Chat-Style Stories Just Got Better With The Latest Tap by Wattpad Update

The world has been tapping away since we introduced Tap by Wattpad, an app for short, chat-style stories. The new app lets people discover, create, and share stories told via text messages. Users advance the story forward by tapping to uncover the next part.

We’ve already seen an incredible 350 million taps made by excited readers who can’t wait to reveal the next part of their favorite Tap story (with roughly 200,000 new taps added every hour).

We recently rolled out new features that make the experience more immersive and addicting.

Introducing Reactions
Reactions are a fun and easy way for audiences to express how they feel as they read Tap stories. To add a Reaction, users press the chat bubble to make a variety of emoji options appear and then select the one they want to react with. When users long press (press and hold), the Reaction is intensified. Reactions are grouped under the chat bubble making it easy for other readers to see how people are responding to a Tap story.

 
 

Easily Share Your Favorite Chats
Quote Art is a popular feature of the core Wattpad app, and we’re excited to bring a similar feature to Tap on iOS. With the new feature, users can select up to five consecutive lines of Tap messages and compile them into a single image for easy sharing with friends across email, text, and social media. The image can also be added to a user’s camera roll for additional sharing options.

 
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New Local Content
We’ve translated some of the most popular English-language Tap stories like Hide, Friend Zone Fail, and The Vampire’s Wingman into a variety of languages for people around the world to enjoy. With the new update, Tap offers chat-style stories in 10 languages, including: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Filipino, Turkish, Hindi, and Bahasa Indonesian. What’s more, the entire experience has been translated in these languages to help users better navigate through the app. With thousands of new Tap stories added every day, there’s always something new to discover!

Tap by Wattpad builds on what we know: Storytellers and audiences love new ways to connect and engage over original content. Tap delivers a truly an immersive entertainment experience, and now, it includes new features that can’t be found in any other storytelling app.

If you haven’t tried Tap by Wattpad yet, you can download it for free from iTunes and the Google Play Store.

10 Must Read Horror Stories | Scary Shorts and Full Length Books

Since January 2017, people spent over 54 million minutes reading horror stories on Wattpad. We don’t track data on the hours of sleep lost as a result of reading those hair-raising tales, but we’re sure it’s a lot.

The 10 horror stories below are some of the most widely-shared online. Dim the lights, shut the blinds, and enjoy these chilling, nightmare-inducing stories.

Strange Yarns

This 2016 Watty Award winning anthology includes a collection of short horror stories. Writer Josh Saltzman specialized in comedy, but proves here that a good scare, like a good joke, is all about timing.

Author’s Description: 

Strange Yarns is a ball of tangled tales. Twisted, knotted, and intertwined. Like Tales of the Crypt, the Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. Strange Yarns is not just a collection of ghastly tales, these are yarns, and yarns are sewed together. Follow the yarns and see the grand design... think of this as an evil quilt.

Hide and Seek

As the cover alludes, this story is not for the faint of heart. Writer @Ms_Horrendous has quite the reputation for horror. She’s a member of both the Wattpad Stars Program and horror collective, The Cryptic. Explore this take on the classic haunted house trope.

Author’s Description:

When you enter the house, you follow the rules, you play the game...

My name is Emily. I thought it was a normal, abandoned house. I thought she was a normal girl. I thought we'd play a normal game of hide and seek. Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong...

Puppet Boy

What’s scarier than a loss of control? Perhaps being turned into a human puppet. Canadian writer @Zombies examines this terrifying concept in her breakout work.

Author’s Description

"My beautiful Puppet Boy and my beautiful Puppet Girl."

A teenage boy and girl find themselves trapped in the lair of a crazy man obsessed with human puppetry.

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The Folveshch

There’s a reason that folk tales endure the test of time: good scares are worth sharing.  Writer Finn H.Arlett is an active member of the Wattpad community and manages the Paranormal Community in his spare time.

