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Websites you use to showcase your writing?
Posted 6/15/12
Deciding on where to upload your writing can be a hard decision for some. A certain writing website can look slick and flashy on the outside but rotten on the inside.

When I was about 14 years old, I decided to bite the bullet and start uploading my writing online. At the time, writing was more of an interest than a real passion. It was a kind of outlet but as I lacked confidence, I thought that joining a writing website would help improve that.
And so I joined Quizilla. Anybody who is familiar with the "writing" community within Quizilla is aware that it is filled with pre-teens who are self-absorbed and are unable to handle proper critique.

After a couple of years, I slowly resigned to the fact that no matter how hard I tried to ask for it, nobody on Quizilla was willing to give proper feedback. My friends at the time was aware that I wrote stories so they suggested I join deviantArt, which I loved. I know it has its problems but ever since I joined dA, I've received so many helpful critiques and have improved because of this.

In the interest of advertising myself and improving as a writer, I've also joined and uploaded some pieces of writing on Mibba, fanfiction.net, fictionpress.net and Goodreads. Also, Projectfiction was very kind to select one of my poems to be featured on their website. And, of course, there is crunchyroll although it's not at all suitable for uploading and showing other people what you can do.

In my experience, the best website I've used is, without a doubt, deviantArt. While visual art may be the primary focus, there is a small but strong writing community there. It has a strong sense of community and is easy to enter. I'm currently Co-Founder of two literature groups and actively give feedback to writers. As I've said, I've received lots of critiques which have really helped me improve. I'm not saying I'm suddenly a great writer, just that I have a sense of direction and figured out a positive approach to writing.


My question is what websites do you use to upload your writing? Are some better than others? What's the community like? What about the level of writers? Do you occasionally scurry back to old websites in hope they've improved?
C'mon, we're all writers here so why not help each other out?

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I published the first two chapters of my first fanfic about four years ago on FanFiction.net. I don't remember what pushed me over the edge, but I had been on the fence about it for a while and had scribbled a few preliminary notes for what I wanted to write. It only took a few hours to get my first review and, to my surprise, the reader viewed my work favorably!

Since then, I've published four stories (I'm the worst at updating) and have gotten nothing but positive feedback. I like FanFiction because it's not too complicated. Everything from uploading documents, publishing, editing and reviewing is fairly streamlined. The ability to track story and profile traffic is pretty nifty as well.

However, reviews on FanFiction are rarely given out except by the most avid of readers and anons who are desperate for an update. I've never considered branching out because I neglect my one account enough already, but it certainly would be nice to hear from someone other than the same handful of regular readers (though I am, of course, grateful for having them).
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Posted 6/25/12
Deviantart, but no one ever comments on them.

So, I think I'll stick to writing my stories here

Posted 6/27/12

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I published the first two chapters of my first fanfic about four years ago on FanFiction.net. I don't remember what pushed me over the edge, but I had been on the fence about it for a while and had scribbled a few preliminary notes for what I wanted to write. It only took a few hours to get my first review and, to my surprise, the reader viewed my work favorably!

Since then, I've published four stories (I'm the worst at updating) and have gotten nothing but positive feedback. I like FanFiction because it's not too complicated. Everything from uploading documents, publishing, editing and reviewing is fairly streamlined. The ability to track story and profile traffic is pretty nifty as well.

However, reviews on FanFiction are rarely given out except by the most avid of readers and anons who are desperate for an update. I've never considered branching out because I neglect my one account enough already, but it certainly would be nice to hear from someone other than the same handful of regular readers (though I am, of course, grateful for having them).


That's great to hear about you receiving positive feedback! Although negative comments can help in some ways, there's nothing worse than taking that first step only to receive a giant punch in the stomach.
Haha, how odd! I'm the opposite--I really dislike the layout and find it very confusing! I've only used FF to read and favourite stories (I don't read fanfiction often but when I do, it becomes an obsession) but I've stopped uploading my stuff onto FictionPress. I agree with you on the feedback, though. I've noticed that the few comments that are given are often in the viewpoint as a reader, not as a writer and that means quite a lot of things are going unnoticed or are being glossed over.
Each writing website has a target market so it is interesting to see who likes what and quality VS quantity of feedback you receive.

