(This blog is formerly known as TheNurseInPink)
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I’ve been on Wattpad for almost two years now. For so many times, I’ve been accused of stealing other people’s works.
And here’s what I have to say about it:
1. I’m more of a writer than a reader on Wattpad.
I started writing on Wattpad after finishing the board exams. Results come out a few months after the board exams. So we, nurses, are faced with the reality of not being able to work yet without a license while awaiting the results. Also, it’s our first free time after graduating college. After a while, the free time gets really boring so I decided to pursue one of my dreams— writing. It’s been good so far and two years after that, I now have:13,000 followers, 257,000 votes and one published book. I was more of a writer in this site rather than a reader. I haven’t even read the books that were published here in the Philippines. Why? All my time goes to creating the updates people are always asking me for.
I know I’m not a good writer. I don’t have any background on writing. I am a nurse, for crying out loud! But I do try my best. I try hard to do updates that will make readers want to read more while at the same time, making them as fast as I can. So all these books and writers that people accuse me of copying? I don’t even know them nor have I read their works.
2. I worked hard for all the books I wrote.
Being accused of copying them really hurts my feelings. What if someone told you that the thing you’ve worked so hard on was stolen? Of course, you’d freak out. And that’s what happened to me. I am so sick of being accused of stealing something I’ve worked so hard on.
3. Having a similar plot doesn’t necessarily mean it’s stolen.
In this day and age, almost every book or topic has already been written. Arranged marriages are very common. Go find books in Goodreads and you’ll know what I am talking about. Books with similar themes doesn’t mean it’s stolen. It just has the same idea like hundreds or maybe thousands of books before it. Try to read everything first before you accuse. Check the scenes, the plot and the writing style before you point fingers.
4. I didn’t copy anything word per word or even paraphrase it to make it sound different.
What I have are the same plots but different scenes, writing style, characters and all other stuff. So stop accusing me of plagiarising because that’s not really the case.
Don’t be an idiot and stop pointing fingers. Look before you accuse. Investigate. Use your resources. God gave all of us a brain to use. It’s above our mouths and it means that we have to think before we speak.
5. My work is not perfect but I am happy to call it mine.
I have grammar errors, spelling errors, typographical errors, errors in continuacy (Last chapter I said it was a Porsche and next chapter I said it was a Camaro)
But even if these are present in my stories, I am proud of it. I check comments to further improve myself and correct my mistakes. Check my stories and read the first one I ever wrote: How to be a Queen and then make your way to my other novels and to the one I am currently writing or my latest book.
There is an improvement however small it may be. This is proof that as a writer, I strive to improve myself. I do not copy. I write about things I want to write. I devote time and energy into writing these things. If I copied, updates would come every day rather than weekly.
6. I am a person with feelings too.
"I did not enjoy the kings slave. You know what the kings slave is, it’s a poorly written piece of crap that’s attempting to copy sinaidekincade but in reality it will never compare because the writer just is not good enough. The plot is commonly used and cliche, the female characters are weak and useless, and the sex scenes are horribly written."
This is a message I received. Okay. You don’t like it? Sure. I know I can’t please everyone and from the start, I’m pleasing the people that matter to me.
But being told that I copied and I am copying another writer is plain stupid. This really hurts a lot. More painful even than receiving the most critical review in Amazon or Goodreads for TBDMC.
And last but not the least,
Why would I want to copy someone else when what I want, from the bottom of my heart, is for my own name to be recognized? For me to see my books on shelves of a bookstore one day? To rise above all of this and leave my mark on the writing society?
Guys, this is my hope and dream. I want to establish something different. Something people would know me for. It’s just unfortunate that some people already did it (and I didn’t know about it) Still, I hope and pray that someday, I will leave my mark too. I don’t know when or how but I’ll keep writing until that happens.
But posting it for FREE in Wattpad just so people could tell me that I am no good and is trying hard to copy someone else? This makes me rethink this career. Maybe I am too sensitive and maybe I am not suited for this life. Maybe I should go back to Nursing and that’s where I could leave my mark.
But know this: I will NEVER stop writing— for myself.
Anonymous asked: Hey:) i just wanted to say that you are a really talented writer and i love every one of your stories! I'm a huge fan!:) xx
Hi! Thank you so much! :)
Miss Mina V. Esguerra tagged me in her answers and here are mine. :)
1. What type of writing do you do?
Mostly fantasy-romance (Modern Greek Mythology, Fantasy-Historical-Romanc). But I do have two books that are contemporary romance.
