So you’re well underway writing your story on Wattpad. However, you see a strange decline, say, after just the third chapter. Believe it or not, I have found this is a normal trend. Even for books with thousands of views, the drop-off after around the third chapter is normal.
This is because about three chapters in is when the reader has decided whether they are hooked or not. So how do you combat this? How do you keep the reader reading?
How do you keep readers reading?
It may be hard to come to terms with, but you cannot hope to entertain every single person who comes across your works. You should expect that not everyone may find your story their cup of tea.
For the readers who find your story their cup of tea though, it is critical you be consist with updates.
When should you update chapters?
Many people will tell you to update every Friday or Saturday consistently. I am not going to recommend that for the new writer especially. You should at least try to keep some form of a update schedule whether that be every week or every month (maybe even every day?).
It all depends on what works for you. However, your reader is going to appreciate if you give them some idea of when to expect new chapters. In your profile, you should try to make some form of note of the story title and day of update.
Each time you post a chapter, make an announcement with a link to your story’s link. You may also want to talk a little bit about what goes on in the chapter to draw the reader’s interest.
In summary, find some form of schedule that works for you and post announcements each time you update. In your profile, post all works your working on and when you plan to update each.
You want to make sure you are consistent and that really is the key to all of this (and many things in life). If you have a passion for what you’re writing about and make your chapters the best quality they can be, the reads will come and you will gain more loyal readers. It’s not something (for most of us new writers) that happens overnight.
Stay consistent. Stay positive. Keep writing.