By: Ally K., Teen Blogger
Every day I open up my phone to see a little orange circle staring back at me in the upper left corner of my phone screen. It sits there right next to Netflix, which means that it is one of my top priority apps. By this point you have probably guessed that the name of this app is Wattpad, due to the title. If you didn’t, then now you know.
Though you may have deduced the name of this app, I have yet to tell you what exactly it is. Wattpad is a huge writing community that allows users to read and write stories, poems, articles, or Fanfiction. There is everything from horror stories to romance novels and users range in age and gender, allowing for a vast audience from all over the world.
One of the wonderful things about this app is that it makes it incredibly easy for authors to share their writing with a huge community of people. As a writer myself, I have researched how hard it would be to get published and it seemed like an impossible task until I found Wattpad. The minute that I found the site I fell in love with its simplicity. Sharing my writing no longer seemed like it was only a dream. With the click of a button anyone can publish what they have written.
The app also allows for other users to comment on your stories and give you instant feedback on your writing. This is incredibly valuable because as new writers people are always skeptical of whether people will like what they write. The comments help tremendously with editing and it is always nice to know when someone likes your book. Not only can people comment but when you are reading a chapter you can click a little star and vote on the story. A vote essentially translates to a like. Both of these components are helpful and encouraging to new and old writers.
Another feature that I absolutely love about Wattpad is that instead of publishing a whole book at one time, authors publish one chapter at a time. This allows for busy writers to have some flexibility in their writing schedule. It no longer takes years before someone can read what you have written. You update when you have the time without having to dedicate all of your time to writing a book so that you can be exposed as a writer while you are still alive.
Writers can achieve even more exposure by entering contests, whether they are run by the Wattpad staff or individual users. The Wattpad staff runs stories for every genre and fandom there is. Not only are there the traditional contests, but there are also contests where users come together to create a collective story by submitting chapters to Wattpad. The chapter that wins is the next chapter in the book and it grows from there every few weeks with a new chapter from a new writer.
I just covered the writing half of Wattpad, but there is also the reading half of the site. Readers can add stories to their private library or public reading lists. Using reading lists readers can share stories that they like and make it easier for people to find stories that they want on a particular subject.
All in all, Wattpad is a wonderfully helpful app for aspiring writers to get a taste of what it is like to publish what they create and have people read and react to it. The Wattpad community is a massive group of people who all share a passion for reading and writing, which creates the perfect environment for new writers, bibliophiles, and fangirls/fanboys.
Personally I have always loved to write, but until I discovered Wattpad, I never took the initiative to put my writing into the world. Wattpad has sparked my devotion to the art of writing. Not only that but Wattpad is a positive environment that encourages me to keep writing and updating my stories. The same goes for every user that I have had the pleasure of talking to. The people on the site are encouraging, kind, and understanding. My only question is: “Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something that wonderful?”