I was relaxing this morning, drinking my coffee and just staring at my blog wondering about writing. Then I started thinking about Wattpad (as you know, I’ve been thinking about using Wattpad for my writing) and I suddenly felt quite odd about it. To be honest, I don’t think I am a “Wattpad” writer. And what I mean by that is I don’t write in any of the popular genres on Wattpad. My writing doesn’t really seem to “fit” anywhere on that website. I don’t write fanfiction smut nor do I write steamy erotica for teens. There is nothing wrong with either of those topics, and I know that Wattpad has many genres and tout themselves as the website for everyone if you want to find your audience. I am sure every writer who had any intention of writing long-term wants to “find their audience”. But I am just unsure of whether that is how I want to do it.
I read something about writing somewhere the other day (can’t recall the source): “Every writer has a story that needs to be told”. When I was a kid, I used to have so many daydreams that I now realise was my creative side thinking about writing stories. And I did a lot of writing then (and I cannot recall what I wrote about now but I remember having hundreds of pages written on literally anything I could find). So I know it has and always will be there. But then I think about places like Wattpad, which is a wonderful place for so many people to tell their stories. And I wonder what it would have been like if Wattpad existed back when I was writing as a teenager. I’d probably think differently about it. I guess it is what it is.
I have also thought about self-publishing seeing that is very much an option for writers. I think again that depends on the circumstance and the writer. I know I am not ready to do that. But it’s an option for anyone thinking of getting published that cannot find a home for their writing in the traditional sense. And let’s face it, some prolific writers had made their mark on the world by self-publishing when nobody else wanted to publish them, and that is something I admire. I also think that gives so many writers hope to do the same. And sometimes, hope is all you need for your creativity to shine.
Lots of things to ponder. Sometimes I think this is one of the best parts of being a writer.