Opportunities for (Unpublished) Writers
It’s a phenomenal achievement to write a book. Whether it’s a collection of poetry or short stories, a novel, or a work of non-fiction, it takes a lot. And, even though more and more books are being published each year, if you’ve completed this monumental task you are still in the minority. Ask around and see if anyone else you know has written a book. Unless you’re living in a writer’s commune (and if you are please forward me the contact info), then you’re pretty special.
If you haven’t reached the point where you’ve completed your project yet still want to have your words read and see them on the page there are options available to you. I’ve put together a short list of opportunities for new writers that will help you experience a little bit of that elation. And, hopefully this will help encourage you to reach that next level.
I wish I’d had this list of resources when I still had that dream and struggled to find the discipline. The ultimate accomplishment is of course writing and creating and producing and finishing. To finish any creative project is an incredibly exhilarating experience and I hope you get there. Before you find your way there here are some suggestions:
I recently wrote about this site and detailed some of their success stories. Wattpad is a site that is free to upload your work to and free for readers to read your stories. It is one of the top one thousand most viewed sites in the United States and boasts thirty-five million readers. Recent success stories include a number of television shows being developed from Wattpad stories, a bidding war from several publishing houses over fan-fiction that was released by 25 year-old Anna Todd (who believed she was not a writer), and Hollywood representation for Dianne Greenlay whose work was viewed eight hundred thousand times by Wattpaders. Check it out. It’s a great way of seeing your words on the page and interacting with readers.
J.D. Mader’s weekly challenge
There are similar sites to this, but J.D. seems to be getting some traffic. It’s a fun exercise that takes place on Fridays. After being given a short prompt, authors are given two minutes to write a section. This is great practice and the others who participate are always encouraging. This ticks both boxes – your words are on the page and they’re being read.
Blogger is just one of the sites where you can maintain and create articles. As with any of these exercises blogging is a great way to practice the craft of writing. I want to become a better writer and I find that blogging helps me with that. And, it helps me interact with readers. Once you hit your rhythm and develop a following you’ll find that you’ll be invited to blog for other sites too. This is a great opportunity to interact with, and find new followers.
Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge
This is a fantastic opportunity, because if you win the challenge your work will indeed be published. Indies Unlimited posts a short section with a photo once a week and asks participants to write the next part of the story. There is a word limit imposed so if you go over just keep writing and turn it into something else. But, if you keep within the parameters submit and hope that your entry is the winner. Once a year the winners are published in an e-book anthology at no cost to the lucky authors. The judging has changed recently to make this less of a popularity contest and not solely rely on the most popular author winning the prize. Don’t miss out on this one.
There you go – four suggestions that might help you reach the next step in feeling as though you’re a writer. Good luck and keep creating!
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