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April 30th, 2010


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02:56 pm - Open letter to fic writers
Dear fellow writers of fanfic,

I read a lot. I do not always comment on every fic I read, although I do try to leave some kind of note on most stories, unless my opinions would simply be of no use (i.e. "wow, everyone is OOC in this fic!"). This goes double for multi-part stories, where I do not always have stuff to say for every part, so I wait until the story is done to give my feedback.

This does not make me a bad person. It makes me a human being with limited time, and same goes for everyone else like me.

I have great pity for those of you who cannot imagine writing for less comments than you expected to get. It's much more fun to work from internal motivation than for just the (elusive) fannish cookies, I think. If I set my bar at, say, 5 comments or more, half of what I write would never be posted.

My $0.02.

Frustratedly yours,

izhilzha

p.s. flame me, and you're banned. just getting that out there.
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From:jd3000
Date:April 30th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Why would anyone flame you? People are that sensitive?

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 30th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Well, I hope not, but judging from other people's posts I've read, some are. *shrug*
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From:kalquessa
Date:May 1st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Sadly...yes. Very yes.
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From:maychorian
Date:April 30th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. Oh, how I facepalm.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 1st, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
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Nice response post from you, btw. :)
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From:sarcasticval
Date:May 1st, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say, is there something in the water? Not that I mind or disagree with either of you!
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From:aurora_novarum
Date:April 30th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Just for the record, I want you to tell me if my characters sound OOC to you. Or you know, lash me with a wet noodle. Your call.

I love feedback on stories, old and new, it's like crack (I like your name of fannish cookies). But yeah, it's a nice gesture, not a requirement.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 1st, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
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I meant more the kind of fic where I stop reading partway through because I realize that I've stumbled into fic that, for example, doesn't seem to care much about canon characterizations (blatant St. Daniel stuff, for example). I do try to give concrit when I have it, although it's kind of hard; unless I'm a dedicated beta I sometimes feel bad about it, even though many authors welcome it.

Feedback is cookies, yes. I love them, and I never get too many. *g*
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From:persephone_kore
Date:April 30th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Uh... I take it there's a fight on this currently?
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 1st, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
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Not really. I just stumbled over something that was the last straw on this camel's back about this particular topic, that's all. *g*
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From:persephone_kore
Date:May 1st, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
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It's just somebody else on my list posted on the same topic shortly afterward, and I got the sense of having nibbled the fringe of a conversation.
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From:maychorian
Date:May 1st, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
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Me, right? Yeah, we saw the same post and both reacted to it. It wasn't even that big of a deal. Just something that's been brewing for a long time for me, and when I saw izh's response I was like, Hey, might as well write my own.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 1st, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, not a conversation, just a comment somewhere that made me realize that I had thoughts on the subject--on the whole school of thought, and on many discussions about it--that needed expressing.
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From:bonwriter
Date:May 1st, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Well said! If your self-worth as a writer depends entirely on the volume of positive feedback you receive, then you really need to get a new hobby. Writing has to be driven by self-gratification. An appreciate audience is just icing on the cake.
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From:kalquessa
Date:May 1st, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes I think fandom suffers from what I believe is called an "external locus of identiy." Or that's what Leonard's mom on Big Bang Theory calls it. (What? Am I the only one who pretends to know stuff that I actually just heard about on that show?) But yeah. The OMG COMMENT OR I WILL NEVER POST THE SECOND HALF thing is just one way in which the problem manifests.

Edited at 2010-05-01 05:13 pm (UTC)

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