A while ago I happened upon a website that I thought was really awesome, for many reasons that I will get to, and that site is Wattpad. Many of you may have heard of it, hell you may even be avid users, while others have no idea what I'm talking about. Let me shed some light.
Being a writer, and an overall fan of the written word, there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down after a long day and getting lost in a book. Reading through stories of fantasy where all of my real world problems can be pushed aside, if only for a short time, is the best thing in the world to me. Second best? Writing these stories. Taking all the odd ideas swimming around in my brain and putting them on paper (well, word doc) and just letting the details flow. Wattpad is a website that allows just that to happen, and then for those stories to be shared.
Through Wattpad, amateur writers can write and share their poems, songs, short stories, novels etc. on a site for other writers and avid readers to enjoy. I think this idea is so amazing because it provides an outlet for those who have stories to tell but don't know any other way to share them with the public and it also creates a strong sense of community amongst like-minded people.
Along with various forms of writing, there are so many genres to be found on Wattpad. From Romance to Thrillers, or even Spiritual texts, there are stories for everyone. If one day I feel like reading a mystery novel, I can do so then turn around and read a sci-fi story and it is all readily available and completely free! Yes, you create a profile and instantly have access to thousands of stories written by average people from all over the world. Sure you're going to run into a lot of things you don't want to read or you think are terrible, but I can guarantee you'll find some interesting things too. During my time on Wattpad I've found many stories that I like and some very talented writers! I just think it's really cool to find a site that gives people, especially young people, who have the desire to write, the opportunity to do so and receive feedback from the general public.
While I haven't published anything on the site just yet, I have hopes to in the future maybe just as a fun past time. Upload some fun short stories and see if people enjoy them. It truly is a great way to practice your writing and sharing your work with others which (trust me) can be rather difficult at times. So if this sounds like something you'd be interested in, go over to Wattpad.com and check it out. They also have an app, so you can read on the go!