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  • Lev Lyonne

Winning a Watty.

I am not someone who enters to win. I go into everything with the lowest expectations and yet, I'm still always disappointed. I used to be heavily involved in theatre, where there is a ton of rejection. Now, in the writing world, even more rejection and critique comes my way. I'm grateful because it has given me a thick skin (relatively) and rejection just comes with the territory.


Yesterday, something wonderful happened.

I wasn't rejected. I wasn't tossed into the so-called slush pile.

In a shocking turn of events, my book won a Watty Award.

If you are unfamiliar with this term, it is awarded by the writing site Wattpad. This is a site for writers all around the world, in every genre and for all ages. The Watty Awards are a huge competition on the site, with seemingly everyone throwing their story into the ring. I read that this year, there was over 167k submissions. 5 or 6 winners chosen for each genre.

And somehow, As the Crow Flies was one of them. It won a Watty in Historical Fiction!

I swear, I nearly passed out when I saw the announcement.

This is not a post to brag about "oh, look at me, I won!" No, no, of course not. I don't think I won. My story won. And that's what I want to talk about.

I want to be showered with compliments. I want to be drowning in praise and accolades. Everyone does, deep down or on a tiny level, whether we are writers, athletes, artists, actors...we love to be told "you did great." We love to make others proud of our achievements.

However, there is a deeper want. I want to be able to pour myself onto the page. To create a story that resonates with people, that sweeps them away to a different time and place. I truly want nothing more than the satisfaction of simply writing.

Praise is good. Awards are fun. But nothing means more than your story. It is your words that count the most. Your pen and paper have unspeakable power.

I accept this Watty with a heart overflowing with shock and love. To have As the Crow Flies be recognized and exposed to more people is amazing. I am incredibly grateful for this honor. It's one of the coolest things to ever happen to me.

I just want to remember that there is more. There is a second draft to write.

So it's time to get back to work.

Until next time,