Shining a Light on Wattpad!
Most of you will know what Wattpad is, but for those that don’t: Wattpad is an online writing community and social media platform. It has over 75 million stories, and 35 million users – many of whom are teens.
It is a global writing group for writers of all levels to share and chat about their work. Users are encouraged to comment and vote on each other’s stories. The right feedback can improve your work. Great, well written stories generate a lot of votes and become more visible due to Wattpad’s ranking scale. It can be an excellent way to develop a fan base and it’s fun.
In this series of “Shining a Light on Wattpad Authors.” I’ll ask authors about their writing processes and work, and their experience using Wattpad: what the positive and negative aspects associated with it are, has it influenced their work, how they think it may best be utilised by authors.
Meet Gemma Humphrey, author of: Revelation, Book One in the Trinity Series.
Revelation is a fabulous New Adult novel on Wattpad which has achieved a stellar 660,000 reads and 157,000 votes! This means Gemma already has an established fan base on which to build as a professional writer. It also shows that her writing is bang on target for the her audience.
Growing up, I read pretty much everything – including everything I shouldn’t. There was an area in my school library that was ‘out of bounds’ for younger students and I did everything in my power to gain access – only to find out it was mostly the likes of Catherine Cookson – the sort of thing that my mum used to pass down to me when she’d finished them anyway. The books I remember most fondly was a series called ‘Point Horror’- a collection of young adult ‘lite horror’ books. I think I had the entire collection and took great pride in them. I got into the fantasy genre when I was about sixteen, when a friend lent me his copy of R. E Feist’s ‘Magician’ – and I have never looked back.
The whole novel revolves around the idea that our choices define us, and the consequences of our choices are the resulting ‘destiny’ – whether it’s under our own control or not. It’s very character driven (because that’s what I love to write) and most readers identify quite strongly with my protagonist and her various struggles throughout the book.
What suggestions can you give authors who are starting out on Wattpad for the first time?
|Book 3 in The Trinity Series|
One of my writing friends is constantly on Wattpad. He’s forever commenting on work he’s read, or replying to comments left on his work – and because of this, he has a huge fan base and has just recently hit that coveted one-million reads. I don’t have quite so much time on my hands, and so it doesn’t come so thick and fast for me, but I do find the more time I spend on Wattpad, the better my rating in the chart the following day.
On the days when I wonder what the point of all my hard work is, these comments serve to remind me. It can sometimes be too much of a good thing though – as Wattpad is so full of praise, you can start to view your work through those rose-tinted glasses. Luckily, there’s that pesky 1% to keep me grounded…
I recommend Wattpad to pretty much everyone I meet. Its an amazing community filled with amazing people – and I think joining might have been one of the best things I could have ever done for my writing career. If you’re a reader or a writer and you’ve not signed up, do it now. You won’t regret it!
You can find Gemma on the following links: