I’m posting this here cause I don’t know where to post it.
Now I came across an author (who shall not be named cause I don’t intend to call anybody out) who had a huge amount of reads on their story and was trying to help out other writers so their stories can rack up views too. Which is very kind of them and they didn’t have to do that, and I could see they had good intentions, but then after some digging, I had a bit of an issue with something…
The user had claimed to have done it by just updating a lot and putting out quality chapters. They didn’t use the share your story thread, or advertise their story in anyway. They just updated often, and they updated frequently. (They had finished their story in less than a year.) They also said they had an interesting summary and eye-catching cover, and that was important too.
And there was nothing wrong with what they said. What they said can be very true. It’s just that they had omitted something which I think is a fairly big factor on what attracts reads: the genre and the plot of the story.
If you’ve been on Wattpad long ago, you can see the disparity between stories that will take a while to rack up reads, while there are stories that rack up reads fairly quickly based on what the story is about. Meanwhile, some stories don’t even get that many reads (it’s nobody’s fault and it can be for a variety of reasons.)
But it’s just…the writer never seemed to address or mention that they were writing about a genre/ plot that is fairly popular on this website to begin with, and that it was likely a factor as why their story rose in popularity so quickly. And I’m not saying that the writer didn’t work hard or anything for their readership or that it was all because of the genre they were writing, but it’s just that there are writers on this website that I know write really well, yet their work does not get nearly as much recognition because their plot is more obscure.
I don’t think the user was being purposely misleading, but I do think they should have mentioned that they write for a plot-line that is more favored on this website and it did impact how they built up their fanbase. Because it can be misleading, especially for writers with more ideas that are “out there”. They may think the key is not to advertise like this writer did and just write, but then they may get frustrated when their story doesn’t get the same results, even if their writing is really good.
(In my opinion, if your story isn’t a common plot, and it’s more unique, you SHOULD advertise, because people aren’t looking for it. People tend to search for similar themes to what they usually read or write themselves…they go for the familiar, so if your plot is more unique, you should definitely put it out there so people can read the summary and go “This seems interesting, I think I want to check it out.” Otherwise it may end up as a hidden gem.)
This isn’t to say there is anything wrong with writing about stories that are more commonly found or are a “hot topic” on Wattpad, but I think it should be mentioned to readers that the popularity of the genre/ plot you are writing about did have a part to the play in the growth of your readership. I just don’t want aspiring writers dreams to be crushed cause they think that if they just write and write well, they’ll be the next big thing. I want them to have reasonable expectations for the story they are writing.
So do you think some genres/ plot-lines have more advantages of attracting readers because of what it’s about? Leave your opinions below!
PS…I didn’t mean to pick on anybody, but it was more to bring attention to this issue. There was no offense intended.