[READERS: NEVER FAVE, REVIEW OR KUDOS A WIP (Fanfic Flamingo) AUTHOR: NEVER FINISH BECAUSE NOBODY SEEMS TO LIKE FIC]
Because you can only spew so many chapters into a void before your brave face starts to slip. Time to really start writing for yourself and keep it on your computer!
I never read wip. NEVER. And I know a lot of people who are same. It’s a sad destiny of wips but unless people are 100% sure that you will finish, you know, life emergencies aside, they will likely be careful about starting to read. And if you leave a trail of unfinished fics… well.
so having to reblog for that commentary. sorry, but if being in various fandoms since the late 90s has taught me anything, it’s that I hate investing myself in WiPs. one reason, is I don’t do well with cliffhangers or dangling storylines—I *NEED* to know what happens NOW. waiting for the updates suck. also, it’s a pain reading in tiny little chunks—it’s hard to get and stay immersed in the world, and sometimes it’s hard to remember what happened before, and some of us are not always up to rereading all that came before to refresh ourselves. I don’t really like reading a WiP story a bit at a time, I’m not fond of reading long-story webcomics a single posting at a time (I’d rather find ones with completed storyarcs or check in on them after many comics have posted), I don’t even like watching a TV season an episode at a time, frankly I’d rather marathon a season, if it weren’t for wanting to keep up with fandom.
but most of all, when it comes to WiP fics, I hate getting into stories that end up never being finished—and I don’t care to be held hostage to having to do x y or z to insure that it does finish. if an author wants to write a story, write a story—but you will, I guarantee you, WILL have many people, like myself, who won’t even look at it before it is completed. so if you stop just because you’re not getting feedback? well. you’ve just lost yourself all the kudos/comments/favoriting/recommending you’d get from those of us who’d read the story once it was no longer a WiP. but since it’s stuck forever in WiP-land, it’ll be that thing folks like me never start.
wow god forbid a fanfic author want support or encouragement to continue writing. god forbid to provide that encouragement and kindness. god forbid writers take time out of their lives for fucking free to give you fanfic. god fucking forbid you take some time to appreciate that.
because let me tell you, speaking as a seasoned fanfic author, the thing that really hurts, and has personally made me want to stop writing fanfic, is the feeling like nobody cares about what you’re doing.
you don’t want to read WIPs, fine, that’s your choice. but don’t be shocked when authors don’t feel like investing time, effort, and creativity for free into something no one apparently wants to read.
Aren’t television series all WIPs when you stop to think about it? If we said those had to be finished before they aired, TV would cease to be.