Falling in love with Harry Styles, the mafia lord. Fake dating the alpha of the pack. Poorly written sm*t with grammatical errors. When you hear the term “Wattpad,” this is what typically comes to mind.
I started reading Wattpad when I was in middle school and while I’ve graduated from Wattpad books, I can truly say Wattpad has made a great impact on my life.
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. It’s always been that one thing- that one special talent- that I believed I was given. However, I’m shy and because my writing is something I hold so close to my heart, I never let anyone read my writing. Then at 16, I finished writing a full novel for the first time and everything changed.
I needed this to be out somewhere, not because I wanted praise but because I had poured my life and soul into this book. So I made my account and started posting anonymously.
My account was at 0 followers and I used google images and Snapchat to edit my book covers. But I knew my content was where I wanted it to be and that was what mattered most to me.
I had already written and edited my entire novel at this point so I would post multiple chapters at a time whenever I felt like it. For the first month, I had 13 views and 0 votes. Honestly, the fact that I had more than 0 views was enough for me.
Then everything changed. Somewhere between 1-2 months into posting, I logged in and was shocked to find I was at 1,000 views and my story was ranked #17 in the Teen Fiction category.
I was SHOCKED.
Suddenly, I was getting comments and messages from people telling me how they read my story. This secret I had held so close to my heart was being appreciated by people. I had made a story and characters, and people actually liked it!
I started taking my writing more seriously. Interacting with this account became a part of my daily life.
And here I am, 1.5 years later, with millions of readers, interactive comment sections, and almost 4,000 followers. Here are some of the lessons I’ve taken away.
- If you love something, it’s not stupid. Have confidence in what you’re doing. People see passion.
- Don’t let success kill creativity. Easier said than done but I truly believe that obsessing over perfection and success can stump creativity.
- People are kinder than you think. Sometimes you need to straight up ask for it but on a platform like this, people are mostly going to be encouraging.
I will publish a post giving advice to people who want to write on Wattpad.
This was honestly probably boring but I enjoy letting out my thoughts. I hope u enjoyed and make sure to subscribe for more 🙂