Have you ever entertained the thought of joining a writing class or an online course?



Posted 6/27/12

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Deviantart, but no one ever comments on them.

So, I think I'll stick to writing my stories here



It's hard to get comments on literature when it comes to deviantArt. You have to really throw yourself in there and whore yourself out by joining lots of groups and commenting on other lit pieces. It's all about talking to people and getting yourself known!
I was quite lucky as a few of my friends were already on DA and would comment on them frequently. Most of my watchers are from back when I was rewarded a DLD and I always get two or three watchers when I win contests. It's all about expectations, really. When I joined, I wasn't expecting anyone to comment on my stuff, let alone like it!


How exactly do you upload your stuff here? On your profile? In this forum? What do you think about the writing community here?
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Posted 6/27/12
Well for me i post mine here on crunchyroll. I make groups based after the stroy and pot them in said group. I don't care so much about people reading it( i sorta do) or getting it published. It's more like knowing i wrote a complete sotry. That satisfaction is what i seek. If a few people read it then it's just icing on the cake I do hope to one day turn them into either manga or an anime, but i doubt that'll happen. im an amateur in every way, but i still enjoy doing it. Even if no one else enjos the story i'm fine with being the only one who does.
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WishingUnderThatStar wrote:

That's great to hear about you receiving positive feedback! Although negative comments can help in some ways, there's nothing worse than taking that first step only to receive a giant punch in the stomach.

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Each writing website has a target market so it is interesting to see who likes what and quality VS quantity of feedback you receive.

Have you ever entertained the thought of joining a writing class or an online course?


I agree completely. One of the reasons I started publishing fanfiction was to help me take criticism (both positive and negative) in stride. I had expected people to go through my work with fine-toothed combs, but those kinds of reviews seem to be saved for the heavy hitters of the site. Though I suppose I could be doing more to spread the word about my work...

It's funny you should mention it, because I actually took a very interesting course last year called "Writers on Writing." It's exactly what it sounds like: various writers and poets come in to talk to a class about their work, their methods and their inspirations. It definitely hardened my resolve to stick with a career in writing (though the specifics on that are still blurry).


SenelCoolidge wrote:

I do hope to one day turn them into either manga or an anime, but i doubt that'll happen. im an amateur in every way, but i still enjoy doing it. Even if no one else enjos the story i'm fine with being the only one who does.


I often feel the same way. My ultimate dream is to become a novelist, but the prospect of sticking out in that market is daunting. Then I figured, "Hey! I like slice-of-life, so maybe I'll write a nice peaceful story where nothing happens but you learn a lot," but started worrying about pacing and getting too autobiographical. I think it would be fun to team up with an artist and write a 4-koma but that might be a little too niche...
Posted 6/27/12

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Well for me i post mine here on crunchyroll. I make groups based after the stroy and pot them in said group. I don't care so much about people reading it( i sorta do) or getting it published. It's more like knowing i wrote a complete sotry. That satisfaction is what i seek. If a few people read it then it's just icing on the cake I do hope to one day turn them into either manga or an anime, but i doubt that'll happen. im an amateur in every way, but i still enjoy doing it. Even if no one else enjos the story i'm fine with being the only one who does.


Thanks for replying! It's great getting everyone's opinions on this subject. Do you prefer writing original fiction or fan-fiction?
Yeah, Crunchyroll isn't tailored for writers so I would imagine it's very difficult to get interest. But if you upload them on the internet then they're considered published so ta da! You've achieved that dream!
I don't know much about that business but I would assume it's very difficult to get your foot in the door as it would involve a bigger 'team' than the usual publishing industry. Still, it's been done. An artist on deviantArt did a very impressive piece of fan-art of the Simpson's and because of that, they now draw for Bongo Comics.
And I don't want to brag but I've been published


