I stumbled across the story of author Anna Todd a young woman who turned her hobby of writing a love story on her telephone into a lucrative career. This sounds like a fairy tale or a too good to be true story but it really happened. Anna Todd the author of the After series, stumbled into a career of writing when she started logging her story on this really cool writing app called Wattpad.
Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. Everyone participates in storytelling on Wattpad. This is an oasis for a writer or someone who loves a good story. You don’t have to be a writer to engage on Wattpad; some people share plot suggestions via comments and messages or create original art/music to go along with the stories they’ve read. Anna created her story on the Wattpad as she ran errands and busied herself in between appointments. Her story ultimately ended with 99 chapters, a huge response, a book deal, and a possible movie in the works.
Before becoming a hit sensation as a writer Anna Todd was a young wife working odd jobs during her husband’s three deployments to Iraq. Married directly after college; Anna tried to find her path in an assortment of places including a makeup counter at a mall and a drab processing center for the IRS. During this time; she found comfort in writing her story on her telephone in between running errands around town. Thanks to the power of Wattpad and social media by 2014, Anna’s story had over 1 billion reads on Wattpad and more than 6 million comments and counting!
About the After Series
The After series tells the story of Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled British bad boy who has stolen her heart. Anna Todd was able to combine her love for books and boy bands in the creation of The After Series. After series garnered attention from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, who published the first installment of the novel, which went on sale on October 21, 2014. Paramount has also bought the rights of the books so After will be hitting the big screen very soon.
So many times we take our talents for granted. I am sure Anna never imagined that her little hobby would spin into a life of its own. Let’s use this story to motivate us to pursue our passions whatever they may be. When you make time for what makes your soul sing; it will take you to bigger and better places.
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