Everyone starts their writing journey somewhere, and I know a lot of writers who found their writing shoes (pencils, pens, typewriters?) on Wattpad. Wattpad is more than just a reading and writing platform, it’s a community of amazing people from a plethora of backgrounds coming together with their passions.
A few weeks ago I logged onto twitter, and I asked the Twitterverse why Wattpad was important to them. Before I get into their awesome stories, I want to tell you mine.
Rewind to sixteen year old me, and the year is 2013. I’d always loved writing, but I rarely showed the world. I put together an embarrassing fan fiction after I heard about the wild success of Anna Todd’s After. I thought, “Hey, I could totally do this.” After a few chapters, the story was booming. I had a hashtag on twitter and over thirty thousand reads. It was so encouraging, and even though I’d always had the dream of being an author, this was the first time I truly believed it.
I took a small break from writing, so jump forward a few years and I was twenty. I had been on and off the platform for awhile, but I had a story I’d been working on offline for awhile. I uploaded it, and the response was astronomical. Within a few months I was featured by HQ, got over a hundred thousand reads, and was eventually long-listed for a Watty. The story is constantly ranking, and I always have amazing feedback. Beyond that, I was able to create an awesome community from my audience. Before I wasn’t sure if my story would fit somewhere and be able to get such an amazing audience. Clearly, I was wrong.
This isn’t where my story ends, though. Like many other Wattpad writers, I’ve met some amazing people along the way. The community is so supportive of one another, no matter where they are in their writing journey. I’ve learned so much, whether it be from talking to industry insiders, learning through chats, or talking to people from so many backgrounds. Wattpad has broadened my horizons beyond what I ever thought was possible.
If you hadn’t discovered it yet, why is Wattpad important to me?
I think my story is similar to a lot of other Wattpad writers. Every writer has a different journey and story, whether it’s online or offline, and in the technical era I think it’s important to take note of the awesome steps some sites, such as Wattpad, has taken to bring writers and readers together. Writers can find community many places, but for me Wattpad was that place.
Wattpad has successfully broken barriers for writers who felt their amazing stories wouldn’t fit elsewhere. They have given a platform to so many amazing people to share their stories and connect with readers who love their content. The community is amazing. And, to me, that’s why Wattpad is important.
Like I mentioned earlier, I asked Twitter why Wattpad is important to them.
Here are some of the awesome answers I received:
🍀Fray Is Doing NaNo🍀 (@aw_frasier) March 14, 2019
Eden (@esyoungauthor) April 05, 2019
CHANELLE 🌞 (@chanelletime) April 06, 2019
@makayla_sophia Wattpad pretty much started me on this writing journey.—
MB | M.Dalto 🏕 Camp NaNoWriMo-ing (@MDalto421) March 14, 2019
LL Montez (@LLMontez) March 14, 2019
🌻Sarah Beth 🌻 (@Sarah_Beth_09) March 14, 2019
☄️Kathleen Keenan (@KathleenHKeenan) March 14, 2019
⚔️ 𝔐𝔢𝔤 ⚔️ (@LadyKnightMeg) March 14, 2019
@makayla_sophia Wattpad helped me share my writing with the world and appreciate my writing voice. Before that, no one saw my work.—
Vee Lozada 🌙🎀 is editing! (@BecauseItsVee) March 14, 2019
Kacy L. Kennett (@sad_masquerade) March 14, 2019
🌙 haley 👁 (@kaenicolewrites) March 14, 2019
L.D. Jones (@LDJWrites) March 14, 2019
Micah (@micahintrepid) March 15, 2019
Rodney V. Smith (@iamrodneyvsmith) March 14, 2019
Caty💜💕 (@catythewriter) March 15, 2019
Sierra Grey (@SierraIsMistx) March 15, 2019
Cassidy Walters (@BookishRetreat) March 15, 2019
Neme (@Nemerony) March 14, 2019
As you can see, Wattpad is important to many people. These are only a few answers from the millions of folks who call Wattpad their online home.