It’s that time against – it’s Wattpad Writer Wednesday and we’re talking with @_HakunaMatata_. Now we love hearing about successes on Wattpad and people with their passions. It’s not bad when your writing has racked up over 50 million reads and you still remain down to earth.
Her latest story, Motel 6- where you may find cockroaches in the showers, questionable food in the vending machine, and maybe, possibly, some love along the way.
When did you start writing on Wattpad?
I started writing on Wattpad toward the end of 2013! I had just google searched “writing websites” and I think this was one of the top ones to pop up.
What inspired you to write on Wattpad?
I get inspired by things every day. Even something really simple and often overlooked can get me thinking of a plot idea, and then I just usually roll with it. I’ll take a small idea and then work out different things that can happen in my head until I find something that I like. The One Direction boys are obviously another inspiration for me, obviously, because they star in a lot of my books.
What has writing on Wattpad taught you?
Writing on Wattpad has taught me SO much! I’ve definitely gotten a lot better at writing from Wattpad because I’ve practiced so much. I also really like how you can post a chapter at a time, because that gives people an opportunity to voice their opinion and critique each chapter. Reading comments that people write not only motivates me to keep writing, but it also helps me shape how the story will go.
Why did you choose to write Fan Fiction?
I can’t really remember making a specific choice, I just remember seeing other people writing it and I thought it was so cool. I saw this one quote from a famous author that said something about how writing fan fiction was kind of like how a musician does covers before they release their own albums, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
What is your favorite part of writing Fan Fiction?
My favorite part is probably feeling like I’m in that moment with that person. Imagining real people into your own imagination is actually really fun, like the process of trying to figure out how they would react in certain situations. I definitely thing that’s cool.
What fandom do you think would be the hardest fandom to write in?
THE WANTED. I actually feel kinda bad for The Wanted fans because literally they have so many haters. I’m not really sure how it would be possible to write a very successful fan fiction about them, but if you can, then kudos to you I guess! I definitely think that would be a challenge.
What’s been the best compliment you received from a fan?
Sometimes fans tell me that I’m the reason that they’ve starting writing stories and for some reason that just makes me so happy. To know that I’ve inspired people to start writing stories of their own is kind of mind blowing and crazy.
Who are your favorite published authors?
I don’t really read a lot of books off of Wattpad, but definitely John Green. And I feel like that’s such a cliche answer considering that he’s basically everyone’s favorite writer, but it’s just because he’s THAT good. The way he writes is so unique and he’s such a talented individual. It’d be really cool to get to talk to him someday.
What advice do you have for Wattpad writers?
Whenever people ask me for writing advice, my number one answer is ALWAYS to have fun with your writing. If you aren’t having fun writing your story, then chances are your readers aren’t having fun reading it. Writing should be something you’re passionate about, and writing a book that you really aren’t passionate about isn’t fun. Another piece of advice is to ALWAYS practice your writing, because practices makes you better.
Who is your favorite Wattpad writer?
I have soo many. Just a couple would be amandaJtommo and inthepants. Amanda writes really professionally, and Arabella’s writing is just really funny. They’re both very good at what they do.
Tell us about your favorite story that you have written and why people should be reading it.
My favorite story of mine is probably Ready To Run. It’s only got a few chapters so far, but I’m really proud of it. It’s really laid back and the beginning is a bit more calm than my other books that I’ve written. I’ve also taken a lot of time on it instead of just rushing chapters. That one is definitely my favorite as of right now.