New Writing Tips Book Available on Wattpad

New writing tips book available on Wattpad.

New writing tips book available on Wattpad.

So, I think I’m starting to get the hang of Wattpad. It’s a great organizing your writing tool, and really helps motivate for writing projects. So much so, I’ve decided to go back through my blog posts and start putting them together into a helpful writing tips book. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. So, I’ve posted my first two parts to this book. It’s called, Writing Romance: A Novelist’s Tips On Writing Romantic Fiction. I’ve got several posts that are just sitting in the archive. I want to share what I’ve learned, and there seems to be a need for that in the self-publishing community. So, here is the link:

Writing Romance: A Novelist’s Tips On Writing Romantic Fiction

By the way, I made my own cover just to see if I can do it. I found a link that is an on-line photo maker with all kinds of fun affects and text fonts. It’s super easy.

Here is the link:

iPiccy.com

Please feel free to post comments and vote. Voting and commenting is a big thing on Wattpad. It really does help.

I’ll be posting updates on how this goes. If anything, I’ll get another book out of the whole project. Wish me luck!

Learning The Secrets Of Wattpad

I have to admit to my new writing obsession, Wattpad. I tried it first as an experiment. Combine this with starting a new adult romance project, and I’ve discovered a new sandbox to play in. Between reading “How to” guides on Wattpad and advice from my writing board (Kboards.com), I’ve been able to gather some beginners tips. I’m going to try to put it all together in a summary in case you’re thinking of getting your feet wet in this new fast empire of on-line writing communities.

I’m not getting into the featured area or what’s hot yet. But at least I’m getting some reads, got a cover, and starting to figure the best times to post. Most of all, I’m being forced to write and try out some new POV structure. Plus, I’m learning a lot about the new adult romance audience. So this is what I’ve gathered over the first few weeks of this grand experiment.

1) Post often, at least every 5 days. Best days to post are Wednesday and Friday. 

This keeps you on top of your writing and cranking out your story. Plus, Wattpad’s algorithms will give your story higher ranking if it updates within a 5 day period. Wednesday and Friday are good because of the way traffic hits the website. The best day is Friday due to the reranking that goes on and the wave of traffic that hits on the weekend. The worst day and time to post is Saturday morning.

2) Meet and Socialize in Clubs and Forms

Wattpad is VERY social. My favorite club to hang out in has been “The Cafe”. People post word games and aspects of what they need for their books. Sometimes they just post whatever just to chat. If you like Facebook or Twitter, it can get that social, but just imagine Goodreads thrown in for good measure. The best thing to do is join a club( like a group) relating to the genre you write. You’ll meet readers and writers that share the same interest.

3) Get A Cover Done

This is a must when starting out. The title should also be something that really catches people’s attention. Once you’ve got a post or two up, most of the graphic design threads will except you. They can be found in the Forums Graphic Designers club. They often have rules posted, and work like “I’ll scratch my back if you scratch mine.” Mostly they ask for a payment of a comment, mention or dedication in your book.

4) Post An Introduction or Greeting At the Beginning Of Your Story

Wattpad is very personable. A lot of the stories start out with the normal copyright info, but some get creative. Many posts almost have the feeling of a social media post in the beginning. Your readers on Wattpad are like your friends. If you think of it that way, it will get you off in the right direction. Go through some stories in your genre, and see what the person has posted at the beginning. It will help you to see how to spruce your intro up.

 

***And that’s it so far. Below are some links that should be helpful. They are great resources for getting started. Feel free to comment or visit at Kboards.com and leave a message on the board there. Hope it helps you get a good start on Wattpad.

If you’d like to read my story, Saving My Heart, here is the link.

Saving My Heart is available on Wattpad. New Adult Romance by Marilyn Vix

Saving My Heart is available on Wattpad. New Adult Romance by Marilyn Vix

http://www.wattpad.com/story/27844277-saving-my-heart

**Feel free to leave a comment or vote for my story. Better yet, follow me, and we can message. Like I said, Wattpad is a community of readers and writers. Love to hear from you.

 

Links:

Blog Post on Helping Wattpad Work for You

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/guest-posts/how-to-win-followers-and-influence-readers-on-wattpad/

Cracking the Wattpad Code

http://www.wattpad.com/story/12484419-cracking-the-wattpad-code-insider-secrets-the-pros

Wattpad Links to Get A Cover For Your Story:

http://www.wattpad.com/forums/discussion/947520/tweet-your-heart-out-::-a-8-graphic-offering-thread/#Item_263

 

New Adult Romance Story Posted On Wattpad

Saving My Heart updates every Wednesday at: Wattpad/users/marilynvix.

I’m trying an adventure for the new year. I’ve got a new adult romance story building into a serial. It came from a dream and a trip to Malibu. I’m sure Taylor Swift’s new video Blank Space influenced my dream. I was wondering in a mansion slowly being torn down, admiring the different decorations and amazing decor of the mansion. I wondered all around watching the back of the building being torn down. I woke up and wrote the story down. Later, I found a mansion down the street in Malibu built in 1928. I took it as a sign. So, my imagination just took off.

Posted on Wattpad is the new adult romance novel, Save My Heart. It is forming from this early inspiration.  It’s terribly freeing to just write knowing others will be able to share in the process. It’s like a whole website of beta readers, leaving comments, and enjoying free novels as they develop. It is also the website where Fifty Shades of Grey was discovered as fan fiction.

So, you are invited to witness the progress of a new novel, read through, and leave comments. Vote and tell me what you think. Missing something? Tell me what to add. I’ll love to hear from everyone. Some of the best feedback I get during the writing process. Join in the fun! I’d appreciate it. Thank you.

It is to note, the title is subject to change along with the cover. I just have come up with a working cover and title to get it all started. Later, I’ll go back and see if it all still works, and get a better cover done. So, again, this is part of the process.

Another cover design for "Saving My Heart" by myself by using iPiccy.com.

Another cover design for “Saving My Heart” by myself by using iPiccy.com.

See a novel in process. Link to SAVE MY HEART.

Look for hints about new chapters in "Saving My Heart" on the Pinterest board.

Look for hints about new chapters in “Saving My Heart” on the Pinterest board.

***New Pinterest board posted with hints and pins relating to Save My Heart.

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