Category Archive: creative writing

Dec 18

10 Reasons to Write Wattpad Serial Fiction

Writing on Wattpad is a high-wire act.

Why Should you Write Serial Fiction on Wattpad? Have you thought about writing serial fiction on Wattpad? I have used Wattpad to conquer writer’s block and overcome my ongoing fear of rejection. Before I started posting stories on this platform, I had multiple drawers full of short stories and novels which I had not submitted …

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Nov 08

Girl Cyborg: YA SF Action Adventure

Girl Cyborg by Maaja Wentz

Girl Cyborg: My latest YA novel is launched on Wattpad October was such an exciting month for me with my visit to World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio — but that didn’t mean I forgot to plan Girl Cyborg: A Science Fiction Action Adventure. This year for NaNoWriMo I will be running a repeat of the …

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Jul 10

Writing Contest – Pitch Contest

Writing Contest a Digital Dare for Writers Who Love to Pitch Ideas Inspiration Department: This is the easiest writing contest to get you started Are you a creative fiction writer? Do you love writing? Do you want practice pitching ideas? Are you looking to find new fans online? Cliffhanger Castle is the first serial anthology of its …

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Feb 28

Today should be WCDR gratitude day!

  Phoenix Short Story Contest The finalists in the WCDR Phoenix short story contest have been announced and I’m on the list! Congratulations to all finalists.   After School Steve Lloyd Birds of a Feather Derek Mascarenhas Bittergreen My Life Sarah Van Goethem Burnout Linda Kingston Constellations Bill Zaget Eternity Elizabeth Girard Full Time Steve …

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Feb 22

Why your chapter book makes me angry

  I read a lot of books as a teacher-librarian, and I’m no literary snob when it comes to children’s fiction. I’m delighted to see children reading series fiction, and the kind of stories that will be called genre fiction when they are older: adventure, fantasy, mystery, science fiction. I’m happy to see them devour cookbooks, sports …

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Feb 13

1, 2, 4, 6: A System for Writing Success

Writers: Experiment with 1, 2, 4, 6, and Increase Productivity This article is inspired by Scott Meyer’s blog post about writing success for screenwriters. In it he advocates “1, 2, 7, 14,” as a structure for becoming a more productive writer. Under his plan you would read one screenplay per week, watch two movies per week, …

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Dec 09

Feeding Frenzy Wins a Watty Award

Feeding Frenzy Wins a Watty Award I can hardly believe my supernatural thriller won an HQ Love Award in The Wattys. This award is given to the handful of stories most read and recommended by the Wattpad staff. Wattpad holds the largest online writing competition in the world with a community of 40 million. Feeding Frenzy …

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Aug 11

Feeding Frenzy Featured on Wattpad

  #11 in Mystery/Thriller Sept. 7, 2015 with 25 000 reads on Wattpad Feeding Frenzy is a paranormal thriller about our obsession with food. It was inspired by the madcap pacing of Jan Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum mysteries and the over-the-top imagination of Christopher Moore’s comic fantasy novels. — Maaja Featured on Wattpad Wattpad has officially chosen Feeding Frenzy as a ‘featured story.’ …

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Jun 07

Future Library: Message to the future

What will humanity be reading in a century? Will paper books still be read? Visionary author Margaret Atwood is the first to contribute a secret story to Future Library, a unique 100-year artwork. Designed by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, Future Library is a real place, created for Oslo, Norway. Part of this project is a forest of 1000 trees, planted …

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May 30

Cliffhanger Castle – Contest Launch!

This is a writing experiment with its heart in community. Expect chills, thrills, and breathtaking plot twists… Do you love chapters that end on a cliffhanger? One part contest, one part serial anthology, one part battle of writerly of wits; talented writers compete for the chance to captivate your attention. This story is inspired by a real abandoned hotel …

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