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justwords from suburb of Birmingham, AL is reading The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson; A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby March 24, 2014 - 6:25pm

I just read this article and wondered if any of you have tried this? I'm just now hearing about it, but it's been out evidently since 2007? Here's the link if anyone wants to read it.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/technology/web-fiction-serialized-and-...

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TheScrivener from Seattle is reading short stories March 24, 2014 - 8:04pm

"Wattpad writers freely acknowledge that their manuscripts are often first drafts written as spontaneously as possible. “Just write what comes to you,” Ms. Todd advised in a self-interview on Wattpad. “I barely ever reread the chapter before posting because I overthink things and I feel like overediting or trying to use too many words can ruin the story.” "

 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 24, 2014 - 9:07pm

I learned of it a while ago but never used it for reading or writing.

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justwords from suburb of Birmingham, AL is reading The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson; A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby March 24, 2014 - 9:28pm

Thanks for the response. I was just curious. The point was brought up that you could show a potential publisher that your idea is popular by the comments posted. But how could you be sure about the ability of the readers to capably critique your rough drafts?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin March 25, 2014 - 2:01am



I imagine the issue here is that whatever you post is classed as "published" therefore you could not go on to submit your story to magazines/etc if you so wished. Also what's to stop people stealing your work? It's not something that I would use, but I hear it's a great place for fan fiction, if that's your thing.

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TheScrivener from Seattle is reading short stories March 25, 2014 - 8:18am

I suppose it also is an issue of what your goals are.  Do you write to make 'friends,' create a following, make money?  Or are you writing for other reasons? I think this platform for some people would be amazing, but it is not for me.  The story of a girl moving in with 12 hotties... no thanks.  I would not read it, nor would I write it.  And truthfully, I could not write it.  It is just not me.