Author’s Description

In 1922 my Papa told me of a faceless entity that lurks amongst us in our isolated slice of Russia. The locals have kept this horror alive for a century, though the only ones who claim to have seen the Folveshch have succumbed to a life of sightless silence.

Project Aspire

Fans of Science fiction will love this twisted take on space exploration. This book was written collaboratively by Wattpad writers Taran Matharu, Jason Kucharik, Stephen Landry and Penegrin Shaw.

Author’s Description

A team of astronauts crash land on a primitive alien planet, millions of lightyears from earth. Hunted by savage megafauna and native tribes, they must band together to survive. What they discover there will change everything they know about what it means to be human.

Knee Deep

Ethan James is an award winning videogame scriptwriter who’s worked on some of Ubisoft’s biggest titles, including Assassin's Creed. His short story was featured in Wattpad’s Top Horror stories reading list.

Author’s Description

In this horror short, a father and son must come to terms with their tumultuous history, devastating family loss, and a past that will not stay buried. Memories are slippery, violent things and lying to one's self can be deadly.

The Dentist and Other Short Terrifying Tales

Screen Queen Kelly Anne Blount is a prominent horror story writer on Wattpad and member of our Stars program.  This collection of shorts will show you why.

Author’s Description

The Dentist and Other Short Terrifying Tales is a collection of petrifying short stories created to make you tremor with terror and question everyone you've ever met! You never know when a monster might be living right next door...

Disease

What, you thought we’d leave out zombies? Fans of flesh-eating Z’s will love this breakout work by M.F Wahl. Off of Wattpad, M.F contributes to the popular horror site, Dread Central.

Author’s Description

Humanity's war against the living dead has been lost. In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, the living fight fiercely for what little they have.

In this hell-on-earth Casey, armed with a baseball bat, and joined by a mute boy named Alex, struggles to survive. When a man named Danny stumbles upon them, it's mistrust at first sight - but times are desperate. Danny leads them to a thriving settlement where danger lurks beneath the guise of kindness.

Deprivation

This genre-bending story takes place in the Victorian era. Writer Jesse Sprague has garnered praise across a variety of genres on Wattpad. You’ll see why after reading her first entry into horror stories.

Author’s Description

On waking up to find a dismembered arm protruding from the floor, Claudia knows her privileged life is over. Claudia cannot recall how she came to this pass. She does know she is never getting out. It is all because she is guilty of falling in love, which is a sin no proper Victorian girl would commit.

The Accidental Exorcism

Who doesn’t enjoy a good exorcism? In this Watty award winning work, bestselling author Joshua Graham provides his take on the classic horror movie trope.

Author’s Description

When forensic psychiatrist Abigail Lee meets a baby-killing mother who has been declared criminally insane and acquitted, she discovers something lurking beneath the surface. Something far deeper and more insidious than mere psychopathy. But can she come to terms with her own struggle with science and faith in time to confront it?

If you’re interested in devouring more scary stories, you can find additional short stories, reading lists, and recommendations by horror trope on Wattpad’s official horror profile.  


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Read Books Online | Our Selection of the Best Free Content

On Wattpad, stories are available in over 50 languages across every mobile device. There are also more than 375 million story uploads to discover, read, and share.

If you’re looking to read books online, we’ve got a wide range of content from notable authors and everyday storytellers.

Why Choose Wattpad to Read Books Online?

Stories and Books on Wattpad are Free to Read 

About 90 percent of the 45 million people who visit Wattpad every month are here to discover free stories to read on a regular basis. Collectively, they spend over 15 billion minutes engaged with Wattpad content. Here are a few examples of the types of books and stories you can find on Wattpad:

A Collection of Over 1000 Free Classic Works

The entire Project Gutenberg collection of public domain titles is available to read free of charge. Explore titles from authors like:

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” - Jane Austen

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” - Jane Austen

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” - William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” - William Shakespeare

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens

“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain

“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” - Edgar Allan Poe

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” - Edgar Allan Poe

Check out this full list of free classic books.

