I just discovered Wattpad yesterday (thank you boyfriend) and used it to read the Once Upon a Deadline submissions, which were all enjoyable and well-written. This one was my favourite. Upon further browsing of the site today, I found that it’s rife with crappy little amateur submissions that have obviously never seen anything more than spell check on Word, if that. I know we all have to start somewhere, but I am just a hater and can’t tolerate bad writing. It’s a character flaw.
So, when I saw that one of today’s featured stories won a contest, I was hopeful that it would be enjoyable and done well. I was half-right, as it was engaging enough that I read all 25 “chapters” of it, but holy shit, grammar should not be this difficult for an adult who calls him or herself a writer. It was so bad that I couldn’t help but to send a message offering to edit it, because I thought there were a lot of good elements in it but that the mistakes were distracting enough to turn off a discerning reader from checking out any of the author’s other works.
My offer was accepted, and now I am spending my Monday afternoon politely picking apart the story, which is apparently being expanded into a whole novel “seeking representation” and that kinda makes my tummy hurt.
</ grammar nazi and OCD tendencies >