I’ve been really curious about something for a long time. How fun would it be to use Wattpad to “try out” a new story idea? Though I’m still hard at work on TFN3 (don’t worry, folks), I’ve had a new story idea rolling around in the back of my head, but I’m not entirely sure how “big” I want the project to be yet. I thought it might be fun to create a great cover and just start writing on Wattpad and see where it takes me. If I like it enough (and other people do, too), I might just finish it all up and publish it elsewhere.
Wattpad seems like the hot, “it” place right now. Lindsay Buroker has spoken several times about why she likes Wattpad, as have the likes of C.J. Archer and David Alastair Hayden. I’ve got the entirety of my first book, Night Bells, up there, but haven’t put up a sample of my second book yet. I also have about half of my novella The Dark Ship up (don’t plan to put the entire thing up at the moment, but maybe in the future). I’ve even played around with a small Haiku collection.
So far, I’ve garnered a few followers and comments//votes, but I honestly haven’t put in a lot of time there. Since I still have active day jobs (albeit, freelance contracting jobs where I make my own hours), book stuff has unfortunately not been in the forefront of my mind as much. I really want to spend more time writing and doing FUN writing stuff. I think Wattpad might speak to that part of myself that really needs that self-expression without the pressure of getting a book together for publishing unless I just WANT to. (And I DO still want to keep publishing regularly, I’m simply referring to a side project).
What are your thoughts on using Wattpad for the FUN of trying out a story project? Have you tried this in your own work? I’d love to hear about your stories//experiences! Share, share, share!