Lilith Langtree’s – Chaos Magic

TG Fiction – Nothing is True and Everything is Permitted

A little Update on the last blog

Just to add to the negativity that’s been running rampant –  there were more comments this week about not enough comments.

Here’s a hint. Read the last blog. Here’s a link: Last Blog

And it looks like that pop culture thing is spot on. remember when I said to go look at the list at Amazon and write something in those genres? Yeah? Okay, here’s an update on that as well

Courtroom Drama, Nerds Winning, Greek Pantheon, Magic (Fantasy style) , Mystery, and

OH SHIT! LOOK OUT EVERYONE! A SUPERHERO STORY! EGADS! TEH RETCON REALLY  IS RUINING MY INTERWEBS! 

Since it’s the week before elections, I’m not mentioning all the political Non-fiction books out there, and I don’t think Cooking Books are good subject matter out of the kitchen.

I’m kind of surprised at the number of “New Authors” this week though. (wink wink, nudge nudge)

Summaries still suck.

Join Stevie/Stevie as he goes somewhere boring and does boring stuff where you too can be bored reading thousand word chapters, once a week, twice if you’re lucky.

Here’s the deal:

Do you A: Want to release a 1000 words and just when the reader is getting into the story, pull the rug out from under her and expect 40 comments on a whole lot of nothing.

or

Do you B: Want to release 5000-8000+ words and actually give the readers something to comment about other than the fantastic shortness of your chapters.

“Man, your chapter sure is short. I wish I could remember what last week’s plot was about, but I can’t muster up enough energy to care, since I have better things to do than reread the previous chapter time and again to figure out what the hell is going on.”

Unless your story is a drabble or a scene out of a life (thus complete), then 1000 words chapters suck. I’ve written, and still write single scenes that span more than 1000 words, so do most successful authors.  I’ve heard the counter to this argument, already, so don’t bother. Here it is: Popular authors often have short chapters amidst their longer ones, sometimes a hundred words or less.

Yeah, but the key phrase here is AMONGST THE LONGER ONES!!!!111 eleventy 11!!!1

I’m going back to writing my Magic (Fantasy Style) (Notice that’s one of the current popular storylines) story. Still not done with the first chapter yet and it’s over 5000+ words already.  GASP!

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4 Responses to “A little Update on the last blog”

  1. Joy Anne Phillip
    19:20 on November 8th, 2010

    Or, radically, if you want to put out 2500 words, with a MASSIVE cliff hanger at the end of EACH chapter, then that would get them coming back for more. But in order to do that, you REALLY have to produce, nearly every week, another 2500 words and then ANOTHER cliff hanger to keep the readership up.

    I’ve noticed that cliff hangers seem to be popular. There is one daily serial that I don’t understand why it is so popular. I really don’t.

  2. Lili (in ninja mode)
    22:01 on November 8th, 2010

    I’m able to check my mail from a communal computer while my laptop is in the shop (sob… 12 more days and counting)

    So, yeah… what’s up with the cliffhangers in every chapter. You know what I do in those instances? I don’t read your stories until like it’s completed or maybe in five chapter chunks. But here’s the way it looks at that point…amateurish.

    I’ll tell you why: (ready?)

    Even if your story is not suspenseful, the reader anticipates the end of a scene in their head, so they can say “Yes, the bad guy gets it like I hoped!” or “There’s going to be a cat behind that door, I know it.”

    Shit like that.

    But if you annoyingly cliffhang every chapter, then you’ve tossed that out the window because we already know what to expect. So now the reader is saying, “I bet she cliffhangs it… the bitch. Yep, I was right. How fucking annoying is that? It’s my own fault for reading this crap.”

    There’s a reason they stopped making those weekly ten minute cliffhanger western films back in the 1940’s… SHIT GOT OLD AND ANNOYING!

    So, use the cliffhanger, once maybe twice if your story is really freaking good. People won’t be expecting it (let’s repeat that last sentence for those of you that read too damn fast like I do.) People won’t be expecting it. Key words to remember.

    As far as daily serials being popular… meh, different tastes in reading material. Some people violently hate Retcons… (I think I may have mentioned that before)… It’s like the Tea Party of TG Fiction.

    /ninja mode.

  3. Will It Work
    01:44 on November 17th, 2010

    Wow, that last post was great, and really captures many of my own feelings. And I just came to ask how NaNoWriMo was going—I thought I remembered you saying you were going to do that.

    If you haven’t already, I’d recommend examing Ozzallos’s Rules of Fanfictinon Failure. Lots of intersection here.

    The line about reading fantasized versions I think is most true, and cuts both ways. Many people who write that are upset of feeling whiny—instead of writing what they want to be, or others, they write what they are. Much harder, and a recipe for instant fail.

    The concept I’ve liked to use is the idea of ‘TG elements’. If you can’t tell essentially the same story (unless t’s one of those true-life autobiographical things) without cross of some sort, then your story is innately flawed. Even if it drives the story, there has to be more than just that.

    Lastly, on a technical note, My Firefox 4 on OS X wouldn’t display the comments section. Worked fine in Safari, I’m writing this in Chrome. Dunno if it’s the old version of WordPress, or the edgy of FF4, but just thought I’d let you know.

    Thank you for being awesome. And professional. And creative.

  4. Lilith Langtree
    07:54 on November 17th, 2010

    Lili (in Ninja Mode)

    I understand why people wind up writing boring stuff. Writing is cathartic, that’s one of the reasons Psychiatrists often tell their patients to use dairy’s. So people that fancy themselves amateur writers think that their life is unique and the everyone wants to read about it. Here’s the rub.

    It’s not. There’s a reason that, for the most part, Biography’s don’t sell. Unless you are someone at least semi-famous they are amazingly dull much like the story they’re trying to write. That’s why the “blog” was invented.

    Update on writing:
    I received an email this previous Friday that Best Buy was sending my computer off to the shop to be fixed. That means it sat there for a week until it got shipped. I highly doubt it will be returned this Saturday as promised.

    In the meantime, I’ve been writing longhand. It sucks. So NaNoWriMo has had virtually no progress, and I probably won’t make the cut. Thing about it… I would have had it beaten in just three more days. But now my creativity has taken a nosedive since I don’t have an outlet for it. Hopefully that will change when I eventually get it back.

    Tech note: I wouldn’t have a clue as to how to fix the browser problem, sorry. I’m not tech savvy.

    Thank you for being awesome and commenting!