A while ago I joined an online community called Wattpad where people share short stories and serialized novels.
Or something like that. It’s always hard for an old guy like me to understand exactly what it is these things are all about with all their buzzwords and jargon. I haven’t posted any stories yet, but I’ve read a few others by people like Margaret Atwood and Cory Doctorow and it’s certainly easy to navigate the site, or the app (I read it on my iPad).
And now my friend (and fellow ECW author) Robin Spano is doing something very cool on Wattpad. She’s serializing her first novel, Dead Politician Society, and, what makes it really interesting, she’s revising it as she goes.
As Robin says, “The plot won’t change, the structure won’t change.” But she is getting deeper inside the characters’ heads.
The novel, which was first published in 2010, is about, well, as it says, “The mayor of Toronto collapses and dies while giving a speech. The newspaper receives an email – a fake obituary that takes credit for the murder.”
Now I know the idea of the mayor of boring Toronto doing anything outrageous is really a stretch, but that’s what fiction is all about.
Robin has three novels published in the “Clare Vengel” series so far and I think they’re all really good, but now you can check Clare out yourself, for free, at Wattpad.
Ain't no flies on Robin. I'm not surprised she'd dig into something new like this. Me? I still worry about tripping over the phone cord.
I'm with you Dana and I'm still looking for my 8-tracks.
But now Robin has Mayor Ford "fiction" up at Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/30758729-high-times-at-city-hall-crack-night
(myself, I think what's going on in Toronto right now is a little more Sopranos-esque, imagine if some guy who played high school football with Tony got elected mayor, but that may just be my wild imagination...)
Hey John, thanks so much for this! Especially cool coming from a writer I admired from afar before I even entered this game.
OK so you know what might be fun? If you wrote Rob Ford "fan fiction" on Wattpad too. We could have dueling Rob Fords.
P.S. Dana King, you still have a phone with a cord?
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