Hiatus Stories (33)

1 Name: Chris000 : 2010-04-23 22:32 ID:8H2bdIx9

You know something that seems to be very annoying? Stories on Hiatus. One of my favorite authors to look at has seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. I bet he has something important to do or something, but at least inform your public if you're still alive or something.

So, what about you? Feelings when your favorite author or current interest has gone weeks, maybe months without updating a story, and not for a review based reason?

2 Name: tiger002 : 2010-04-24 07:44 ID:+iqBMyT1

The most popular story in my main fandom disapeared for two and a half years before they updated again, and it's been 8 months since that one chapter. It's one of the best stories I've ever read, so yeah, it's annoying.

3 Name: abvamp : 2010-04-24 08:20 ID:hv85VCb9

I'll have to admit, I have a few stories I don't update regulary, because of the fact that I have so many. Also I'm working on some original idea's, so less time for my fanfiction. I'm not abanding it, but there will be some time between updates. I have some stories who still need to be beta'd, but they will go up on ff.net as soon as they are finished.

4 Name: sharingansupergirl : 2010-04-24 08:55 ID:KnRm5jpt

I have updated in ages because I'm so... er... busy (meant to be studying but internets much better) but I have told my readers with profile updates that I'm still alive and writing.

5 Name: Chris000 : 2010-04-24 09:09 ID:8H2bdIx9

>>4, at least you're letting your readers know that you haven't forgotten about them.

6 Name: sharingansupergirl : 2010-04-24 09:25 ID:KnRm5jpt

>>5 I thought it was only polite, really. I might not be able to write another chapter for a while, but I can spare a minute to explain why. =) Perhaps I'm just really full of myself an presume people care, heh heh.

7 Name: eeyop1428 : 2010-04-24 10:21 ID:oRoKFW70

I'm afraid I'm one of those who don't update regularly and leave a story for months. The excuse I have is life and the things in it. I've written an author's note in each of my uncompleted stories that they're on hiatus too, just so readers know I've not forgotten about them either. It's just a nice thing to do, since it's not enjoyable waiting for stories to be updated as some of you have already said. Plus, it lets readers know they will be continued and so wait for them, thus you'll keep your readers loyal. (Hopefully).

8 Name: Moonphase : 2010-04-24 16:14 ID:GKiBMrGF

if writers have something big happen, like bereavement or some sort of upheaval (i.e. their parents have divorced and they have to move house), then the last thing they are going to do is think about fanfiction.net. Or they may be at university and so have exams and essays on regular basis, as well as part time jobs. Not everyone can update every week or so.

Sometimes life is a lot more important. Just be patient.

9 Name: Chris000 : 2010-04-24 22:23 ID:WkbfWDLQ

Oh, I agree totally. Stuff like that should take priority any day. Personally, I can wait for a while. Some people can't wait though. I have exams in two weeks.

10 Name: Chris000 : 2010-04-24 22:24 ID:WkbfWDLQ

Oh, I agree totally. Stuff like that should take priority any day. Personally, I can wait for a while. Some people can't wait though. I have exams in two weeks.

11 Name: Chris000 : 2010-04-24 22:24 ID:WkbfWDLQ

Oh, I agree totally. Stuff like that should take priority any day. Personally, I can wait for a while. Some people can't wait though. I have exams in two weeks.

12 Name: Chris000 : 2010-04-24 22:24 ID:WkbfWDLQ

Oh, I agree totally. Stuff like that should take priority any day. Personally, I can wait for a while. Some people can't wait though. I have exams in two weeks.

13 Name: Jammeke : 2010-05-02 08:03 ID:d6DJ13NV

I try to update regularly, but I don't always succeed. Authors on Fan Fiction have lives, and can't spend every minute of their day writing and adding new chapters.

A solution to this problem might be writing the entire story beforehand before updating the chapters on Fan Fiction. The chapters needn't be posted all at once, of course, but at least it won't take months to post them on the Internet if the story's already finished.

The only problem with that strategy is that it's very hard to write suggestions from readers into your stories that way.

14 Name: RayRay : 2010-05-02 09:14 ID:TrH7lqWn

>>13 I take the view that my readers won't influence what I write, not because I don't care what they think, but because I'm so scrupulous with planning that I generally know what's going to happen long before I've sat and written it. So I write the whole thing first, and make adjustments as I go along before I post it.

