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  1. I have a story in the anime section under Pokemon titled Solaceon Daycare's Secrets. I uploaded a chapter stating I was discontinuing it, and received a warning that author's not chapters weren't allowed. To fix that, I immediately uploaded, in the same chapter, the left-unfinished next chapter, which was around 2,000 words of story and, I thought, sufficient to justify it as a chapter. However, my story has been hidden now when I heeded the warning and changed it from an author's note chapter to have actual story content.

  2. I got an email earlier about a review I left on a Pokemon story called Stupid Sexy Kamitsure accusing the author of plagiarism; not sure why I didn't post here originally.

    The original story was written by infinite_absol and can be found here. It was added to the site on October 5th, and as site staff and a friend of the author, I can attest to it being written before the story appeared on AFF, and that she never posted it herself.

  3. At least ten stories I've written have vanished from the site. I don't know when or how, and I don't think I ever got any notification for them. In addition, my join date is radically different than I remember it being, since this account pre-dates my account and it states something earlier. The author is megadeth425. Any explanation?

  4. Nobody close to me knows about what I write, save for someone online who's like a little sister to me, and that's more because she used to write it as well and it was easier to talk to her about it. Friends and family would pretty much definitely either roll their eyes or scoff, especially some of my earlier, sort of insane work involving tentacles and stuff that acts as sort of an old shame, but not enough of a shame to disown it and remove it from the internet.

  5. The way I see it, if it's a flame, then it's not worth really bothering with. Aside from the fact people can drum up a shitstorm if they feel really hurt by the fact you deleted a review (with few ways to prove it was a flame unless you screencap it), what's said is said. I get email alerts from reviews across all the places I submit my work, which entails getting the review in my inbox. Once I've seen it, it won't hurt too much by keeping it there, and generally people who check reviews before reading will disregard flames anyway.

  6. I've used pictures to help me pick up the slack, but the only time I ever looked at a picture and thought, 'I need to write this', was this Fire Emblem picture. Because of it, I wrote one of my personal favorite fics and even had one of my favorite writers on the site tell me it was a good story, so I consider the derivative-ness well worth it. Funny enough, someone even asked me on if the story was based on the picture or vice versa, so at least I got the image across.

  7. I try to review, but there are some issues. The first is that I only read fics for things I'm familiar with and interested in; often I'll check the site, find no new fics I'm interested in, and thus not review anything. Then there's the issue of what to say; this is where I get really frustrated. There was a fic put up where I gave an entirely positive review because I really liked the story. It was taken down and then reposted with the complaint that nobody reviewed and then taken down permanently. It's truly perplexing trying to figure out why a positive review is a bad thing, and yet on the other side of things, I've found that when I give people advice on how to improve, it next to never gets actually taken. Basic things like when to use a semicolon rather than a comma or advising them to at least use spellcheck, seem to be outright ignored. This puts me in a precarious position, where even though I've had authors grateful for my feedback, a majority of times it seems totally unwinnable.

    If one group of people are able to write very good stories but don't want to hear how they're good, and another group of people need improvement but ignore basic, helpful advice that goes beyond just "Write better" or "I don't like this plot element, don't use it", and both groups complain they aren't getting feedback and leave, I start seeing it all as a lost cause. The end result is that the only people who miss out on my feedback are the third group who are grateful for all feedback. I love how people "looking to improve their writing" who actually need it ignore all help in that respect, and those who don't ignore all insistence that they're good. I begin to stop caring.

  8. I've reached a point now where generally, so long as I click on the fic (in that it's within a fandom I'm familiar with and seems interesting from the pairing/plot summary) I will tend to review it. However, I keep getting off-put of late. Sure, an author hearing good things is fine but I've twice over reviewed fics from a new author whose response has been to take down his two-sentence stories and ignore my suggestions. Then there was a story I reviewed that somehow disappeared from the archive, only to go up days later with the author complaining nobody reviewed their story. And then the legions of constructive criticisms I give people who're writing their first fics for the site, only to see that none of them ever take my advice; not even on content issues, but basic things like knowing when to use a semicolon or words that you need to use a comma with.

    At the same time, it is very satisfying to see people who thank me in later chapters for my review, but the main issue is that unless I give a glowing review, it all seems for naught. It's likely what I'm reading, but few very interesting things have come up by authors I don't already leave a comment on the work of anyway. It becomes difficult for me, because I know from experience offering suggestions is about a 1 in 100 shot of being effective; assuming they even post another story, they generally ignore basic grammatical help. Even when I do give a positive review, the story then goes down and the author complains nobody reviewed it. Thanks a fucking lot.

