Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Feeding My Addictions

For those of you who write, you'll understand when I say it's an addiction. I constantly have stories in my head wanting to be told. Even when I'm not writing, I'm still writing. You know... staring off into space, aloof to life that continues to happen around you because you're stuck in your own little fictional world.

Some of those stories may simply be an idea, a short story, or maybe it's a bit too crazy to share, so I shove them into the back of my mind, knowing they may never get told. Sometimes, ideas have to remain just that... ideas. However, an occasional opportunity arises that will cause me to pull one of those crazy stories out. For me, that opportunity is often times in the form of Wattpad.

Whether it's Harry Potter fanfic, that I could never share otherwise, or a story that gets featured on Wattpad and chosen by several popular horror movies as a featured story on their Wattpad profiles, I can always count on Wattpad to be there to feed my addiction; an outlet I can let loose on.

Because of the popularity of Wattpad, many aspiring authors have gotten some pretty awesome publishing contracts with big companies, including Anna Todd and her After series, which is now published by Gallery Books. Not only that, but there are also other companies looking to utilize Wattpad's growth, including TV networks. TNT, for example, is currently hosting a horror contest... and the grand prize is $20,000 AND your story made into a TNT series. How flippin' cool is that?
So, for those who say Wattpad is a waste of time, since authors make no income from it, that's not totally accurate. For those authors who commit to writing on Wattpad, building a reader base and gaining popularity, the possibilities are endless. From publishers who follow popular stories on Wattpad to contests with a potentially high payout, Wattpad is nothing to laugh at.

Because I love the interaction and support Wattpad offers, as well as the possibilities it can possibly provide, it continues to feed my addiction. And it's all FREE! Free for authors, free for readers, free for everyone to enjoy.

I happen to be partaking in one of Wattpad's many contests, which is provided by the TNT Network. This was one of those perfect opportunities to pull two crazy stories out of the shadows of my mind and submit them, since they fit right in with the request of wanting creepy and macabre:

Feel free to read, vote, & comment!
It's always greatly appreciated.

As you can see, Wattpad is super shareable! From Instagram to Facebook posts and tweets, Wattpad makes your stories look nice. This is why I always encourage new authors to utilize and enjoy the tools they provide. There are already millions of readers on Wattpad (I happen to be one), so I'm sure there's someone waiting to become your newest fan. (If you can spin a good ghost story, it will most likely be me.)

I will warn you, though, that Wattpad can be a bit addicting. From all the amazing stories and authors, such as Colleen Hoover and Jennifer Armentrout, to all the enthusiastic readers, Wattpad will become one of your favorite apps, if it's not already.

Happy Wattpadding!