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  2. This, right here. Thanks, @Ronyx. Reactions and comments are fuel for me... and if someone was to ask how many are enough, I'd say there are never enough. It is maddening when a reader consumes sixty chapters and leaves a reaction on the final one, or none at all. It is maddening too, when PMs come in relentlessly for more of something, and the reader asking(and keeps asking) has never bothered to leave comments. If they can write a PM, they can write a comment. I hope that doesn't sound harsh. I'm just being honest. Right now the system is going through a needed purge, and because of tha
  3. Feedback is crucial to the development of a novice writer, like myself. I want to become better. I want my writing to go from hobby to job. I believe enough has been said that there should be a change in regards to turning guest readers into account holders, or something of the sort. As a former salesman of incredibly overpriced mattresses, I firmly believe that a group discussion must take place. While I don't think this thread is the proper place, I'll leave some suggestions: -Allow guest readers to have access to the Like button, but not the reactions. This provides incentive for
  4. I have used the disclaimer feature of our story archive to add a note at the top and bottom of all chapters in the "Fiction" category. This is the largest category. I will continue to monitor our comments and if they go up, I'll look into deploying this in more places and getting an update to the system for prompting feedback.
  5. As has been discussed on the forums reactions are site wide. The main intention of the "I Read it" is for the forums and acknowledging something. We don't have the ability to use them selectively on different parts of the site. As I specifically mentioned that all we could expect was spam or anger if we forced comments, the apparently not clear enough implication is that No, we're not going to force commenting.
  6. Great post. I value the feedback I receive from readers on GA. Quite often the freely given comments (@Myrplease don’t force comments) and guesses from readers at how the plot will develop, helps me to keep a story fresh. Honestly, without feedback, and especially without comments however short and succinct, I would stop posting stories here. What other benefit is there for a writer? But giving feedback effectively is an art. As an writer, I am putting my heart on the line every time I post or publish a story. If I am being given feedback on GA, particularly constructive feedback,
  7. I enjoy the interaction with my readers. I've met some wonderful people on GA as a result of their comments, both positive and negative. It helps me grow as a writer to hear what works and where I'm screwing up. That said, I know a lot of people don't actually log in to read. I'm guilty of that a lot of times. I have to remind myself to log in and go back to those chapters to comment or at least leave a reaction. It can cause a writer to grind their teeth when people try to guide the story where they feel it should go, but that's part of doing this. Writing is my hobby, something I won't ever
  8. Always good to know 30% think like me. Write or die; all comments welcome (good or bad).
  9. You've given an excellent list of possibilities regarding feedback. I am sometimes dissuaded from commenting when there are several pages of comments, and I'm not sure how to find the place to comment. Yes, I'm a bit slow with some things. As for motivation, a strong motivation for me is responding to writing 'challenges'. [ a word I prefer to competitions]. When given a topic, it's fun to see what I can make of it, and equally interesting to see what others have done with it. Instead of providing a comprehensive list of ideas, however, perhaps sometimes an interesting photo might work
  10. Perhaps you could include a statement at the end of each chapter submission that reads something like: The mission of Gay Authors is to provide you quality stories. To insure this is successful, we strongly encourage interaction between reader and author. Feedback is important for the success of our mission. Comments are a motivating factor, and they are greatly appreciated by this author. I've been doing this for a long time, and if readers don't want to interact, they won't for many reasons. However, if they are reminded each time they read something they enjoy, perhaps it will mo
  11. This has been a struggle since the get go. I'm a writer myself, even if I struggle to find the time between working full time and keeping GA up and running. I know feedback is important. But each other has a different level of desire and need for it. I've been wracking my brain on how to: Lower the barrier on providing feedback. Overcoming the majority of readers high threshold for free writing a comment. For security sake, I can't allow guests to post. The staff would be chasing spam 24/7. Reactions only work when people log into their account. Reactions aren't quite
  12. Exactly, and to get 5 react emojis on something I spent time and effort on... Even if you hated it - you got the little bomb face and the check mark to let me know you were there. I would put money on the idea that most of the people I interact with have no idea I ever posted anything, and that the lack of response at all is why I stopped bothering to post what I write. Quite obviously I was not worth their time. I I would settle for 2 or 3 seconds to click a reaction. I started out saying I knew no one wanted my opinion and here I am spouting off. I'
  13. I don't think readers really understand how important it is for writers to hear from them. Most writers, like myself, never receive a penny for what we do. We spend long hours writing, proofreading and editing so that we can present the best possible story for our readers. Other writers spend hours interacting with proofreaders or beta readers. We take great pride in what we do. There is nothing more discouraging than posting a work we've labored over for weeks, and then sit back and wait for responses that never come. One of the greatest rewards, and most often the only one, is corresponding
  14. I love feedback from readers in any form, likes and/or comments. It is lovely to know that the reader took the time to like a chapter, especially on a binge read. You can sometimes read a story moving through and forget to like as you read, but then you go back and like all the chapters. I really love it 😁 and take that as an awesome thing.
  15. Any kind of reaction is better than none whatsoever I personally enjoy seeing likes and other reactions left on my story, but naturally, the comments left by the readers - especially those that are detailed - really make the effort of writing (which exists, even if I enjoy it) feel more worth it.
  16. If people just give you a thumbs up—okay, be my guest. But that doesn't tell you if they did that because they like you like that you post at all like the storyline like your craft That's why I prefer comments to reactions. They tell you if your readers understood the chapter and that they thought about it as well. Comments like "Good! More!" could have been sent by a bot just as well. So if I see, this really came from a human being who cares about my work, I'm very happy.
  17. I didn't answer above since I am not an author and no one really wants my opinion. I can tell you, however how much of a turn off it is to post multiple prompt responses and I think the one with the highest number of reactions was five. Makes posting not worth the time if no one reads.
  18. Feedback is fun. It helps me know if the reader’s are understanding what is is happening.
  19. I am checking to see what keeps us going as writers. People that are writing and posting, please take a minute to answer these.
  20. Mine is, it's just a lot rustier, lol!
  21. This is not precisely what I was grasping at. Narrating family history is a means of achieving a story within a story, as in an epistolary novel, but it doesn't quite grasp what I was trying to convey, and as for telling campfire stories you need to expand upon your reasoning... I wish that I could have been more expansive in my earlier description. Unfortunately, my memory isn't quite the trap that it used to be.
  22. Okay, this makes sense. I suspect that if I ever succeed in getting any of my stories ready to post, they will now be better than they would have without your advice. Ooh! More good advice. Thanks, Gary! Characters telling campfire stories or narrating family history are an obvious example. I suppose that an epistolary novel is by definition a series of flashbacks, isn't it?
  23. Flashbacks can become a complete story of their own, unfolded within the telling of a seemingly separate story that ends with a clear connection to both. I have a vague remembrance of reading such a work by a well known author at one point in my long history of reading fiction, along with the vague recollection of having enjoyed the combination, but for the life of me I can't remember more than that. Maybe more details will come to me a some point and I can add them to this post later.
  24. Flashbacks have to keep the story moving. You can't just hit pause and spend the time filling in stuff better covered in other ways. They have to form part of the overall structure. I quite like using them in the right context. They add depth or indeed take away things from a character. They might tell a part of the story that otherwise won't get told. One story of mine on here is centred around flashbacks. Without them and what they tell, there would be no story.
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