I started with one story only, which took me about a year to finish. Now I have three stories I’m still working on and trying to post one chapter a week.
I think the hardest moment (in terms of reads counting) is to hit the 1k mark.
So, what I tell people is that they have to work on their voice. You need to know who you’re writing to. In my opinion, when people say they write for themselves, they shouldn’t worry too much about getting reads, really. They wrote the books for themselves. They read the book. Mission accomplished.
I don’t mean to say you have to write to please people. But that if you want to get people to read/ buy your book, you need to know who you’re writing to. That’s why I told you earlier to write the book you’d like to read.
You may not hit millions of reads, but your readers will be genuine and fans of your work. And that’s the essence of wattpad, I think.
In Romance, for example, I like certain things and dislike others. So, I work on writing a book for people, who like me, will enjoy the heck of a swoony hero, for example, or lots of dialogues and just a bit of internal thoughts.
When I started, I’d post a chapter and get zero readers for days, then I discovered the clubs and started advertising my story every week religiously. People say it doesn’t work, but I think it’s a good starting point.
After, I started looking for books similar to mine and gave them a try. That’s how I got to know people and understand that there was a niche here on Wattpad that I could explore. And That’s what I’ve been doing.
What’s been the hardest and the best for you so far?