I thought I should pop a little note on here for those of you who have visited my page, and are thinking about reading some of my stories on here. 

Everything on here is ROUGH, RAW, READY and A FIRST DRAFT. 

Therefore, I appreciate absolutely every comment and opinion, because these are very much works in progress, and I'm here on Wattpad to practise, to learn and to see what works. Also, I guess I need to ask you for some patience too, because these aren't as good as I hope they will be one day.

Thank you for visiting, and let me know your thoughts! 

RJ :)
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The Duke's Affair

Social data: 1.9M reads. 29.8K votes. 3.1K comments.

Description: Lauren Taylor is an ordinary girl with extraordinary friends. When her glamourous friend Emily invites her to her wedding, Lauren has no idea that an encounter with an irresistibly handsome stranger will shape her future. The gorgeous Henry Banvil...

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I think you're bang on with most of your comments! This was one of the first stories I wrote and I just bumbled along with no plan, writing what I felt like and I really struggled to get te pacing right, particularly at the end. I didn't have a real vision of where I wanted it to go (which is why there are plot issues like the witches and the wooden bullets). I learned a lot from this process though - the main thing beig that writing a story that satisfies the reader is really difficult! It takes hard hard work and tenacity...and this is partly why I haven't got around to redrafting. The idea of trying to fix the problems is so overwhelming...that I haven't attempted it since I finished this back in 2013. 

I am currently trying to redraft The Duke's Affair (I chose to focus on that one because it was more popular and so, I thought, would require less work). It is so difficult to create likeable and believable characters who will do the things I need them to do to progress the plot! 

I think the answer may be to plot out a novel thoroughly before I start writing, as fixing the flaws in one written without an outline is so hard!

But thank you so much for your comment - you're a very perceptive and thoughtful reader and that is exactly what I joined wattpad to find! Xxx
Hello everyone! Thought I would give you a quick update on my editing process of TDA (The Duke's Affair). 

I am having all sorts of fun playing with the characters, writing. New scenes and trying to make Lauren more likeable! Gosh that woman has caused me some problems.

And then there is the issue of adapting her character, which means the plot (based on stupid things either she or Henry did) sort of falls apart! Writing is hard work people! Anyone else ever had these problems whilst redrafting? So many time I have wanted to chuck the whole darn project! But then I remember how many of you liked it on here...and it makes me smile! Thanks for your support!  it means such a lot when I am battling at my desk with unruly characters who do not want to behave like rational human beings!

Much  love

RJRyder commented on The Duke's Affair - V

@poohbeary interesting! I think that you feel she should only DO it with Henry is good (because that is what I was going for), but I think people do often end up in relationships with people when they cannot (for whatever reason) be with someone they might prefer. But your comment raises and interesting point - is Lauren in some way 'spoiled' for the reader because she hasn't 'saved' herself for Henry during the course of the novel?
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U r simply great :) loved ur stories, u mustttt publish them...wow u r one of the best @ wattpad. All the best :)