Do you write straight onto Wattpad, or write offline then publish after?

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#21

Oh nooo!


#22

Really interesting to hear all your different approaches - some things in there I’ve never heard of before so will check them out!

Having read all your advice, I think I’m going to try moving this new story offline, until it’s finished and I’m happy with it. Then, like some of you said you do, I will be able to stick to a regular uploading schedule rather than ad-hoc uploads as soon as I’ve finished a new chapter.

Thanks so much for sharing all your thoughts :slight_smile:


#23

It seems a little coincidental but would your name be TWD influenced?


#24

My first story I wrote directly on Wattpad, had no problem with it at all. Now I try writing in word first, make sure everything is perfect and then I post on Wattpad


#25

I always write on Microsoft Word with proper ‘manuscript’ formatting.
Then I copy the whole thing to Wattpad and I make some corrections through the Grammarly service.
It is better practice than say write strictly online due to performance issues possibility.


#26

Offline first. Everything is on Onedrive. Then I edit a few times before anything goes up.


#27

Anyone who types right onto Wattpad scare me, in a bad way.
I love WP, but their typing format is shit. They really need to upgrade it and fix all the glitches.
I type everything up on Google Docs, then transfer it onto WP.


#28

Write first, Publish later.


#29

Same! I said it before, Scrivener is writersheaven :slight_smile: I do have to paste my chapters into Word afterwards, because Scrivener’s spellcheck is crappy, and it does something weird to the formatting when I paste chapters directly from Scrivener into Wattpad.


#30

Do you mean my name, @Cal_Wicks? TWD? Sorry, you’ve lost me there! :rofl:


#31

I write offline and publish after, because I don’t trust my internet. I use Microsoft Word offline, or write in a notebook and type it up.


#32

Another vote for Scrivener! It’s a really good tool.

I have a system I use to keep track of things while my work is in progress, too, just because if I don’t stay organized, I lose my place and spin my wheels for months on end.

While writing a first draft, I just put it all into the individual mini-documents in the Manuscript, one scene per document. When I’m (mostly) done with the first draft and ready to edit, that is when I will create the chapter folders, and then each scene or group of scenes gets edited and placed into the chapter folders in a way that makes each chapter a decent number of words. It helps me track what I’ve edited and know where to pick up when I start a new editing session.

Then, when loading stuff onto Wattpad, any chapter that has been put in “draft” mode onto Wattpad gets marked with a “D” on its Scrivener folder. I currently have twelve chapters all loaded up on draft mode, that I just hit “publish” on my phone each Friday morning to post the next installment.

It may be a little weird or complicated but it helps me keep track of what I’ve done and what I’ve published or drafted, so it’s really helpful.


#33

Offline. The novel I’m currently publishing here in installments is already complete - except I’m going back over some bits because it’s developed a bit further. I’ve come to the conclusion, though, that Wattpad isn’t ideal for a long novel.


#34

Having multiple threads, at one point I had to split them out into separate files so I could check for consistency. Then plot all the sections onto the time-line so that they all matched and everything reached a climax at the same time and stitch it all back together again. Which is why my chapters currently have the format: chapter N: day xx, rather than the more snappy title they’ll probably end up with.


#35

I write straight onto wattpad (most of the time) then back it up in about three different places. But I don’t post right away. I wait until I have several chapters written and then only update once a week.


#36

I do mean your name yes :joy::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


#37

I can’t handle writing right into wattpad, because I just want to click publish the whole time. Writing offline helps me to focus on the story itself. It’s the same with blogging. I always write my posts online so I’m not tempted to post it too quickly.


#38

I write offline first. Then publish. And I also got a posting schedule.


#39

I write the story itself on Google.Docs so I can edit and let people beta it.

I publish straight onto wattpad, solely because it’s the most universal place for everyone to read stories, and also because I’m too lazy to republish my stories XD


#40

I do that too