Welcome Guest Search | Active Topics | Members | Log In | Register

Time between chapters/parts Options · View
SydneySider
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:01:07 AM

Rank: Candy Connoisseur
Moderator

Joined: 11/6/2011
Posts: 2,123
Location: Sydney, Australia
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

Rank: Active Ink Slinger

Joined: 12/15/2013
Posts: 10
Location: South Africa
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.

Darkroom series (light exhibitionist)
Amnesty Program series (first time)
dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:18:34 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 9/15/2013
Posts: 4,457
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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

Rank: Active Ink Slinger

Joined: 12/15/2013
Posts: 10
Location: South Africa
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.

Darkroom series (light exhibitionist)
Amnesty Program series (first time)
dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 7:58:43 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 9/15/2013
Posts: 4,457
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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!
avrgblkgrl
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 7:59:15 AM

Rank: In-House Sapiosexual
Moderator

Joined: 9/28/2011
Posts: 1,616
Location: Where you need me most..., United States
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.

Give it a read💋
avrgblkgrl
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:01:00 AM

Rank: In-House Sapiosexual
Moderator

Joined: 9/28/2011
Posts: 1,616
Location: Where you need me most..., United States
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.

Give it a read💋
ambidentrous
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:49:47 AM

Rank: Active Ink Slinger

Joined: 12/15/2013
Posts: 10
Location: South Africa
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.

Darkroom series (light exhibitionist)
Amnesty Program series (first time)
dpw
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 2:04:46 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 9/15/2013
Posts: 4,457
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 12/13/2010
Posts: 198
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

Rank: Evil Metalhead Dude

Joined: 4/1/2011
Posts: 753
Location: My Own Personal Hell, United States
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.

Feel free to check out any of my stories. I have a few poems too.
Guest
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:16:11 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 701,056
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

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 9/15/2013
Posts: 4,457
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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?
sprite
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:32:41 PM

Rank: Her Royal Spriteness
Moderator

Joined: 6/18/2010
Posts: 18,012
Location: My Tower, United States
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.

Live, love, laugh.
MadMartigan
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:35:02 PM

Rank: Raised on Blackroot

Joined: 6/17/2013
Posts: 2,191
Location: United States
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
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:42:16 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 9/15/2013
Posts: 4,457
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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

Rank: Active Ink Slinger

Joined: 12/18/2013
Posts: 31
Location: Australia
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

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 701,056
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.


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

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 1/29/2012
Posts: 199
Location: Alternate Reality, United States
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.

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

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 6/8/2011
Posts: 1,612
Location: London, United Kingdom
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.

Click on the link below to visit my profile page, for award-winning filthy stories and arousing pics. Go on, it's just one click.

You know you want to...

http://www.lushstories.com/naughtyannie

You don't know what you're missing 'til you try it
justalilfun
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:12:39 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 11/16/2012
Posts: 110
Location: Somewhere near Kingaroy, Australia
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

Rank: Story Verifier
Moderator

Joined: 9/21/2013
Posts: 1,188
Location: Here and there, everywhere, Germany
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.

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

Rank: Story Verifier
Moderator

Joined: 7/8/2012
Posts: 739
Location: The naughty little world inside my head, United Ki
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.

Now... back to that script I'm writing...

LuckyJim
Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2015 2:23:11 PM

Rank: Rookie Scribe

Joined: 7/1/2015
Posts: 8
Location: United States
I'm new here, so give my response the credit you think it deserves. I'm a little confused by the point dpw is trying to make. His own series "Killing Curiosity" was posted in 3 segments from March 5th through April 15th. It obviously wasn't a completed work before he posted it. The delay that many writers face is a subjective and completely relative process. There isn't any justification due to anybody. As a "reader" I've never felt disrespected. It has never even occurred to me to think that.
Jessica_Jones
Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 10:01:38 AM

Rank: Passionate Scribbler

Joined: 5/23/2015
Posts: 66
Location: The Enchanted Forest, Canada
I am so guilty of waiting too long! I have a semi-complete 5th chapter to my series, and I can't seem to get down to it. I know there are a few people waiting on it, but i'm easily distracted into new projects. Like, why am I ever here in the forums? I need to be writing.... d'oh!
HotWife4U
Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:47:04 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 8/12/2015
Posts: 100
Location: Ventura , United States
I have only published two and writing the third now. So I guess I write one at a time as the inspiration grips me.

