Have you met WattPad?

wattpadKind of like Facebook for writers, Wattpad is a social media site where writers can post their work to receive feedback and constructive criticism. Just about everyone on the site has works in various stages of completion. And you and everyone on the site can vote (i.e. “like”) a person’s story.

Stories range across the genres from romance to horror to mystery-suspense to humor. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the largest and most popular genre tends to fan fiction. Sometimes that’s popular television series and movies, but for the most part it tends to be One Direction. There is an over abundance of pre- and early teens writing stories about that boy band.

You make friends on Wattpad – which they label “followers” and you can follow others. There’s a Twitter like feed running from messages posted by everyone you’re following. There are also genre specific message boards, which introduces you and your work to others around the world.

One of the biggest advantages though is getting involved in groups. There are reading & critique groups, writing school groups and many, many contests. I strongly suggest Wattpad School, as it is a group of helpful writers ready to give advice, and who have written topics ranging from grammar to the dynamics of plot structures and character development. They also hold monthly writing contests.

You can check out my Wattpad profile by clicking onĀ http://www.wattpad.com/user/JcGatlin

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