Yes, I’m that guy… the noob.
…kind of. Let me explain. (Sorry in advance, as this’ll be long.)
About a year ago, I actually started a story on here. I had got three episodes in, as you need to post it (if I’m not mistaken) and I’d become fairly familiar with the script writer/editor. However, fow some reason that I truly don’t remember, I was ended up taking it down and deleting it. I had spent quite a bit of time making it (as I’m sure anyone who created stories on here would know). I had researched how to do different effects with the camera and characters, and all that stuff. At heart, I am a perfectionist, with an extreme eye for detail in my work. I recall when I made my old story, I spent a lot of time, after I had written the episode out, going back and doing various little things to make the characters seem more alive. This probably meant putting in animations when they weren’t necessarily needed, which only made more work for me. I wasn’t satisfied unless I did so.
For some reason, I took the story down, and deleted it, and honestly didn’t intend on coming back here to make stories. But recently, I had a desire to do so. So… I’m here, to restart as a noob. But I want to get it right this time, so hard work isn’t put forward by me with no reward, per se. So, this is why I’m here, to talk to others and see how I can do this right this time.
I want to write another story, and at the moment, I have several ideas floating around in my head that I considered doing on a RPing site I’m on. But I decided against this due to the uncertainty of them actually going anywhere, and me wanting to try a different medium to test storytelling. But before I do, I want to speak to others in the community to see what advice I can get.
I’ve kind of read through some forum posts here and there about certain things with getting a story recognized. But before I go forward, I do want to stress that I’m not in this to get the most reads. I’m fine if mine stayed at something low, but consistent. I just want to make sure I don’t put hard work into making it and having zero reads. With that said, let me move on.
So I understand the basics when it comes to a good story and characters you can relate with and/or like. I’m not so much concerned on that side of the bigger picture in this post. I am confident in myself to create a good story, plot, etc. What I’m wondering how to do is get people to read your stories. I’ve never actually seen anywhere on the app that shows new stories just published, so I’m not sure where it would even pop up unless someone knew the name of it and read it.
So I suppose my first, and only question (for now), is how do I get people to read it. Sure, I get that titles, descriptions, and cover pictures are important. But even if you get that right, how do you know people will still be able to read it, give feedback, stuff like that? Again, let me stress that I’m not in this for popularity, to get the most reads, what have you. I don’t care if I had a small group of readers. All I want to know is how I can get some people to read my stories so that all the hard work making them doesn’t go to waste. I have stories I’d like to write for
others to experience. I just don’t know how I get people to even see it to read it and give it a chance.
While we’re at it, if you have any other advice you would like to give, go ahead and share it! I really want to be open here to any advice so I know how to get it right. Any advice helps!
Thank you, everyone!