, as Dean) has a lot to be angry about but he desperately wants to be the hero of his own life and change what’s wrong with the world he lives in. He just has trouble finding the positive way to do this.  But in Dark Beach, guided by deep new feelings for a girl and with the help of his almost magical dog, Kota, he’s getting there.  There’s reason to hope.  As you can see, he’s in very good company. 

    Ready to check out “Dark Beach” right now? Read it for free on Wattpad:

    Dean and his dog, Kota, had to leave their home in New York City, if they wanted to escape with their lives. Now they live on the Jersey Shore and life’s a beach. Except it’s been a freezing cold October and the local motorcycle gang is killing kids with drugs and nobody seems to want to do anything about it… except Dean. On the bright side, there’s Gloria, who looks like a movie star and who’s so cool and actually gets Dean, which is really a nice change. But Dean was born under a bad sign and trouble follows wherever he goes. Luckily, so does Kota.


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    IMPROVE YOUR WRITING EVERY WEEK WITH WATTPAD

    Welcome to the Wattpad Weekly Writing Prompt!

    Start anytime.

    These are free writing prompts for Wattpad writers who want to be inspired and challenged. You’ll come away with new ideas, new techniques and, most importantly, you’ll generate lots of new writing. The prompts are posted every Monday on the Wattpad Insider.

    To join in: read the prompt and get writing – post your writing on the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Threadwhere I’ll give feedback as much as I can!

    The prompts are written by Alice Kuipers, bestselling author of Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You. Visit her at www.alicekuipers.com:

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    Week Nine

    Last week we wrote character actions that helped describe setting. This week, we’re thinking about the objects a character owns and how your character describes them. The way your character views the things around them shows your reader the essence of your character.

    Both of these exercises deepen your knowledge of your characters through physical and emotional description of the things around your character.

    Specifically think about an object either you or one of your characters own. This object is something inherited.

    Why is it important? Who is it from? What does it look like, feel like? What words do you, or your character use to describe it? Think about voice.

    Write a personal essay – either from your point of view, or a fictional piece in the voice of your character – of up to 400 words describing this object and where it came from. Think about how the words you use reveal character.

    Post your responses here at the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Thread! I’ll read and give feedback as often as I can.


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  • 01/21/13--13:00: Who’s Your Hero?
  • Here’s a new mystery romance that will keep you up all night! Continue below to meet the charming brothers in “Brazos Bride”:

    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Caroline Clemmons, writer of “Brazos Bride.”

    When you’re reading a book, do you picture an actor as the hero? I always form a mental image, though usually not of an actor. If the book becomes a movie, I’m often disappointed that the star doesn’t match the likeness I’ve conjured in my brain. Other times, I’ve been pleased that the performer exceeds my ideas. This was the case with Hugh Jackman portraying Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.”

    If your favorite book were being filmed as a movie and you were in charge of casting, who would you choose to play the hero? Here are some of my favorite candidates to star in “Brazos Bride,” book one of the Men of Stone Mountain trilogy.

    1. Matthew Goode - My favorite of his roles was in the movie “Leap Year” with Amy Adams. How could she resist those eyes? Answer: She couldn’t. And in the movie, he refuses to accept the money he desperately needs to repay a loan and keep his pub and hotel. Why? He won’t take the cash from the woman he has come to love, played by Amy Adams. You may think his honor and pride result in failure. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that isn’t true. Which makes him that more admirable, at least in my opinion.

    In “Brazos Bride”, Micah Stone is the youngest of three Stone brothers of Texas, but still a force in his own right. He’s quiet, soulful, and misunderstood by all but his family. He feels slights deeply and is loyal, honest, and caring. As a former soldier and Texas Ranger, he has vowed never again to shoot at another human. When the woman he has come to love pleads for his help, but with tough stipulations, he puts aside his vow of peace and agrees. Don’t you agree that Matthew Goode has the skill required to transform himself into Micah in “Brazos Bride”?

    2. Alex O’Loughlin - This “Hawaii 50” star undoubtedly has women begging him to arrest them. He’d make a wonderful Zach Stone in the Men of Stone Mountain trilogy.  All three Stone brothers are similar, but Zach is the one that attracts the most attention from females. Although he’s been a Texas Ranger, Zach is the family peacemaker, the calm and logical brother who reasons with the other two. As a lawman on “Hawaii 50,” Alex O’Loughlin could transition to play former Texas Ranger Zach Stone. Zach has his own book in “High Stakes Bride.” 

