I started posting BlindSpot on Wattpad just over a year ago. I wasn’t expecting much. Some of us, as writers, are slow to start sharing our work. Whether out of fear or embarrassment – doesn’t matter. Sharing your writing – if it’s something you are unfamiliar with doing – can be terrifying.
If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “I’d love to read your book!” and then I secretly thought to myself, “Aw, hell naw!!!”
Enter Wattpad. Well, enter me into Wattpad. You know what I mean.
So, there I am, all babe in the woods posting my first few chapters. Not much for readership but okay, it takes time. But how much time? When do they start reading? I thought if I built it, they would come!
But alas, that isn’t how it works on Wattpad.
Here’s how it really works. Step one is putting up your work. Step two – putting yourself out there. The only way people can find you, is if you find them first. So, I snooped around the clubs for a while. Luckily, I stumbled into a thread that pretty much houses the most amazing crew of authors on Wattpad.
Just my opinion. No biggie.
Oh yeah – and I found my Wattpad BFF. Didn’t know that was a thing? It totally is and by some stroke of freaky luck – i found her. (More to come about this later)
The point is, you can’t succeed on Wattpad in any capacity without ingratiating yourself into the Wattpad community.
Want more reads? You have to do some reading yourself. Once people see you’re an active reader and commenter, they want to see your work. Then they vote or comment and their followers see.
Want more comments? Join a book club. Wattpad has some of the best book clubs around. Think about it – groups of talented writers who are in turn dedicated readers looking at your work every week. Writers are the best readers because they know what works in writing and what doesn’t – and they’re going to let you know. Then they read, vote and comment and their followers see.
See where I’m going with this?
Wattpad has an great forum called Improve Your Writing. If you haven’t been yet, you should go now. Well, finish reading, but then go! Every day they’re doing exercises meant to get you writing better so that your work is the best it can be! Seriously, get over there right now.
It took a while for me to figure out, just like it takes most newbies some time. But I joined some book clubs and got some great feedback. I even had a fellow writer offer to go over a few of my chapters to help me with some editing.
Here’s the Wattpad Effect – I did the same thing in return for someone else. I read a fabulous book. I mean, one of the most creative storylines I’ve ever read. It had everything I love – paranormal, romance, mystery, original lore, action and a whole host of other things. Bad part, it had some structure issues that made the writing a bit hard to follow. But, since someone offered to help me out and it did wonders for me, I offered to do the same thing for this writer.
Turns out, English is her second/third language and that technical aspect was hard for her. Heck, I barely speak one language and I got it wrong! So, I offered to help and from what I know, she did the same for another author.
That is the Wattpad Effect. The butterfly effect is real y’all.
That ripple that spreads from one author to the next. The hand up. The “atta boy” from your followers or friends when you do something well. The critiques that are always meant to help. It goes beyond reads, votes or popularity. Far beyond awards or accolades (though those are nice too).
That’s what makes Wattpad the community that it is.
I don’t know if I’ll ever traditionally publish a book. At this point in time, it’s on the outer edges of my radar but not really anywhere important. What I do know is, at this point in time, I have a place where I can go, post my writing and get honest feedback.
If you’re a writer and haven’t joined Wattpad yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!