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2-26-21: Webnovel updates and stuff

on 26 February 2021 at 08:03:00 MST

As some of you may know, I recently took down the prologue and the first four chapters of my webnovel, Brandon & Ravine vs. The Worlds (first novel issue: The War Stoppers). The first reason I did that was because I wanted to reevaluate the webnovel and see if there was anything I could change. The second reason was because I wanted to wait to put up something I had put my heart and soul into until I had built up a bit more of a fanbase (at least 10 followers or so, since beggars can't be choosers).

Okay, here's something I want to say before I go on with the webnovel updates. I've learned that the type of platform you use on the Internet kind of depends on how successful you're going to be on that site, at least in the early days of your "career" or something. The first website where I posted things that I had created was Scratch, which is a website that has a programming language (also called Scratch) that you can use to code your own computer games and animations. The programming language uses blocks instead of text, so you don't have to worry about syntax errors, and it compiles automatically. You can post your games and animations (called "projects") and stuff onto Scratch, similar to DeviantArt, Fur Affinity, Weasyl, and others, but with one key difference: they don't allow anything mature on Scratch. Not even close. It seems limiting, but they do that because unlike most sites that require you to be at least 13 years old (for privacy purposes), there is no minimum age requirement for some reason. They also don't want to block any projects by putting on an age restriction filter or anything because they don't want to segregate anyone for any reason. That hasn't really affected me, though, since almost all of my stuff on any site on the Internet falls under the G - PG range, if you know what I mean.

I'm just saying all of this about Scratch in case you're reading this and you don't know what it is. If you do, then that's good. If not, then that's okay, too.

Anyway, the whole age thing is important. I checked the statistics, and from what I can tell, the average age of most people who have a Scratch account (these people are called "Scratchers" in a similar way to how those with a DeviantArt account are called "Deviants") is about 9-15, with a handful of younger people and another handful of older people. Apparently even adults use Scratch, and I'm one of those.

The point is that on Scratch, you have a lot younger people on the site than on DeviantArt, Fur Affinity, Weasyl, Instagram, or Twitter or something. Younger people tend to have less impressive art compared to older people, and that goes for games and animations, too. Then you mix that with the fact that only some people know how to code (even though Scratch is pretty easy compared to other programming languages), and you have a bunch of kids and younger teenagers who make games, art, and animations that are somewhere between okay and downright horrible. I know that everyone's first pictures that they draw are pretty bad compared to their current drawings (unless they only recently started drawing or they were already really good to begin with), but the competition on Scratch is a lot easier than other sites. I managed to get 20 followers on Scratch in only a year, 4 months, and a week and a half since I started because my projects were (relatively) good, but I've been on DeviantArt, Fur Affinity, and Weasyl for about a year so far, and I only have 2 followers on DeviantArt and 4 followers on Fur Affinity. I'm not trying to sound ungrateful, because I am grateful for those who are following me, but I think the competition here is a lot stiffer than Scratch because everyone is older and more experienced.

I'm saying all of this because I want to wait to reupload my webnovel until I have a few more followers, and thus have a sort of "fanbase" or something. I'm still going to work hard on it, and I think I know the perfect way to do that: The Comic Sans Trick.

I know some people don't like Comic Sans because it's overused for things that should be serious when the font is supposed to be goofy, lighthearted, and kid-friendly, but I figured out that if you type your rough drafts for any writing in Comic Sans, it somehow boosts your ability to write many times over. I changed the font I was using from Arial to Comic Sans, and it helped a ton with writing character bios and coming up with little details that will probably make the story more organic. I just need to see if it works for actually writing additions to a story. If it does, my writing ability should hopefully increase tenfold.

I'm still going to do Inktober and Brandon's Life regardless of how many views and followers I get, since they're mostly just for fun. However, I will probably use the Comic Sans font instead of Calibri for future Brandon's Life comics once I get back to it.

I'll see if I can post another Inktober drawing today or tomorrow. See you soon!

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