The Writer’s Voice: Meet the writer with 300 unfinished works

Aspiring writers worried about their unfinished works, hold on to your hats, because our guest author today is spilling everything about her writing experience and how she has 300 unfinished manuscripts.

To kick of today’s segment, I would like to start up this segment by welcoming our guest writer and author Sara Beeksma to The E-book Review. Now Your real name is Sara Beeksma but you’re known on wattpad as?

I’m known on Wattpad as Sara.

It’s nice to meet you Sara and to have you featured here. So our first question is, If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I’d tell her she was better than she thought and she’s making her future self jealous.

That’s beautiful, a little something I need to pick up on. You know, I learn a lot from these interviews, post by post and I’m sure my viewers are too. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?That’s beautiful, a little something I need to pick up on. You know, I learn a lot from these interviews, post by post and I’m sure my viewers are too.

Well over 300.

I am startled, that’s a great amount. And I thought I had a writing addiction. You miss have me beat, you deserve the crown. But what then does Wattpad success look like to you?

Wattpad success is clearly partially determined by numbers since that’s all the algorithm cares about, but I’d say it’s also determined by how well you connect to your reader. If you can create a story that connects with someone, has a purpose, or is simply enjoyable, you’ve succeeded. Wattpad likely won’t recognize everyone who has done that, but that’s what it looks like to me. Having a story that draws people in and keeps them coming back for more.

A story that connects to your readers, I’ll keep that in mind when editing my manuscript. What’s the best way to market your Wattpad books?

Depends on the market. I find using Twitter for Wattpad is super useful and stating what I think will interest people, be that the plot, or the characters, or both, to hook them in. I post about my stories, talk about my stories, and share my stories. As far as other publishing venues I cannot speak from experience.

Twitter novices like me need to learn. Let’s talk research then. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I do the research the book requires. Recently I had to search for an airborne compound to add into my Dystopian novella. I spend a few hours researching and I asked questions of people who have experience with such compounds (chemists mainly) until I found what I needed. I don’t usually research beforehand, I research as I go, and the amount of research done depends solely on the story.

Okay. What about writing the opposite sex. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Remembering that certain thought processes are different and the differences in the brain that lead to outward actions.

How many hours a day do you write?

I write on and off, so I don’t know an exact length, but it can be anywhere from 2-6 hours a day if not more. I schedule at least 2 hours of writing per day to make sure I get my writing done, but some days I’m more productive and I often work “off the clock” to add to my stories or revise when inspiration hits.

What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)

The period I’m in currently, “New Adult” stage and teenhood. It’s whats relevant to me right now and a lot of other people that I write for.

What are three of the best quotes from your book?

“Yeah, friend. It means we like you, and we hope you like us. It also means that we care about you and we’re not gonna let some government-owned machine rip you up for parts just because you’re brain isn’t all there. Goodness, we have better policies for dealing with the dead than the mechanical.”

O2

“Yeah, friend. It means we like you, and we hope you like us. It also means that we care about you and we’re not gonna let some government-owned machine rip you up for parts just because you’re brain isn’t all there. Goodness, we have better policies for dealing with the dead than the mechanical.”

O2

” It’s a little scary not knowing, but it’s not as scary as you think. I know Nym, I know that if she’s alive, she’s doing her best. I have faith in her, and I know that so long as she’s out there we have hope.

So yeah. There’s hope for us yet.”

O2

I guess this concludes this segment. Thanks so much for agreeing to share your story with the e-book review. We’re hoping to see you again, you always have a slot here with us.

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