Wattpad vs. Fictionpress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

A while back (in the couple months last year when I was doing Daily Thoughts), I talked briefly about my experiences on some book sharing websites like Wattpad and Fictionpress. But I felt that a quick post about it really wasn’t enough to get all my thoughts onto the page. So I’ve finally got around to writing this post.

I have been part of Fictionpress since 2012 (so about six years) and part of Wattpad since early 2016 (so about two years, though I did a lot of reading on Wattpad before I joined).

While I would hardly say I’m an expert on either website, I would say my years as an active member of both have acclimatized me to the basic positives and negatives as an author and a reader.

However, I feel like I should give a disclaimer before I start. I am only one person (though I have talked to people on both websites who had similar experiences as I did). So take everything I say with a grain of salt, as others’ experiences may be very different than mine.

Before I compare these two websites, I want to give brief introduction to them individually by taking a look at the things I liked, the things I disliked, and the things that were just plain weird.


Being on Fictionpress for six years, I am certainly more of an expert on this website than I am on Wattpad. Surprisingly, the organization and platform of the website hasn’t changed much over half a decade, though the readership has.

The Good

Beautiful website: Fictionpress’s website is very well organized. The search options maximize ease for unfamiliar users. There are both Fiction and Poetry categories, subdivided by subcategories (like different genres). Searching brings up most recently updated stories and you can easily add filters to work in language or if you want to only read a complete book.

Being as organized as I am, I love this website’s layout.

There are also community and forum options, but these seem mostly unused by people (including myself).

Beta Reader Option: There is also the option for Beta readers, which was something I actively participated in for several years. This is where you can offer your services to review other writer’s stories as well as write to other Beta readers to help with yours. While it can be difficult to find a good Beta reader (many Beta readers will usually fixate on miniscule grammar issues without looking at large plot/character holes), if you find a good one they can be of great help.

The Bad

Readership: Let’s face it: Fictionpress is a dying website. There are few people actively posting good-quality stories and reading other’s stories. Thus, it can be really hard to get readership for your book. This was not the case when I joined back in 2012, but it seems to be the case now.

Constructive Criticism: If you go on this website (as I did) to have other people read your writing and give you tips on improving it, odds are that you will be disappointed. Most comments go something like this: “Great story!” “I want more” “OMG HE DIDN”T!!!!!” Hardly anyone takes time to write thought-provoking criticisms. Saying that, you can still find a Beta reader, but, like I said, it can be hard to find a good person to help.

The Ugly

There are a lot of strange things you can find on Fictionpress.

Guest Posts: One thing I both love and hate on Fictionpress is the ability for guests (that is, people who are not logged in users) to leave comments on your story.

While this is great because it lets people who don’t have Fictionpress accounts weigh in on your story, it also means there can be some weird things people say (like scam websites trying to put comments in your books). Over the years, I’ve had the strangest guest posts. Luckily, usually you can moderate comments and delate them if they’re spam or just strange.

Writers Are Sensitive: I am clumping myself in this group as well, because of course you get hurt when someone tears into your story. However, when you actively seek constructive criticism and then get upset when your readers give you what you ask, maybe you need to grow a backbone.

Being a Beta reader, I had several situations when people would message me to ask me to review their books (9 times out of 10 I would say yes to any type of story unless I was super busy). In my Beta reader profile, it even said that I would look at major plot and character issues (I didn’t really deal with grammar) and would highly critical.

However, when I would review their major plot and character issues—using the sandwich review, of course (btw, this means to say something good about the story, something that needs work, and something good)—they would be upset and literally block me.

Apparently, they couldn’t take criticism.

So you definitely have to be prepared for not letting it bother you when others critique your work as well as when people get upset by your opinions.


Being a member of Wattpad since April, 2016, I am certainly not as much an expert as I am on Fictionpress. However, I know how it generally works. At least enough to give a fairly informed opinion.

The Good

Readership: There are a lot of readers on Wattpad. Some books get millions of views compared to Fictionpress’s thousands. Also, it is much more current, being the choice of readers over other book sharing websites. If you want to promote your work, this is definitely the place to do it. It takes a lot more work to get readers than Fictionpress, but it seems as if the work is well worth it.

Success Stories: There are several successful writers who started on Wattpad, and because of their gained following they were able to get published. Caitlyn Duffy, Kirsty Moseley, and Natasha Preston are some of these authors, to name a few. So Wattpad seems to have more potential to becoming a published author.

