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rxtales
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:02:13 PM

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A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?
Ropetease
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:09:09 PM

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I tend to write and then post. The ones I have posted here were written awhile ago and as soon the parts catch up to latest chapter I will post as soon as they are done.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:32:35 PM

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rxtales wrote:
A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?


Posting them as you write them is fine as long as you don't wait too long between chapters...I've only done one multi-part story and I made that mistake...I posted the first chapter and it took me about a month to get the second chapter written...


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Lisa
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:44:26 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
rxtales wrote:
A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?


Posting them as you write them is fine as long as you don't wait too long between chapters...I've only done one multi-part story and I made that mistake...I posted the first chapter and it took me about a month to get the second chapter written...


That's my problem too. I wrote a three part story last year that was intended to be much longer, and haven't finished it yet. I get too easily distracted and lose interest.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:28:15 PM

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Lisa wrote:
DirtyMartini wrote:
rxtales wrote:
A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?


Posting them as you write them is fine as long as you don't wait too long between chapters...I've only done one multi-part story and I made that mistake...I posted the first chapter and it took me about a month to get the second chapter written...


That's my problem too. I wrote a three part story last year that was intended to be much longer, and haven't finished it yet. I get too easily distracted and lose interest.


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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:36:24 PM

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rxtales wrote:
A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?


I have read some amazing first parts, even second parts to stories; here and on other sites. But then the remaining parts take the authors way too long to post. And I get tired of waiting. So I just do not bother with serial stories, or stories done in parts.

When I write, I write the whole story first before submitting it, and submit it as one complete story as one entry. I do feel that if the story is strong enough, no matter the length, readers will read it. I've even been told a couple of times to split some of my stories up into various parts and resubmit them. Which I do not feel comfortable doing. So I do not, and keep them as one, as one read.

But I do think the category of "Novels" scare some readers off.

Take two stories..
"A Dream to Build a Life On" 1,125 views- Novels two years
"Self Discovery" 6,047 views- Bisexual a couple of months

Both are similar in length, yet, I receive so many more messages about "Discovery" then I do on "A Dream". Where in my personal opinion, "A Dream" is a better story.

So all I say to it is... meh... to each their own.



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DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:44:06 PM

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I'd like to add to the above comment that I usually don't attempt to read a multi-part story until I think all of the chapters are posted for the reasons Woman mentioned.

I would never read the first chapter of anything until I'm pretty sure the rest of it is posted...


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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:58:09 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
I'd like to add to the above comment that I usually don't attempt to read a multi-part story until I think all of the chapters are posted for the reasons Woman mentioned.

I would never read the first chapter of anything until I'm pretty sure the rest of it is posted...


I forgot to mention, that it all depends on who the author is. If I am new to the author, no. I won't make the effort. If it is an author I have read before and enjoyed it for the various reasons I enjoy stories, then yes. I probably would make the effort. But there are very few authors who fall into that group.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:29:54 PM

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Multi-chapter stories are a challenge for every erotica author. Most people simply don't have the attention span or desire to follow a longer story. Those that do, however, often really enjoy them because of the depth of character development you can achieve.

I tend to avoid "chapter one" and "chapter two" statements in a story title. Now, I just try to make each chapter be able to operate as a stand-alone story. Most of my stories are longer than most, and that's simply because I hate breaking things up, and only do so if absolutely necessary. The character count guidelines on this site do affect the way I write a story because I want to ensure I can post it as a stand-alone story instead of smaller chapters. I find a story can lose momentum when there are days or weeks in between posts.

I am writing a series at the moment, but they are all stand alone stories with different character voices, simply bound together through a common plot device. Hopefully that doesn't deter readers. But most people who read my stories know what to expect in terms of style and length, so those that enjoy them will read them and those that don't will choose not to. It's all a readers choice as to what kind of erotic story they prefer, and I find this varies dramatically on this site.


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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:56:16 AM

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I've written (and illustrated) sex stories for years with no audience for the smut that I found so steamy. Serious case of writer's blue balls. I discovered Lush a bit more than a month ago and I squirted out a story with every downstroke for a while.

Now I've got incomplete series all over the place.

Oh, the remorse. Guilty of reader abuse. I promise to amend my ways and finish my series before publishing.


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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:04:33 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
rxtales wrote:
A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?


Posting them as you write them is fine as long as you don't wait too long between chapters...I've only done one multi-part story and I made that mistake...I posted the first chapter and it took me about a month to get the second chapter written...


I would have thought that it's not the chapter's that count; it's making a good story last's to the end = then split it into chapter's.

Not that I have, but if I was writing chapter's every month I'm pretty sure me being me; I would run out of steam.
My entusiasim and passion for a certain story that contained chapter's would have to be grounded in the basic's well before I started!
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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:16:08 PM

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I've been asked to write sequels or part twos on both the stories i've done but I can't imagine any other stories I do in the future would be improved by tying them to an existing story - that said, if you have a very popular tale, why not.

Given the amount of changes of mind I have about characters and situations i have in just a 1000 word story, I'd need a very clear idea of how all the chapters in a story would work out - don't think I'd be very good writing in what would essentially be a soap-opera style otherwise.

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 1:27:52 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
Posting them as you write them is fine as long as you don't wait too long between chapters...I've only done one multi-part story and I made that mistake...I posted the first chapter and it took me about a month to get the second chapter written...


