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SydneySider
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:01:07 AM

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dpw wrote:

This is my opinion and if yours differs, fine. I'm trying to write a story that's taking forever, I keep leaving it and coming back to it but I wouldn't submit part of it. I'll wait until I've completed it.


Then there is your answer. I'm a little confused as to why you asked for peoples opinions when this was yours all along. You do it your way, others will do it there's. It has little to nothing to do with the readers if and how writers decide to release their series should it be more than a single chapter. If the reader is truly a fan of your work, they will respect that you are either a) busy with the real world, b)divided with the direction of the plot, c) lost the motivation to continue at that present time, (plus a multitude of other reasons) and they will wait for the story to continue if and when its written.



ambidentrous
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:31:48 AM

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When people complain about long waits between chapters or stories I check their profiles to see if they are authors themselves. The right to complain about story frequency is earned by contributing stories to the community.
My hunch is that once a writer goes through the 10-15 hour process of actually writing a story and posting it, that writer will be much less keen to criticize anyone else's pace.

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dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:18:34 AM

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ambidentrous wrote:
When people complain about long waits between chapters or stories I check their profiles to see if they are authors themselves. The right to complain about story frequency is earned by contributing stories to the community.
My hunch is that once a writer goes through the 10-15 hour process of actually writing a story and posting it, that writer will be much less keen to criticize anyone else's pace.

That is the most ludicrous thing that's been posted in this thread! That's like saying only authors should comment on other stories! You aim your work at readers not other authors ergo you give them the right to comment and give their opinion. You on the other hand, who's posted 5 chapters this month, have the right to ignore those comments and opinions.
ambidentrous
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 7:42:53 AM

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dpw wrote:

That is the most ludicrous thing that's been posted in this thread! That's like saying only authors should comment on other stories! You aim your work at readers not other authors ergo you give them the right to comment and give their opinion. You on the other hand, who's posted 5 chapters this month, have the right to ignore those comments and opinions.


What you can't see is that it took three years to write the content I've posted here in the last month. I owe my readers another two chapters at least in one of my series and I'm afraid they're going to have to wait a while. Readers are free, of course, to comment on how the writing itself affects them, what they love or hate about my stories, and I welcome that kind of input. Criticism about the release times... not so much.

I post chapters (episodes, really) as I write them because, frankly, it's fun and I need some affirmation both to know that I'm on the right track and to know that anyone cares. You say that you won't post until you're finished, and that's fine too. I hope that readers love your story and make it worth your long wait.

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dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 7:58:43 AM

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ambidentrous wrote:


What you can't see is that it took three years to write the content I've posted here in the last month. I owe my readers another two chapters at least in one of my series and I'm afraid they're going to have to wait a while. Readers are free, of course, to comment on how the writing itself affects them, what they love or hate about my stories, and I welcome that kind of input. Criticism about the release times... not so much.

I post chapters (episodes, really) as I write them because, frankly, it's fun and I need some affirmation both to know that I'm on the right track and to know that anyone cares. You say that you won't post until you're finished, and that's fine too. I hope that readers love your story and make it worth your long wait.

I get that sinking feeling that I won't finish it and it'll all be a waste of time. That's why I'm thinking of doing some short one off stories. I can well imagine it took that long, I've been at mine for 3 months and it's only the first part. I've not even got to any nudity yet!
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 7:59:15 AM

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ambidentrous wrote:
When people complain about long waits between chapters or stories I check their profiles to see if they are authors themselves. The right to complain about story frequency is earned by contributing stories to the community.
My hunch is that once a writer goes through the 10-15 hour process of actually writing a story and posting it, that writer will be much less keen to criticize anyone else's pace.


I have to be honest here. When this thread first started, the first thing I did was look and see if dpw was an actual author on Lush. I saw that he wasn't and totally dismissed the thread. I thought to myself, "He doesn't really know how hard it is to write good stuff." I could post something every week if all I wanted to do is be on the first page. There are some who post a story or a poem several times a week. The question is: Are they worth reading? There are writers that I have waited on, begging them to post. I don't forget their story because it was just that good. And, when they post, I'm always very satisfied with their installment. I rather read something satisfying than something that wasted my time. I'll wait for quality.

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avrgblkgrl
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:01:00 AM

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SydneySider wrote:


Then there is your answer. I'm a little confused as to why you asked for peoples opinions when this was yours all along. You do it your way, others will do it there's. It has little to nothing to do with the readers if and how writers decide to release their series should it be more than a single chapter. If the reader is truly a fan of your work, they will respect that you are either a) busy with the real world, b)divided with the direction of the plot, c) lost the motivation to continue at that present time, (plus a multitude of other reasons) and they will wait for the story to continue if and when its written.


Amen.

