#1 - Jan. 23, 2014, 9:42 p.m.
01/23/2014 01:42 PMPosted by MarriamaOh god.
EDIT: In all seriousness, though, it's certainly going to be interesting to see the sorts of stories the community will weave. Just hoping it doesn't end up as a hugbox of NO CRITICISM, EVER, like certain other fanfiction-related forums I've visited.
01/23/2014 02:11 PMPosted by ThreeslotbagI really do hope this cuts down on the amount of "story" threads that are started here. A guy can hope, anyway.
If Nethaera is still reading this thread, the "Story Forum" really needs to be renamed the "Lore Forum".
Confused people are constantly posting their fan fiction here and then getting flamed for being in the wrong place.
01/23/2014 05:17 PMPosted by DallannaYa know, as someone who has been writing fanfiction for more than half his life, I can guarantee that the fanfiction forum should be called, "The Repository of Waste".
99 percent of all fanfiction is trash. Written by cretins who want empty praise, believing their 'writing' is worth the time spent upon it and should you DARE give criticism when they ask for it, they act like defensive children who don't understand that you need to create trash before you can create art.
.5 percent is vile, putrid pus that not even the likes of Reddit or 4chan will touch and will give them nightmares. The remaining .5 percent is actually decent and worth your time. So, be prepared to sift through garbage the likes of which you have never seen before!
01/24/2014 08:53 AMPosted by Dallanna01/24/2014 08:07 AMPosted by NethaeraYou are a ray of sunshine aren't you? ;)
I speak from experience, Neth. Both as a writer and as a reviewer. I get it.
You make something that you pour yourself into. Your ideas, your hopes that people will like it, and indirectly, your opinions of the state of things.
You feel the gut punch when people give it to you straight that what you've put out isn't good because of reasons that didn't occur to you when you first wrote it. I get it.
And I'm not at all disparaging newer writers, they just have to understand that if they want to get better, they need to understand that no one starts out writing great and that have to steel themselves for the fact that what they've written is going to be scrutinized in ways that will make them feel like their work is not all it's cracked up to be.
I've learned how to write by reading and writing fanfiction that I would not dare touch now, because in retrospect, it wasn't good. It was good at the time, but the more I wrote, the more I read, the more I realized that I needed to do better.
How many fanfiction writers have that kind of awareness? Yes, it is a hobby, yes, it's done for fun, however, considering the benefits of being able to write better, wouldn't you jump at the chance for constructive criticism that, if taken to heart, will only make your ability to disseminate your ideas for the general populace easier, clearer, and more profound?
P.S. Roth, just pretend I slam a Banana Cream Pie in your face and let's move on.