Books by Modern Authors, Publishers, and Celebrities

Wattpad works with every major publisher, and many of the world’s most prominent literary voices have chosen our platform to connect with the Wattpad community. 

Here is a sample of some of the free-to-read stories posted by today’s biggest authors:

Find Books to Read by Today’s Biggest Celebrities

If classic works, publishers, and big-name authors don't interest you, some of today’s biggest pop-culture icons and internet-famous personalities have also posted stories on Wattpad.  Below are just a few of the notable celebrities with profiles and works available online:

Read on Wattpad and Enjoy an Endless Supply of Free Content

Wattpad hosts the largest collection of user-generated stories and classic books on the internet. With our free app, you can explore a collection currently housing 375 million story uploads (and countinging). It’s safe to say you’ll never run out of stories and books to read online.

Outside of the thousands of uploads shared daily, we also host the world’s largest writing contest called The Wattys. In 2016, over 140,000 submissions were shared. Thanks to The Wattys,  a new selection of quality reads will be yours to enjoy every year!

Check out the reading lists below for some of 2016’s Watty award winning stories.

Read Stories in Over 50 languages

We’re proud to support a positive global community. Whether you’re learning a new language or partial to reading in one, all you need to do is change your language settings on Wattpad.

Check out the selection below to find a list of great reads in your preferred language:

Create your Own Library to Read Online and Offline

When you download the Wattpad app you’re free to read millions of stories on-the-go. What’s even better is that any story you add to your library can be synced to read offline. It’s a great way to save on data and read in places where Wi-Fi access is spotty at best.

Read Anywhere on Your Phone or Computer

Wattpad has an experience for you whether you read on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Go to our get mobile page to download the free Wattpad app or visit www.wattpad.com.

Build a Reading List to Curate Books and Stories by Genre

On your Wattpad profile, you can easily share your recommend reads by creating a reading listStories added to your library are private, but stories added to your reading list are publicly displayed and can show the community your curated recommendations.

Here are some of our reading lists curated by genre with links to their respective Wattpad profiles:

Science Fiction

Horror

Discover Rising Stars and Aspiring Writers 

“Wattpad opens the doors and enlarges the view in places where the doors are closed and the view is restricted. And somewhere out there in Wattpadland, a new generation is testing its wings.”

Margaret Atwood - The Guardian

On Wattpad, a new generation of literary stars are rising. These beloved online writers connect massive audiences through their serialized online stories and published books. Below you can explore some of the most popular free to read content posted by these amazing storytellers we call the Wattpad Stars.

Connect with Writers and Readers 

Inline comments, @mentions, story dedications, and broadcast messaging are just some of the ways that writers and readers interact on Wattpad. Our website also hosts a forum where you discover tips on writing and request new story recommendations.

Never Miss an Update

When you add a story to your library or follow a profile, you can quickly check for updates in your newsfeed and receive push notifications to your mobile device every time a new story part is shared.

WATTPAD AUDIOBOOK PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH SUMMER 2017

Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad will deliver popular Wattpad stories to a fast-growing audience of digital audio listeners

In a new partnership, we’ve teamed up with Hachette Book Group to bring Wattpad stories to life as audiobooks. Over the next year, Hachette Audio will produce 50 audiobooks based on Wattpad stories written by people from all over the world. Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad will be available beginning summer 2017.

With the launch of Wattpad Studios last year, we’ve been working with entertainment and publishing partners to co-produce stories for other formats including film, tv, digital, and print. As recently reported by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, downloadable audiobooks represent the fastest growing format in the publishing industry, and this is the first time popular Wattpad stories will be adapted as audiobooks within an ambitious program and proactive publishing partnership.

“We love seeing the worlds and characters Wattpad storytellers create come to life in different ways. The Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad partnership gives the Stars of the Wattpad community a unique chance to have their stories narrated by skilled actors and distributed to people beyond the Wattpad platform,” said Head of Partnerships for Wattpad Studios Ashleigh Gardner. “Wattpad stories have been successfully produced as books, television shows, and movies. Now, people will not only be able to read and watch Wattpad stories, but also listen to them. Storytelling has never sounded so good!”

