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May 27, 2024

The internet is every writer’s dream, from the past and present. It has so much information, so much inspiration, and most importantly, so many platforms to utilize. But sometimes, too many options can be a bad thing. It’s hard to find something that suits your needs exactly.

So, let’s go through some of the most essential media platforms on the internet for writers, and how each of them can help you in their own way. That way, it’s easier for you to make a decision on what’s best for your writing journey!

Some of The Best Online Platforms For Writers

Royal Road

Royal Road is a highly popular online platform for fiction writers to share their work. It’s a simple website that provides an easy experience for writers and readers alike. Being a writer, you can share your stories in chapters as you’re creating them for others to read. As it starts to get some attention, Royal Road will push your story to readers across the platform.

These readers can then go through your stories, review them, comment and discuss with each other on each specific chapter, while also being able to donate to the writers whose work they love most. The platform holds themed writing competitions regularly, which have their own unique prizes for the winners.

Wattpad

While it has all kinds of writing content, Wattpad is an especially big platform for fan-fiction writers looking to garner more attention for their original twists in existing franchises. But, there’s still a huge emphasis on original content too. Wattpad has heavily grown into a large-scale platform with a large community. While it’s easy to be overwhelmed by how big the platform is, Wattpad has plenty of resources for new writers, and old ones that are struggling.

There are helpful blogs, writing tools, and a community of users that can help you grow as a writer. The platform itself lets you share your stories for everyone to see, where they can keep following your work and review it. Once they get a large enough fanbase, it even adds writers to its Wattpad Star program where they’re paid for their work.

FictionPress

It’s no secret that romance and fantasy are the two big hitters when it comes to fiction writing. But, FictionPress brings attention to other types of stories at the same time, putting a needed spotlight on writers of horror, sci-fi, comedy, and many more genres. There are communities within the platform, all with a varying number of members.

In these communities, you can find readers and writers that have the same tastes as you for all the different genres featured on the website. Writers can share stories with them, as well as anyone else on FictionPress. For new writers looking to shed some light on their work, it’s a great platform and can help you make new friends while developing a steady audience for your work as you grow.

Novelo

For writers that aren’t too confident in their work and want pointers to get out of a rut, Novelo is a really good option. One thing that the platform does especially well is collaborating with other users. For example, if a writer wants help with one of their projects, they can ask other writers on the platform to join the project. This way, those writers can contribute to the story with the original writer, and work together to create a good story while helping each other.

Once you’re done, just share your story on Novelo and it’ll push it to readers for you, depending on their interests and how well your story matches them. There are regular competitions where you can get cash prizes and notable exposure for your stories by winning. The platform also lets writers monetise their stories that are doing especially well to make money off of them.

Next Chapters

Whether you’re looking for a place to write on your own or with others, Next Chapter’s is there to help you meet your writing dreams. You can work on a private book, a book with select collaborators, or open up your work to the community. Each book has its own forum where you can talk to collaborators to make sure the plot and characters are on track. And when you’re all done, Next Chapters will help you publish it!

Use your personal BookChat to help you brainstorm your project, outline, or write chapters. It is there to remind you of your characters, plots, and give you advice tailored to your story and unique writing voice. What’s more, you can set writing goals, get reminders, and seek help from staff when you need encouragement. Next Chapters also offers one-on-one services such as editing, typesetting, story-planning, and coaching.

Some of The Best Online Journaling Platforms

The internet can be a scary place, and not everyone is ready to share their stories with the world. Well, at least not sharing them on such a wide scale as most popular platforms do. 

For people like that, journaling platforms can be perfect, as they’re usually entirely personal. Plus, the best ones help each writer grow day-by-day to create more and more beautiful stories. If that sounds more your speed, let’s take a look at some of the best options when it comes to journaling platforms, and what makes each of them special.

WriteMore

The name gives you a general idea of what this platform is all about. WriteMore only has one goal, and that’s to help writers hone their craft. It’s especially good for people that want to make a habit out of writing every day, but not doing it just for the sake of writing. Instead, the platform supplies unique prompts accustomed to a user’s tastes. These prompts can help you start a story, or go forward in one.

WriteMore has daily reminders to make you write, and even goals that it’ll push you to achieve after you set them. As you spend time writing daily, you’ll start getting progress reports. These reports will highlight the things you should focus on, while also clearly showing you where you’ve grown in your writing. In short, WriteMore is good for noting down drafts or initial ideas as you get them, so you can perfect them before turning them into a full story.

Penzu

Penzu is a journal in a very literal sense. It’s not specifically catered towards writers, and is more of a platform for writing down notes about your daily life. But, that might be exactly what you need. It has a simple, highly customizable layout and a lot of organization tools to help you keep track of all your different notes for each story you think of. There are reminders that make sure you don’t forget to write for the day.

You can even do it on your phone because Penzu has a mobile app. That way, your notes go with you no matter where you are. It’s a really nice option for writers that want a very clear way to organize all the different ideas they get and make sure they aren’t lost. Plus, having the option to make infinite and highly customizable entries whenever you want gives you more than enough room to do things your way.

The Best Writing Communities

While some people like privacy and learning on their own, and some like working with others while receiving constructive criticism or other remarks about their writing. For people that prefer the latter, the internet has lots of thriving writing communities you could become a part of.

Here’s an overview of the best ones, and what they can offer to new and old writers alike:

BetaBooks

BetaBooks is a really detailed yet surprisingly easy-to-use platform that’s all about getting criticism for your stories. You can easily write and organize any novels you create, and then present them to readers on the website. They can go through it all and give you reviews for what you write. So far that sounds a lot like some of the other options.

But what makes this platform so different is that you can see exactly who is giving your stories criticism. BetaBooks gives you a detailed summary of how much of your work they read, when they read it last, how long they took, and more things like that. That way, you can clearly see how genuine their criticism is. Plus, you can filter all of the reviews to see any specific feedback you’re looking for, like if anyone found a specific part of your story or writing confusing.

Tumblr

Tumblr is a great way to connect with writing communities that have the same taste as you. It’s a huge social media platform with millions of active users, and a lot of these are fellow writers looking to read or share stories. Users can easily filter and search for communities that they feel comfortable sharing their writing in.

For example, if you’re looking to get feedback specifically from other action writers, you can get exactly that. It’s definitely not just a writing platform. But, it’s a great way to meet other people and learn how to write better through them, while helping them too when needed.

Scribophile

Scribophile is a community specifically for writers that want beta-readers to go through their novels and help them perfect each story. But, what makes it different is that you can respond to that feedback and communicate with the beta readers that go through your work. Instead of one-and-done criticism, Scribophile lets you explain your decisions to readers and work through them to make each page better than ever. 

This way, it’s easier to make acquaintances or even friends with the reliable beta readers you prefer criticism from and have them judge more of your work to improve constantly. Scribophile also has workshops and seminars from experienced authors and industry insiders that can teach users more about the ins and outs of writing, as well as how to get rid of specific mistakes.

Discord

Discord is a very different option from all the others so far, simply because it isn’t some kind of forum or community. Instead, it’s a messaging app. But, within that messaging app, there are countless writing-related servers you can join to meet people from all over the world. It’s a great way to find small or large groups of people writing or reading the same genres as you, and get feedback from them about your work.

A bit of snooping around on the internet can help you find a Discord server for just about any form of writing. From there on, you can join that server, contact others in it, and get to know them. There are a lot of communities within the platform that will be willing to go through your work and help you improve it. The only downside is that you’ll have to find one that matches what you’re looking for.

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