    3. Hugh Jackman - Is there any role this man can’t play? He not only acts, he sings and he dances. I have loved him in each role he’s played, but my favorite was the drover in Australia. And there’s nothing miserable about his performance in “Les Miserables.” He’d be perfect as Joel Stone in the Men of Stone Mountain trilogy.  As the senior brother, Joel is used to being in command, but listens to Micah and Zach and values their opinions. Joel even acted as attorney for his brother when Micah was unjustly on trial for murder. Formerly a Texas Ranger, Joel commands respect from his brothers and, later, from the county residents he eventually represents as sheriff in “High Stakes Bride” and the upcoming ‘Bluebonnet Bride.” Joel is known for his by-the-book honesty and fairness. Hugh Jackman commands that respect and attention, don’t you agree?

    What is your favorite book? Would one of these actors be suitable to star as the hero?

    Read “Brazos Bride” FREE on Wattpad:

    Hope Montoya knows someone is poisoning her, but who? She suspects her mother was also poisoned and knows her father was murdered. Who wants her family eliminated? She vows to fight! She realizes she won’t last the eight months until she turns twenty-five and her uncle no longer controls her or her estate. Never will she be dominated by a man as she was by her father, as she has seen her mother and grandmothers dominated. If she marries, she gains control now, but only if she weds a man she can trust. Only one man meets her requirements. Can she trust him to protect her and capture the killer…but then to leave?

    Micah Stone has been in love with Hope since the first time he saw her. But he was accused of her father’s murder and surely would have hung if not for his two brothers’ aid. Most in the community still believe him guilty. But the drought has him too worried about water for his dying cattle to care about his neighbors’ opinions. When Hope proposes a paper marriage in exchange for land on the Brazos River and much needed cash, her offer rubs his pride raw. His name may be Stone, but he’s not made of it. He can’t refuse her for long, and so their adventure begins. He and Hope have to stay alive and discover the killer before they become victims in the deadly assaults.


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    A Reason To Live: Writing Crime Fiction

    Find the podcast here!

    Listen to our interview with Matthew Iden, known as CrimeRighter on Wattpad. His crime fiction “A Reason To Live” has almost a million reads, and continues to attract a lot of buzz and positive reviews from readers for being a realistic, exhilarating, and thought-provoking read.

    Find out what makes his writing so appealing to fans of crime thrillers, how he has managed to promote and market his novel online, and hear his tips on effectively using Wattpad as a writer.

    Read his stories for free on Wattpad!


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    For chick-flick fans out there, here’s a story you’ll enjoy reading! 

    Random House-published writer Marie Lamba shares a guest post about her YA romance novel “Over My Head,” available to read free on Wattpad!

    Sang’s summer is overflowing with drama. And she’s teetering on the dangerous brink of true love. But will she sink or swim?

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    Looking for the next great chick-flick?

    Confession: I am a complete chick-flick fanatic. There. I said it.

    Here are some of my favorites:

    - She’s the Man

    - Cinderella Story

    - Bridget Jones 

    - He’s Just not that into You

    - 13 Going on 30

    - 17 Again

    - Love Actually 

    - Mean Girls

    Easy A

    Crazy Stupid Love

    Never Been Kissed

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    Anyone else want to fess up? If I’m missing some great ones from this list PLEASE tell me. I’m always semi-desperately looking for new ones to watch.

    Another confession: When I write a novel, I imagine I’m creating the next great chick flick. Music plays in my head like a movie soundtrack, building at dramatic moments. Mental camera angles take in expressions of shock, flirtatious winks, tears. And I picture my final scene frozen on the silver screen, credits rolling.

    By the way, I’m open to having my new novel Over My Head adapted for the big screen – are you listening, Hollywood???

    Over My Headhas all the necessary chick-flick elements. There’s a serious rivalry between our heroine Sang and Trish, the girl who’s made Sang’s life hell for a long long time. Check out this scene at the pool:

    While I’m watching him, I feel Trish watching me. She’s been glaring in my direction all day. She definitely hasn’t forgotten about being tripped and getting a mud facial.