Comments: One thing I love about Wattpad is the ability to leave comments on a specific line of the story. It’s great because if you notice a problem or a line you love, you can let the author know right away. It also may have the possibility of having the chapters get jumbled with lots of comments, but I personally love that you don’t have just tons of comments at the end which point to one line in the chapter that you then have to go back and find.

The Bad

Horrible Search System: When I first joined the website, I remembering having an easier time navigating the site. However, now it is really hard to find new stories and limit your searches by preference.

If there’s a new story that was updated this morning, I would have no idea that it existed. I have no knowledge of the algorithm the website uses for what pops up at the top of search results, but it makes no sense to me. So if, as a reader, you are trying to narrow your search, you’re out of luck. This point is highly frustrating to me.

Community: There is pretty much no community outside the comments. There are things called clubs, but to me they come across as weird Reddit posts that are completely random and have nothing to do with writing.

Limited Genre: The demographics on both these websites are quite young (from early teens to early twenties), so it would make sense that the most-read genres are YA. This is the case to a certain extent with Fictionpress. But so many of the books on Wattpad that get popular come across as worse than 50 Shades of Grey (and that’s saying something). They are all sappy, shallow, and usually include a hot guy and awkward girl.

While I don’t mind these types of books per say, I would prefer if the website was less limited by its content. This is not a criticism on the website’s moderators at all, just a reality that disappointed me when I first joined.

If you do write YA, this website is possibly a good choice. If you try to write anything else (historical, mystery, more adult), don’t bother with this website.

The Ugly

Weird Fanfics: On Fictionpress (unlike its sister website Fanfiction, which I am also a part of), everything is an original work. However, on Wattpad there are a lot of fan fictions scattered between the original works, making for some weird stories to come across.

Personally, if I wanted to browse through fanfics, I would can to Fanfiction. I would not spend hours shifting through horrible fanfics to find a good original work like I have on Wattpad. There are also published stories (like classics or translations of Chinese books) posting there as well.

All of this just seems a bit weird to me.

Wattpad vs. Fictionpress

In the end, I think the functions of these websites are very different. Fictionpress has been more about improving your writing through helping others and getting advice in return. Whereas with Wattpad, it seems to be more about promoting your writing.

Personally, I will always prefer Fictionpress for its format and functions. Wattpad is great if you write a couple genres (like romance and YA fantasy), and honestly I’ve never read any book published from Wattpad because they look horrible (no offense to anyone published there).

I have read some good books on both sights, and had good and bad experiences on both, but, if I’m being honest, I don’t think either aided me in becoming a better writer or promoting my work. If these are either of your hopes, then I wouldn’t bother joining.

If you want help improve your writing, join a writing club (online or in person). If you want to promote your work, get out there (go to writing conferences, start a blog).

Because, in my opinion, neither website really gives much back. I have spent hours (years, in fact) helping other writers with little in return. I improved as a writer more in the first month I was part of a writing club than I did in the years of being part of both websites. As you can guess, I am not really active on either of these websites, though I do read the occasional book on the sites.

Sorry for the long post, but I just had a lot of thoughts about this topic.

What are your views of both websites? Have you used one, or both? Have you considered joining them and decided against it? If so, what stopped you? I’m curious what your views are on this topic. Let me know down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness, and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

76 thoughts on “Wattpad vs. Fictionpress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

  1. Just saw this was a blog post by you, so I read it out of interest. I kinda only found this, because someone on fictionpress.net sent me a PM about a new product for fictionpress a while ago. It doesn’t exist so I will delete the message.

    Now my thoughts. I never even knew Wattpad was also a story writing website, as I have only ever used fanfiction.net and fictionpress.net. It is true, I have been far more active on fanfiction.net because of the stories I’m writing currently. All of them are only allowed on fanfiction.net, and I have completed two out of the five on there. Writing for me is a major hobby, but I hate when I get Writer’s block and can’t write anything for hours.

