|Reviews for Why I Will Not Read Your Story|
| moongazer7 chapter 2 . 6/15/2009
I must point out, it's dessert not desert, so twelve and thirteen would be also wrong because of spelling mistakes.
| Hotaru Gunso chapter 3 . 6/15/2009
I love this so much! As you can guess, I'm an amatuer writer and reading this has really made me think more. You would hope they would teach this kind of stuff in school more thoroughly. As both an original and fan fiction writer, this is helpful! Can't wait for the next update!
| MikiSweety chapter 2 . 6/12/2009
I will combine the Part 1 and Part 2 review. First off, very insightful and will certainly help me get more readers.
I want to ask if you go for length when searching for a story? Also, what happens if the story has many reviews, but they're all from a few loyal readers? I used to think like you before reading stories with great the reviews that simply suck. Most of the stories I truly like don't even have that many reviews.
Oh dear, so you find asking for reviews needy? I suppose I'm guilty of that, though I do it at the end. Be honest, now. Don't we all love reviews? It makes us feel warm and special inside. If it was a good world, we'd post our writing and would not care, but it isn't. I jump for joy every time, especially since I've gotten really useful reviews in the past. The "return" promise is in fact quite enticing. I'm not ashamed to admit it's caused to review works when I was lazy.
Thank you for your grammar notes! They're really useful, since I still make mistakes... though nothing too horrendous, I hope.
I have to defend "titles" a bit. My current story's title is quite boring. It reflects the main theme but is in no way creative. I DO care, but I can't think of anything... Perhaps it's a product of caring too much? In any case, you can be a bit more understanding. At least it's capitalized.
Maybe you'd like to tell why you drop stories, or what makes you stay with them in the long run. How do you feel about prologues, whether it be maps and pictures, quotes, character lists/descriptions, background information in the story's voice, or hooks not necessarily in the story's voice?
| Tristan Alkai chapter 2 . 6/5/2009
You make some excellent points here, and I will take your advice on what to put in the summary and what not to.
I can also easily understand your points about punctuation and grammar in the title and summary, and superfluous information. I will be marking this as a favorite, and keeping your advice in mind as much as possible.
I had not thought in terms of judging by reviews before, but I suppose it makes some sense. However, I generally find my reading material here through the "My Stories" and "Favorite Stories" of people who have reviewed my works, or someone else's story that I found that way. The favorites, at least, must be pretty good to make it onto that other person's list. Like your review judgment, this will mean that I'm missing out on some great stuff, but it raises the average considerably-important for anyone with limited reading time.
| Nonlinear chapter 2 . 6/4/2009
Thank you for writing this and writing it in a coherent manner. They might actually listen.
You make some very good points about the title and summary especially. Posting too fast was an insightful and necessary bad behavior to mention. Your honesty about abysmal review counts was also good to add. There are ways to get reviews. Most of them involve having a good story.
As for future material to cover, how about character dimension and story pacing? Even if a story seems promising, when I see a flat villain surrounded by neon signs reading "Hate Me," I am out of there. I also don't read past the first chapter if nothing significant happens or is at least heavily foreshadowed. If the story's not going anywhere, why should I keep following it?
Keep fighting the good fight,
| Rebecca Ripple chapter 2 . 6/3/2009
Wow! You make it so clear! I'm proud you're my beta reader. You're awesome! I hope you have a marvelous vacation, and a safe trip home!
| MadFearow chapter 2 . 5/7/2009
This is pretty good advice so far. Keep on going!
| gentleduck chapter 1 . 5/6/2009
Actually, I found this informative for me as a reader instead of for me as a writer. I already do all this stuff for my works so I don't really need to worry, but now I know some ways to look for good stories on here. Thanks!
| B. J. Winters chapter 1 . 5/3/2009
Entertaining. I enjoyed the discussion on titles. The notes on the summary were pertinent.
I think you could 'tighten up' the section on reviews. You seemed to make the same point several ways and could probably be briefer and more pointed. You appear to waffle on the point and it effects the overall credibility.
Looking forward to part 2.
| noctema chapter 1 . 5/1/2009
though i do have to admit that the capitalizing the title thing and the thing about not putting pillow book into the title-i disagree with it. sometimes capitalization is part of the style. but i get where you're coming from. and the original pillow books all had "pillow book" in the title, such as "the pillow book of sei shonagon", or "the pillow book of cordelia kenn".
but this made my day.
| Dave500 chapter 1 . 5/1/2009
| CosmicalMadison chapter 1 . 4/29/2009
Good essay. I agree with nearly everything in it except the review part. Many good stories go without getting reviews, especially on this site. I wouldn't judge by that, but to each their own.
| N. J. Collins chapter 1 . 4/28/2009
Cool essay. Those are more or less the same reasons I won't read a story. (Yes, including the reviews part, except I'm more lenient if the story sounds awesome).
Those and the stories which have a certain author's note saying they won't continue if people don't review. ."
| Spurlunk chapter 1 . 4/28/2009
I agree on most of your points even though I am guilty of some of them. I do think that the review thing is a bit unfair, because a lot of very good stories don't get much notice at all, through no real fault of the author. Also, though I agree summaries should be creative and not overlooked, I don't know if I would put AS much importance on them as you have - after all when you send out a manuscript to be published, isn't it the story that matters the most?
| Antoinette Brewer chapter 1 . 4/27/2009
I agree with everything you said. I practically live by the reasons you stated (I hope that didn't make me sound like a loser), except one. The more reviews equals better stories reason. With a lot of writers and little readers on FictionPress, there is a chance that a good story will get not too many reviews. But I do agree, a story with 30 chapters and zero reviews has to have some kind of problem about it.