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The Many Worlds Community

To keep things together I've started using the [community profile] kawebbwriting community to crosspost everything from the website. It would be great to have some more readers there, or at the website. Actually, with all the work I've done, I'm really happy with the website at the moment. There are still some bits that need work, like getting different art for each of the collections, but, for the moment, I don't have any issues with what's there. I've been posting more regularly, writing more regularly, and I'm looking forward to getting some new stories up in the near future.

Financial Goals: June - December 2016

In the same way I've changed how I look at the way I write I'm going to change the way I look at my income from the website. For the next six months, while I'm focusing on getting stories I've started finished, my financial goal is to earn £20 (approx $30) a month from 5 of my collections. Both the Fae World and the World Walkers have been split into worlds, to make it easier to read the stories which also means it's easy to buy a story for a favourite world.

£20 a month is two new stories, for your favourite collection. You can pick a favourite setting (eg. the Fae School, or the Thieves' Hideout), a favourite race (eg. the Nox Gadael, or the Carne), or a favourite character (eg. Alice from the Donor House, or Kestrel from Heliopath's World).

Stories Posted Last Week and This Week

As it's the end of the month I'm doing the weekly links a little late in order to include the stories from the last two days of the month. From tomorrow I'll be switching to my new posting schedule.

The Fae World: Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival - repost, next part a work in progress

The World Walkers: Athare/Kankirin: Tanis: Escaping - repost, next part a work in progress

The Fae World: Earth: Tamara: The Dorm - repost, next part a work in progress

Aurora's World: Atecia: Opal: Talking to Margery - completed, repost, next part a work in progress

The World Walkers: Illiria: Kalena: Returning - repost, next part a work in progress

The Fae World: Earth: Claire: Inheriting a Hotel - repost, next part a work in progress

Donor House: Orestes: Stepping Into the Donor House - repost, next part a work in progress

The Fae World: Earth: Adrian: The Coffee Shop - completed, repost, next part a work in progress

Kim's Earth: Louisa: Meeting Edward - new story, next part a work in progress

If you've enjoyed reading then please share wherever you can, and you can use the tip jar to show your appreciation if you so wish. Please remember than all new stories, which will be at least 2,500 words, are £10 each, or you can sponsor a collection, setting, race, or character here. No matter how little you can give everything does make a difference and hopefully will lead to me being able to do less ghostwriting.

Stories Posted Last Week

Due to Internet issues I couldn't post this Sunday or yesterday, so here's the story list for last week.

The Fae World: Earth: Tamara: Found - repost, split into more parts, next part posted next week

Aurora's World: Ialara: Jillian: Hunted - repost, completed, next part a work in progress

Donor House: Rex: Saving Melody - repost, next part a work in progress

Kim's Earth: Kim: Changes - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

Aurora's World: Atecia: Aurora: Harrison's Arrival - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

Heliopath's World: Kestrel: Talking to Ash - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

The Ships: Alexis: The Letter - new story, next part a work in progress
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Comparison is the thief of joy

That's been resonating with me a lot recently. As a writer I compare myself to others, and, because of who I am, I find myself lacking in multiple ways. Of course it doesn't matter that people hire me as their ghostwriter for a reason - they like how I write. Honestly, for me, I think the main issue in the original fiction... even though I know logically that not being on Amazon, Smashwords, and the other big sellers is going to have an effect on how many people I can reach. My website is a tiny little place in the infinite world wide web, and it's going to take time to gain a readership. I just have to be patient. I just have to believe in my ability to write. Sadly, it's not that simple, which is one of the big reasons I thrive on feedback. Feedback, enjoyment of what I write, is what keeps me going, and is one of the big reasons I have a website. I want people to be able to comment on what they've read. I want to know what you like, what you don't like, if you want more of a particular character, setting, or world, and without that feedback I wither. Writing becomes one of the hardest things in the world.

I find joy in writing, but, and this is the big thing, I find the most joy in sharing what I write. That's never going to change. I first realised this when I was at school. That was where I started writing my first 'serial'. I'd write new parts of the story each night for those who wanted to read it, and it was the best fun. I want to be able to do that again. It's definitely possible. Other people have done it, so there's no reason for me to think I can't, but, like I said before, I have to be patient. I have to take the time to build up the number of stories I have at the website. I have to accept that I can't do everything. Even though I want to be posting every day it's just not going to be possible, because I have so much else in my life. I only have so much energy and I have to accept that, as hard as it is. Unfortunately I'm just one of those people who wants to be able to do everything right now. I want to have all the stories in my mind written. There's so many of them in my mind and that's why there were so many beginnings. Giving myself the freedom to be more episodic in my writing, because that makes sense to me, has given me a lot of freedom. It's also made things harder, in a way, as I want to be writing even more than I was before.

The most important thing for this year, my main goal, is to get back into the habit of regular postings, in order to make it simpler to build up a readership. I will be posting complete stories, but, due to the episodic nature of what I do, those stories will always have something that comes next. I always have a reason for ending things when I do. Most of the time it's because I want to switch to another character and it makes sense to have their part come next. Of course that doesn't mean that things aren't happening at the same time, because they are, so there is likely to also be a part from the same character following that. Even now there are examples of that posted at the website. It's just the way I write and I don't mind that. I am who I am. That's not going to change. At the same time that's part of the reason I am always comparing myself - I don't write like other people. I'm never going to be following the self-publishing path that other people have. I am a crowdfunder at heart, I think, because that's what makes the most sense to me. That doesn't stop me from comparing myself to people who are doing the same sort of thing I am. I still find myself lacking. Maybe that will never change.

What I am going to do is keep reminding myself 'comparison is the thief of joy'. To be truly happy the best thing I can do is be who I am, and try not to see myself as never being good enough. Being me is good enough.

Stories Posted This Week

Donor House: Blake: The Auction - repost, next part a work in progress.

The Fae World: Benira and Lorasia: Lena: Saving Jake - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress.

Aurora's World: Ialaera: Itsuki: Becoming Human - repost, story finished, next part a work in progress.

The World Walkers: Kniroch/Aerith: Guinevere: Walking Into A Trap - repost, story finished next part a work in progress.

Kim's Earth: Kim: Responsibilities - repost, story split into smaller parts, next part to be posted next week.

Heliopath's World: Kestrel: The Reaction Phase - repost, story split into smaller parts, next part to be posted next week.

The Fae World: Creoth: Cassandra: Returning - new story, next part a work in progress.