Today’s Weblit Wednesday Guest Post comes from kajones_writing.
Lyn has, since I first started writing weblit and crowdfunding, been one of my inspirations. I remember the first time I donated to any crowdfunding project was when she was trying to get money to help Drake with his diabetes. (When I heard he’d passed away I cried.) Back then I didn’t know anything about the settings she wrote in, or much at all about what she did, so after a quick look through what she did I asked her to write me a story in her Tir na Cali setting – I couldn’t resist the kitties. I still love Cali, but now I know more about the writing Lyn does, and I do occasionally write fanfic for her, I read stories from many of her setting.
It is thanks, in part, to Lyn that I decided to follow in her footsteps by not only crowdfunding but by writing in a number of different settings. I call them collections, because they keep growing, and the thing I’ve found with weblit is that having someone post a comment or tell you they enjoy what you’re writing helps plot bunnies to reproduce. Before I started posting on the DreamWidth and Livejournal accounts I first used they were bad enough, but I don’t regret a thing. Writing more is one of the best thing that’s come out of writing web lit.
Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, because I can world build. World building is something I love, although I may have gone a little overboard with one of my readers’ favourite collections, the World Walkers collection. It’s about people who can travel the worlds of the fae built Web, the races of those worlds, and the worlds themselves, because they’re sentient. One of the things I love about weblit is how easy it is to work with other people, so I have two worlds that are created by other people, and I’d be really happy to have more. To learn more about my worlds check out my Beginner’s Guide .
This year I’m attempting to post at least 500 words a day, because I was forced to take an unplanned hiatus last year due to some family issues. I want to increase my audience for two reasons: I love writing for people, which is why I have prompt sessions; and I want to be able to make a living doing what I love. Crowdfunding means I can experiment with ways of earning money, so I do different things to see what works, and two of my favourite creations are character adoptions and setting rentals. Adopt a character and get a story, in PDF format, of a word count of your choice (currently a maximum of 4000 words) about that character sent to you, which can last for a maximum of six months. Rent a setting and get a story, again in PDF format, of a word count of your choice (currently a maximum of 6000 words) about that setting sent to you, which may also last up to six months. The word counts can be split, depending on what you want.
I’m also writing a serial. It’s set in the World Walkers collection, on a world that was created by Elizabeth Barrette and she wrote the plot. Writing the Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments has been an eye opener for me. Having someone else write a plot has been great for me, because it means I don’t feel like I’ve already written the story which is how I feel if I write out a plot line for myself, even though I’ve already gone way over my planned word count (sticking to a specific word count has always been a problem for me). It’s something I would happily do again if I had the chance, especially as it’s given me more ideas for stories within the collection. I post a new part every Monday and Thursday, I have plans for bonus stories, and I’ve started a side story about one of the characters in the serial, which is something I’m experimenting with by only posting more words if I get donations.
Web lit has been wonderful for me as both a reader and a writer. It gives me a chance to write for both myself and my readers, which is something I attempt to make as simple as possible by adding a write more button at my website. It gives me a chance to read things that might not exist if there wasn’t such a thing as web lit.
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