    “Enough of this helpless garbage,” she says to me. “I told you he was mine. He’d never go for someone like you.”

    “Whatever, Trish.”

    “He’s not into your little doe-eyed innocent act, so don’t go thinking he is. Pretending you can’t swim just so Cameron will pay attention to you. It’s pathetic.”

    “I’m not pretending,” I say. I pull myself out of the pool, thinking about the connection I always feel when he and I talk. “This is real.”

    Cameron is the intriguing hot guy, and there’s plenty of drama and romance. Like when, a few moments later, Trish gives non-swimmer Sang a little “help” into the deep end, and Sang sinks straight to the bottom:

    Water whooshes around me and a strong arm grabs me.

    I open my eyes. I’m soaring upward. I break through the lens, gasping and coughing.

    “Everybody get back,” Cameron yells. He hands me up to Trish, who lays me on my back.

    Cameron jumps out and kneels beside me. “Sang? Say something.”

    “Trish pushed me,” I say, my voice hoarse. My arms and legs tremble.

    “Please. She’s delirious,” Trish says.

    Cameron leans closer. “Are you okay?”

    “You saved me.”

    “Yeah,” he says, raising his eyebrows. “I guess I did.”

    I give him a thank you kiss. A mere peck. But he gets involved. At first his lips are cold and wet, but they quickly warm up. Now my heart is trembling too.

    After a long moment, he pulls back. Some of the kids around us whistle and clap. One says, “Aw, gross.”

    Cameron blinks at me and says, “Why don’t we continue this later?”

    And, as in all the great chick flicks, our heroine is in the middle of a huge mess.

    For starters, Cameron is in college, he has secrets, and a bad reputation. Sang’s parents freak out when they discover Sang is spending time with him. Plus there are big problems at home involving money and a serious illness. Her dad, especially, is dealing with lots of heartache, and Sang hates that she keeps fighting with him. But she somehow has to stand up for herself, somehow has to work out what really matters.

    And, yes, like in any decent chick-flick there are lots of laugh out loud moments… A catfight… A friend who says all the wrong things… Someone shouting liverwurst in a graveyard. Plus, there’s not one, but TWO makeover scenes. So there.

    But who in our big-picture version would play the steamy but suspect hero, Cameron? Or the flawed but trying to do better heroine, Sang?  I’m all for up-and-coming unknowns to step into these roles. As long as Hollywood does it right… As long as I’m on set… As long as I can help the make-up artist oil up the hero for those poolside scenes…

    Hey, I’m kidding!

    Learn more from Marie Lamba on Wattpad. Click here to start reading “Over My Head” right now!

    When high school senior Sang Jumnal falls hard for college-aged lifeguard Cameron Cerulli, her strict Indian dad is furious. And her older brother says Cameron is a player. Sang knows she should play the dutiful daughter, especially when she discovers her dad keeping a huge and terrifying secret. But what if Cameron really is the love of her life? Filled with passion, humor and plenty of steamy days by the pool, OVER MY HEAD is all about taking risks and diving in for the sake of true love.

    This book is “a funny, touching, and at times heart-breaking Young Adult novel about the search for love. Gorgeous prose, deep insights and a wonderfully rewarding read. Highly recommended!” says New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry

    *If you’d like to read more about Sang Jumnal, you can check out OVER MY HEAD’s prequel titled WHAT I MEANT… (Random House), available in ebook through online booksellers everywhere. Marie Lamba is also author of DRAWN, the award-winning novel about a young artist and a hot medieval ghost. (You can read the first few chapters of DRAWN on Wattpad, and the complete novel is available through online booksellers.)


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    Ready to curl up with a light-hearted mystery?

    Click here to read Tonya’s cozy mystery, “The Ladybug Jinx,” free on Wattpad!

    Learn more about cozy mysteries in this guest post from international best-selling writer Tonya Kappes:

    Years ago, when I started writing, I was bound and determined to write in the women’s fiction genre. With pencil and paper (Yes! I wrote longhand back then) in hand, I sat down at one of my guy’s (I have three teenage boys living at home) pee-wee football practices under a big cozy tree and started my journey of writing women’s fiction.

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     I will write anywhere!

    Quickly, that novel turned took a life of its own, which characters happen to do, turning into a whodunit instead of who am I going to love.