15 Name: Hex3618 : 2010-05-02 11:17 ID:Y3sXM9SC

I have exactly one story on hiatus, and I think it's planning on staying that way as well. WHat I feel really guilty about is that I've just lost all interest of it, and since it was a while ago I can't help but cringe at all the mistakes I made. The problem is that the moment an idea pops into my head I have the urge to type it down and post it up, regardless of how long it'll take to update.

I think the main problem is that my muses leave for too quickly ad are very hard to tempt back with cookies :P

16 Name: Ozuchi Kozuchi : 2010-07-11 19:03 ID:Kg8z+8oe

I have one story on actual Hiatus. No-one seemed to be reading it, and my Co-author peetered out...so yeah.

I'm ashamed of one story that I have neglected for a month or so. I've been writing other stories so it got sweeped under the rug sadly. But it's making a comeback.

17 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-07-31 21:29 ID:EucKfQLk

I have a few stories that haven't been updated in a long time. Some are, I seem to be the only one interested in them. Others is because I have a mental block. Or I lost my notes. Mostly though, it is because I was the only one with an interest in them.

Scat Cat I believe hasn't updated since 2003. I also know of another person, bless her, who has been really sick, and not able to update her story because of this.

18 Name: Anonymous : 2010-08-01 04:45 ID:zu3O3ryX

Why would one call oneself 'Scat' anything...?

19 Name: Crimson Cataclysm : 2010-08-01 09:41 ID:ReCOMS0X

I have one story on hiatus. It was my first multi-chaptered fic, and I pulled the stupid stunt of figuring out a beginning and middle, but no ending. So once I reached the point of the story where I ran out of ideas, I just sort of stopped. It was poorly written with horrible characterization too, and at the moment I have no interest in finishing it.
I have another multi-chapter fic that has not been properly updated in almost a year (not counting the April Fool's chapter I uploaded). My excuse is that I am just not in the mood to write for that fandom at the moment. I forced myself to write the third chapter when I was in no such mood, and as a result the chapter turned out significantly poorer than the others. So I am just waiting until I can feel myself desiring to write it again before continuing. My plan is to finish in the next coming year.
So yeah. I'm sure a lot of readers out there hate me for that.

20 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-08-01 09:56 ID:EucKfQLk

>>18 - Scat Cat possibly derived her name from the Disney movie, the Aristocats. Scat used to be a term back in the good old jazz days, and was an instrument sound effect done by voice.

>>19 - Not to offend, but that is why I tell people to have a begining, middle and end planned out, when possible. Do you know how many fanfics I've found, that have that problem. A lot...

I have a few of the other kind. I'm so engrained into Bleach fandom, it isn't funny. The majority of my fanfics are Bleach.

21 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-08-02 03:59 ID:PBAjTPCq

Well, I have one story on hiatus, not for lack of ideas, but simply because I'm doing other stuff first. Thing is, I'm quite a slow updater so people tend to think I'm on hiatus when I'm really just busy with other stuff. I didn't use to have a life, but since I sort of do now I'm writing less and my update pattern has become totally unpredictable.

22 Name: Crimson Cataclysm : 2010-08-02 10:32 ID:ReCOMS0X

>>20 And do you know how many years ago that was? Four.
Four years ago, I was an immature weeaboo who had never written a fanfic before and wanted to make a stereotypical "OMG gurl fallz in luv with boi but hur sistur duznt liek that" fic.
I don't do that anymore. I barely even write multi-chaptered stories. My current one, I don't even consider to be on hiatus, since I know the ending to it and I just need to have my muse back for it.
Basically, it's like going through your old kindergarten pictures that you've drawn and finding a group picture of your family, block bodies and arms coming out of heads and everything. But oops, you never drew your little brother or colored it in, and your mom really wants you to finish it.

I know the number four isn't a large number, but four years is a LONG time putting into account just how much a person can change.
That fic is just my embarrassing kindergarten drawing on the fridge that for some reason my mom still wants me to complete.

23 Name: Moonphase : 2010-08-02 13:12 ID:k7fq1fw/

>>22, maybe you could try re-writing it? Like, keep the main story but improve on it so that you aren't ashamed anymore.

24 Name: Tristana : 2010-08-02 16:11 ID:GPFp8Kkz

>> 15 I did that too. The worst part is... I knew how it should have ended but I don't write HP fics anymore and now, I'm like: how come I wrote such horrible story and people actually faved it? And I'd go into a rant - though I met a friend thanks to that story so well...

And I have other fics I didn't update in ages - another one - and I have everything but somehow lost the files when my computer crashed.

Also, it was in 2006 - last update in 2007 if I remember. I started in English, translated in French, redid chapters. It's enormous.