Same here, although, to be more precise, I try to write a tale that is open-ended enough to deserve a sequel but can stand alone. If the adoring public seem hungry enough for a sequel then I try to oblige and hope I can get it finished before their interest is lost.


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Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 9:23:56 PM

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rxtales wrote:
A lot of people write their stories in parts do you tend to post them as you write them? Or write most of them before posting?


Sorry D, I saw this low hanging fruit on the tree and just had to go - here.


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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:55:13 AM

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I feel that if you post them as you write them, the story might lose it's substance due to a deadline for later chapters to finish your story. I would rather spend the extra time to finish off the story over just having something posted.

Just let it go.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 5:15:57 AM

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I feel that serialising a story is a bit off putting but doing a sequel is a different matter. You could write the continuing adventures of some sex mad fiend or other with a different scenario for each one but with the same characters or central figure especially if it was an established and well liked character. The hard put would be avoiding a formula such as used by Ian Fleming or Catherine Cookson.
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 3:50:19 AM

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This is a topic that's really interesting to me. I am a new writer and my style is to tell a longer story, which allows me to create more complex characters and plot.

The previous series I wrote, I posted as I wrote it. I did struggle to get it written quickly, as I am sure most writers now, it's hard to find the time to sit down and write when life as a habit of getting in the way.

I have just started my second series, and although I thought it would be a good idea to write the complete series and then post it, after the first part was complete, I couldn't resist posting it, so I could get feedback on what the readers thought.

This has put me under pressure to get the next parts written.

I think if I ever write a series again, I will complete it before posting.


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So far, most of my writing has been a collection of continuing and intertwining stories. I write in chapters mostly because I don't know how well a 15,000 word story would work out on a site like Lush. At the same time, I only really post the chapters when I know the next segment will be coming in a reasonable amount of time.

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 5:32:08 PM

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What would you think the optimum time should be between Chapters or episodes of a three part serial? Do I post one a week, or longer/shorter interval? This is my first effort at a three-part story, only attempted because I thought the whole thing would be too long in one block.
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hotgirluk26 wrote:
What would you think the optimum time should be between Chapters or episodes of a three part serial? Do I post one a week, or longer/shorter interval? This is my first effort at a three-part story, only attempted because I thought the whole thing would be too long in one block.


I would say 2–3 days. It leaves enough time for quite a number of people to read it but is also short enough to keep it fresh in people's minds.

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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 11:54:59 AM

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The story I have on here is a trilogy that I took time to write in between school and work. I have another story in the works that may get stretched out to several chapters, depending on how well each one is received. I try to not wait too long in posting subsequent chapters or parts to a story, but it happens.

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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 1:25:45 PM

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I probably should have read this thread before embarking on a multi-part series. I wrote the first three parts quite quickly, but now I'm a little bit stuck.

Part of the problem is that I've other things taking priority over writing for Lush at the moment, but I also got more interested in the story that will be the fifth part, and have written a lot more of that than part four.

It was also never supposed be a multi-part story, but having written the first part, I got interested in the characters and could see all sorts of ways to develop the characters and relationships. I'm pleased with the way it is going at the moment (apart from the delays), but can see why writing the whole thing at once and then posting each part separately would be a good idea.

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after Reading this thread I will wait to post them. i have 3 muliti part stories planned 2 of which I am working on now.

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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013 1:23:52 PM

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I usually just post as I finished parts. I try not to end on cliffhangers, though, except for Diaries of a Sexshifter. I don't think that one's ever getting completed...
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I normally write all mine at once and then submit them, except the last one because it was a four piece. I do have to say though, I’m not a big fan one multi piece work because not everyone reads them all, I hate when I see like story one get 25 comments/scores and story two just 18 comments/scores and story three get 22 comments/scores. It drives me crazy, and part of my OCD, I guess? I don’t write many multi pieces but do have a few.

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I'm writing a multi-part story now. Putting the parts up one at a time to then focus on the next is a very good motivator for me.

Being honest, it's a partial re-write of something I wrote years ago. This time though is doing it the justice I should have done to it first time round.

I do put the chapter number on the title, my frustration is that you cannot easily chain these together here without asking for an edit. Or at least that's what I think you cannot do. Very happy to be corrected.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 3:53:41 PM

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Post as I write. I like taking a short break between each part, think of different scenarios; work them out in my head for a while. Also, like to see the feedback from the readers which helps me pick the next direction to take with the story
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Guilty!!

Posted stories without complete endings. I'm avoiding that in the future. I do have stories that don't get to the sex until chapters three or four so I doubt they'll get published here. I really should finish what I've started before starting new ones but I reach a block or a new idea springs up and I just have to get it out. *sigh crybaby
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013 7:40:18 PM

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I am guilty of writing in parts, but like Dancingdoll, I try to make each segment a story in itself, but, making the ending "open" so I can continue the story. But I always write two or three segments/chapters before posting the first. I am very aware of my wandering mind that will send me off elsewhere. One thing I have found, that helps ME, but not everyone, is, if in the middle of a story a new theme hits me, I crank up a new page and jot down notes, so I don't lose, what at the time felt like another great story line. That gets it out of my head, and I can continue on with my current project. Of course this doesn't help writers block on your current project, if you've lost interest, because that basically is what writers block is.
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