I knew this day would come, but I’ve kicked it down the road as far as I could. It’s time to stop moaning and get on board with the community forums on WattPad. It still looks far too overwhelming to make much useful sense of, but I need to get my act together and go for it already. I should have started doing so weeks ago but, here we are.
My reticence has more to do with it being overwhelming, and my needs to do so more than mere publicity. I am confident in my writing ability, and in the advice, I can give to budding authors. But on a platform like that where it looks like 5 people talk over one another at any given moment, what I write on there has to shine like a beacon. That, or I may as well have written nothing at all.
The benefits are pretty clear. If I can leverage my helpful skills on the forums, I can build a broader audience as a positive community member. When people check out my profile as a “may as well”, and see I can also write to a high standard, that converts to followers.
In time, my goals are these:
- By the end of serialising TUS, I want to have 50 followers. Also, I want to minimise the number of those whom I followed first. If I hit 50, to celebrate VOL’s first chapter, I’ll do two a draw for £20 Amazon Vouchers as a giveaway. To enter new followers fill out a Google Form. Anyone who encourages a new follower, and the new follower who enters them, have a chance to win as a pair.
- By the end of serialising VOL, I want to have 200 followers. At this point, I will do the same give-away as above. I will also launch my own Discord server at this point. This will be with the focus being on the same kind of writing advice and such as take place on the existing servers. Being cynical, it’s a place to start cultivating my own fan base. I will also hold DAILY writing contests. Yes, DAILY.
- By the start of November, if I finish TSS as a “revised new first draft”, I will do NaNoWriMo. I will write my fantasy series “The Night Orb”, and do 4,000 words a day. That’ll work out to two chapters, or four, depending on how it breaks down, for a total of a 120,000-word total story.
- VOL, WHT, TUS or OR1 needs to win a Watty in 2020.
These goals are ambitious, but they are far from unrealistic. NaNoWriMo is a gruelling task, but if I type it that will make it a lot easier. That is also my incentive for hitting the ground running with the TSS rewrite. TSS will have on this timescale 79 days of development time. That sounds tight, but I already have 42,000 words of the story. I’ll only need about a 50% efficiency to hit that, and I’m typing, not writing by hand.
Ambition is important. It’s no vice, so long as I have a plan to get there. Each plan until now for publicity, and each to do with writing before September last year fell flat for me. But I’ve learned. I know my blind spots. I’m ready to do this.