Before I talk about my next big social media adventure on Wattpad… I’d just like to say that I’ve had more time to sit down and watching TV shows lately. As such, I plan on posting some of my thoughts on what I’ve seen in the coming days. Fargo definitely hasn’t disappointed this season (Noah Hawley is legend) so I want to talk about that. But also, Better Call Saul FINALLY caught my attention! Praise to come for my lord and savior Vince Gilligan for that as well.
Now to the main event: Wattpad!
I’m hearing many good things about this website/app, so I’m giving it a try today. For those who don’t know it, Wattpad is a place where you can post stories chapter-by-chapter.
In the spirit of all online content nowadays, here’s a list to show you how cool it is!
- Wattpad allows you to post stories section by section. As an author who likes his share of twists and turns, I think this is awesome. Readers will either be held in suspense, or will get fed up of waiting and get the book right away. This feels a lot like the structure of a TV show to me. As life goes by, pieces will be revealed and you’ll be living alongside the characters!
- It’s FREE! Bottom line: everything is better for free. But that really is great for authors like me too, especially on my first book. My only goal with Crimson River is to tell my story and get as many people to read it as possible. With that in mind, the fewer barriers readers have to beginning the adventure, the better.
- It’s so social that you can even leave in-line comments. How cool is it that when you reach the twist you can actually have a discussion with fellow readers about the traumatic experience you’ve just had? Not only that, but this also helps with eliminating spoilers since the comments are made at the point of the action!
- Wattpad rewards popular writers. My initial research suggests the company itself has awards for stories and promotes star writers. Overall the most promising thing for me is the idea of my serial story-telling getting noticed. It’s encouraging there’s extra incentive given to do great work.
I’m sure there are more benefits to come for me to provide updates about. For a company with the goal of becoming the, “YouTube for stories,” though, I’d say that they’re on the right track.
I think I might pop a bottle of champagne for two blog posts in two days! 🙂 It kind of hit me last night while working on my second ever vlog with my buddy, Malachi. But damn does it feel good to just spill your guts on a daily basis. Really since the day I released my book I’ve just felt overwhelmingly free. It’s a beautiful thing and I highly recommend documenting your life, even if it’s just in a journal.
For this post today, for any post tomorrow, and/or for the posts of yesterday, thanks so much for reading and hope you’re enjoying the Civilands series!
To see how Crimson River unfolds, check out chapter 1, part 1, on Wattpad here.