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by , 19th May 2012 at 06:30 PM (262 Views)
I have been writing fanfics for awhile and it seems on most of them, I don't get any reviews for months at the most resulting in them being discontinued. Its hard enough when its a crossover and no one bothers reviewing for months on end. Its the same thing with making threads and blogs requesting beta readers or co authors to help with my fanfics but ends up having no replies for months and some have been there for long as a year or so. Most of my fanfics have not been continued due to no reviews. Even on ffn.net, no one bothers there either. Its frustrating when I can't anyone who has the time to help co write or beta read. Seriously, I have gone to most major pokemon forums like pokecomminuty and get no replies there either. Ugh, its aggravating and is their anyone here that is a good author that can help?

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  1. Bubble Frog's Avatar
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    I have been writing fanfics for awhile and it seems on most of them, I don't get any reviews for months at the most resulting in them being discontinued.
    That's the thing about it. You have to be resilient, sometimes people will take a look at your track record for continuing and updating fics and then simply judge you based off of this. If you have a jillion and one uncontinued 1,000 word chaptered fics, you can't really expect people to put too much faith into investing themselves into your stories now can you? How are your stories anyway? Are they any good? Are they bad? Grammar? Characterization? Length? Pacing? Developments in characters? Be honest with yourself.

    Its hard enough when its a crossover and no one bothers reviewing for months on end. Its the same thing with making threads and blogs requesting beta readers or co authors to help with my fanfics but ends up having no replies for months and some have been there for long as a year or so.
    ....And vice-versa. You have to contribute to the fanfic community as well. How many actual long genuinely, long, well thought out reviews have you actually given? I've seen perfectly good fics getting very little critique because of this reason, I also recommend "Review Exchanges" between each members. People will see your reviews and begin to trust your judgment to an extent. No short comments, actual reviews.

    Most of my fanfics have not been continued due to no reviews. Even on ffn.net, no one bothers there either. Its frustrating when I can't anyone who has the time to help co write or beta read. Seriously, I have gone to most major pokemon forums like pokecomminuty and get no replies there either. Ugh, its aggravating and is their anyone here that is a good author that can help?
    Again, I'm not trying to sound rude. But your grammar is key, as well as the amount of surplus unfinished fics will truly show your commitment.
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  2. Princess Crow's Avatar
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    As a reader and occasional reviewer, I've looked through a couple of your fics before (I've wandered around the internet for a really long time XD) The only thing that I have to say is: try to build something that everyone can understand. Things with all the Arceus' (Arcei? Arceun?) are very hard to comprehend when you don't extensively know the entire universe that you've built. It's a very interesting universe, but you have to know every bit of information in order to truly understand it. Even with the notes that I sometimes see which help out with the fic, I still get confused and have to refer to the notes several times while reading a single chapter.

    My advice to you would be to slowly introduce people into the universe that you've built in all of your fics. That would get more people to begin to understand your characters and to enjoy seeing them grow in the fic. Once your readers start to see the things that they're looking for, your fanbase will grow.

    Again, I'm not trying to sound rude. But your grammar is key, as well as the amount of surplus unfinished fics will truly show your commitment.
    I also agree with this. They're essential for a successful fic.

    Remember, your stories have a lot of potential, it's just the way that you present it that is deterring readers. Hope that I helped!
  3. ArceusAlpha493's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Princess Crow
    As a reader and occasional reviewer, I've looked through a couple of your fics before (I've wandered around the internet for a really long time XD) The only thing that I have to say is: try to build something that everyone can understand. Things with all the Arceus' (Arcei? Arceun?) are very hard to comprehend when you don't extensively know the entire universe that you've built. It's a very interesting universe, but you have to know every bit of information in order to truly understand it. Even with the notes that I sometimes see which help out with the fic, I still get confused and have to refer to the notes several times while reading a single chapter.

    My advice to you would be to slowly introduce people into the universe that you've built in all of your fics. That would get more people to begin to understand your characters and to enjoy seeing them grow in the fic. Once your readers start to see the things that they're looking for, your fanbase will grow.

    I do have a thread on Author's Atlas that could BioStar Chronicles that has the info on the universe that my fanfic is in.


    I also agree with this. They're essential for a successful fic.

    Remember, your stories have a lot of potential, it's just the way that you present it that is deterring readers. Hope that I helped!
    Thanks but I do have trouble sometimes with detail and I really am trying to find a co author to help but I have had no luck at all. I was wondering if you could help?
  4. Seizon Senryaku's Avatar
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    Yeah, Gotpika made several good points - especially the point that you need to give something to the community rather than just expecting to get things. I haven't seen you reviewing anywhere, and if you don't do that, people will be unlikely to review yours.

    Also, as a WW mod, I'd appreciate it if you didn't post blogs complaining about the forum and its inhabitants. Not only is it bad press for us, but - more importantly - it's passive-aggressive and unlikely to get any significant results. If you have a problem with the forum, PM me or one of the other mods rather than blogging about it to people who probably aren't involved for the most part.

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