I’ve been writing on and off for years, but it’s mostly short fiction. I started writing the one series idea I have over at Reddit, mostly because it seemed like the easiest place at the time. But it wasn’t a great fit, and real life intruded too.
I’ve been writing actively for a couple of months now, so I’ve got some backlog I’m going to start posting here. I’ll start with the stuff already over on Reddit, but I’m looking forward to widening my story.
Thank you for the place to share!
parkertallan Wrote: Welcome to Royal Road. Cinn put together a beginner's guide which contains a lot of helpful information. You can find it here https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/111469 Since you've got some of your story already written, I'd suggest following her advice of not posting everything at once. Being active in the Forums and commenting on stories you read are great ways to interact with the community. Hope you find this a good place to share your work and that many readers enjoy it. Good luck.
Yeah, I saw a lot of that. I’ve got like a week of backlog scheduled. :D
Beyond what others have posted about the banner signature, I found a lot of great new reads in the new release section. I've found a few hidden gems in the bunch which I was all to happy to follow and upvote.
So that's Tip 1. Check out the new release section and have a look at what's coming out. Leave a vote for the ones you like. They can't see who voted for them, but it helps writers push past the insecurities of writing to an audience.
Tip2: Comment. Often. Even if it's just a 'good job' or an 'I liked this part'. Same as above, it gives the writer a nice positive push. But really, if you can engage with the content in some way, like coment on what's happening, or on a character's behaviour, or what wild theories you've concocted with the story, that goes so much further.
Tip 3: Rate. I don't rate anything that I personally feel is less than 3-stars, because I don't want people to quit over an opinion of their work. And a low rating without knowing why a reader rated that way can be devistating. The objective is to encourage while being authentic to you and your tastes.
Tip 4. Review. This ties into ratings - but unlike ratings, the writer and others CAN see your review. You have two options here. A critical review, which very few people actually want, comes in the form of feedback, criticism, etc (I tend to this privately and only when asked). Or you have the option of doing a general review, which I treat like a reader focused review. In this version try to focus on how I would explain what I just read to a buddy of mine, who happens to also read the same sort of things I do. It doesn't always go over well, but much like in writing, intentions aren't always perceived as intended.
I've made plenty of new friends here as a result, and I'm slowly building a community of readers while finding some new and inspiring talent which helps me learn how to write better stories.
Oh last tip! Remember to follow and favourite stories that you want to keep up with. It has the double bonus of keeping you notified of when a new update goes up, makes it easy to find in your personal library while making it easier for other people to find new exciting stories through you, AND it goes a long way to help out your fellow writers with their stats - it's part of what makes this place a great community.
Beyond that be patient, be consistent with your writing - post on a regular schedule after the first 10 days of posting. Readers trust reliable writers over the quality of the writing. Your posting schedule should match your ability to produce consistent quality of your writing style and story.
Finally, remember that everyone has their preferences. Remember why you're writing and keep going. You can only get better if you put in the time and practice.
Best of luck.