Audiobook titles in this initial launch will span all genres and will be sold digitally through major online retailers, including Bandcamp, iTunes, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Downpour, eStories, Audibooks.com, Libro.fm, and others. Physical audiobooks on CD will be made available to libraries and on-demand.

“Content development is an important initiative for Hachette, so this partnership comes at a perfect time. We can’t wait to bring together the ideal team of producer, director, and narrator for these amazing Wattpad stories. We are equally excited to be working with Wattpad to amplify the audience and broaden the channels of discovery for their unique brand of storytelling via audiobook editions,” said Anthony Goff, SVP of Content Development and Audio Publisher at Hachette Book Group.

Wattpad is constantly experimenting with new storytelling formats. We recently launched Tap by Wattpad, a new app for short, chat-style stories. Moving forward, we will continue to distribute popular Wattpad stories across all formats and on multiple platforms. This latest partnership with Hachette will build on our existing work with leading publishers and entertainment companies to take the best stories on the Internet and bring them to more people around the globe. While the majority of Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad titles will be standard audiobooks, the partnership hopes to experiment with other audio formats in the future.

 

How To Write Fanfiction - A Reference Guide by Wattpad

At Wattpad, we wholeheartedly support fans, fandom, and cultures from across the globe. As an international community, our fanfiction reflects the writers we support who remix, modernize, and elevate storytelling.

On Wattpad, writers share an average of 60,000 fics daily and, in February of 2017, over 1.6 billion minutes were spent reading fanfiction. For that reason, our fanfiction data has been featured in major media outlets like The Daily Dot, New York Magazine, and WIRED.

Fanfiction reading and writing trends on Wattpad also tend to reflect pop culture. The release of Pokemon Go, or airing of the MTV Movie Awards, and ESPY Awards all provide data insights into how Wattpad content and fanfic mirrors our society.

This reference guide aims to provide an overview of best practices for people who want to write fanfiction with added information on fandom and fan culture.

What is Fanfiction?

For starters, if you think we misspelt “fanfiction” in the above then much to learn you still have, my young Padawan. Culture reporter Aja Romano says it best:

“When you write fanfic as ‘fan fiction’ you’re implying that a) you’re not one of us, because if you were, you’d call it fic like normal people, and b) you’re thinking that ‘fan’ is an adjective that somehow separates our fiction from normal-people fiction. Fanfiction is a literary format with its own subgenres. You wouldn’t call a play ‘stage fiction’ or a movie ‘film fiction.’ They’re things. Fanfiction is a thing.”

-A Guide to Fanfiction for People Who Can’t Stop Getting it Wrong

To avoid confusion, fanfiction is written as fanfiction, not fan fiction. Do not camel-case the fs.

For all intents and purposes fanfiction, fanfic, or fic is any fan-produced writing that uses, remixes, or subverts existing fictional stories, worlds or characters to create unique stories. It fulfills a social and emotional need for self-expression (and wish-fulfillment). It also forms community around interests and passions, simultaneously being driven by relationships and driving new ones.

How to Write Fanfiction:

Know the lingo:

Do you know what a  Mary Sue is? What about an RPF? If not, you should brush up on your fandom terminology.

Fandom is all about participation, so knowing the common tongue will help you understand the type of fic you’re most likely to enjoy writing. Each fandom has it’s own OTP, ships, and cool buzz words. Learn to talk the talk before walking the walk.

A full glossary of fannish terms can be found here on Fanlore.

Write about what you love:

It doesn’t matter who you ship, how old you are, what fandom you call home, or if you have a fandom at all: Wattpad wants to connect you to the content and conversations that matter to you.

Odds are you’re interested in writing fanfiction because you’re a fan of something. As humans, we strive to share our collective experiences - fanfiction amplifies this behaviour tenfold by building narratives on a shared collection of established assumptions in a fictional universe.

