Wattpad- read & share stories

https://www.wattpad.com/

So what is wattpad?

Wattpad is a community for readers and writers where one can discover new user-generated stories, spanning across different genres including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, teen fiction among others.

I mentioned a while ago that I had written a short story on wattpad!

My experience a few years ago was that I found it a fun way to push myself to write. I had people asking for the next chapter!

Some people are quite successful and have gone onto becoming published.

Published authors also put works on wattpad for marketing purposes.

I believe it’s a great way to get your writing read and you never know a publisher may just stumble across your works!

Apparently the trick is to only release a chapter a week. Then get a following of people that will be awaiting each installment.

I didn’t get that many followers or reads!! But I did find it fun!

Here is the link to my profile & my story:

Mel’s wattpad

Follow me to read my next wattpad story!

I am planning on uploading a new one shortly!!

Anyone used wattpad? What was your experience?

Please comment below!

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The worried writer 

The worried writer 

Hi everyone,

I’ve been a little slack in posting lately! I have been procrastinating with my writing lately and reading lots instead. 

I stumbled across some books by an author ‘Sarah Painter’ and enjoyed them immensely. I then found out that she has a podcast titled ‘The worried writer.’

I wanted to share this with you all as I listened to all of the episodes pretty quickly and have found it to be very inspiring. Especially at this time with my writing.

Lately I’ve been procrastinating with editing my manuscript. I do think all writers have these times when we are not as productive as we would like to be! 

The podcast is one all writers will enjoy as we all are worried writers at times! 

Check it out! 

The worried writer podcast link

Meet Kelee Morris, author of the new book ‘Goddess’

Meet Kelee Morris, author of the new book ‘Goddess’

Hi everyone,

Today I have the pleasure of having author Kelee Morris guest blog. She has just released her new book Goddess.

                          
Check it out at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015JVAF54

Here is Kelee:

I’m honored to kick off my Goddess blog tour with a post for writer Melanie Moxon. I love supporting other writers, especially when they’re on the other side of the world. Good luck with your debut novel, Melanie!


Back in my screenwriting days, one of my favorite gurus was Hollywood story consultant Jen Grisanti. Her book Story Line: Finding the Gold in Your Life Story taught me a great deal about locating and utilizing a central dramatic question as the backbone of a story. Now, I don’t believe in formulaic writing where you plug in a some boilerplate structure and out comes your story. But I do find it useful to use structural tools when I’m writing my initial outline and more importantly, when I take the mess I call a first draft and attempt to shape it into a compelling, coherant narrative. To me, it’s like wordworking. If I use the proper tools, it allows my imagination to run wild and results in something beautiful.

One of the key things Jen taught me was to put my main character between a rock and a hard place. That’s particularly useful in writing for television, where Jen does most of her work. In a television episode with a limited amount of time, it forces the writer to stay focused in every scene. While the structure of a romance novel is looser, that focus on a central dramatic question is still vital. Too often I read romance novels that get sidetracked by pointless dialogue and scenes with little connection to the main dilemma. The result is that I often skip ahead to the good stuff. (And I don’t mean the sex!), or I just give up and go on to a more interesting story.

Putting your character between a rock and a hard place means giving her a choice between two alternatives. Each of them has a reward, but each also has serious consequences. Since this post is part of my blog tour for Goddess, allow me to use my book as an example.

Julia Nelson seems to have a perfect, settled life. but when she meets hot archeologist Ashland Stewart, her world is turned upside down. He awakens a sexual longing in her that she’s suppressed since adolescence. If she gets involved with Ashland, the rewards are obvious: hot sex and a chance to explore her inner sensual goddess as represented by the tattoo on her ankle.

But there’s a downside to getting involved with Ashland: her family, the most important thing in her life. If their affair is exposed, she risks losing everything. Her rock and a hard place deilmma becomes even more constricted when Ashland falls in love with her. Being with Ashland means giving up everything she currently has. But what makes this dilemma resonate with readers is the character growth that Julia goes through. In trying to make her choice, Julia learns more about herself and the amazing power that lies inside her. 

Julia fully awakens her inner goddess. She won’t completely resolve her dramatic dilemma until the end of book three of the Goddess trilogy, but how she deals with being between a rock and hard place in book one will define who she is as a character, and give her the tools to deal with all the conflicts that come her way.

Best wishes,

Kelee

Book review: The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns

  
Hello everyone,

Been a little slack this week with not posting since last Saturday! 

