The Controverser
Several valid points but...
Sat Feb 16, 2019 17:33

I get it. I really do. You have an idea of what this board should be and when people seem impatient, ungrateful, and demanding, it seems the exact opposite of what you want for this board.

But... and this is probably going to be a controversial opinion, hence the name, but to say that readers should conform to your expectations isn't right either.

Me, personally, I love reader interaction. If I write a story and you say it sucks because this or that, I want to know that. I want to know what is or isn't working. You can be as critical as you possibly can and I'm okay with that.

Authors on this site are no better than the readers. Authors tend to look to readers' comments as a form of validation for their hard work so in my opinion, that puts readers and authors on the same level. Readers come here to read stories and authors come here to write stories and be validated.

I don't know about you, but I can see this board really dying if people stopped reading stories here. Would you post stories here if readers didn't comment at all? You'd probably be wondering whether or not anyone actually took the time to read your story at all.

So, I say let the readers speak their mind. Every author knows the golden truth about writing. It is essential to have thick skin. You are going to run into rejection, critics, and stumbling blocks.

You can be a fat, ripe, juicy peach-- the best peach to be found and yet there are going to be some people who just don't like peaches. You just have to learn to deal with that fact.

And finally, as far as readers being too demanding, you have a point. Readers need to remember that patience is a virtue and that when their story finally does come out, it will more than likely exceed expectations. I waited for around half a year for a story on another site that just recently returned.

So, my advice to everyone is this-- read what you want, write what you want and enjoy yourselves while you are here.

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    • Several valid points but... - The Controverser, Sat Feb 16 17:33
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