How familiar are you with the characters in the universe? Are you subverting the way they’ve been depicted? Veering away from or towards established canon? Can Harry Potter wield a Battle Axe? These types of questions will be easier to answer depending on your familiarity with, and love for a franchise.

Yes, certain fandoms will inspire larger audiences, but pandering to those audiences isn’t fun for anyone. The people actively involved in the fandom of your choosing can smell a faker from a mile a way so authenticity matters. You’re dealing with the most devoted of devotees, write from a genuine place, or risk being called out.

Learn from the best:

The best way to learn is by doing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve by studying the masters. Read as much fic as you can!

There are over 75 reading lists on our official fanfiction profile. They cover an array of today’s most popular and niche topics like:

Additionally, fanfiction writers in our community have already prepared helpful advice on planning your story, working with canon, and creating alternate universes.

We’re constantly floored by the community’s ability to craft original, entertaining content. Here are a few fics that can teach you a thing or two about originality:

 

Ignorance, Bliss, and Mexican Food

In February 2016, Twitter user joshholzz tweeted a video montage of him complimenting his friend Daniel on his fashion choices, particularly his shoes, exclaiming “damn, Daniel!” The meme was spread massively on social media, and eventually resulted in a Damn, Daniel-inspired story. Ignorance, Bliss, and Mexican Food follows the story of “Enchilada Ed” who must cope with internet fame after a photo of him in an enchilada costume catapults him into stardom. The story is a direct response to the ways in which social media and virality can affect young people in both positive and negative ways.

 

Kim Kardashian: Trapped in Her Own Game

The Kardashians are ubiquitous in pop culture and the media, and have been particularly for the past few years. In late 2014, kfxinfinity (otherwise known as kfan) published a hilarious story based on the immensely popular mobile game Kim Kardashian Hollywood, where Kim is an emoji-casting witch out to smash the patriarchy. The story has now amassed over 2.3M reads, and spawned a sequel, Kim Kardashian #BreakTheGame, which is currently being serialized.

 

The Secret Life of Poot Lovato

“Poot Lovato” came into being as a Tumblr meme in October 2015 when an unflattering photo of Demi Lovato, American singer/actress surfaced online. People of the internet were quick to fabricate a backstory for the photo, creating the myth that Poot was Demi’s evil twin sister. In the following days, KayleyMarieTodd published “The Secret Life of Poot Lovato,” which went from relative obscurity to 100K reads in just 10 days. The story now has over 587K reads and over 28K comments on Wattpad.

 

 

A Short History of Fanfiction

Lev Grossman, an American novelist, journalist, and a best-selling author has this to say about the fanfiction phenomenon:

“Fanfiction is breaking new ground, but it’s also trying to retake ground lost centuries ago. Before the modern era of copyright and intellectual property, stories were things held in common, to be passed from hand to hand and narrator to narrator ”

- Lev Grossman, Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World

For as long as people have been telling stories, they’ve also been retelling, remixing, and rejigging them.

Stories are not fixed entities but rather living organisms that evolve and change over time. Be it William Shakespeare (Real Person Fiction, almost exclusively), John Milton (Biblical fanfiction a la Paradise Lost), or James Joyce (Ulysses is Homerian Alternate Universe fic), writers have undoubtedly been influenced and “inspired by” stories that’ve been told before. There are countless examples of fanfiction that people likely don’t consider fanfiction at all.

Like most art forms, the community continues to debate what does and doesn’t merit the title of fanfiction.  For a more detailed look at the history and evolution of fanfiction, refer to Anne Jamison’s Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over The World and Aja Romano’s article, I’m done explaining why fanfic is okay.

Why Choose Wattpad to Write and Share Fanfiction?

