To quote the infamous Harry Potter series…
I open at the close
The I in this little reference is the latest Wattpad Block Party. And the open/close reference is rather self explanatory, as this little collection of author interviews here with Fangirlish comes to a close, can only mean that the WBP is about to begin!
Starting February 1, Wattpad authors near and far come together to provide sneak peaks, new chapters, special features and give aways over the course of the month, all brought together by Kelly Anne Blount. Unlike any other anthology on Wattpad, the Block Party has no limits, and you never know what you’re going to find!
The authors taking part have done their fair share of exploring the world of Wattpad. For some, this is their first WBP, while others are block party veterans. But the one thing they all have in common is that initial step on Wattpad, that nervous fear of posting their work for others to view…it is something any and all writers can relate to, and is the topic for this final installment of our exclusive interview series.
Here is our question:
What advice would you give authors wanting to take part in the WBP, or those just joining Wattpad and nervous about posting their work?
Here are their answers!
@tashtypes For those nervous about posting their work: just do it! We’ve all been in that position. It’s an incredibly vulnerable state to be in. It’s scary, I know. But nothing is stoping you but fear itself. Who knows where posting your work on Wattpad will take you! Wattpaders are getting published left right and centre, others are winning competitions, some are getting work created into tv shows, Netflix shows, movies and more! That could be you!
Success might not come instantly, it might not come at all, but it will NEVER have the opportunity to come if you don’t share your work.
Being active in the clubs is a great way to build friendships and get your name out there. The more friends you make, the more likely they are to read your work (and then it goes on from there!).
You have nothing to lose, trust me!
Wattpad is a great community and platform for developing your writing and creating friends right across the globe.
Hover your mouse or finger over the publish button, squeeze your eyes shut, and just do it!
It only takes one story to change the world and it could be yours
@arshidokadia As cliche as I might sound, just post your work and give it a shot. The worst that could happen is that your work is horrible. But that’s not the end of the world. The best thing about Wattpad is their all inclusive community. The people here offer constructive criticism with a considerate manner. Usually, once you start posting, you improve along the way.
And there is always going to be someone who’d stumble upon your work, and be encouraged or moved by it, or be simply happy or amused. And that is the best feeling you don’t want to kiss out on
@druidrose You never know if you don’t try. The only reason I posted my story to Wattpad a year ago was because I received one horrible piece of feedback where the first chapter was ripped to shreds. At the time, it destroyed me, but I had a friend suggest Wattpad to allow myself more of a broader, interactive environment, so I took her advice and it’s probably one of the best things that’s happened to me as a writer.
Honestly, I was so nervous about having anyone look at my work – I had put so much effort into it, and was really sensitive to feedback at first. But it was only after I posted it to Wattpad that I realized I won’t be able to grow if I don’t try. And not everyone is going to like your work, and there are some of them who go out of their way to rip it apart just because they can. But then there are those who genuinely give you a shot, and offer positive feedback to help you along the way.
Nothing is more satisfying than having a reader tell you a plot twist drove them to tears –If you never make an attempt to share your stories, you’d never be able to experience that.
@kevinaoyatedor Join in on the fun! Yes it is nerveracking to share your works. Wattpad has changed the lives for many and the community is welcoming. Read a lot, write offline before you post. It takes time, hardwork and writers block but putting your story out for the world is a good feeling.
@dasch409 It’s definitely a reality check when you first post your work. The hard part is that for new writers it may take a couple weeks or months to get people to start reading and commenting. Don’t get discouraged. Just keep writing, but also make sure you participate in the conversation and read other works as well. As for WBP…if you’re interested then go for it! Good luck!
It is a sad day when an interview series comes to a close for us here at Fangirlish. We strive to bring you behind the scenes of your fav (and ours) features on Wattpad, letting you get that little bit closer to your fav writers. But, no fear, as this means it is only moments away from the official WBP kick off!
Make sure to add the story to your libraries, and follow along all month long! Share, post, retweet and help bring attention to this awesome collaboration.
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