I know what you mean, though. When I was younger, I wrote for myself. I didn't care if the writing itself was terrible because it was just for me and I could imagine it in my head. The first chapter was pretty much Shakugan No Shana but the antagonist was Naraku (same name and everything! ) from Inuyasha, only he totally had the hots for the main character.
My main character was this beautiful and kind young girl who was actually a princess of this fantasy land and was able to use fire magic. She was then moved and trained into this school of said fantasy land and that's when she succeeds at everything. There was one character that I still think was good--he was a cheeky, spirited, flirty thief. A bit like Zell Dincht, really. As you could probably tell, I didn't focus too much on world building or characterisation.
Still, I wish I kept it. It would have been brilliant to read it through and then realise how much I've improved since then.
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lol I think I'm the most unoriginal... Fanfiction.
I've tried Quizilla but I got like one comment, so I got discouraged
and I didn't get ANY comments from dA so... yea Fanfiction it is.

But I've stopped writing a long time ago...
Posted 6/27/12

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I agree completely. One of the reasons I started publishing fanfiction was to help me take criticism (both positive and negative) in stride. I had expected people to go through my work with fine-toothed combs, but those kinds of reviews seem to be saved for the heavy hitters of the site. Though I suppose I could be doing more to spread the word about my work...

It's funny you should mention it, because I actually took a very interesting course last year called "Writers on Writing." It's exactly what it sounds like: various writers and poets come in to talk to a class about their work, their methods and their inspirations. It definitely hardened my resolve to stick with a career in writing (though the specifics on that are still blurry).


SenelCoolidge wrote:

I do hope to one day turn them into either manga or an anime, but i doubt that'll happen. im an amateur in every way, but i still enjoy doing it. Even if no one else enjos the story i'm fine with being the only one who does.


I often feel the same way. My ultimate dream is to become a novelist, but the prospect of sticking out in that market is daunting. Then I figured, "Hey! I like slice-of-life, so maybe I'll write a nice peaceful story where nothing happens but you learn a lot," but started worrying about pacing and getting too autobiographical. I think it would be fun to team up with an artist and write a 4-koma but that might be a little too niche...


Have you had a look at any of the forums and taken up people's offer of critique? Or temporarily join up to a different website and see how that goes? It may turn out that you have to pretty much whore yourself out to be noticed. Which is fine for people who have no pride [i.e me] or those who steel themselves against all the negative comments pointing out the attention whoring behaviour but it might not be for some people.
Actually, you could always look into doing requests. Not only would that boost up interest but that would mean you would have to upload more frequently.

That course sounds very interesting! If there was something like that here then I would definitely go to it.
Back in College, there was this creative writing club but after 3 sessions, it disbanded. I think one of the other teachers moved on to do something else and the other didn't have enough time in his schedule. It was a real shame because I loved it but we had yet to do any real writing. We were just taught about writing basics, which I already knew. It was things like people watching, keeping a notepad on you at all times, never miss an opportunity to sell yourself and so on.
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lol I think I'm the most unoriginal... Fanfiction.
I've tried Quizilla but I got like one comment, so I got discouraged
and I didn't get ANY comments from dA so... yea Fanfiction it is.

But I've stopped writing a long time ago...


It doesn't matter what you write, in the long run. Look how the Fifty Shades series has turned out. It was originally a Twilight fan-fiction and now it's taken the world by storm, as has its original counterpart.
With some websites you have to whore yourself out and adjust the style of writing to suit the audience so it can be difficult. Obviously I had a hard time at Quizilla but then once I joined dA, I always posted in the Thumbshare forum and the critique section. Sometimes you've got to make yourself noticed rather than wait for someone else to notice you.

How come you stopped writing? Did you lose interest in it or was it something that prompted you to give it up?
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Have you had a look at any of the forums and taken up people's offer of critique? Or temporarily join up to a different website and see how that goes? It may turn out that you have to pretty much whore yourself out to be noticed. Which is fine for people who have no pride [i.e me] or those who steel themselves against all the negative comments pointing out the attention whoring behaviour but it might not be for some people.
Actually, you could always look into doing requests. Not only would that boost up interest but that would mean you would have to upload more frequently.


