The Making of Surprisingly Perfect

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Thank you to all my readers and lovers of Surprisingly Perfect for over 1,000,000 reads! We did it!

I created this timeline to see how we got to where we are today.

Winter, Early 2019:

On a snowy weekend, Jess, 24, and her now ex-spouse are at their local Carrabba's Italian Restaurant for a date night. The couple is having a great night, especially because their waiter is James, their favorite.

The couple are talking about Wattpad and how hard it is for Jess to, after all these years, gain followers. The duo laugh about the names of characters in a book Jess was critiquing in exchange to get followers. Jess ponders the idea of writing her own cliche book with her own unique characters. Her then-partner suddenly blurts out:

"Chrysanthemum Everston and Jace Hetcher!"

He and Jess have a laugh and continue with their meal, unaware of how that date night was the start of a life-changing event.

February/March 2019:

On the weekends, while her then-husband is at work, Jess finds herself bored and with a lot of free time. While doing a read for read with someone, she reads a teen pregnancy story. Things quickly spiral out of control. She goes on a binge of reading Wattpad teen pregnancy stories and falls in love. They become her new favorite thing to read, her favorite of which is "16 and Pregnant" by user rand0more0.

She thinks about her own ideas and how she could twist the normal Wattpad cliche. Everyone usually did stories with either boy/girl twins or girl/girl twins. She only read one story where with boy/boy twins, and they were identical. How about boy/boy twins that are fraternal? How about a story where instead of the guy stepping up, it's the opposite?

April 5th, 2019:

The title is officially revealed for this teen pregnancy story. Jess writes in her journal, "I think I might go with Surprisingly Perfect for my title of book number 19."

April 6th, 2019:

Work officially begins on Surprisingly Perfect.

May 17th, 2019:

The first chapter of Surprisingly Perfect premieres on Wattpad. Jess knows this is "just for fun" and thinks to herself, "Maybe it'll get 2k reads on it's own."

August 1st, 2019:

Surprisingly Perfect is finished. After having a great time writing it, Jess is already thinking about a sequel.

August 25th, 2019:

Work on the Surprisingly Perfect sequel, Drama Momma, is underway.

November 9th, 2019:

Taking advice from commenters, Jess completes a rewrite/edit of Surprisingly Perfect before the entire original version is uploaded to Wattpad.

December 23rd, 2019:

The final chapter of Surprisingly Perfect is uploaded to Wattpad.

January 11th, 2020:

Surprisingly Perfect gains traction. Jess writes in her journal, "I've never had a book take off like SP! I'm sitting at 8k reads this morning. I was at 5k only a week ago."

January 25th, 2020:

Surprisingly Perfect hits 20k reads. Out of 19 total written books, only Jess's previous stories Hype, Krawl, and Knowing You're There have hit this milestone.

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