Yep, yep, you read right, I won a writing competition!
Now, it wasn't an official competition in the sense that anyone can enter and you win cash prizes. To enter, you had to have had a Wattpad account (sign up at www.wattpad.com!) and at least one chapter of your story posted on Wattpad. So really, I lied before - anyone can enter, as long as they meet the requirements (which is pretty easy).
Anyway, I came FIRST in the Vampire/Werewolf genre!! I totally didn't even expect to come in the top three, but I came FIRST. I entered the first chapter of 'The Second Venefica' (which at the moment is on hold because my hard drive died and I can't retrieve it - a professional is trying to get everything off it now).
So why didn't I think I could win the Vampire/Werewolf genre? Well, for starters, there's no vampire or werewolf in the first chapter. In fact, the first chapter is so slow, I feel like I should delete it and just start from chapter two. Secondly, my story has had virtually no interest at all, compared to the other stories that entered. But thankfully, this competition wasn't based on popularity, but the quality of writing. It really does show that good quality is better than popularity. And last but not least, werewolf stories dominate Wattpad, so I thought there was no way in hell I'd stand a chance in that genre.
So, what's next? Well, I'm hoping to enter Rebel With A Cause in the Teen-Fiction category of the next Wattpad High competition. I want to see how my story will fare against those awful 1D stories (seriously, they are atrocious) that seem to dominate Wattpad (besides the werewolf romances).
Besides that, the people who run Wattpad High are in DESPERATE need of 'teachers' (people who grade work). The popularity of the competition has risen so fast that they are finding it hard to cope. If you are interested, send them a private message via their profile (http://www.wattpad.com/user/W_attpadHigh).
Anyway, ta-ta for now!
This is the personal blog of Ashleigh Neame. All posts are written by her. She covers a wide range of topics, not all writing related, from politics to video games to genealogy.