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ambidentrous
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:49:47 AM

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dpw wrote:

I get that sinking feeling that I won't finish it and it'll all be a waste of time. That's why I'm thinking of doing some short one off stories. I can well imagine it took that long, I've been at mine for 3 months and it's only the first part. I've not even got to any nudity yet!


Do it, then. Write shorter things that you aren't so invested in. Let people see what you're capable of, and find out yourself what you're capable of. There are parts of writing that do require just sitting down, gritting your teeth, and pounding it out, but these stories... they're not Pulitzer prizewinning stuff. They're supposed to be fun to read and fun to write. Anything that undermines that is ultimately counterproductive.

If anyone points out my three dangling participles, I'll... threaten them.

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dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 2:04:46 PM

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SydneySider wrote:


Then there is your answer. I'm a little confused as to why you asked for peoples opinions when this was yours all along. You do it your way, others will do it there's. It has little to nothing to do with the readers if and how writers decide to release their series should it be more than a single chapter. If the reader is truly a fan of your work, they will respect that you are either a) busy with the real world, b)divided with the direction of the plot, c) lost the motivation to continue at that present time, (plus a multitude of other reasons) and they will wait for the story to continue if and when its written.

Every op on the forum is the poster's opinion and yet they ask for those of others. It's a really peurile attitude to ask why I asked for other's opinions!
My question is why don't authors wait until the story is complete before they publish?
I'm not doubting that there are a plethora of reasons nor am I doubting the time it takes to write, proofread and edit it. That doesn't mean that they couldn't wait until it was finished.
SatinBatty
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 3:16:10 PM

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So let me get this right, because YOU choose to wait until your story is completed before submitting it, means that EVERY other writer must do the same thing? As others have stated, writers do have jobs, families, other things that might keep them from knocking out a 10 part story "quickly". Or maybe they write because they are in the right frame of mind/inspiration to write. I don't think writers "hold out" on parts out of disrespect but more that other things came along to interrupt their flow.
kornslayer1
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:05:06 PM

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SydneySider wrote:


Then there is your answer. I'm a little confused as to why you asked for peoples opinions when this was yours all along. You do it your way, others will do it there's. It has little to nothing to do with the readers if and how writers decide to release their series should it be more than a single chapter. If the reader is truly a fan of your work, they will respect that you are either a) busy with the real world, b)divided with the direction of the plot, c) lost the motivation to continue at that present time, (plus a multitude of other reasons) and they will wait for the story to continue if and when its written.

Thank you. That's what I thought, and that's why I just stopped the forum war with him. He believed what he believed, and he wasn't going to change his mind. One I truly realized that, I just stopped.

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vines
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:16:11 PM

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I think if you are going to post up a story in sections do it weekly. And make sure you have each part done when the time comes. Even it is not the best you would like. It is just for the readers. You can always change it and makeit better when you are getting it to sell.
dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:30:00 PM

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SatinBatty wrote:
So let me get this right, because YOU choose to wait until your story is completed before submitting it, means that EVERY other writer must do the same thing? As others have stated, writers do have jobs, families, other things that might keep them from knocking out a 10 part story "quickly". Or maybe they write because they are in the right frame of mind/inspiration to write. I don't think writers "hold out" on parts out of disrespect but more that other things came along to interrupt their flow.

Nowhere have I ever said anybody must do anything, please don't try to twist my words!
I am asking why they don't publish when a piece is finished or at least what they do publish can stand alone. Could you imagine any author publishing the first 20 pages of a book then 2 months later another 20 and maybe 5 months later another 30 pages and so on? Do you think that would work?
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:32:41 PM

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dpw wrote:

Nowhere have I ever said anybody must do anything, please don't try to twist my words!
I am asking why they don't publish when a piece is finished or at least what they do publish can stand alone. Could you imagine any author publishing the first 20 pages of a book then 2 months later another 20 and maybe 5 months later another 30 pages and so on? Do you think that would work?


btw, my chapters are always self contained and work as stand alones just fine.
MadMartigan
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:35:02 PM

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dpw wrote:

Nowhere have I ever said anybody must do anything, please don't try to twist my words!
I am asking why they don't publish when a piece is finished or at least what they do publish can stand alone. Could you imagine any author publishing the first 20 pages of a book then 2 months later another 20 and maybe 5 months later another 30 pages and so on? Do you think that would work?


Welcome to the world of comics dude. Seems to work out well for them.

dpw
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MadMartigan wrote:


Welcome to the world of comics dude. Seems to work out well for them.


