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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wattpad Wednesday - What is Wattpad

Instead of posting a review for todays Wattpad Wednesday, I wanted to go through what exactly Wattpad is and how to use it. Mostly general information on Wattpad, with my own thoughts thrown in.

What is Wattpad?
Wattpad is an online blog-like community where users are able to publish their writing. Literally anything from paranormal to fan fiction, you can find it on Wattpad. Honestly, I first found Wattpad through a friend of mine who had found a fan fiction that I had to check out. The rest is history.

Do I need an account to read?
Yes - you can search without an account. But Wattpad does request that you create an account (for free) in order to continue reading. 

Does Wattpad save my spot if I have to stop reading and come back later?
Yes! You can add books to your library, create lists and it'll save your spot for you. I love this feature! It's easier to keep track of what you've read, and how far along you are in different stories.

Can I only read this on my computer?
Nope - Wattpad has an app. So feel free to read on your phone or tablet. The best part is that the page fits the screen that you're on. They did a great job with the app (I definitely use that more than my computer).

Can I search for specific stories?
Absolutely! You can search by genre, tag (similar idea to a hashtag), title or author. The search function is actually quite great, and you can find some stellar reads!

I think that about covers the basics of what Wattpad is - if you aren't using it, I highly recommend it. Sometimes it's nice to read stories that aren't published works. There are a lot of very talented writers out there who are doing this for fun, and are posting them on a website for us to view for free. 

Do you use Wattpad? What do you think of it?
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