Tag Archive: short stories

I’m sorry to say that I’ll be ditching Wattpad.  Why?

Because I want to be a writer, and that place isn’t helping.

For those of you who don’t know, Wattpad is a social networking site designed for writers to upload their stories, share them, and get other people’s feedback.  It’s kind of a living workshop, and there are also forums to chat about writing, books and other topics.

I suppose the problem with an “upload-it-yourself” site is that you get a lot of junk.  And Wattpad is FULL of junk.  How come everyone else isn’t sick of One Direction fanfics and terrible, unfinished teen romance novels?  Do the writers of this dross read each other’s dross, or does everyone think theirs is better than the last fifty people’s?

I suppose the natural response would be “Well, it sounds like YOU’RE guilty of thinking YOU’RE better.”  Honestly?  I’m not the best writer on Wattpad.  But I strive for originality and creativity, and there’s so little of those things on Wattpad.

I’ve found some genuine talent on there, and I’m confident that there’s a lot more out there I haven’t seen yet.  If you’re a member, take a look at my profile and the writers I’ve “followed” for some great work.  But unfortunately writers like those are few and far between.

Sadly for me, I’m not learning, and I’m not writing the kind of stuff that people on Wattpad seem to want to read.  If I fall in love with a boyband member and want to describe my first intimate experience with him, I’ll let them all know.

Until then I may transfer some of the free stories on there back to this blog and hope for the best.

Good luck to all the Wattpad writers out there hoping to be “discovered”.  Keep it different, keep it tight.





How would you like to suggest a short story and have it written for you?

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but I don’t have too long before I embark on a 7-month journey across India and the Far East.

Not enough time to write a novel;  I’ve 20-odd books I want to read before I go; and I don’t have any short story ideas developed enough to work on.

This presents an opportunity.

How about you tell me what you’d like to read, and I’ll write it for you?  Your story, for your entertainment to keep and to love.  For example:

  • Hey David, write me a story about a poltergeist!
  • Hey David, write me a story set in ancient Japan!
  • Hey David, write me a story about Christopher Nolan’s Batman!
  • Hey David, write me a story about a brother and sister on Mars!
  • Hey David, write me a story in the style of my favourite author!
  • Hey David, write me a James Bond story!
  • Hey David, write me a new ending to film such-and-such!
  • Hey David, write me a story set in the world of such-and-such book series!

As you can see, I’m not fussy about what it is.  I don’t mind what I’m writing, as this is just to hone my flabby writing skills and to pass the time – in six weeks I’ll be unemployed.  It could be a fanfic or a vignette or a bit of fun.   I’ll write it and dedicate it to you.  Call it a little present from me!

Why not leave a message on this blog, or send me an e-mail at spinninglizard [at] yahoo.co.uk.  If you’re with me on Facebook or Twitter get in touch that way.

I’ll post the finished story on here with a dedication to you and a bit of background on any research I might have done.

Just don’t  get pissy if I say “that’s a dumb idea” or the story comes out different to what you expected, or if I can’t be bothered to sit through 200 episodes of your favourite anime to write your fanfic.  I don’t want to write your story about gay vampires, or anything that I’ve written before – see http://www.spinninglizard.com or search the categories of this blog.

But anything else, I’m game.  This is an open invitation for the next 6-8 weeks and I’ll try to get as many done as I can, generally on a first-come first-served basis unless something really catches my attention.  I’d love to put out a good dozen before I leave for foreign climes.

Thanks in advance!

Your friendly neighbourhood charity-writer,