A good point.
Tellerman
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:26:58 PM

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IMHO I reckon almost any story can have another chapter. But from a newbie author's point of view, I want to move onto new material and ideas.
Guest
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:23:26 PM

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I just wanted to add that I am willing to wait. I would prefer high quality writing than something quick and not as good as it could be. I read George R.R Martin and eagerly await his next book but I understand he wants to do his best. Historical fiction is another genre I don't mind waiting for because the level of research is incredible and it is important not to throw the reader out of the time period. I would publish nothing here if I tried to write the whole thing beforehand. Maybe in time I will be good enough to bust out high quality writing quickly but I am not there and I know that.
I do have people asking for the followups and they are coming but I am not happy with them yet and until I am I can't submit them and feel good about it.


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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:45:54 PM

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There's a difference between stories in a series and chapters in a story.

My understanding of the OP refers to chapters, which are segments of a story. You need to read what has come before and what comes after for the segment to make any sense. They aren't meant to be read alone. When the delay between these segments is long and/or irregular, it's not a good thing.

The comic book example does make sense, but only if the segments are consistently released on the exact same timetable. I would still consider monthly to be a long gap for chapters of an erotica story.

A series is a different animal. For the most part, reading what has come before isn't so necessary, and reading what comes after isn't necessary at all. The driving force introduced in the story is resolved by the end of it.

It's a story. Maybe it's part of a larger story, but every section is a story in and of itself. Readers give you a lot more latitude to work at your own pace there because there's a ( hopefully ) satisfying conclusion to the major conflicts introduced up to that point. They're not waiting to find out what happened to the damsel on the railroad tracks or the hero hanging from the edge of the cliff. They're waiting to see what new adventures your characters are going to embark on next.

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 1:23:18 PM

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I read this thread and felt guilty, because last year I started a series and wrote five chapters in about five months, but then got distracted by other ideas, including competition stories, and never finished it.

So this year I made a resolution to finish it off, so I buckled down and got the last four chapters written before posting any of them. So they're all on a memory stick now, ready to go.

The first of them has actually been submitted today, and the other three will follow at three/four weekly intervals, I think.

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justalilfun
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:12:39 PM

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IMHO, I have only ever written for the fun and enjoyment of writing. The readers' comments and score are just a bonus for me.

I actually checked out a couple of my own stories. Yes there is one story that I never intended to a multi part story, but it could be. The way it ends for me was to be a sensual memory style ending. BUT after reading some of the replies to this thread and checking it out again, maybe it could be thought of as a bit of a cliffhanger in some readers' eyes?

I have only ever written 1 multipart story. Readers seem to love it, so yes I have given thought to how I will end it. When I published the first few chapters, I had not thought too much about how long it would be between publishing each chapter. I did write the first 4 or 5 before publishing it though. Now I am about to write the 8th chapter, I think it will be the last. Does that now mean for the few people who have enjoyed my story, they will be disappointed in it coming to an end?

Back to the main reasons I don't publish in a regular pattern.

Ideas come, the story is crap, no I don't publish it.

I don't get time between, work, family, my other releases in life, etc to write. So I don't bother trying to. As an example, I went twelve months between my last story and starting the multipart I am currently working on. I am sure I am not alone in this situation. I often wonder how the mods get any stories written - Hats off to you guys, without you, we can only wonder how our own stories would get here...

Just my opinion, take it or leave it...
ChrissieLecker
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 10:58:27 PM

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One reason that I publish my stories here instead of putting them into an anthology and self-publishing them as a commercial ebook is that I like to get feedback as the story progresses, that I am able to try out new ideas and see how well those are received. I'm not offended myself if a multipart story I enjoy isn't finished yet. It would be different if I had paid real money, but since reading here is free, I enjoy what others share with me and am happy.

That's also what gives writing for Lush a different feel than writing for commercial publishing. Here, it is a hobby that I can enjoy without pressure, while writing to get a novel out (perhaps even with a deadline) can and often does cross the threshold towards hard work. I already have a full-time job, and like justalilfun wrote, work, family and other facets mostly dictate when and how often there is time to write.

There are a lot of brilliant, but unfinished stories here on Lush. I wouldn't want to do without those, even if some of them may never get finished. It is nice if a long story that I like gets continued every week, but I don't mind either if I have to wait six months. That's life.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:16:32 PM

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I tend to write at about 5000 words a week (with bursts of manic output thrown in where I might write in excess of 5000 words a day) Unfortunately, those words are rarely pointed in one direction for long.

I love having a few open-ended stories up on Lush. I know it can frustrate readers when nothing happens for weeks/months/years but I think it's better that I have shared *some* of what's in my head. As a writer, they're familiar little worlds with characters that I can dip into when I've got time - I hope that this is how readers see them as well.

Each individual series is totally different. I know the entire story arc for 'Brother Sucker' and will almost certainly rattle off a few parts at some point in the future (then go annoyingly quiet again); I've got various scenes written for Amber which need to be tidied into something sensible. Ultimately I write for Lush when I want to relax and kick my writing heels up.

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