    It was the intrigue of trying to figure a mystery that had me hooked. I had grown up on Murder She Wrote and Matlock, not to mention Veronica Mars. But I adored the short lived television series, Pushing Daisies.

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    (Pushing Daisies)

    It was a show that was full of quirks, laughs, friendships, and mystery. Who doesn’t like all of those elements? I love them!

    I am no different than you or any other reader. In fact, I’m an avid reader. So it’s a perfect combination for me.

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    Even though cozies are ultimately about figuring out the mystery, they are based around relationships. We are human, which makes us drawn to anything that deals with relationships. The main character in a cozy generally finds herself directly affected by the crime, and the reader loves the character which makes us have an emotional attachment to the main character. We root for her from the beginning until the end. It’s the emotion connection that we connect with.

    And the setting of a cozy is a bonus to the reader. We love to gather at coffee shops, knitting groups, book shops, even bakeries and many other places so we can visit with our friends. I know when I go to a coffee shop to write or meet up with buddies that I get a warm fuzzy feeling which puts me in a great mood.

    But that isn’t the only reason why readers love cozies. The hobby in the cozy is very appealing. In Strung Out To Die, the mystery is set in a lapidary or bead shop. In the book, the reader is going to learn more details about the beading/jewelry making hobby.

    A cozy is all about a woman finding herself and not letting the little details of life (like a murder) derail them from reaching their dream and pursuit of happiness. Who can resist a lighthearted story and the possibility of a small romance?

    What do you love about a cozy mystery?

    Read Tonya’s “The Ladybug Jinx” on Wattpad!

    Celia Briggs has always lived her life for everyone but herself. With the death of Celia’s mom, Celia realizes life is too short not to follow her dreams. In her small town of Grandberry Falls, Kentucky-Celia decides to open up, The Ladybug Florist, which is only fitting due to her love of flowers and ladybugs.

    How can she not love ladybugs? Her deceased grandfather always said ladybugs bring luck and love.
    Marty Briggs, Celia’s father, never dreamed his life as Grandberry Falls’ only flower delivery boy is harder than the job he’s retired from.
    Sam Barber jumps in his car leaving his Hollywood life behind. He didn’t know stopping in the cozy town of Grandberry Falls, was about to change his life forever. Especially after answering the help wanted ad at The Ladybug Florist and giving a fake name so no one would recognize him.
    Celia knows something is up Sam’s sleeve. Why would a thirty-year old man want to deliver flowers? Marty doesn’t care, he’s just happy to be retired-again.
    Will Celia ever figure out Sam’s true identity? Does Sam reveal the big family secret Celia’s parents have kept from her all her life?
    Celia’s about to find out if ladybugs are lucky or a jinx?

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    IMPROVE YOUR WRITING EVERY WEEK WITH WATTPAD

    Welcome to the Wattpad Weekly Writing Prompt!

    Start anytime.

    These are free writing prompts for Wattpad writers who want to be inspired and challenged. You’ll come away with new ideas, new techniques and, most importantly, you’ll generate lots of new writing. The prompts are posted every Monday on the Wattpad Insider.

    To join in: read the prompt and get writing – post your writing on the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Threadwhere I’ll give feedback as much as I can!

    The prompts are written by Alice Kuipers, bestselling author of Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You. Visit her at www.alicekuipers.com:

    Week Ten

    These last two weeks have been all about character and this week is no exception. As writers, we have to remember that our characters have histories. Their pasts shape who they now are and who they will become. I’ve been inspired by one of the many, many of you who’ve been taking this workshop to write the following prompt:

    Take a long look at your character and find a scar on their body or face. In your character’s voice, describe this scar. Where did it come from? What does it mean to the character now? What memories does it contain? How has it shaped them?

    Write up to 400 words.

    Post your responses here at the Weekly Workshop Series Discussion Thread! I’ll read and give feedback as often as I can.


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  • 01/28/13--13:00: Writing The Hope Back
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post from Nika Yaya on writing fiction with happy endings.

    Start reading her mystery non-teen novel, “Baggage Claim,” free on Wattpad:

    Layla must face her past and realize that sometimes emotional baggage just needs to be emptied out. 

