Infamously Based Writer
- Jun 2, 2020
Like many already said, a big factor is the first few readers. I had no expectations when I started posting my story, but the first readers and the comments I got here on SH were amazing and felt super nice and motivated me.
If I had started posting on RR first, I most likely would've stopped updating my story, too. I woke up the morning after my story got approved only to be greeted by a 1.9 Star rating. I kept updating regardless and was met with many more, let's call them questionable comments. Lots of blocks and cleaning up later, together with disabling my stats there, I still don't like that page, but I keep posting there because I found a few people who really enjoy my story there in the end.
A variety of reasons. Writing a novel is like being in a romantic relationship. A lot of them don't work out for all sorts of reasons. It's pretty uncommon for someone to end up with their first love or get into a long-term relationship on the very first date right?I have visited few author's profile to see their variety of stories that they have posted here, and noticed that many drop their stories in its beginning phase, like one or two chapters and bam! dropped. I can think of a few reasons like not having time or loosing all interest after writing couple of chapters but are there more reasons?
Lots of reasons, which fall under two categories.
Author’s fault. Insufficient plotting/planning, wrote into a corner, not feeling it, grown to hate the character and/or plot. You really should write lots of chapters ahead and be able to resolve most of these issues before anyone is aware of them, though.
Reader’s fault. Harassment, lack of views, nitpicking sort of stuff. You really shouldn’t care so much about what other people think, though. Concentrate on the good readers.
My case? Zero views. Z e r o. Which is horrible. Depression, ennui and deletion follow swiftly.
It doesn't really matter if the MC knows about it yet though. After all, once you do add the tags, the old chapters you are writing now will still be free of the content that made you add the tags. Readers drawn in by those tags will either be displeased and leave, or start trying to figure out who they refer to. Either way, if you're planning on using a tag, you should just add it right away. Anything else will lead to the arrival of those Toxic Readers you want to castrate, when they realize something they didn't want to read about was actually going to be in the story after all.Also I haven't put LGBT tags down yet because while it's very much a thing (I can think of at least five named rainbow characters), there's no way for the viewpoint character to know yet.
how are the readers the toxic ones here though? they're just pissed they were bamboozled.Anything else will lead to the arrival of those Toxic Readers you want to castrate, when they realize something they didn't want to read about was actually going to be in the story after all.
Hmm, poor phrasing. I meant to imply they would react rudely, not that they were toxic because their tastes were different. It's entirely possible for someone to just leave or politely explain why they were upset.how are the readers the toxic ones here though? they're just pissed they were bamboozled.