The Water Weaver Available to Read (for free)

HERE ON SWOONREADS

(Beware, much rambling underneath… πŸ˜‚)

So I said a few months back I was going to shelve TWW for eternity… … and eternity ended up being a few months. I was on holiday in Croatia for two weeks, and all the ships and water there made me want to pick it back up (plus the Croatian language reminds me of Yoshka’s quite a lot πŸ˜‰). I’ve read through it with word read aloud and cleaned up any typos from the different drafts. I don’t think I will continue the trilogy at this point, unless it ever gets published because honestly it makes me too sad πŸ˜‚ I did start a new version of The Fire Weaver that I really love and I would love to work on it, but I think at this point it’s better for me to work on new stuff. And I do have a “new stuff” that is suppppeeeerrr shiny but I want to take my time developing it properly before writing.

Anyway, instead of letting TWW rot away in my One Drive, I’ve decided to upload to Swoon Reads and you can read it here for free and all: https://www.swoonreads.com/m/the-water-weaver/

You just need to make an account to be able to read it. So, if anyone didn’t have chance to finish it or wants to reread it (there’s a few changes and extra scenes here and there, although they’re not that big) then you can do by clicking on the link above.

Swoon Reads is a free site for readers and writers and is a Macmillan Imprint. If they like your work, they might select you for publishing. What I really like is although getting comments and votes helps bring you to their attention, what matters is the story itself at the end of the day. I feel like wattpad was very much a popularity contest with the big numbers and the hot list ranking constantly in your face. With swoon, the books are by defaulted listed by “newest added” just like fanfiction.net that I used to write on. Also, on each selection cycle they might choose one person or six people and it entirely depends on whether the like the work available or not. So, nobody is competing with anyone else in that sense, and I really like that.

So anyway, I’m currently planning to try out swoon and get to know the community and hopefully make some friends on there πŸ™‚ Even if I’m not selected, my goal is to just have fun with it and keep writing. If I like the site and its community, then I will probably be posting more work on there from now on. But anyway, we’ll see how it goes and I’ll probably just leave TWW up there for eternity – ‘cos it’s better there than my hard drive.

(And let’s not talk about the first draft disaster that was Jade Blood…. Lol. Maybe I can fix it, but I’m not so sure πŸ˜‚ mannnn, I hate first drafts. Give me revising to do any day)

17 thoughts on “The Water Weaver Available to Read (for free)

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    1. Awww ❀❀ *big hugs*

      I STARTED SCARLET HEART RYEO BTW AND I ACTUALLY LOVE FOURTH PRINCE, WHEN HES A SAD OVER HIS SCAR AND STUFF, I JUST WANT TO WRAP HIM UP IN A BLANKET

      or is it just me? ,πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  1. Well, I also kinda forgot about reading JB…so I mean…there is two of us!!! It is a pretty good rough draft I’d have to say so far. Its just that i’m a very detail person most of th time.

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  2. I’m so happy to hear that you’re writing again and I’m so excited to see that The Water Weaver is able to be read again. I can’t wait to see more of your works πŸ’•

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  3. aaaah!!! thank you so much for this! i will read it again soon, maybe by the end of this week. your books all deserve to be published! i hope you upload glass sword too because i’m itching to read that novel again hehe lovelots πŸ’•

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    1. ❀❀❀I don’t think I’ll upload GD because it needs a lot of fixing and I’m not so in love with the concept anymore. Maybe one day I’ll try to do something similarish but for now, I want to focus on a new idea that I have πŸ™‚

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  4. I just got finished reading it, after a long and entertaining binge read. I loved the new changes. As well as the stunning writing style – it was really intriguing and descriptive. Everything about it, the characters, the climate, and Inaas new found strength made the read more enjoying for me. I was intriguing from the very first line. And the ending was too heart wrenching for me – when he did a little thing that broke innas trust for him.

    And you have to finish Jades Blood, I don’t care if you didn’t like it. I loved it and I thought it was great. I am shocked that you didn’t pay no mind in it, as did I. I will search you to the depths of the worlds darkest shadows if you don’t.

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    1. GLAD YOY ENJOYED IT (still not sure which kiss scene you thought was cut? Really concerned I might have deleted something by accident looool)

      YEAH I TRIED TO MAKE INNA A BIT STRONGER THIS TIME AND MOAR FORESHADOWING FOR THE THING GLYN DID

      eh, it’s just a big fat mess though JB lol. There’s no theme and tension and the MC doesn’t have enough inner conflict. I’m trying to write something else ATM although if that doesn’t work out then I’ll just go and fix JB

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    1. Nope, because I haven’t even written it πŸ˜‚ I have started it and I do like it but there’s no point writing a sequel if the first book is never going to get published. I did try a few weeks ago and think, well I’ll just write it anyway but it’s still really depressing. So, at this stage, I’d rather focus my efforts on writing standalones. πŸ™‚

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  5. You don’t usually see published novels up for free – on any site all the less. I would consider putting it down once it gets published? I don’t think any of your books deserves to be up for free, by the overall quality of them , compared to the rest of the books that is on that site. I will buy it once it is – so you wouldn’t have to worry about that. And I am sure many others would as well. Consider it? Eternally is an awfully long time, and most publishers wouldn’t allow your book be up for free.

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    1. Swoon Reads will take it down if they select it, look at the books they’ve already selected πŸ™‚ if it was published elsewhere, of course I would take it down, silly ^___^ but thank you for worrying about me ❀❀ *hug*

      Eternally if nobody wants to publish πŸ˜‰

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    1. No, I won’t be sorry. I mean, I’m still working stories in a similarish story with similar themes to both GD and TWW, but of course the stories themselves are not the same. My current WIP is a Chinese inspired fantasy world with romance and adventure and magic, etc. The biggest problem with GD is that I’m extreeeemeeely familiar with Chinese culture now than I was compared to when I wrote GD. When I wrote GD, I was only really familiar with Japanese culture and although I had originally wanted to write in a Chinese setting, it ended up becoming a weird mix of the two cultures. The second biggest problem with GD is linked to the protagonist not really being that central to the story, not really having a good goal of her own. Now, I am exclusively writing in a Chinese culture with a protagonist that has a super, super, super clear goal and the story is 100% about her. Her goal and story is a *little* bit close to Inna’s from TWW, while the entire world and everything else is virtually the same. But the problems with GD and TWW are both conceptual problems and I think it’s not worth the effort when I could be trying brand new things. I did try to rethink GD in a project through the summer (called Jade Blood) but it ended up in a disaster. I think the problem was not giving myself the freedom to come up with something brand new and I think I finally have something that is a real gem. I can really see what makes it unique that TWW didn’t have (TWW’s problem, I love the story but I don’t think it’s quirky/catchy enough). But this one has a nice plot device repeated all the way through the book. Hopefully this WIP won’t end up in a disaster like JB did and hopefully I can sell it to a good publisher and hopefully you will be able to read it one day and cry over it like you cried over GD πŸ™‚

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