Wattpad: My Old Flame

Hello everybody, happy Tuesday!

Today I’m going to be talking to you guys about a website that has a very special place in my heart: Wattpad.com. If you haven’t already heard of it or don’t already use it, Wattpad is an online platform for writers and readers alike where writing is shared. The pieces range from fiction to nonfiction to poetry to writing tips and beyond. A few years ago Wattpad also created the opportunity for users to join clubs and cafes (for writers, editors, fans of certain genres, etc.), which created a more community-based atmosphere.

I joined in 2011 when I was a little ‘ole freshman in high school. I read on there for a while before I decided to take my chances and post a story, and when that one really picked up traction (top 100 fantasy, tens of thousands of reads, loads of followers), I started two other stories and posted them on there. The other two still aren’t anywhere near as popular, even though I think they’re actually better than my number 1. About a year after I started writing, I stopped. I lost motivation, I couldn’t think of anything to write; I was just stuck. It wasn’t until I took a creative writing class my junior year that I learned how to write, and I wanted to go back and finish my stories but my style had changed so much and it had been so long that I just let my stories be. Since then, I’ve gone through a lot of changes in terms of personality, maturity, relationships, academics, and even looks. I think it’s time for me to start writing again, and I haven’t felt so excited about something in a long time. I won’t be telling you my Wattpad username for personal reasons (plus my stories are not in very good shape right now; it’s almost been 4 years, after all) but if I become famous off of my stories maybe I’ll let you know what it is.

I really encourage you avid readers and writers to join, even if it’s simply to read. I’ve found a lot of my favorite authors on there (some of which became so popular that they’ve been published by Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble) and made friends from all over the world by sharing my love for reading and writing. Not only that but it’s a very inviting space, and there is so much encouragement from readers and fellow authors that you’ll find incredible support, no matter how scared or intimidated you might be about sharing your work with others. Either way, check it out, see what it’s like. I guarantee you can all find something on there that you’ll enjoy.

Like I said before, don’t be afraid to try out something new; you’ll thank yourself for the experience!


About the Author

Alina “Lenny” Fortunato is a sophomore at UNCC pursing an English major with a minor in Linguistics. Between writing essays, reading for class, and trying to stay afloat in a sea of work, she likes to watch her favorite shows (ABC's Thank God It's Thursday, anyone?), keep her Tumblr blog updated, sew, and teach herself Korean. She is always hooked up to Spotify, probably talks way too much, and has a hard time keeping track of all her hobbies. Lenny does not know what career she wants to pursue but is hopeful that her interests in language and Korean culture will take her on many adventures.