Hello, I am HappyCapybara, I just noticed these forums now and it seemed interesting so I thought I'd say hi. I'm a rather introverted person that loves books, especially fantasy fiction. I was inspired a while back to try writing and story and this is where it led me. I will occasionally post or reply in a forum if it strikes my interest. I hope if your reading this your having a wonderful day.

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Welcome to Royal Road. It is always nice to see another author here, and I wish for you the very best of luck! 😸

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Welcome! Once your fiction is approved, you can add a link to it in your forum signature for a little bit of free advertising. Even if your trips here are sporadic.

I hope you enjoy RR and your fiction finds an audience.
Unofficial RR Beginner's Guide
Science fictionSlice of lifeFanfic
(Book 3 In Progress)(Hiatus)(Intermittent) 

I also have fictions elsewhere. Fanfiction: FFN (Cinn), AO3 (Lilitia). Original: FictionPress (Lilitia).
Credit for avatar image - a doll creator on Rinmarugames. Unfortunately now defunct.

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Welcome to RR! I hope your story finds a readership here - when you take the brave step to positing it here. Here are a few tricks to help gain momentum in that time.

Beyond what others have posted about the banner signature, I found a lot of great new reads in the new release section. 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 comment 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 devastating. 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 - a lesson I had to relearn unfortunately. Just because they're asking for feedback doesn't mean they want it). 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.