2. What genres and/or topics do you write about?
I love fantasy! I have a series called the Myths Finding Love Series which is all about Greek Mythology. I also love writing about destiny, fated love, weddings, and that sort of stuff. :)
3. How long have you been writing?
I started writing only this 2012 after I graduated Nursing and was done with the board exams. During the waiting period for the results, I saw Wattpad and started writing there to lessen the boredom. :)
So about almost two years. :)
4. Are you published?
Yes, only one book so far. "The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract"
5. What was the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was “The Last Sorceress” I wrote it on Wattpad. It was actually one of my dreams. It was so beautiful and so vivid. When I woke up, I was like: “Maaaan, I have to write this down.” And I did. :)
6. Why do you write?
1. I love doing it.
2. Because of this quote: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison
The second thing I wrote was How to be a Queen, book 1 of the Myths Finding Love Series. I loved Greek Mythology ever since but I don’t like some parts— especially the one about Hades and Persephone.
So I wrote my own version of it. :)
7. How do you find time to write?
Before, I was working as a Trainee Nurse in UST and then also worked for about 6 months as a call center agent. Writing took a setback during that time and I can only write during weekends. What I can produce is equivalent to one chapter a week.
Now, I am writing full time and hoping that this would become a career for me too. Even though I am working at home, I set a schedule for myself and try to follow it as much as possible :)
8. When and where are the best times to write?
I usually write during the afternoon. In the morning, I am too lazy. Aside from that, I respond to emails, fix stuff, run errands in the mornings. My time for writing is from the afternoon until at night.
9. Favorite food/drinks while writing?
Milk tea! or Starbucks Chai Tea Latte. :) I don’t eat much while writing because I don’t want food particles on my laptop or in my notebooks.
10. Your writing playlist?
I don’t really have a set one. I prefer writing when everything’s quiet. But usually, for inspiration, I try to find songs that fit my stories.
Example: When I feel as though I cannot write anything anymore for “The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract,” I would listen to the song Insensitive by Jann Arden.
11. What do family/friends/loved ones think of you writing?
My aunt from the states is the most supportive. When I told her my book is already published, she messaged all her friends on Facebook and asked them to buy! Haha. She’s the best.
Before, when I spent so much time in front of my laptop, my mom and dad got mad. They said I won’t earn anything from this and that I am wasting my time. I glared and said, "One day I will become published" Haha. It was actually pride talking that time.
But I did become published.
Now, they’re very supportive. My mom read it. My dad read the ending (he doesn’t really read much) =))
12. Parts of writing you enjoy the most?
I love writing the beginning and the ending. I also love the brainstorming part where I think of how everything will click into place. I love making my outline and looking at the parts of the story. :)
13. Parts of writing you find challenging?
I hate editing. Absolutely. I know my work is not perfect but having to read through everything again and again is just so UGH.
14. What do you use to write with and on?
I actually have a bit of a quirk here. For every story I write, I have to buy a different notebook. No two stories are in one single notebook. Haha. I write everything about the story there: outline, comments for editing, things to change, etc. :)
Then, I use my laptop for really writing everything. I’d cry if my laptop dies. Haha. I actually worked in a call center for 6 months just to be able to buy this. 6 months of night shifts! I started working there when my old laptop died on me. :)
15. How do you overcome writers block?
I try to listen to music related to the one I’m writing at first. If that does not work, I scroll through my folder of ideas and find one I would love to write at this moment. I’d write a few things for that story first. And then it’s like I am magically inspired! I go back to my original story and I am now able to continue it.
I don’t know the rationale behind this but it works every time for me. :))
16. How do you motivate yourself to write?
I’d set a deadline for myself. I’d write everything down in my planner. Then, I have to finish that goal for the day. If I didn’t, I would have to cross it out on my planner. And I’m a bit OC when it comes to my notebooks and planners. I do everything I can to avoid messing it up— that includes having to finish my goal for the day. :)
17. Authors who inspire you as a writer?
JK Rowling. Harry Potter is the first book I ever read when I was 9 years old. When my aunt gave it to me, I asked “Where are the pictures? Why doesn’t this have pictures?”
By that time, I haven’t moved on from fairy tales with pictures every page. Haha. But after I read Harry Potter, it was like a whole new world. I never stopped reading since that.
And then there’s also Kristen Ashley. She’s also a self-pub author like me and she wrote the Fantasyland Series. Such fantastic books! LOL. I want to be as good as her when writing my fantasy books. :)
18. Books that inspire you as a writer?
All the Harry Potter books and “The Golden Dynasty” by Kristen Ashley.
19. Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?
Keep writing what you love. Write what is in your heart. Don’t let the others affect you. If you let them decide what they want for your characters, it doesn’t come out as good as you deciding the fate of your own characters.
20. Writing goals this year?
"The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract" was published this Feb 2014. Before the year ends, I’m hoping to have one more book out on the market. Right now I am redrafting "How to be a Queen" It’s Book 1 of the Myths Finding Love Series and I’m hoping it would be published as well. :)
Yung bawat chapter nagcocomment na ang pangit daw ng story tapos hanggang dulo umabot naman. Hahaha. Eh kung panget, e di wag mo basahin. Cocomment ka ng panget umabot naman hanggang dulo. Hahaha. :))
First I think of the story I want. I fantasize about it for a few days— thinking of it even when I am eating, drinking or taking a bath. I let the story play out in my mind like a movie.
I do this to think of the beginning and the ending. For me, these two really have to be solid. I can change the middle parts but it should all go towards one solid ending.
2. Little Details
I think of the title of the story, the blurb/ summary and the cast. I think of certain actors and actresses as the cast so I’ll never forget how I describe them.
For example, I casted Ian Somerhalder as Hades in How to be a Queen. I think of him when I write scenes so I can describe how he looks, his expression, his gorgeous smirk, etc! :)
I write my chapter outline so that I will never get sidetracked. I write it in bullets so it’s easier to change. I just strike out one line if I didn’t like the scene I wrote. Also, it’s easier to add changes when it’s bullets rather than writing the whole paragraph
If you didn’t like that particular paragraph and decided to scrap it then it’s more time wasted.
The outline has to be solid as well before I start writing. This is also why I don’t take requests from my readers no matter how they push me to do it. I don’t change my story. I write what I want. :)
Ever heard of the story wherein JK Rowling said Harry and Hermione should’ve ended up together and not Ron and Hermione? I don’t want that. Haha. So I still write what I want and I don’t let my readers influence major decisions in the story. :)
This is the time I actually sit down in front of my laptop and write. I write everything straight from my mind. Just continuously typing away at my keyboard as long as ideas are there. I do it with my notebook containing the chapter outline open. It’s much easier because the flow of events are already there and I just have to put the scene I fantasized about into writing.
I don’t edit at first. All my works on Wattpad are unedited. I am very lazy at editing. For me, editing comes last. :)
As long as I still have an idea, I type it down so I won’t forget it. Editing can wait. LOL. :)
When I am finished with everything, I go back and start rereading and editing. This is where I add some more scenes, exchange words and sentences to better-sounding ones, provide more details, etc. :)
That’s what happens with the first run. The second time I read it, I check for typographical errors, story inconsistencies, etc.
Then, I discuss the story with a friend for some feedback. Next is I send it to my editor to gain more feedback and to ask for more help in how the story could be better.
That’s it guys! Hope you learned something! :)
My story, “The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract” started out in a site called Wattpad. Then, it got many reads which in turn made it become published. Still, I completed it on Wattpad for my followers and everyone who read, voted, and commented on it which made it become published.
BUT THE COMPLETED SET OF CHAPTERS WERE AVAILABLE FOR A TIME ONLY.
Then, I replaced the chapters with teasers from the book.
Now, I get these messages from people about why I didn’t warn them that the book is not completed. For several times I’ve been called selfish by people who didn’t understand.
So let me tell you how many times I warned you and that you still chose to read it. So not my fault. I placed several warnings.
1. I PLACED IT ON THE AUTHOR’S NOTES AT THE VERY START
2. THE TITLE SAYS PUBLISHED
3. EVERY START OF THE TEASER CHAPTERS SAYS ITS PUBLISHED AND WHERE IT’S AVAILABLE.
That’s a lot of warnings already and if you didn’t read that then I am sorry. You chose to ignore it and it’s not my fault. Don’t blame your own stupidity at someone else.
Selfish for not posting the complete set of chapters forever? You deserve to read the complete novel for FREE and I am a bitch for not giving it to you? I’m selfish because authors should be providing joy to their readers without monetary compensation?
Back to the topic of free stuff: Why don’t I just walk into Starbucks and ask for a FREE Chai Tea Latte because I deserve it. Why don’t I go ask for a car, a condo unit, a million dollars all for free! I deserve it because I should go around giving free books and giving joy to my readers— never mind that there’s no roof over my head or food on my table! I just have to write, write, write and giveaway everything for free!
Coz’ dammit it’s a free world! (Sorry for the rant)