5 Takeaways From My First Week On Wattpad

Eight days ago I created my first Wattpad account. Seven days ago I posted the first chapter of The Broken City of Crows. Now, a week later, I’ve taken a look back at the first taste of what will hopefully become a long and enjoyable experience (I suspect it will!).

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Obviously, these won’t be experience-based tips, advice, or anything like that. I’m still a newbie. These are mere observations or highlights of my first few steps. Maybe they’ll be enough to convince you to join and share a story!

I’ve felt a lot less pressure

As an indie author looking to build a career on self-publishing novels, I often feel pressured to ‘perform’ well in fear of not succeeding economically. I’ve found that, on Wattpad, that pressure is non-existent. Yes, I want my story to be as good as it can be, but not having to worry about sales makes the experience of sharing a novel one chapter at a time way more relaxing and fun.

The feedback is great

A few blog followers and Twitter friends warned me that they received, occasionally, feedback that was either spam or harshly critical. While I’m sure someone like that is bound to show up, my experience so far with other Wattpad users has been nothing but positive. I’ve received general enthusiasm comments as well as constructive criticism. Both keep me going, and the fact that I can go back and make changes based on that feedback (if necessary) is such a big help.

I’ve gotten more reads than I expected

When I posted the first chapter of The Broken City of Crows, I didn’t set any goals or expectations. I was curious to see if anyone would read it, just for fun. Now, seven days and three more chapters later, The Broken City of Crows has received well over 300 reads. I know that’s not a huge number, and I’m sure a lot of writers would have easily topped that in their first week, but for little old me, that’s not half bad. In fact, I’m pretty excited!

Compared to the slow trickle of sales my other books get on Amazon, seeing so many people read (and enjoy) my work makes me a very happy writer. Again, there’s no pressure to reach certain numbers or amounts, a fact I’m quickly learning to value.

An established schedule keeps me productive

I upload new chapters each Tuesday and Friday, and knowing that readers will be waiting for that chapter to go up is a healthy motivation to stay on top of things. The chapters in The Broken City of Crows are on the long side (3000-4000 words), so editing them before posting takes some time, but I love the feeling of consistent productivity.

Working without a detailed outline broadens my horizons

You all know how much I love outlines. But for this project, I’ve decided to not rely on them so much. When I posted the first chapter, I had about 30K words written and a fairly solid plotline in mind. I’m not worried about hitting a dead end anytime soon. However, knowing that sooner or later I’ll have to start writing new chapters with fewer guidelines than I’m used to is a welcome challenge. Writers gotta grow and try new things, right?

If you’re looking for a way to share your work, interact with readers, and motivate yourself to keep writing, I think Wattpad is a fantastic place to do that. Once again, this has only been my first week. I have no doubt I’ll hit roadblocks, encounter nasty people, and get discouraged.

But for now, things are looking pretty great.  You should give it a try! In the meantime, have a great day.

18 thoughts on “5 Takeaways From My First Week On Wattpad

  1. As a novel writer who’s interested in starting a Wattpad account and who reads books on Wattpad frequently, I found this post very helpful.

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and am very impressed by your blog. I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers. I’m also a fellow writer =)

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.


    1. Hi there! I’ll gladly visit your blog, but my schedule is pretty full tonight so I can’t promise to make much noise right away :O But I’m glad you found the post helpful! Off the top of my head I’d say, with blogging, to make sure you’re enjoying the process. In general, if I’m not having fun writing a post, I don’t publish it. But you gotta find what works for you 🙂 I don’t actually have experience with official book reviewing, so I’m not much help there!

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  2. Wattpad has honestly always scared me! When I first used it I was a wee thing of like, eleven, and my stories were honestly a hot mess.
    But now I’d be concerned that whatever I put out there wasn’t edited enough/good enough/correctly grammared enough… oh well.

    That to say, I’m really enjoying Broken City of Crow! I need to get back and read the rest of it. 😀


  3. I have a Wattpad account, which I used as a platform to get back into writing again! I found it quite good, and same as you, I’ve had a pretty good experience! Unfortunately, I don’t use it as much these days, but was also surprised by the amount of reads I received and it helped me to make the decision to self-publish! I’ll have to check out your project, it sounds intriguing! 😊


  4. The Broken City of Crows looks SO COOL…I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and read it. Can’t wait. Great thoughts on Wattpad! I actually had an early version of The Beast of Talesend on there for a while last year, while I was editing. I really enjoyed my interactions with the Wattpad community. Your posting on there has inspired me to possibly give it another try. I have a story concept that I really like, but which I feel is too similar to Beaumont and Beasley to publish on Amazon. I might put it on Wattpad just for fun. 😀


  5. So glad to have been directed to your blog, via Twitter. You are a positive voice that is refreshing. I have recently started a new site called The Writer’s Dialog located at http://www.writersdialog.com and would love it if you might consider writing a guest post. I certainly look forward to learning more about you and your work. @writersdialog


    1. Hello Elizabeth! Sorry I haven’t responded sooner; I’m usually not very active here during the summer. And I definitely appreciate the invitation! These weeks I’m afraid I’d be too busy to put in the proper time, but I’d be very happy to write a guest post sometime down the road, if the invitation still stands!

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