Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A New Mobile and Social Storytelling Experience

What if I told you that there is a 25 year old out there somewhere, who used this website to create a series of books that she wrote, entirely from her cell phone and not only did Simon & Schuster publish the first installment of her story, (there will be 4 total.), but, Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights as well?
You are probably thinking, "Yeah, right!" (I know I was at first!) But, no, really, it is true!
Actually, that isn't even the most amazing part, at least I don't think so....
Anna Todd has had her story viewed over a BILLION times! (Yes. seriously!) and she has well over 6 million comments! Unbelievable, eh?
I know I'm thinking, "Why didn't I know about this website before now?!!"
Anna wrote over 2500 pages of her story and added a bit every few days.
What could this possibly be about? Well, between Anna's love for reading and her love for the uber famous, British boy band, One Direction, she created a story about, Tessa.
Tessa is madly in love with, Hardin Scott, who's character is inspired by none other then, Harry Styles. (The lead singer of One Direction, of course!)
You can find Anna Todd on this very real, dream come true, super hip website, under her screen name, Imaginator1D.
You could also follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

What did you say? YES! I know! What could be more amazingly fun then a social storytelling site? I really don't know, but then again, I am kind of a geek and I love, absolutely love to read and share ideas and leave comments but, I think this is probably the most clever thing since sliced bread!!
Wattpad, has over 40 million members! That's quite a huge group of people! Think of all of the stories, ideas, comments, plots, connections for your artwork, music, even just inspiration, that you can find on this one fabulous website!
With over 40 million members on, Wattpad, guess what that means?!
You guessed it! More than 80 million stories! Can you imagine? This is a book lover's dream come true!
This is a super swell site for authors too. Whether you are just starting out or you are an established author, this is a fun way to keep in touch with your fans and attract new readers as well.
You could start your next novel on Wattpad, or you could start a short story! Maybe keep readers in suspense by adding a chapter a week, or a short story every two weeks, whatever you prefer. (and yes, they will keep coming back for more!)
Maybe you are just starting out and are looking for ideas or some sort of help with characters or a plot, maybe even an ending? Conversing with your readers and future readers would be an excellent way to start a new book, maybe even just a new series just for your readers on, Wattpad.
I really think this is probably the most interesting ways for young adults and teens to get those imaginative gears turning and maybe practicing creative writing techniques, even start a group story, or learn tips from their favorite authors and find like minded friends.
Some more interesting points I have to make about Wattpad.
First of all, Wattpad stories are FREE! (As much as I love other websites who sometimes offer free ebooks, I have to say, Wattpad has them all beat!) Remember, there are over 80 million stories on this site, so, you are guaranteed to find a slew of stories that tickle your fancy! (Yes, a literal, slew!)
Another fascinating tidbit about this bodacious website....
Wattpad stories are available in over 50 languages! (Again, all for free!)
85% of all activity is on mobile.
A new user joins Wattpad every second.
More than 24 hours of reading material is posted to Wattpad every minute.

You can pick up your copy of, Anna Todd's, After at Barnes and Noble. Or if you prefer, you can grab a copy for your E-reader. If you decide to start your writing career or further your writing career on, Wattpad, please come back and leave your screen name in the comments so I can follow you!

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