    The reason I started using fictionpress.net, is because I was kinda at the time, looking for a website where I can post one of my first major stories allowed on the site to get views and interests on it. My own work, in my own world, that is not using original work from many other authors, manga artists, and both anime and film makers. I admit that I haven’t been active on fictionpress.net for quite a few years, but I never forgot that I was posting my story on there. All in all, I have been a member on fictionpress.net and fanfiction.net for at least 5 years, and it is sad that not many users are active on fictionpress.net.
    Since the first time I posted my story so far on there, I’ve had less than 50 views, no reviews, no alerts and no favourites. Could be because I’m not very active on there, due to my writing taking a long time to do, or that the site is indeed dying. Perhaps it’s my writing style, but I’ve been writing for more or less 11 years, and still haven’t got anywhere. Authoring is a career I have been hoping to get into, but now, I’m regretting it because I can’t even finish a single book. I was cocky and kept thinking up entirely new ideas from totally unrelated things and it’s getting to be too much. Worse is perhaps my mind, due to the autism I have. I don’t really know. I had an amazing imagination when I first started to write.
    Just so you know of my autism, I have Aspergers Syndrome and ADD. ADD is probably the reason why writing is now so hard for me, and it doesn’t help that my Aspergers is the reason for why my ideas are often so good, complex and hard to follow.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this long post, and I know it’s a reply to an older blog post.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I love hearing other author’s experiences on places like fictionpress! It’s a pity your story hasn’t gotten much notice, but I think it’s probably less you and more the site itself not having a big reader base. It’s hard to break into the writing industry, but don’t give up! I believe every passion is worth pursuing if you truly enjoy it, whether it takes you 11 years or your entire life. Good luck with your writing in the future!


      1. Thank you. I really just struggle with the imagination side of things. I never used to, so I’m not sure why I am struggling now. And it shouldn’t be my dragon statues, dragon toys, dinosaur toys and the dragon I made from a kit out of wood pieces. I have some beside me on my desk. Could it be all the mess because I have nowhere to put anything? I really should tidy up my desk.

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  2. I have used Wattpad extensively before finding FictionPress and coming there. The only problem I have found so far – and because of which I was unable to bring myself to post anything there – was the useless coding that showed up on preview. I didn’t know how to remove it, couldn’t figure it out… So, I simply left it.

    Wattpad was the best in 2016 when I first joined; now, it has deterioated a lot. They’re removing a lot of features, and I am anticipating its eventual closure.

    Now, I only post on my WordPress blogs, which I am content with. I have self-published on Amazon, which I find more satisfying than posting on a toxic site like Wattpad. I only read on Wattpad now.

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    1. Interesting. I was active on Wattpad around 2015 or 2016 as well, and it was better than now. I don’t even read on there now, though I know there is some good stuff beneath the bad stuff. And I think that running your own blog and publishing on places like Amazon seems like the way to go now. Good luck with your writing journey!

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  3. Me too! I’ve been a part of both sites for a long time and I did thrive a bit in Fictionpress but as you said it’s dying. Wattpad just gets under my skin now. I’m keeping my account there just because I don’t want anyone to take my username, other than that I’m losing my motivation to share anything. Your post just solidifies my opinion. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you! On one hand, I’m glad that your experiences are similar to mine, but also disappointed that a lot of the great story sharing websites are dying. It’s really sad, especially for people like you who really want to share their books and don’t feel that motivations anymore.

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      1. So true 😦 I also enjoy reading a lot but I don’t know what it is with Wattpad but I’m pissed off of all the changes and now with their “premium” and coin system, it makes me lost interest even more, for now I’m involved with Reedsy’s weekly writing challenge and share some writing in my blog. I’m still on the look out for the next great reading/writing sites though 🙂

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  4. Can’t believe no one recommended RoyalRoad.com

    Pretty sure they’re the ones killing the competition. A lot of the fictions that used to be exclusive top rated fics on other sites found their way onto RR. Half the series on topwebfiction are RR series now and a good portion of the ones that aren’t are found on both sites now.

    The site is infamous for cold hard criticism. A lot of authors that avoid the site do so because they say the site is toxic.

    The site also has a strong patreon support. It’s famous as the site with rich users. There are fictions there like “He Who Fights With Monsters” that gets more than 10 000 dollars a month from subscribers there. “Legend of Randidly Ghosthound” gets 7 000 dollars a month. Those aren’t even top rated fictions. The site rewards regular posting. These are fics that have large numbers of patreon exclusive chapters and they post consistently.

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  5. Hi Madame Writer,

    This was a super helpful post, thank you for sharing. I am researching what platforms exist to connect readers and writers and building a new one that I hope will provide something similar to what it seems FictionPress used to offer. Let me know if you’d like to connect as a beta user of the site, or just to chat and share your insights and advise. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts, particularly on the community aspects as that is something I think will be very important.

    You can email me at elijah.maletz@gmail.com.



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  6. Wow! This comparison is so true and very helpful for someone who is just now getting back into having an online life. I agree with your assessments of the two sites completely.

