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Writing a story

You can share your story with the world anywhere, at any time on Wattpad! But before you take off on your writing journey, it’s important to understand our Content Guidelines. Once you do that, it's time to start creating your story.

Here are some simple steps to start a story and then save it, regardless of if you are online or offline. 

Please note that, at the moment, it’s not possible to upload text files, such as a PDF or Word document, onto Wattpad. It is also not possible to transfer stories between accounts.

Click on a platform to find out how you can start writing your story.

On iOS

  1. Tap on the Create button in the bottom navigation bar
  2. Select Create New Story
  3. Fill in any part of the story info (add a cover, story title, description) or press Skip

You will be brought to the editing page where you can title the story part and start writing.

You can add photos or videos; be sure to read our guide: Adding media to your story

Once you’ve finished writing and given your part a title, you have the following options:

  • Publish the part
    • Press Publish
    • Fill out at least a title and choose a category
    • Press Publish
  • Save the part as a draft
    • Tap on Part 1
    • Select Save as draft
  • Preview the part
    • Tap on Part 1
    • Select Preview

Please note: If you publish the part, it will appear on your profile.

You can go back and add or modify any part of your story at any time. Here are some links to help you out:

Adding a story part

Editing a story part

Publishing a story part

 

On Android

  1. Tap on the Create button in the bottom navigation bar
  2. Select Create New Story
  3. Fill in any part of the story info (add a cover, story title, description) or press Skip

You will be brought to the editing page. Here you can title the story part and start writing.

You can add photos or videos; be sure to read our guide: Adding media to your story

Once you’ve finished writing and given your part a title, you have the following options:

  • Publish the part
    • Press Publish
    • Fill out at least a title and choose a category
    • Press Publish
  • Save the part
    • Tap the  More options button in the upper right-hand corner
    • Select Save
  • Preview the part
    • Tap the  More options button in the upper right-hand corner
    • Select Preview

Please note: If you publish the part, it will appear on your profile.

You can go back and add or modify any part of your story at any time. Here are some links to help you out:

Adding a story part

Editing a story part

Publishing a story part

On Desktop Web

  1. Click on Write on the top navigation bar
  2. Click on New Story
  3. Enter a title and select a category (all other details are optional)
  4. Click on Save in the upper right-hand corner
  5. When the page refreshes, click on Untitled Part 1 (under Table of Contents)

Please note: If you're not seeing the "Write" button, it might be because your browser's screen is zoomed in. In this case, try reverting it back to 100% or smaller.

Now you can title your story part and start writing. You can also add photos or videos; check out our guide on adding media: Adding media to your story

Once you’ve finished writing and given your part a title (optional), you have the following options:

  • Save and preview the part
    • Click on Save or Preview
  • Publish the part
    • Click on Publish
    • Add a cover (optional) and then click Next
    • Type in a description (optional) then click Publish
    • Click on View and share your story and you’ll be able to view your new part as a reader would see it

Please note: If you publish the part, it will appear on your profile.

You can go back and add or modify any part of your story at any time. Here are some links to help you out:

Adding a story part

Editing a story part

Publishing a story part

On Mobile Web

At this time, we haven't optimized the writing experience for mobile web, so there's currently no easy way to create or publish new stories when using it. 

You can still access your works by going directly to the URL https://www.wattpad.com/myworks.

If you're using a phone, we highly recommend using the Wattpad app to easily create and publish stories.


Troubleshooting

If you’re having trouble publishing your story part or parts, it might be that you’re unverified. Please see our guide on verification for more details: Verifying your email or account

If you're verified, please read our articles on troubleshooting issues on the website and troubleshooting issues on the apps

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