You Can Reach a Voracious Audience

Wattpad has one of the largest and most engaged audiences on the internet. Here are some quick points:

  • Fanfiction writers can reach a monthly audience of over 45 million people who spend more than 15 billion minutes immersed in stories

  • Average engagement time is 30 minutes per user, per day

  • A new user joins our community every second of the day

  • 90% of all  activity is on mobile

  • Stories are available in over 50 languages

  • Wattpad is available in virtually every country in the world

Our Community is Positive and Inclusive

We put a lot of work into maintaining a positive online community. Our work has been recognized in outlets like The Washington Post who included us in this article on supportive online communities and The Daily Dot who recognized us as one of the safest spaces for LGBT youth online.

Wattpad Fanfiction Writers Can Find IRL Success

Any storyteller that masters the art of connecting with audiences on and off our our platform can apply to our Wattpad Stars program. Through this program, writers are connected with paid opportunities and some even see their works adapted for the screen.

Below are some brief overviews on Wattpad writers who’ve found real world success after sharing their stories online:  

  • Anna Todd: In under a year, Anna wrote a One Direction Fanfiction titled,  After. Her story pulled in over 1.3 billion reads and landed a six-figure publishing deal in the process. The After series has a film adaptation in the works, has been translated into 33 languages. It also put Anna on the New York Times Bestseller list.

  • The Imagines Writers: This first-of-its-kind anthology of imagined celebrity encounters was produced as a partnership between Wattpad, Gallery Books (of Simon and Schuster), and 33 Wattpad Stars. The fictitious stories included involve scenarios that most fans dream about like becoming Taylor Swift’s best friend or having Jimmy Fallon invite you to be a guest on his show.

You Own Your Stories

By default, storytellers  who stay within our content guidelines reserve all rights to their work. You can read about our copyright policy, here.

Advanced Audience Building on Wattpad for Fanfiction Writers

Use the Right Tags

Story tags on our platform help people find your work. Before you upload a story part, do a bit of research into the tags people are using in the fandom you’re trying to reach. Start by exploring popular titles and relevant reading lists to reference how a story is tagged.

You can also discover related tags through search. Type a word related to your fandom of choice into the search bar on our website or app and take note of tags that appear. Here’s an example:

How To Use Wattpad Tags

A writer hoping to create Star Trek fanfiction would benefit from the inclusion of related tags like Spock, Kirk, Kirkxspock and Mccoy.

Engage With the Community

A common piece of advice from our Wattpad Stars is to engage with your audience. Our app has a variety of tools to connect you with your audience. Inline comments, broadcast messaging, and writer analytics are just some of the  ways you can reach more people.

Don’t spam stories with pleas for readers, aim to make real connections by exploring other stories. Your votes, comments, and messages with others in the community are what will get you noticed. A great place to start a conversation can be found in our fanfiction club.

Have a Great Cover and Story Description

Wattpad Stories with eye-catching covers and attention-grabbing story descriptions tend to perform better. This tool by Adobe and this one by Canva can help quickly create a cover for your story and they’re free to use!

If you’re creatively stretched, you can always reach out to designers on our forum.

Watch These Writing Classes By Skillshare and Our Wattpad Stars

The Wattpad Stars are masters of online engagement and serial storytelling. These writers connect massive audiences and prepared these short classes so that you can do the same:

Watch These Writing Classes By Skillshare and Our Wattpad Stars

The Wattpad Stars are masters of online engagement and serial storytelling. These writers connect massive audiences and prepared these short classes so that you can do the same:

Explore our Additional Resources

Here are some great projects we’ve worked on to help online writers:

Connect With Our Community on Social Media

Fanfiction Writing Trends on Wattpad

Wattpad stories are at the intersection of popular culture and social relevancy. The community has a knack for creating humorous, engaging content that directly responds to real-world happenings, trends, and memes.

Spikes in uploads and reading time on Wattpad tend to coincide with various marketing and promotion milestones for franchises. We’ve examined franchises like Supernatural, Divergent, and the DC and Marvel cinematic universes to give you some examples. Today’s new series like Riverdale are already starting to trend on Wattpad.


Wattpad stories reflect the ways in which young people think critically about the media they consume.  Below are a collection of infographics that show just how big fanfiction is on Wattpad: