On the year 2014, I won a Watty’s Award in the General Fiction Genre for Talk of the Town on Wattpad’s annual Writing award. The title of the story that won was ‘Meeting Mr. Mogul.’
When I wrote that novel, it had not once crossed my mind it’ll reach so far under such a short time. It didn’t happen overnight. It was a gradual recognition. But the months after the competition ended, the audience’s impact and attention of the novel nearly through me off balance. This was the book that changed the game, for me, as a novelist. However, I wasn’t confident whether it was justifiable on the amount of attention it got. The story wasn’t an attention grabber. I remember a time I weekly posted promotions for the book at the community chats in order to gain traction. But I can’t deny it did have its appeal.
When I wrote the book, it was part of a therapy for me, an escape after a tiresome day at school. In the beginning, the story lacks structure, some substance, and the formality of a novel. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this novel had broken and paved opportunities for me. Also, this book was my first published literary work.
After the book was launch, the following months in that year was overwhelming. Not only I’ve received offers, but my family was also neck-deep on asking and smothering me about how I’ve done it.
I wrote Meeting Mr. Mogul for six months while I was booked on full units in College, which means I might as well not sleep in those days. So, it came as a surprise to them I was able to write a 300 plus page book in half a year. In truth, I wrote any chance I got when I have spare time. In between breaks, lunchtime, and through nights and empty weekends.
I didn’t have a social life, and I’m not great around crowded places. Writing was the only way for me to make most of my extra time. I’m not going to sugarcoat and look like all I did was write. I read. I draw. And I spent a lot of time watching television series and movies.
When the book came out, I tried to hide it from my parents and family because of the genre, topic, and demographic it catered. It had a specific group of people who could stomach these kinds of stories. But then, to my surprise as well, my parents – especially my father, read the book. It took me nearly a week avoiding his gaze when he told me he read it. It made me cringe still, I admit it. However, I’m grateful how far they’ve supported me on it.
On the year that followed, I published a sequel to the book, titled Dating Mr. Mogul. By then, I had more experience and wrote it with more caution and structure. It was tough trying to write it better than its predecessor, which I’ll admit didn’t have the same appeal. But in the end, I’m more content on this book since I know it showed how I improved as a writer.
I hadn’t stop writing and improving my skill in storytelling. These two novels were my starting point, and I’ve yet to show what I have in store for my readers.