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Writing Wednesday : Learning

#WritingWednesday: Learning
A couple of Saturdays ago, I attended a lecture about writing LGBT characters by Brij Bautista and Ronald Jeffrey S. Lim. It was great. I'm a cisgender heterosexual romance author, I'm grateful for any wisdom I can get from LGBTQI authors about writing LGBTQI characters, especially in romantic situations.



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CONTEST: #BlurbThis — Write the best blurb for your Wattpad story

#BlurbThis

This contest is open to everyone with a qualified romance story on Wattpad. The prize: I will feature the winning blurbs on my Wattpad message board along with links to the stories.

To qualify, the stories must

  • be a romance story/novel/novella.
  • be written by you. You may not submit entries for other people’s stories.
  • be either a completed story of five or more chapters or an ongoing story with at least five (5) already published chapters.
  • be written in English, Taglish or Filipino. (Apologies to authors who write in other languages, but these are the only ones I am decently fluent in.)
  • have a cover that is PG-13, with no copyright-infringing images.

What is a blurb? A blurb is a short text that is usually found at the back of novels that gives a potential reader an idea of what the book is about. In Wattpad, it’s the story description.

To qualify, the blurb must be

  • written in the same language the story is written in. For example, if your story is written in Taglish, your blurb must also be in Taglish.
  • not longer than 150 words. If your blurb is longer than the maximum 150 words, your entry will be disqualified.
  • PG-13 (story may be mature but the blurb should be for general audiences)
  • written by you, the author, or someone you’ve commissioned/hired/requested to write the blurb (like your friend or your editor)
  • free of typos and adhere to grammar and spelling rules.

To join, email me at ansela{dot]corsino[at}gmail[dot}com with the subject :

#BlurbThis – <STORY TITLE> – <AUTHOR NAME>

In the body of your email, put in the following information:

  • Author name
  • Link to your Wattpad profile
  • Link to your Wattpad story
  • Story title
  • Blurb/story description
  • Any trigger warnings/content warnings for your story: strong language, mature situations, abuse, assault, rape. If there aren’t any, please indicate NO CONTENT WARNING.

This contest will run until from June 3 until July 28, 2018. I will choose winners every week. The cutoff for submissions each week is 11pm on Saturday, Manila Time. Please note the following additional rules:

  • Each author may submit not more than one entry per week
  • If your blurb doesn’t win, you may re-submit a new blurb entry for the same story again so long as you send it in before 11pm on July 28. Basically you can keep trying until you win or until the end of the contest, so long as you send a NEW blurb each time
  • Once your blurb has won, you may no longer submit a blurb for that same story. You may submit a blurb for a different story
  • You don’t need to send me a copy of your story, I won’t be reading it. I will only be judging your blurbs
  • I will reply to all entries I receive and inform the authors that I’ve received their submissions. If you don’t receive a reply within three days from the time you sent in your entry, please check your spam folder. If my reply isn’t there, please check your email and make sure you spelled my email address correctly
  • You’re not required to follow me on Wattpad, but you can if you like.
  • I will be promoting the winning stories but I will take no moral responsibility for the stories themselves. However, if I find anything illegal or highly questionable in a story (the glorifying of abuse, for example), I reserve the right to disqualify its entry.

I will not accept submissions through any means other than email. Please don’t PM me your blurb submissions on Wattpad (you will be blocked). If you have questions or require clarification, please post a comment below.

To help you along, here are some articles on how to write a good blurb:

Good luck!

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writing wednesday : LISTEN

I’ve decided my free writing-related posts on Patreon will be going up on Wednesday every week. Writing Wednesday! It did not get off to an auspicious start, as I barely made it yesterday — I published the post five minutes to midnight. Oh boy.

But it’s up, yass! It’s a list of writing/publishing-related podcasts I listen to. If you’ve been following this blog, it’s really a follow up to my post Writers’ Resources: Podcasts! — Part 1 : Craft. I never got to post part 2 of that, sorry.

ICYMI, I have other writing-related posts this month:

Do you have writing/publishing questions? A topic you’d like me to discuss? Let me know in the comments here or on Patreon, or email me at ansela{dot]corsino[at}gmail{dot]com.

Publishing The Write Life Writing

[PATREON] For Writers: If Facebook shuts down tomorrow, will you be able to cope?

I knew that very few things on the internet that are forever or at least lasted longer than a decade. Remember MySpace? That is used to be the most popular social platform until Facebook came along. Twitter and Facebook are useful now, but there’s always the possibility they’ll go in the way of MySpace. Websites, however, will probably stay around and remain relevant for as long as the internet exists.

I didn’t want to wake up one day and find out that the platform I’ve worked hard to cultivate and get followers to is suddenly gone and there was no way my readers could find me. Twitter and Facebook and Wattpad are owned by companies — we have no control over their business decisions. But my website? I have control over that.

Read more on my Patreon. You can follow me for free!

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#NaPodWriMo – Episode 5 – Your Writing Toolbox

#NaPodWriMo - Episode 5

It’s Day 2 of National Novel Writing Month! Have you been able to hit your daily writing targets? If so, congratulations.

Just like any other huge project, it’s important to have the right tools for NaNoWriMo. What are yours? I discuss the useful apps, instruments and methods that a writer needs to tackle the obstacles in her way.

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#NaPodWriMo – Episode 4 – What are You Giving Up for #NaNoWriMo?

#NaPodWriMo - Episode 4

It’s Day One of National Writing Month! Are you excited to start? Did you stay up till midnight last night to start writing? In this episode I give suggestions on what activities you might want to consider giving up for the month of November to help you achieve your 50,000 words. Plus some things I think you shouldn’t give up, not even for NaNoWriMo.

I missed yesterday’s episode, sorry. I had to work on my latest chapter of The Billionaire’s Game. In fact, I’m getting back to it as soon as I post this episode. So if you’ve been waiting for TBG on Radish, chapter 34 should be available by tomorrow morning. *crosses fingers*

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#NaPodWriMo – Episode 3 – Outlining

#NaPodWriMo Episode 03 : Outlining

This episode is late, sorry! If you’re in, say, the West coast of the U.S. it you’re getting this just in time, but if you’re located in Asia, this episode is definitely late. Publishing one podcast episode a day is hard, and I totally expected to eff this up at some point. Apologies. I’m going to do my best to get back on track.

Today’s episode is outlining. This is not a lesson on how to outline, no. But I do try to argue the merits of outlining, and how a pantser (like me!) can ease into the process of working from an outline.

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#NaPodWriMo – Episode 2 – POV

#NaPodWriMo Episode 02 : POV

Today we talk about point of view (POV) in novel writing. Not all types of POVs because I only know so much, and we don’t want this episode to run for hours. PLUS: a simple exercise you can do in a few minutes.

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#NaPodWriMo – Episode 1 – GENRE

#NaPodWriMo Episode 01 : Genre

In the first episode of #NaPodWriMo, I talk about genre. And also possibly ninjas in regency romance novels.

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#NaPodWriMo – Episode 0 – INTRODUCTION

#NaPodWriMo Episode 00 : Introduction

For reasons I will explain in this episode, I’m not doing #NaNoWriMo this year. But I am doing #NaPodWriMo. What is it? Listen and find out.

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