Writing a story description
The description of your story is your elevator pitch to every reader. You don’t get the chance to have a personal conversation with everyone who opens your work, so you have to make sure your description draws in your target audience and gives them a brief understanding of what’s in store when they scroll to the first page. This is your big shot to impress, so make it your best! After all, stories with descriptions get on average 108x more reads.
Tagging your Wattpad story
If you had to describe your story in a handful of words, which ones would you choose? Wattpad uses tags to tell readers what your story is about. Tags also make your story more discoverable by allowing it to appear in several different locations across Wattpad—from search to tag pages and readers’ home feeds. Optimize your discoverability by using words that are accurate and relevant to your story.
How to edit your story
So you've finally finished writing your dream novel. Congrats! Now what? Maybe you succeeded in making your protagonists' love for each other sizzle off the page, or you nailed that scene where your hero battles a monster and comes out on top. Whatever world you've created, chances are you're going to need to do some editing to make sure your story is polished and ready for readers to dive in.
Hook your readers with tags and story description (Video)
Crafting a captivating story is no small feat, but getting readers to discover and engage with your content is a whole new challenge. In episode 4 of Story School, we explore the power of two essential tools in your Wattpad toolkit: tags and story descriptions.
Line editing for immediacy
We’ve talked about making narrative decisions and hooking your reader, and now we’re going to talk in more detail about the line-by-line process of making your writing more Immediate. This article is more detailed and assumes you have a mostly-complete first draft to work with, so if you’re still in the composing stage, bookmark this post and come back to it later.
It can be challenging to edit your own work. Lots of writers find it helpful to use a list to check for common editorial issues. We've put together a list for Wattpad creators like you to follow when your draft is complete and you're ready to enter the editing stage.