Taking requests does make a lot of sense. Artists take commissions, so a writer, being a type of artist, would be able to do something similar (though of course I wouldn't charge). I might consider something like that.

It's not that I'm too proud to advertise for myself, really, it just feels odd for some reason. I'm not one to overtly tell people to check out what I write. I prefer a little suggestion on my profile page. If I do branch out, I think I would use what I publish on one site as a teaser that would hopefully attract readers to my work on other sites. That would be about the extent of my advertisement, I think.

Of course, now that I've had this discussion my head's been spinning with ideas. I've started to feel a desire to produce something of my own, so exploring a little further outside of my comfort zone doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore.
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Posted 6/27/12

WishingUnderThatStar wrote:


SenelCoolidge wrote:

Well for me i post mine here on crunchyroll. I make groups based after the stroy and pot them in said group. I don't care so much about people reading it( i sorta do) or getting it published. It's more like knowing i wrote a complete sotry. That satisfaction is what i seek. If a few people read it then it's just icing on the cake I do hope to one day turn them into either manga or an anime, but i doubt that'll happen. im an amateur in every way, but i still enjoy doing it. Even if no one else enjos the story i'm fine with being the only one who does.


Thanks for replying! It's great getting everyone's opinions on this subject. Do you prefer writing original fiction or fan-fiction?
Yeah, Crunchyroll isn't tailored for writers so I would imagine it's very difficult to get interest. But if you upload them on the internet then they're considered published so ta da! You've achieved that dream!
I don't know much about that business but I would assume it's very difficult to get your foot in the door as it would involve a bigger 'team' than the usual publishing industry. Still, it's been done. An artist on deviantArt did a very impressive piece of fan-art of the Simpson's and because of that, they now draw for Bongo Comics.
And I don't want to brag but I've been published


I know what you mean, though. When I was younger, I wrote for myself. I didn't care if the writing itself was terrible because it was just for me and I could imagine it in my head. The first chapter was pretty much Shakugan No Shana but the antagonist was Naraku (same name and everything! ) from Inuyasha, only he totally had the hots for the main character.
My main character was this beautiful and kind young girl who was actually a princess of this fantasy land and was able to use fire magic. She was then moved and trained into this school of said fantasy land and that's when she succeeds at everything. There was one character that I still think was good--he was a cheeky, spirited, flirty thief. A bit like Zell Dincht, really. As you could probably tell, I didn't focus too much on world building or characterisation.
Still, I wish I kept it. It would have been brilliant to read it through and then realise how much I've improved since then.


I do original stuff, but alot of my ideas are built up from things i've seen in anime, manga, and video games. I never once considered posting on the internet as being published. Well i guess that means i've been a published author for like 2 years now not rlly. And wow published at 8. Ur like my new hero. I wish i kept my older stuff too, but it all got delted, plus i hav a tendency to delete stuff when i think its not a good idea. One of my many quirks when it comes to writing.
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I do hope to one day turn them into either manga or an anime, but i doubt that'll happen. im an amateur in every way, but i still enjoy doing it. Even if no one else enjos the story i'm fine with being the only one who does.



I often feel the same way. My ultimate dream is to become a novelist, but the prospect of sticking out in that market is daunting. Then I figured, "Hey! I like slice-of-life, so maybe I'll write a nice peaceful story where nothing happens but you learn a lot," but started worrying about pacing and getting too autobiographical. I think it would be fun to team up with an artist and write a 4-koma but that might be a little too niche...


i get what u mean. To me the whole become a novelist htings it too overrated. I just feel like by becoming one you kind restrict yourself. I kinda had the same idea when it comes to slife of life too, but i wouldn't think you would need to pace yourself slife of life wise. Bineg as it is you could go as fast or as slow as you want. To avoid being autobiographical just snip and snap here and there. Tim it down a little, then it would be at least a little less autobio. I would love to team up with an artist to, but i feel weird asking someone to hel me bring one of my lames stories to life
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Figment is a good website for teenage/young adult writers
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