    I also joined Wattpad just to read a story and am still regretting that decision to this very day. It was horrible. But, I continued to read it because I know some stories can have a bad start before they begin to improve. This story, however, never did. It was just a train wreck waiting to happen. I read a few other stories on the site and immediately noticed the audience most of the stories were geared to. So, I chose not to bother posting my stories there and created my own site, in which I am in the process of restoring — it’s been offline for some time.

    I’ve had an FF.Net account since 1998 (Yes, over 20 years ago, so please excuse the horrible early stages of my writing — I was young.) and since I was already a member, was automatically signed up for a FictionPress account when the site first started out.

    I can honestly say that you are spot on in regards to the site declining. In the early days, I remember there being plenty of reviewers who gave actual long winded ‘constructive criticisms’ that would help improve one’s writing. Now, it’s the quick one-liners of doom (as I prefer to call them) that don’t help at all. They are for those who would prefer the feedback to give an author that ‘false boost of confidence’ or ‘an ego stroke’ (no matter how horrible the story really is) rather than the things that will help an author to improve their writing.

    No thank you. I prefer the cold hard truth. If you like a story of mine, then that’s great. But, I want people to tell me if they see I’m about to fall into that ‘infamous black hole’ of plots and major character flaws. I have tough skin. LOL!

    I’ve since removed the stories I had posted on FictionPress and haven’t updated my stories on FF.Net in over a decade. I’ll get to them eventually, once I finish restoring my own website.

    Anyway, thanks for this very accurate and helpful comparison of the two sites. It was very thought provoking.

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    1. I could not agree with you more, about both sights! I haven’t been on Fictionpress or fanfiction quite as long as you (only since about 2012), but even in that time it’s gotten a lot worse. Like you, I always wanted the cold hard truth of my stories, and hated those one line comments. As for Wattpad…yeah…it’s really bad, geared towards a teenage romance audience. I agree that probably having your own blog or website is rather the best way to share your stories online. Good luck with restoring your website!


  7. If you write Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror, then you might look into http://www.critters.org. It’s all about the critiques. Active members are required to critique other members’ work if they want a critique in return. I am not active on there now, but I have been in the past and found it useful.

    I also recommend looking around for local organizations. I did and not only ended up the president of the local chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, but I found myself in an excellent critique group.

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  8. I know I’m late to the party, but thank you for this post! I’m not a beginner writer. More of rusty. I’m hoping to post my work somewhere but I’m not sure where since the landscape has changed significantly from when I used to be a prolific writer outside of a school setting. I used to post on FictionPress, and I was curious about its current state. DeviantART was my bread and butter though, but it seems like the writing community on there has died out. WattPad is not for me. Not sure where to turn.

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    1. Yes, both Fictionpress and Wattpad have really died. I forgot DeviantArt even had a writing community. It used to be so good too! I know the advice a lot of published writers give (like Brandon Sanderson) is to find a small group of friends who are all active writers to help each other. That is the best advice I’ve found to be helpful, but such friends are hard to find.

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  9. Never done wattpad before but have been on fictionpress since 2010. Everything you mentioned about fictionpress is spot on. The site is declining and has been declining ever since 2015. There are no longer constructive feedback and just the people giving one liners like ‘keep up the good work’ or ‘keep writing I want to read more.’ no discussion on the plot, no areas I could improve on . That’s why I left fictionpress those years ago. I recently came back and it’s still the same. the betas have left and you get like one or two betas that’s still active. Its a mess

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    1. Really? The betas used to be the only decent part of fictionpress, though I can’t say I’m surprised. I left about 2015 too, and haven’t been back since. It’s a pity, because the idea of sharing your work and getting feedback is great.


  10. I really liked and related to this post.

    I actually only heard of Fictionpress a few minutes ago, but you are so right about Wattpad. I made an account on Wattpad (as a supplement to a few other writing websites that I much more prefer). A brief tour is all I need to see the site for what it is; a place for 13 year old developing writers who spend all day in their bedroom to write about shredded copy-and-paste bad boys falling in love with bland good girls. I’m pretty sure it’s notorious for producing bad books (for those who actually managed to get their stories published), and for good reason. No offense intended, because I was 13 once and I understand, but it gets frustrating when that is the only type of story that is featured and gets reads. It is amazingly hard to find work that is new because the search feature literally just pushes the most popular works to the top. I literally have work that has no reads because it is just so incredibly hard to find anything that isn’t prescribed by their search system.

