Recently, I decided to do something different. After finishing my first novel and while trying to find a literary agent, I am writing a fantasy book called His Silent Music and publishing twice a week on wattpad. Some of you may have already seen some of the links to it on my blog, but if not, go check it out (if you want!): His Silent Music on wattpad.
Why am I writing about this to you guys?
Well, I haven’t been updating very often except for the chapter links as I write and publish them. This story has become a huge part of my summer! I still read a lot and I hope to write another reader reaction very soon about one or two of the six novels that I read in June. That being said, I’ve been keeping busy. I’ve been taking two online courses this summer for my university to catch up on credits, so that takes up a lot of time. Also, of course reading has eaten away big chunks of my summer, and so has time with family and friends.
Still, I wanted to write something to fun. This is my fun, no-pressure story that I came up with a couple months ago. It’s a fantasy retelling of The Little Mermaid with mythology as a focus. I wanted to write something that’s fun but still means a lot to me; this is a story that I just want people to read. Even if I one day decide that maybe it would’ve been better not to publish on wattpad and just write it to publish elsewhere, writing something and seeing the number of views slowly rise has been an amazing feeling! Yes, there are less than 100 views as of right now, but that means that there are at least a few people out there who have actually looked at my story! How amazing is that? Very.
I’d love for more people to read it and talk to me about it as I’m writing it. Even though I knew where this is going, I want it to be a really long story that doesn’t just cover the main plot. Because I’m publishing online, I can make chapters about relationships and ideas that still relate to the plot and further it in one way or another but also aren’t as relevant as others. Doesn’t that sound like a terrible idea – to write about things that aren’t absolutely necessary? My answer to that is no; no it is not.
Why do I think this?
When I was in high school, my very favorite author was Robert Thier – author of the wattpad sensation Storm and Silence. I’d stay up once a week past when I was supposed to be in bed to wait for his chapter updates. My life was consumed by the fictional love story between Lillian Linton and Rikkard Ambrose that became so real to me. Why was I so in love with it, though? It wasn’t just the romance, no. It was Lilly; it was her life and her friends and her family and her passion; it was everything that was more than the romantic aspect of the novel. I loved it for the chapters about her progressive, feminist, suffragist friends fighting for equality; I loved it for her sister, their relationship, and her sister’s secret relationship that Lilly takes on as another one of her duties; I loved it for the adventure that had absolutely nothing to do with romance and everything to do with Lilly. Sure, I lived for the chapters that had that spark between Lilly and Ambrose, but the other chapters were what made the spark into a fucking flame that burned itself into my heart.
This is why I decided to become a wattpad writer: to become more like the author who made me want to write romance one day.