I have had a very unproductive week with my work and writing due to my daughter getting sick and then me catching her illness.

I wanted to share with you all a fantastic book I haven’t been able to put down. ‘The Patterson Girls’ by Rachael Johns.

This book isn’t one of her usual hot and steamy romances. It is about four sisters that return home for Christmas six months after the death of their mother. They then find out about a family curse which causes chaos in each of their life’s in a different way. Each sister is very different and have secrets of their own that unravel throughout the story.

I could not put this book down and purchased it for a friend for her birthday. I only buy books for others I have read and loved.

What did I like about the book?

I loved each character for each of their different qualities. But my favourite was Abigail, the musician living in London as a violinist. I loved her innocence and it reminded me that life is like a roller coaster, not boring. I could also relate to Madeline, the obstetrician as being a career woman myself. I related to Lucinda as a married woman and Charlie reminded me of when I was in my early twenties. Each character I connected with and loved. 

I didn’t want the story to end! I would highly recommend you check it out! 

Rachael Johns website link: http://www.rachaeljohns.com

Here is a harlequin link where you can read a sample chapter and read the full blurb about the book!

http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9780857994332

Author: Jackie Collins – RIP


I was saddened to hear this morning when I awoke that the wonderful author Jackie Collins passed today. I thought it was fitting that I write about her on my blog as she was one of my all time favourite authors.

She has published over 32 novels (all of which made the New York Times bestseller lists) and sold 500 million copies all over the world.

Her first book ‘The world is full of married men’ was published in 1968 and was banned in Australia and South Africa. This was due to it containing sex and scandal. She was obviously one of the first authors to push the boundaries back then.

I can remember I began reading her books as a teenager. I would borrow them from my mum, as she was a huge fan who introduced me to her books. I remember re-reading Hollywood kids about five times as a teen, which would have to be my all time favourite.

I really love how she brought her stories to life. The characters all seemed so real and glamourous. I am one of those people that loves a little trash, hollywood gossip, magazines, etc. So she really catered for my imagination as a teen on what goes on behind the scenes in hollywood. I did always wonder who the stars were that she wrote about as she was quoted saying that her stories were based on real people and events.

I also loved how her characters were strong women who were successful, independent and career driven.

My all time favourites were, in no order (lots below):

  • Hollywood wives: new generation
  • Hollywood kids
  • Rockstar
  • Lethal seduction
  • Chances
  • Hollywood husbands
  • Married lovers
  • Lady boss
  • Dangerous Lovers
  • Lucky
  • Drop dead beautiful
  • Thrill
  • Deadly embrace
  • The Bitch
  • American star
  • The world is full of divorced woman
  • The world is full of married men
  • The stud
  • Sinners
  • L.A. Connections

Her official website: http://jackiecollins.com



Quotes by Jackie Collins:




  

Were you a fan of Jackie Collins? Comment below!

Some of my favourite books!

  
I love reading! 

Don’t all writers? 

Thought I’d share some books I’ve read this year that I would highly recommend.

Guilt – by Matt Nable

  
I heard an interview with him on ‘So you want to be a writer’ podcast and downloaded the book that night. Let’s say I couldn’t put it down and read it in two sittings. I loved how it read like a movie. It also reminded me of my high school years. This book blew me away. 

I really loved his style of writing and his voice. I also loved how this book kept me wanting to know what was going to happen right until the last sentence.


 Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty

  

I downloaded this book on Amazon after hearing about how great her books were. After reading this one I downloaded all her books and read them over two weeks. I love how you become emotionally attached to her characters. She is a very talented story teller.

This story also was a page turner. I loved all the characters and even had a few laughs. Again I love her writing style and voice. 


Everything I never told you – Celeste Ng

  
This was recommended by a friend from work. Another book I couldn’t put down and was impressed that this was her first novel.

The story was one that made me reflect on my parenting as a mother. Emotionally it kept me wanting more. Her writing style is also unique and the characters stories were what drove the story.

In summary all of these three books were loved by me because of the powerful writing of the authors. I hope one day my writing is just as strong. All three authors are an inspiration.

If you want to read more on these books, websites below:

Matt Nable:  https://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780670076284/guilt

Liane Moriarty: http://lianemoriarty.com.au/Novels/BigLittleLies_US.html

Celeste Ng: http://www.celesteng.com/everything-i-never-told-you/


Have you read any of these books? What books have you recently read and would recommend? Comment below.