Five Reasons YOU Should Compete in the Writer’s Games 2017

What are the Writer’s Games you ask? A chance for YOU to flex your creative mind for a chance to be PUBLISHED in a volume of 72 Hours of Insanity: Anthology of the Games. For the specifics on how it works, click here.

Why should you compete in these awesome challenges? This is why:

1. YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE PUBLISHED!!!!

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If you are anything like me, you have probably stopped reading at this point and are already signing up. If not, hopefully these other four reasons will convince you.

2. You have more than one chance to WIN

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Yup, you read that right. So let’s say your first story isn’t your best work and you don’t win. NO BIG DEAL!! You have plenty of other chances to get your writing in the anthology before the Writer’s Games are over!

3. You will get some great practice at hitting those deadlines

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As the title of the anthology hints, each story has to be written in 72 hours. While this is completely do-able, some people (read: me) tend to procrastinate and sometimes end up cutting it pretty close *ahem, me*. But the wonderful thing about the Writer’s Games is that you will have plenty of chances to practice hitting those 72 hour deadlines, and by the end of the Games, you will be a pro.

4. You can write poetry too

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So lets say that you read a prompt and say to yourself “Hmm, I have a wonderful idea for this but for some reason my mind is telling me to write it as a poem” (don’t laugh, it happens). WELL YOU CAN! As long as you meet the requirements of the given prompt, you can write however you want! How cool is that!?

5. I AM A GUEST JUDGE!!!

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Of course I saved the best for last. You should enter because I am a guest judge, and you all know (or at least should know) THAT I LOVE READING!!! AND I WANT TO READ YOUR WORK!!!!

Just FYI, registration for this AWESOME event doesn’t end until April 30, so you still have time to join! And, if you do sign up, you are not required to do every single event, so if you miss one its nbd.

If you want to sign up (which, duh, you do) then go ahead and click here to go to The Writer’s Workout webpage and register. Also, if you are super excited to learn about one of the amazing sponsors of the Games, visit the Pacemaker Planner website (a great writing resource btw) by clicking here.


Hopefully by now I have successfully convinced you to join (and to tell all of your friends and basically everyone you pass on the street to join). If you are as pumped as I am for this, let me know in the comments below! May the pen be always in your favor.

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Using Wattpad- Get Your Story Noticed

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Wattpad is a great place to read and write stories. It is a website that allows you to create “projects” and periodically update them, all while gaining followers and “votes”. You are basically generating a following while writing your book!

I created a Wattpad account back in November of 2015, when I was looking for some new books to read. And read I did. Wattpad lets you add books to your library and access them offline. This way, I was able to read anywhere I wanted. The only downside to it was actually finding a good book. There are countless Wattpad users, and most of them write; so you need to weed out the bad stories and find the one you will actually enjoy.

When I decided to start writing on my Wattpad account, I thought that getting people to notice my story would be easy. The truth is, when you start writing on Wattpad, your stories go down to the bottom of the search feed. That means that when people search tags you used or the name of your book, yours will show up at the bottom, which means at about page 15.

I talked with some Wattpad experts (Oliva Rose was very helpful) about how to get your story noticed. First of all, Wattpad fame does not happen overnight. Many people have the misconception that if your story is good, you will get thousands of views and votes within no time. However, this is not true. It takes time and dedication to grow your Wattpad following.

One of the biggest challenges with Wattpad is the fact that they allow anyone to create a free account and start writing. That means that people can start stories and abandon them. For this reason, most people looking for something to read on Wattpad only search the completed books. So, in order to start growing your following, you need to actually complete something (whether it is a short story, novelette, or full length book).

Once you have done this, you will start popping up in more searches, especially when uses check the “search completed only” box. But why wait until you finish something to grow your following? You can start right away.

Another great feature of Wattpad is the community. You can join several groups and interact with other users. You are not allowed to promote any of your writing, but chances are that people will view your profile and read your story if you do the same.

You can also follow other users. That means that you will receive an update any time they post something new. The more people you follow on Wattpad, the more people likely to follow you back.

Many people also like to reach out to other members and request a “read for read”. This basically means that you read their story, and they read yours. The more people that read and vote on your story, the higher it will be in the search results, and the more fans you will get.

Wattpad also holds many contests. Users are allowed to host them as well. You can see the one I am hosting here. Contests are a great way to get your name into the community, and have some of your work viewed by other members. If they like what you write for the contest, then they are likely to look at some of your other work.

Wattpad is not just good for getting you name out there. There are other benefits as well. When you become “Wattpad famous” you are allowed to apply to be a Wattpad Star. This opens up endless possibilities for expanding your writing career. They give you jobs such as promoting major productions and products, and having a chance to get your name up there with the “big guns”. How’s that for motivation?

In the end, Wattpad is a great was to practice writing and see what audiences respond too. You can interact with the people reading your stories and see what they like and what they don’t. Even if you just want to write for fun, Wattpad is the place to go.