So today I finally posted the very last chapter of Dovetail Diaries onto wattpad. I started posting it about a year ago and I’ve posted a chapter most weeks, ending up with forty seven in total. I have no idea how many words although I’m guessing about 70 or 80 thousand.
It has been an adventure from start to finish. The idea for the story arrived at least five or six years ago. I put it on the back burner all that time, knowing I should and could write the book one day. But it was really only when I got onto wattpad that it became a thing I could actually do.
Before that I used another website for a while – it was one of those ones where you post something then if you read what someone else has posted you get a critique back. In some ways it was pretty good but in others it just wasn’t right for me. Most of the people on the site seemed to be fully grown adults whereas my book was for young people. It was also only ever other writers who read my work which in itself was a bit frustrating.
I can’t remember how I found wattpad, I think it was just on google. I gave it a go and never looked back. I found the types of people I wrote the book for – readers, not just writers – young people from across the world hungry for a good read. Having those people there, sending me messages and telling me to get on with the next chapter, it spurred me on.
This is the first ‘real’ book I’ve written and I’m proud of it. It’s unedited as yet, simply written and posted. So I don’t have to say goodbye to my characters – Amber, Leo and Farley – quite yet as I’ll need to do some editing.
I already have a notebook crammed with ideas for new books. I just can’t wait to get started on the next one now!