And to be fair, even though I tried to do like you said, Moonphase... Sometimes, your own story just burns your eyes so much that you can't even touch it.

As for the fanfics I read, I don't think any is actually on hiatus but some writers take a long time to update - but it just makes me happier when they post. =D

25 Name: QueenSkellington : 2010-08-03 15:33 ID:dgo26yd4

I've had to put a story on hiatus, a couple times actually. I had to put my most popular story "A tale of Major Embarrassment" on hiatus because I simply lost interest in that fandom all together (it was a nightmare before xmas) and didnt want to post something half-ass. (Btw, I did come back to it, and took it off Hiatus) when an author puts something on hiatus, give it time, they will most like eventually come back to it. I know it annoys the hell out of me when a story of mine is left unfinished

26 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-08-03 19:26 ID:EucKfQLk

>>22 - I never said that you didn't grow out of it. That is part of writing. But it is something that I do see a lot from newbie writers, who get all excited about this amazing story running around in their heads. I agree with >>23 though. Since it is four years, you might think about going back, rethinking and replanning, and having another go at it. Unless of course, you REALLY don't like it any more. I tossed one story, because I was so bored with it, and while it was an amazing idea, it became so tedious. It should have been 32 chapters, but only got 20 something... I think.

>>25 - Some readers freak about that, but I find it more logical to freak, when abandoned is put there.

27 Name: Jen : 2010-08-04 05:52 ID:+nWFQQIb

I understand when an author has to put a story to hiatus, but it's always better to leave an author note or something.

I have one story officially on hiatus, for lack of ideas (it's a collection of oneshots from a character's point of view.) I have three others that aren't exactly on hiatus, but the first two are going very slow in favor of my main story. The third isn't very popular and I'm the only one interested, so I'll update it when I feel like it.

But I think it's one of my goals to never completely abandon a story, unless I haven't even posted it yet.

28 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-08-04 07:13 ID:EucKfQLk

>>27 - You mean, an author's note that just so happens to be against site rules? No... I don't think so on that one. I don't mind it when people do that, but I still find it to be a bit tacky. Plus, there are report happy people out there.

I know of a younger writer, who put such a note in her fanfic, and someone left her a rather nasty anon. review, telling her that they were reporting her. I suggested right away, about removing it, and simply posting on her profile that she would be away for a certain reason.

Plus, there get to be some people, who when you add an author's note instead of the chapter, they become very pissed. I rather get miffed, when I see a story that has like twenty chapters, and four or five of those chapters are author's notes.

Now, it is another thing, if you go and edit a story, so that there is an author's note on the very last chapter you wrote for that story.

29 Name: Jen : 2010-08-04 09:25 ID:+nWFQQIb

I meant what you said after, about putting it in the last chapter. It annoys me to no end when people just put author notes as chapters just for things like "sorry my life sucks rite now i can't update my stories anymore srry" (because that's what it usually is). I get it if you have really important things (sickness is one) but just saying that your life is at a bad time or if you're too lazy is just really annoying. But I would never report someone for that.

All my author notes are done at the ends of chapters.

30 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-08-04 10:29 ID:EucKfQLk

>>29 - Very glad.

I only report author's notes, if it is a Rabbid Fangirl Rant, going off about how the person was wrong in their critique. And yes, I HAVE seen those, some in retaliation to reviews I've left.

31 Name: ScifiSOS : 2010-08-04 14:05 ID:tx/RyFbP

I don't mind hiatus. I have too many stories on it right now. Its understandable because life gets in the way. For me I had assesment tests (recently finished them), problems with my college app, medical problems, family problems, and I'm remodeling my room. So I've been a little busy to write.

I do get annoyed by my own hiatus and others. Others when it is a good story like 'blew my mind away' awesomeness (yes I know that is not a word). There was this awesome crossover (rare but awesome) and it has been on hold for a couple years but the writer still writes her/his other stories. So yeah I'm a little miffled about that but its understandable.

32 Name: XxObsessivexX : 2010-08-09 07:00 ID:ScO5YK2L

i dont mind hiatus... i mean i am too... but what i did was i replied to reviewers sayign that im going on it instead of posting it on an A/N. which, of course, isnt the best idea. i repect Hiatus as long as there is a good reason and they come back soon. I cant take a temporary HIATUS that takes place YEARS after the last update.

33 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-08-09 21:02 ID:EucKfQLk

>>32 - That I think, is one of the reasons I never put HIATUS in the summary, or say that it is.

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