Eight years ago, Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen met in the food court of the Vancouver airport and shared an idea that would grow into a community of 38 million people dedicated to reading, writing, and sharing stories (read the full story of how it all started on Wattpad).
Today is Wattpad’s 8th birthday, and we couldn’t be happier about having spent the last 8 years helping the world to share its stories. From all of us here at Wattpad HQ in Toronto, we’d like to thank all of you for having made the last 8 years so special.
However, the Wattpad Team is just the smallest part of what makes this community. If we took a proper picture of the Wattpad community, it would include all of you as well. Until we find a practical way to take a photo of 38 million people, we’re hoping you can give us a hand.
Help us complete our team photo by sharing a selfie on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hastag #iamwattpad and telling us what Wattpad means to you. We’ll use the photos you share to compile a mosaic of Wattpadder photos, and we’ll share it with the community.
It’s that time of year when we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, a time when things go bump in the night, and everything gets spooky, creepy, and dark. So, Wattpad would love you to join in the celebration by taking a picture of your carved pumpkins, yourselves in costume, or your spooky quotes from your stories, and post them online with the tag #wattspooks.
You can also use the tag on your story so that others can find your spooky stories on Wattpad by searching for the tag #wattspooks in the Discover bar. You can also check out our Scary Stories reading list.
And here is our own #wattspooks contribution, straight from Wattpad HQ:
The time has come to take the pledge—to accept the ultimate writing challenge of creating a 50,000 word story in 30 days as part of Wattpad’s #JustWriteIt challenge.
We’re thrilled to launch this challenge, and we encourage all of you head over to the official #JustWriteIt site to take the pledge. By taking the pledge, you’ll be signed up to receive weekly #JustWriteIt newsletters that will share inspiration and tips from writers across Wattpad. We’ll have a different writing tip video for each day of November. However, if you’re eager to get started on your own story right now, we’ve given you a sneak peek at the first three videos.
Once you’ve taken the pledge, all that’s left to do is to START WRITING, and be sure to tag your story with #JustWriteIt so we can all share in your progress.
Next week we will be kicking off #JustWriteIt, a 30 day writing challenge that will launch on Saturday November 1st, 2014.
This challenge is in support of initiatives like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which encourages people who might not think of themselves as writers to try their hand at writing a novel-length story. For #JustWriteIt, we’ll be challenging Wattpadders to pledge to write a 50,000-word story by the end of November. Since this is no easy feat, we’ll be helping you along the way by sharing writing tips from popular writers on Wattpad in daily videos and story updates.
Keep your eyes on this space for more information and the first videos next week, and get ready to take the pledge!
The Wattys return for a fifth year to celebrate your favorite, up and coming, and new stories. This year we have reinvented the Wattys with a brand new selection of fun awards that recognize all categories and ratings, giving an equal opportunity to works that target different ages and audiences. Wattpadders can nominate stories for the People’s Choice award, which will celebrate the most shared stories on Twitter and Facebook. Other awards will be decided by story activity, meaning anyone has the chance to win.
For more details on the various awards, including how to increase your chances of being recognized, visit the Wattys page.
In her new book Yes Please, Amy Poehler explains how she goes through life saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way. It’s opened her up to opportunities and given her chances. But what if you’re a teen girl with limited access to resources and role models, and very few opportunities come across your path? Amy has worked to make sure that girls get these opportunities through her work with Girls Write Now, New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for high school girls, and her own Amy’s Smart Girls.
In support of this initiative, Wattpad and HarperCollins are hosting the Yes Please by Amy Poehler Writing Contest. We want to head about a moment when your life changed because of saying yes? Share your Yes moment, and you could win a Yes Please prize pack that includes a tweet shout out from Amy’s Smart Girls.
As part of the release, Margaret has shared the story Freeze-Dried Groom from the book on her Wattpad profile. It’s a dark, funny story about a man who bids on an auctioned storage space, only to find a surprise within.
The story leaves readers with a couple more questions than it answers. We’re looking for Wattpadders to answer some of these lingering questions. Write a piece of fanfiction inspired by Freeze-Dried Groom, and enter it in the contest by tagging it with #FreezeDriedFiction. The winning story will be chosen and recognized by Margaret herself.
Full details on the contest can be found on Margaret Atwood’s Wattpad profile.
The wait is finally over for fans of The Vampire Diaries. All of your favorite (and not-so-favourite) supernatural beings are back with season 6, which promises to keep fans on their toes. If you’re having trouble waiting until the next episode, why not try your hand at writing some Vampire Diaries fanfiction. You can also check out these stories that will take you to the Other Side.
In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free.
Today’s book is Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, which was banned in dictatorships in Europe during the 1920s and 30s.
In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde writes, “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” All of this week we’ve been celebrating Banned Books: stories that have, at one time or another, been challenged or deemed inappropriate or controversial. Banned Books Week calls upon bibliophiles across the globe to come together to support the freedom of thought, of ideas, and ultimately, the freedom to read. Wattpad strongly believes in the freedom to read, and we encourages you to be a revolutionary reader with you literary contraband of choice.
Today’s book is Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, which was once banned in South Africa’s apartheid regime.