Btw here they are. I appreciate a read. Help out a poor new girl.

https://www.lushstories.com/stories/cheating/beginnings-part-two-revenge.aspx

https://www.lushstories.com/stories/first-time/beginnings.aspx#55df40ab5bd0dc0ca42211e8
Verbal
Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 12:22:31 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 4/26/2014
Posts: 1,296
Location: Inside your head, United States
AbigailThornton wrote:
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.

Now... back to that script I'm writing...


I would kill to be able to write 5000 words a week. Let alone a day. May I borrow some of your creativity?

Stories:
Today My Name is Caprice - Cyber-teasing each other in a crowded coffee shop
Snapshots - Hot and trippy. Audio only. Recommended Read.
Yes - The word "Yes" is sexy in any language. Recommended Read.
What Are You Thinking? - An endless weekend fuck at an anonymous motel.
Pearl - The ultimate sex toy.
Endless Playground - Fantasizing about Moms on the playground, waiting to pick up the kids (which I have done quite a bit). Recommended Read.
Selfie - Cam girl taking selfies in the bathroom.
Strangers - Role playing in a bar. Would you rather fuck your girlfriend or a stranger? Recommended Read. With audio!
Reflections - Desire is a reflection of a reflection of a reflection. But of who, exactly? With audio!
Poppet
Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:51:32 PM

Rank: Sweetest Cricket

Joined: 10/5/2012
Posts: 6,073
Location: In Your Dirty Fantasies, United States
Verbal wrote:
I would kill to be able to write 5000 words a week. Let alone a day. May I borrow some of your creativity?


Isn't it time for a new story from the one and only Verbal. Seems to me, it's been a while.

ilp99
Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:53:56 PM

Rank: Rookie Scribe

Joined: 2/22/2014
Posts: 1
Location: Netherlands
I publish my chapters after I finished them. When I've got a lot of inspiration and I write multiple chapters I wait a couple of days until I upload the next chapter. I don't have the whole story yet, but I do have an idea on how I want the next two or three chapters to go. I try to give my chapters an ending like some TV-series do; I try to give the reader something to look forward to.

I only just started writing, so there might be better ways.

I think you just have got to do it the way you like it. If you want to write a complete story and then post it in chapters, then do that. If you want to upload chapters after you've written them, then to that.

Also, you don't always have a lot of time to write, so even though you want to finish a chapter quickly, sometimes you simply can't.

Helping Out A Classmate - Helping out a classmate gets exciting (multiple chapters)
My Ex's Sister - Babysitting my ex's sister gets a lot more excited than expected (multiple chapters)
A Very Sexy Day - As owner of a company you have a very busy (and sexy) day
Women's Football Team Coach - After a very harsh speech to your team, your female assistent tries to calm you down
My Fantasies - Teacher - My fantasy about my teacher
AbigailThornton
Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 3:00:41 PM

Rank: Story Verifier
Moderator

Joined: 7/8/2012
Posts: 739
Location: The naughty little world inside my head, United Ki
Verbal wrote:


I would kill to be able to write 5000 words a week. Let alone a day. May I borrow some of your creativity?


No problem...although asking me that is the verbal equivalent of lighting the booster rocket on a Space Shuttle; you'll need to hold on tight while I take you on a ride.

Users browsing this topic
Guest 


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS

Powered by Yet Another Forum.net version 1.9.1.6 (NET v4.0) - 11/14/2007
Copyright © 2003-2006 Yet Another Forum.net. All rights reserved.