    Rant aside, I tend to be attracted to Quotev and AO3 (although the second is mostly for fanfiction). The target audience is pretty much the same on Quotev as it is on Wattpad, but the search engine is loads better and there are a surprising amount of serious writers and people who can leave good feedback. I find AO3 has a much better target audience range, but unfortunately, it is much smaller and there is no way to directly message people.

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    1. Interesting…I haven’t heard of Quotev or AO3. I’ll have to check them out. But I agree with you completely! If you are a thirteen-year-old who is just getting into writing, Wattpad may be beneficial for you. But if you are an older author who really wants to grow in writing and not only write a “bad boy” romance, then you’re out of luck. It’s a pity that I’ve never found a really great online writing website for sharing your writing and getting critical feedback.


      1. Definitely, I feel Wattpad is not a good place for developing since it is usually an echo chamber of people who like the story in the first place.

        Another thing I’ve noticed with all of these sites are people using it under the age requirement (13 is already a pretty young limit). Not really sure what to feel about it.

        I think you’ll notice similar types of tropes on Quotev as you will Wattpad if you decide to check it out. I actually cater to one of the tropes, but I try to do it in a way that I haven’t seen people really do. Despite this, I think my audience is mostly 13 or around that age, which I don’t mind, but sometimes I wish there was more constructive feedback (like you said in your post.

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  11. Completely agree with you on Fictionpress dying out; I started on it and its sister site in 2012 and both have had a massive drop in numbers. Also, good shout on Wattpad’s genre limitations, I always assumed I just had poor luck finding anything else on there. Have been considering both of them but this post made me realise that neither will give me what I actually need, so thank you!

    PS I read on another forum that sometimes publishers won’t accept stories that have been posted online because they’re technically “published” already? Worth considering if that’s the result you’re looking for

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    1. I’m glad you found this post useful. I’m not sure about publishers not accepting books posted online. For me, the drafts I always posted online were early drafts and I made a point not to put the later draft on there. But it’s definitely something every writer needs to consider when posting their novel on any website.


  12. I know this is an older post but I’m glad that I stumbled on it. I definitely need to join some writing clubs. Maybe one online and one in person. Started the blog so that’s good. I had heard of Fictionpress but not Wattpad. I don’t think i will use either now though. Thanks for writing. Timeless piece. Until they close anyway. Lol. 🖤

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  13. I love your analysis here! I’ve been an avid writer since middle school and I’ve been writing in Wattpad but because I wrote originals it never got as many hits as my ‘fanfiction’ that I found out to be a more popular category. Do you still beta-read on FictionPress? I’m starting to write originals on FictionPress and the Beta-Read function is so helpful because I’ve been struggling to find someone who is willing to review and help me make my story work. I was wondering if it’s possible for you to critique my story on FictionPress, however if you’re busy and whatnot that’s okay too!

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    1. I completely agree! My fanfictions would get views while my original works that I spent so much more time on got nothing. Weird how that works. Also, unfortunately, I don’t Beta Read any more of Fictionpress. I used to, but that was back when I had more time on my hands. But I’m sure there are some amazing Beta Readers still active on the website. Good luck with your writing!


    2. If you’re looking for a beta reader, there are two groups that I use: “Beta Readers and Critiques” on Facebook and “r/betareaders” on Reddit. The former has over 9k members. The latter — 1k. I’m currently beta reading for several authors thanks to those two groups. Admittedly, there are more people looking to have their work read as opposed to those looking to read, but that’s going to be the case wherever you go.

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  14. Hi, Madame! This’s a great analysis! Thank you! I was planning to share my writing on Wattpad before I cancel that idea. I am amazed that many readers give a lot of stars to a story that seems raw and (sorry)shallow.

    I have completed my writing and intended to share it with the public. I haven’t try fictionpress before, is it really a good place to shares there? Because for now, I’m only convinced to share it on my blog. You might want to check it if you have time, it’s free to read.. 😆

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  15. I agree with your assessment of Wattpad. I’ve been on it now since 2015, and I’ve found it’s great for YA and romance, but other genres aren’t as popular. Also, Wattpad ambassadors have a lot of power over your content. They are aware that the majority of their readers are teens, so they watch for anything that might be too adult, including curse words and sex scenes. Anything too adult is labeled mature and kept out of their ranking algorithm. But if you’re looking for writing contests, Wattpad may be of interest. They like to partner with TNT and other networks.

    As for me, I’m keeping my two works up, but I won’t be adding more. Because Wattpad has helped a few people launch their careers, it’s extremely competitive.

