Recently i came across a story on a different site and liked it so i started reading more from the author. The site on which i was reading was a free site that operates on donations. When i reached a certain part in a story, it asked to go to the authors site for a special chapter. I did so. When i wanted to read the special chapter however i found out you had to be a member of the site. I went ok lets see if they offer free membership, turns out they dont. So i figured the special chapters probably has no bearing on the story. However as i started to read the next chapter it referenced a key event that happened in the special chapter. At this point, as a reader, i became a bit angry as if youre going to tease an special chapter you should tell us if it has any influence on the story. I felt cheated because it involved the engagement of two major characters and the next chapter its like oh yeah they got engaged. They also had a crossover between stories and would just say after so and so happened. They would make these allusions to events in the first chapter in each story involved after the special/cross -over happened. My question is as an author do you feel that it is right to do that to a reader just for the sake of money? And to readers how would you have reacted?
Hey all I just rediscovered GA after years and years away. I used to spend countless hours here in late high school and college.
I loved sci-fi stories by the likes of dkstories and Christopher Lydon - especially Mists of Fate/Shapers Chronicles and The Falcon Banner (thought I’ve read all of them).
Any recommendations for new writers here who are carrying that torch?
Also does anybody know what ever happened to Dan and Christopher?
I read a writing tip today that seems sort of obvious... "Try to leave out the part readers tend to skip" (Elmore Leonard). But what part is that? It had to vary, but there's probably an overall consensus about the types of scenes or story elements that readers gloss over, skip past, or just stop reading. So share your thoughts to help GA authors improve our craft!
The Author/Reader relationship is important. Symbiotic in many ways. There’s no content for readers without authors. There’s no feedback and audience for authors without readers. We all know it’s a balancing act.
On GA stories I love to see engagement. On characters, plot and anything in between. You sometimes see things you missed. There can be a downside... The dreaded Spoiler! Often just a lucky guess.
As a writer, Does it frustrate you when a reader foresees plot course? Do you feel the need to rewrite? Are you pleased to see the guessing?
As a reader, Do you guess a possible future for story? Do you only comment up to current chapter??
I have seen some good guesses recently. It got me thinking! *no wisecracks from peanut gallery*
By Sam Wyer
I’m experiencing a whole new type of excitement from my writing, which I wasn’t at all expecting. When I first post a story, it’s very gratifying to see it being read, to see the ‘likes’ being clicked, and engaging with the comments from readers. As has been covered elsewhere, I’m sure that this is one of the things that contribute to why I write and post my stories online. But then the story ends, and the comments trail off, and the general sense of my story being a ‘live’ thing seems to shift rapidly towards it just being ‘a thing’. In short - the buzz is quite short term. I still see myself as being very much new here, and I only have a couple of stories posted, but the experience has been similar in both cases.
Whilst it being a seemingly predictable outcome, I’m aware that I miss the sense of people engaging with my work. And I can deal with that, maybe it even prompts me to continue writing new stories, who knows. But now, something new is happening. For the first time I’m experiencing people finding my ‘old’ story (yes I know, it’s hardly old by any standards as I’ve only been here a few months), and enjoying it, and even making contact with me about it. For me it feels like re-discovery, but of course for them it’s the first time, so it’s actually a discovery, and I’m realising that there’s an enduring quality to this writing thing. It’s pretty awesome isn’t it?
Anyway, that’s all, no deep and meaningful questions posed, I just wanted to share how much I’m enjoying this
Have a great day.