    Writing The Hope Back

    My economics teacher in the 90’s once made a comment I have yet to forget (yes I am that old. She informed us boldly that she didn’t watch TV. When we inquired why, she told us that the current programming encouraged a depleting humanity. At the time I considered the thought way too deep for the topic, but now as I interact more with the world around me, I have come to better understand her thought process.

    Our harsher realities have evolved our stories, exempting happy endings for preferred realistic, edgy finales. Moments when heroes discover their lowest points and manage to overcome them have become somewhat a thing of the past. Too passé, people want to see their real lives reflected in media, right?

    Then I discovered a website that allowed me to write again, allowed me to express how I felt about the changing world. And on this website Wattpad I realized there were others like me, others that sought to explain the confusion of reality with hopes of happy endings.

    Baggage Claim began as an idea of a character named Layla who suffers loss and deals with the pain and guilt that accompanies it.  It evolved into a story that attempted to show the impact misunderstanding has on a fearful and harsh society, bringing to light how much we refuse to accept even now, and how the smallest impact can affect so much more. 

    I realized as I wrote of these things that life could be seen with two endings. One where humanity lives only in the memories of 50’s television scripts, or one where humanity can prove itself every day in small ways in hopes of a bigger impact.

    I don’t think I ever write with the intent to create edgy work, I’ll leave that to those much more hip than I. The decades of reacting to happy endings has taught me to appreciate that sometimes reality deserves a little hope. 

    Read Nika Yaya’s “Baggage Claim” for free on Wattpad:

    Sometimes emotional baggage just needs to be emptied out. Layla left her hometown of Geneva, New York to sail the skies as a stewardess; traveling all over the world in hopes it would rid her mind of the secrets she left behind in her small hometown. But after a tragedy on a flight lands her back in her hometown, Layla must face the demons she has avoided for so long.


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    Enjoy reading about strong female characters kicking ass?

    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Charlotte Ashley. Read her fantasy adventure “Bazza’Jo” free on Wattpad:

    “It’s field vs forest, Caster vs hunter and Raina in the middle determined to protect them all.”

    Creating Love Interests for Strong Female Characters

    In my time I have been called a “tom boy”, “geek”, “butch” and just plain “weird”. Why? Because I love, love action, adventure, fantasy, swashbuckling, epics and heroes. I play video games, role play, dress up in costumes in public, learned to fight with swords, and read every book I came across. I want to be the heroine of every adventure out there.

    But my escapist fantasies also have to include love interests, and that’s harder to find. How do you give a strong girl a love interest who doesn’t eclipse her? They can’t just sit around at home - that’s boring, and who wants to date that kind of dead weight anyway? - but if they get too involved in the heroics, it risks becoming his, not her, adventure.

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    Being very hot is also a huge distraction from the action.

    There are different approaches. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” used the problem to give the series serious angst. Buffy liked a guy who could kick some butt. To avoid her having to share the screen, they would take the guys away. A stable relationship with Angel would have made it the “Buffy and Angel Show”, so there always had to be a reason to keep them apart. Great, if you like your romance dark.

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    Yes, thank you, this.

    15 years later, “The Legend of Korra”asked whether a strong girl can get - and keep - the guy. Mako initially finds Korra’s forwardness off-putting, but in time he realizes he prefers Korra’s spirit to Asami’s femininity. Korra and Mako watch each others’ backs and take turns rescuing each other, but in the end, she’s the Avatar and he’s okay with that.

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    Me, I like to think a girl can have her cake and eat it too. In “Bazza’Jo,” Kal helps Raina in her fight to save the day but the story, and his attention, is still focused squarely on her.

    Click here to read the fantasy novel “Bazza’Jo” on Wattpad:

    All Casting is controlled by Bazza’Jo, everyone knows that. But there’s trouble brewing between the settlers of Bazza’Jo’s village and those who live in the jungles surrounding them. Raina Ratherham was never much of a Caster herself, but after she meets Kal, the fierce, brave leader of the non-Casting natives and her iconoclastic, radical Master Casting uncle Septimus, everything she thought she knew about how the world works is called into question. As tensions escalate Raina finds herself fighting both sides of the battle in a bid to protect her friends, her family and her world…

    Bazza’Jo is a Young Adult Fantasy inspired by the wonderful books of Philip Pullman, Kenneth Oppel, Frances Hardinge, Diana Wynne Jones and others! I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! 


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