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adejun

Who knows what is wrong with Random Writings? This beautiful story has been stalled for too long.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@adejun

Probably nothing, he just writes slowly or infrequently. looking at the story, individual chapter post dates are listed at the top of each chapter, there are frequent gaps of five to seven months between chapters, particularly with the last 10 chapters. It's only been 8 months since the last chapter was posted. Not that much overdue relatively speaking.

Crumbly Writer

It can be tough waiting that long, which again, is why several of us only post completed stories. It's often hard to schedule time to write, especially when the story has been dragging on for years.

Maybe (tee-hee) we should start a new post, listing each author who pledges to only post completed stories, so readers know which author's won't end up frustrating them.

But then again, I suspect it comes down to those who enjoy reading concise stories, and those who prefer those which continue indefinitely.

Replies:   robberhands
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robberhands

@Crumbly Writer

Maybe (tee-hee) we should start a new post, listing each author who pledges to only post completed stories, so readers know which author's won't end up frustrating them.

I won't say every author who only posts completed stories is frustrating but I'd agree that a few of them are unnecessarily repetitive.

anim8ed

For myself, a blog post by the author stating it is a completed story and what the posting schedule will be is all that is needed.

The only stories I don't read as they are posted are from authors with a history of incomplete stories. Takes only a minute or two to look at the completion rate of any given author. Too many uncompleted or in progress stories and I will put it off till later.

Replies:   Keet
Keet

@anim8ed

For myself, a blog post by the author stating it is a completed story and what the posting schedule will be is all that is needed.

That is a big plus for just about any story.

Takes only a minute or two to look at the completion rate of any given author. Too many uncompleted or in progress stories and I will put it off till later.

I bet we aren't the only ones who not-read like that. The important point here is that authors loose readers if they present too many uncompleted and abandoned stories. I can think of just one exception and that is cmsix.

Replies:   anim8ed
anim8ed

@Keet

I can think of just one exception and that is cmsix.


Without a doubt. He was an excellent storyteller but terrible author. He had a hard time reigning in his characters and bringing a story to conclusion. All that said, once you had read a story or two the reader knew what to expect. The ride was more than worth the rough landing.

robberhands

I've abandoned many stories midway through because I'd lost my interest. On the other hand, I savored many stories until their bitter, incomplete end. That probably means the completion of a story isn't very important to me in regards to my reading enjoyment.

Replies:   Keet  anim8ed
Keet

@robberhands

That probably means the completion of a story isn't very important to me in regards to my reading enjoyment.

For me that greatly depends on the author/story. Most incomplete stories I don't even bother to start with while I have re-read some others multiple times. There are even authors I completely disregard because 90%+ of their stories are incomplete. I very rarely make an exception if the incomplete story is (very) long. Like you said: that still can give great reading enjoyment.

anim8ed

@robberhands

It just means we enjoyed the journey even if we never reached the destination. On the other hand the destination rarely makes up for when the journey sucks.

Replies:   robberhands
robberhands

@anim8ed

This 'path and destination' metaphor also greatly depends on the story. For instance, an incomplete Agatha Christie novel, meaning you'll never get to know who was the killer, would suck, whereas character-driven stories, such as 'The Old Man and the Sea' or 'The Catcher in the Rye', can stand without you ever need to read 'the end'.

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