    I also tend to avoid leaving comments on "review or suffer" stories like the fucking plague. I'm actually not rereviewing the aforementioned fic because the deletion threat was made if nobody says anything. As a writer who tends to juggle a lot of WIPs, both ongoing series and oneshots, sometimes a single review will give me the inspiration to come out with that chapter I was three fourths of the way throughwhen I previously wasn't in the mood and hadn't updated it in months. However, I'm going to push away when people demand reviews and extort them from people, and that seems to be an increasing number, or at least increasing in the fics I come across.

    It all just sort of combines to make reviewing more unnecessarily painful that it has to be.

  9. While I don't want to search for any examples as I'm not even sure which stories have them on which sites, it's always a great ego boost for me when a writer I'm a fan of gives me a good review. For someone whose work I love and feel is vastly superior to mine to say that my writing is good will get me in the mood to write like nothing else will. Among them was one from WotanAnubis on a Fire Emblem yuri I did (WotanAnubis being the king of FE yuri). Things like that just make my day.

  10. I prefer reviews. I don't keep a running count of the ratings on my stories, and it's averaged out so it could be that the story really blows but someone five stars it because they have much more lax standards. With a review, however, I get notification in my inbox and if I screwed up the review will generally tell me how, which is worth much more than a five-point rating. Plus, reviews have pulled me out of writing slumps at times where just getting a review that doesn't go into too much detail on a fic in limbo has pulled me back into action and brought updates to it again.

  11. I think that, even outside of a full-on AU fic, OOC can count. Even if you aren't radically changing canon, sometimes writers do it to try something with the character themself, a sort of "what if". If it's properly labelled and usually only has one character acting out of the norm, I don't see much problem with it. I do agree a lot of times it's just the writer's ineptitude, but I think to conflate OOC with bad writing in every case is ignoring the sometimes legitimate artistic reasons for seeing someone act strangely, especially if everyone else is well characterized.

  12. Using the Hoover Dam in a blowjob similie. They hear "Hoover" and assume it's related to the vacuum cleaners, but it's just a dam. As in something that keeps water in. Named after Herbert Hoover, who had nothing to do with the vacuums. I've reached the point where I close a window when I read lines like that because I'm just so damn fed up of people doing it.

  13. I'd say that, all in all, you may actually pick up some people.

    I'm in the same boat; I've been a PWP writer for a long time, but recently I wrote something focusing on the actual story; five chapters in with no sex where before a sexless chapter was a chapter unwritten. I don't think that anyone stumbling across the story who's a fan of your work will necessarily hate it for not being what you like, and if you see yourself writing more sex-oriented stuff in the future in addition to this stuff, I think you'll find that you may in the end gain followers; possibly two completely different groups of them who stay on other sides of the content fence, but if you show flexibility as a writer, that's for the better, I think.

  14. I only ever just have seeds. In fact, my latest multi-parter started out radically different than intended even on the first chapter. I rarely ever have an idea about where I'm going with something unless it's a two parter with a clear goal in mind. I tend to drift a lot more, as I think it makes for better writing to not chain myself to a single line and just write it. A certain character may grow on me in an unexpected way, and I may run in a different direction because of that.

  15. I'll review usually if it's a writer I follow, someone new who's done something good, or a multi-chapter fic I like that's just been updated. Particularly, if it's a new writer who's doing a good job and is unsure, having been in the same position and even now still critical of my own work, I will leave a comment. If I feel that they're holding the story ransom or threatening to stop altogether if they don't get reviews, I'm going to outright stop reviewing, even if I had been regularly up until that point. If a story doesn't really stand out for me, I'll only leave a comment if the story is painfully rife with screw-ups and easily-remedied misspellings, badly written to the point of notability, or if it's just a brick of unparagraphed text. 

    But one thing to note if you're not getting any reviews is the fandom in particular. You can also tell it by the number of hits you get, as hits aren't an indicator of quality so much as traffic. If it's low, it could be that less people are interested in the fandom in question, or that the people who are aren't drawn to the content of it. I'll really only read things from fandoms I'm familiar with, and yaoi fics just go right over my head. If you can find the butter zone where a fandom you're into has a sizable group of people interested in the content you write, you should find your review count will definitely go up.

  16. What if you got a request to do that? To be fair I have done my best to get to know the characters (looking at many sites, having the requester go over the story to see if anyone is acting OOC. But I can still only do so much.
    I've gotten requests for series I'm not familiar with, and I've always turned them down saying I can't bring myself artistically to write for characters I don't know. Also, requests are generally labelled as such in the beginning, while I've seen stories that start with "I saw this picture of *insert character here* and she's really hot. I don't know anything about the series, but I wanted to write a fic about her".