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    1. Interesting. I didn’t know that Wattpad labeled a book ‘mature’ if it contained certain content, especially taking it out of the algorithm. I didn’t take part in any of the writing contests, mostly because none looked of interest to me. I actually recently closed my Wattpad account, but I can understand keeping what you already published up. You point out interesting information that I didn’t know about. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      1. I only know it because it happened to me. I wrote a chapter with some particularly salty language, and by the end of the day it was no longer ranked and was labeled mature. They emphatically state, however, that they don’t do this, so there’s that.

        They seem to have changed their ranking system now, though, so maybe they’re lightening up on the language censors. My salty language story ranks now in some obscure tag, where once it didn’t.

        I only check in these days to make sure there’s no egregious spam in my comments (you have to watch for that) and to answer any questions.


        1. Weird…I suppose I only ever include moderate swearing in my books, so I never experienced any type of censoring. I can understand giving ratings to a book, but it seems strange to also take it off their ranking system. Yeah, I remember getting a lot of spam too (more than actual comments, which seemed weird to me).

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  16. people don’t seem to realize that for grammar there’s plenty of decent free proofreaders out there for use. Beta READERS are needed for, as you’ve mentioned, the overlook and 3rd person view of the plot and character’s consistencies. i’m rather sorry i didn’t meet you sooner on fictionpress…ah well. cest la vie

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  17. I have accounts for both but I haven’t posted anything of either.
    I used to browse fictionpress for historical fiction and fantasy, and would find a decent number if I looked hard enough, but now a lot of them either move to wattpad or livejournal. As for wattpad, i only made an account because one story i wanted to try out was only accessible to members so i made one…but i didn’t end up reading anything on their. But i still keep the account because i found out that two authors i like post their stories there. still, wattpad is obsolete for me.
    FFN is definitely still very much alive. Among all the accounts i have, I am most active on that one. minus DeviantArt lol

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    1. I agree. Fan Fiction is definitely alive. Like you, I made an account on wattpad just to read a story (which turned out to be horrible) and I used to find better stories on fictionpress too. Thanks for your thoughts.


  18. Never used fictionpress but have popular stories on wattpad. To be honest I outgrew it, my time to spend writing and reading shorten and I barely go on there much. It’s nice that I still get lots of views and comments on the stories though so it’s still very active☺️

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  19. You hit the nail on the head when you said that reviews are just simple “great chapter” or “this was fun.” When I post online, I want real critism with details about what worked or didn’t. The only site I’ve found that one over the past few years has been Thenextbigwriter.com. There, I think are more seasoned writers who will not only tell you what they think of your writing but also mentor you in ways to change things, etc.

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  20. I know that Wattpad’s search engine isn’t engineered to cater to new stories more. It’s based on an algorithm that looks at how much views you get compared to your total reads and that’s what they use to see whose popular. Like if a newer story gets about 20% of its total reads a day it will do better on the rankings compared to a what’s hot story struggling to get 1% of its total reads a day.

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    1. Interesting. So pretty much, you need an audience (or readership) before you’re even seen on Wattpad. No wonder I’m not a fan of their search engine. Thanks for explaining the algorithm!


      1. Your welcome. I was doing research for it because I used to have an account on wattpad prior to 2013 and seen that Wattpad has changed radically coming back to it 2017. The rating isn’t all they’ve changed too, they changed the way a ‘read’ is counted. Before 2013 people posting on Wattpad we’re able to get twice the reads than they do today.

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    1. I haven’t been on Fanfiction in about two years, so I’m not sure. I used to be quite active on that website and there were a lot of people there. I would say it’s a lot more active than Fictionpress, though I’m not sure how it’s changed in two years. But I don’t think Fanfiction will be forgotten like it’s sister website. After all, tons of people still love reading and writing fanfictions!

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  21. I don’t utilize Wattpad much lately, but I like the platform (for now). Fanfiction is not my thing, so I don’t care for it, but I’ve found some really good stories in the mystery and thriller department with proper grammar. I think Wattpad is good for writers who are now starting out and wants to practice their writing, but I’ve seen some big-time authors on the community such as Sandra Brown and Ann Adams (probably makes them extra $$). I’ve seen some published works such as Queens of Geek and Follow Me Back do well. Overall, I think the top trope is the bad boy one.

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    1. I could not agree with you more. All these types of websites are great for practicing your writing, but it’s rare to get published success from it unless you write certain types of stories (like, as you mentioned, the bad boy trope).

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    1. I never heard of Fictionpress and decided against posting on Wattpad after about a week of sampling its content (stories and comments). This was about three years ago.

      I am considering joining Steemit.

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