PaintPastel Presents: My Five Years of Wattpad

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First of all, I'd like to say a huge thank you to KellyAnneBlount for choosing me as one of the authors to take part in this month's Block Party! It has been one of my Wattpad-long aspirations, and finally, here I am!

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First of all, I'd like to say a huge thank you to KellyAnneBlount for choosing me as one of the authors to take part in this month's Block Party! It has been one of my Wattpad-long aspirations, and finally, here I am!

For those of you who are unaware of who I am, my name is Emily, my Wattpad pen name being PaintPastel. I first joined this website 5 years ago, after I had read an article in a British teen magazine about a best-selling author who had first started out on Wattpad, and so I, a young, hopeful author, had to join the site at once. I was amazed that you could write a book about absolutely anything and have people from across the globe read and give you feedback on your book in a comments section. Just over five years ago, I was barely a teen, and not a very internet-savvy teen at that; I preferred video games over MSN and Facebook. At once, I knew I had to join, and so I made an account, this world all being very new to me.

Of course, as most Wattpad users do once they join the site, I read. I was VERY into Harry Potter at the time (I still am now, but I was extremely obsessed) so I read Harry Potter fanfictions; light and fluffy ones, obviously. I cannot remember which ones I read in particular, but I read them, and I was inspired. I still have not published this story, and I don't know if I ever will, but I wrote the makings of my first ever fanfiction. The readers who know my stories may be quite surprised at this, as I have never published any stories to do with the fandom... yet. Now, you might be wondering, what would young thirteen-year-old Emily be writing about Harry Potter? Well, I have the prologue for you:

"Her wand rolled from her still hand, unscratched and unscathed. The rest of her body regained strength and she snatched her prized possession back up seconds later. This was it. This was her chance to prove she could fight. To prove who she really was."

Dramatic. But drama is always exciting to write. Now, thinking about it, I regret not having the confidence to publish a story or carry on writing it, but I was such a shy person who would've never dared do something so out there. However, I did name the protagonist after myself, example:

"Natural light from the sun outside streamed inside Emily bedroom, hitting her face and waking her from her slumber. Emily pushed her duvet aside and arose from her bed, squinting in the light. It was such a dramatic change from the darkness she had been used to for most of last night.
She then remembered- she was going to London that day! Emily smiled and left her room. She still couldn't believe what thart happened yet only a week ago. It must have been a dream, surely... but it was true. It was real. It had to be."

I don't know what 'thart happened' means, but I love the dramatic change from darkness, it really sets the tone. And, unfortunately, I even included my own address in Emily's Hogwarts letter, so it probably would've been a bad idea.

Moving on, I didn't write for another year, on Wattpad or in real life; I had a rather long period of writer's block - yes, a year long! But I loved writing, and it pained me that I couldn't think of ANYTHING whatsoever. If I recall, I'm sure I wrote the start of a novel set at a school, very much like Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers, but I scrapped that after I couldn't make it interesting enough. That wasn't a first for me; from primary school, I've been writing short stories, and I always thought of books I could write, yet being dyslexic, I found it harder to articulate what I wanted to write and would often forget the idea altogether.

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