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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Online novels for everyone

Reading or writing novels online is a vast land of unexplored traps and opportunities. To speak in the language of my alma mater, we are dealing with inter-disciplinary challenges, some of them being old, some of them being new.

Even thing as trivial as reading seems no longer to be a simple undertaking. We have to consider many aspects of absorbing content from various electronic devices, be them monitors, phones, or e-ink screens. And what about the enormous number of content providers and platforms?

Writing poses even more headaches; the successful authors do not need services of publishing houses anymore. In the end, aspiring novices are left clueless since the seasoned grizzled writers have no valuable piece of advice for them. All has changed.

The old days are becoming a laughingstock. No more a condescending editor rules the book market, no more we care for words of established critics. Readers are fully entitled to pick any story they like, no matter whether the story meets the requirements of publishing houses or not.

Meanwhile, the eastern tigers show their fangs and claws, receiving a help from western translators, who spare no effort to bring something completely different to their brethren.

English is thriving as a widespread world language with no almost no strict rules, coming in many flavors and vocabularies. Readers in English have to be forgiving creatures, hence, even though a lot of online novels would hardly pass medium English standards, they still manage to capture their audience.

Welcome to where everything is possible. Contribute to blurred knowledge on what online novels are and what they should be. Share your articles, blog posts, tips, novels, experiences, marketing skills, or whatever you deem related to the fascinating and blooming century of online reading and writing.

My profile is Pavel Morava

If you intend to help me spread the word, you are more than welcome to contact me. Let’s build this space together.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Do writers rewrite their work often?

No, most of them don't.

Not all writers, just the unsuccessful ones do that. There is nothing wrong with re-reading the previous work because this is how one gets the opportunity to learn from one’s mistakes, but agonizing over the text and polishing it over and over again?

Especially today, when online publishing became the most important (any the only viable) way of publishing, the writers need to learn how to deliver the content regularly. If one wishes to create or satisfy the demand, one has to learn how to write in fast fashion, while keeping certain standards.

Good enough is the only viable strategy. That coquetry, adopted by many Twitter writers who do not hesitate to spam their accounts with painful screams of self-deprecation, should be avoided at all costs.

Keep writing!

Keep publishing!

Keep promoting!

Keep improving!

That’s it. If the writing sucks, nobody and nothing (even one thousand of corrections) will make it better.

Still, practice makes perfect.

Friday, May 15, 2020

When eastern tigers devour western parrots

Although I have ridiculed (not only) writers who use twitter for promotion of their work, entangled in echoing jungle of endless and futile screams, nobody seems to take an action to revert the implausible state of affairs, resembling so rats in the hope experiment I had read few days before.

Those rats when put inside of jar full of water were able to survive about an hour before they started to drown. After scientists helped them and put them back, they were able to continue swimming for more than fifty hours; simply because now they had the hope someone would come to their rescue.

Honestly, I have no idea why western writers still believe in miracle, instead of dumping all publishing houses and their services. Given the numbers of these writers compared to number of those who got lucky due to their persistence, I see no light for them. They should be better off by buying a ticket in lottery.

Is it just because receiving few upvotes from their peers enforced their conviction of being special? 

Who knows? Can you see the pattern here?

Spending countless hours of posting silly gifs and building net of thousands followers while pretending to follow them back, not revealing any work at all, provides several hundreds satisfying heart-shaped likes and in the best case, one or two solitary buys from kind strangers.

That's it!

Meanwhile, the online novels are soaring. Thousands of diligent writers, coming mostly from Asia, keep publishing their endless novels of various quality, receiving editors, proofreaders, and translators in the process.  

Oops, did I forget to mention the thousands of readers?

Not afraid to publish, even under the risk somebody would steal their stories, they just keep posting. Perhaps they know that being stolen is a badge of honor, perhaps they understand that as soon as the novel evolves, nobody beside them can deliver another successful installment.

Whoever reads this and is on the quest to find what is the next big thing in literature, I recommend familiarizing with booming segment of online reading.

PS: You may wonder what kind of literature we are talking about. If you like to play MMORPG or read about overpowered characters, try:

Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God

Add a few more points if you enjoyed Sword Art Online as this anime probably inspired the author. 

 Be warned though. Chinese novels are rather specific, be it a translation of Chinese idioms, names, or story development itself. The western reader has to adjust culturally.