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  1. What kind of stories are you reading beyond the web pages of Gay Authors? Tell us the title, author, a summary, and any other information you might want to add. Up-and-coming titles that have yet to be released are welcome, too!
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. 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*
  6. 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. Sam
  7. Ok, I'm posting this here because I'd like other ideas and opinions. Over the past couple months I've been approached by two authors for not continuing to comment on their stories. These stories are stories I liked... It was authors actions that turned me off. If you choose to interact on this site. You choose to interact with your readers. When you interact with some of your readers, shun others... That's just rude and obnoxious. As an author. I respond to any comment, PM, or mention anywhere on the site. When you alienate your readers... Don't expect them to support your work. The way I was approached, the authors seemed to be more upset their wouldn't be a like and a comment. How do you interact with readers on cite? Do you play favorites?
  8. To begin, I apologize if similar threads have been posted before, please bear with me. I have never taken any creative-writing course and I have never written a work of fiction. However, I have considered maybe writing for GA in the past year. It was only in this past week, during live Chat, that authors such as Scotty94, Celethiel, Rustle and others have convinced me to give writing a try. (Thank You guys! ) Of course I asked them for advice for how to proceed and each one gave excellent responses. The purpose for this thread is to broaden that discussion to include anyone else who has advice, thoughts, or insights. The question is, with my minimal (near zero) experience in fiction, How should I proceed? Should I just take the proverbial jump and learn as I go; or should I take a course in creative writing (or at the very least some lessons) before I begin to write? Your thoughts are most welcome.
  9. Recently, there has been a heated debate in the other writing community I participate in about what should and should not constitute a happily ever after in a romance novel, and whether a novel should NEED a happily ever after to be considered a romance at all. The response has been overwhelmingly "Yes, a HEA is needed for a novel to be considered a romance", but that response has largely come from an overall homogeneous audience with a very small handful of writers/readers disagreeing for varying reasons. For full disclosure, I will say the overwhelming response of "yes" has come from readers/writers who identify as females and the few responses that have said "no" have come from readers/writers who identify as queer males. I don't want to bring the women vs men argument into this particular topic because it got very unfriendly on the other board (and in social media), and I do feel like it's irrelevant in the long run because different people have different perspectives regardless of their gender. However, I bring it up because GA is MUCH more diverse as far as gender and orientation, so I'm curious as to what the results of this question would be here. Please satisfy my curiosity by answering the poll? Pretty please? What do you consider a romance when you are writing? Do romance novels need a happily ever after ending to be a true romance? 1) Yes. At the end of a romance novel, I need to know that the main characters will be together indefinitely. 2) Yes, but I am also fine with a "happy for now". No need for a life-long promise of commitment officially stated in the text. 3) No. I think a novel should still be classified as a romance as long as it contains a strong love story and romantic arc, even if the MCs have to part ways or if one of them dies.
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