posting too many fanfics at once (17)

1 Name: fanfic writer : 2011-01-13 12:11 ID:KqV8h3VJ

Can I vent for a moment about people who post multiple fanfics? Ugh! They drive me crazy!

I’m not talking about two or three stories. That wouldn’t bother me. I’m talking about 5-7 fanfics on the FIRST PAGE ALONE! Not to mention about three more stories on page 2!

Some of them are oneshots, which those don’t take a lot of time to write, so fine. But most of them are multi-chapter stories. This one writer has several of these and hardly any of them are finished. It’s like, can’t she just finish one story before she starts on another one?

What really frustrates me is that as soon as I update my story, she comes along with three more stories and makes my story go further down the page, as well as everyone else's. I feel like this is a little unfair to the other writers on the site. One story would be fine, but she always posts more than that. So then I try to wait until after she posts so at least my story can be on top for a little more than a half second. But that doesn’t work either. She just keeps posting more!

I’m not saying she shouldn’t be allowed to have multiple stories going. But isn’t this a tad much? The least she could do is space out her updates a little. Every time I go to the site, her (multiple) stories seem to always be at the top of the page, pushing all the other stories down.

Anyone else deal with this issue before?

2 Name: セーラーエリスは刀の女ですか。 : 2011-01-13 12:54 ID:oR/n5ETN

Well that shouldn't be a problem, if ppl see that the first page is her stories only they will check the second page too.
Also since she updates every other second she will finish her stories soon and you and the rest in the fandom will have your space back.

The point is, is she any good, or she writes troll fics?

3 Name: Marth : 2011-01-13 13:55 ID:6DP6ynjV

If she's not a troll, and she's updating several chapter fics frequently, she should be commended and you should stop whining.

4 Name: Anonymous : 2011-01-13 14:21 ID:oKffuPZc

If she can't write well then I can understand why you'd be frustrated. I've seen a few less than mediocre writers start to spout out thousands of fics that, when I tried to read them, proved to be a total waste of my time. It's annoying. It's worse when they don't update and just start more. The most you can do is address the problem in a message or review.

But, like Marth pointed out, if she's decent and updating that much there's really nothing wrong about it. She has a lot of time on her hands to write; there's nothing you can/should do about that.

5 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2011-01-13 16:06 ID:qAm2IDyE

I agree with the others. If she is a badfic writer, it becomes frustrating. XOHitsuhina, a Bleach fanfic writer brought her badfics to my attention with how frequently she updated and the fact I caught her writing a sequel to someone elses fanfic without getting permision first. It got to the point I finally just lost it with her... it takes a LOT for me to do that. Particularly since she showed that she showed a great deal of potential, if she could only reign in her rabid thoughts and the idea that her version of Bleach was better. I mean, she had fanfics that CHANGED the school uniforms and another that the hell butterflies were suddenly colored. Umm... sure.

But then you get people like me who are able to write at a fast pace and do in fact have a high rate of turn out. I don't like bringing it up, because it can grate on people's nerves at times, the ability for me to write so much. I wouldn't happen to be the one you're frustrated with? On one side, I can see why it frustrates other writers and I am sure some don't like me because of the rate I go. On the other though, I do have people waiting for my fanfics and I write them when I can.

6 Name: Flying Mantis : 2011-01-13 18:06 ID:YFgHgiSN

fanfic writer: Seeing someone post 5-7 stories faster than everyone else every day(?) sounds extremely annoying, I agree, with the reasons you gave. Not only is this person forcing others' stories down the webpage, but he/she is seemingly trying to constantly or desperately be gaining renown and popularity for him/herself, as if in competition. I mean, handing out that many updates for those many stories at a time is rather much, even if he/she does have a huge amount of time on his/her hands.

But even though that might be the case, there really isn't much you can do about it anyway (apart from bringing you complaints directly to him/her). The person's stories are their own and not yours; they can update faster if they want to. Have you read any of their stories? If they are good in quality, considering the rate they get updated, then at least it's not a troll spamming rubbish; that'd be even more annoying, especially if reviewers gush them non stop.

So, yes, it can be annoying and maybe hogging up space for you and others to be noticed, but you should at least admire how hard they're working for themselves. Everyone writes at their own pace, and apparently this person can write fast. But that doesn't mean they're better than you; it's more about quality over quantity in the end. So if you have a good style then yours should be more noticed as better over time. Stop being distracted by the person and concentrate on what you're writing. It's not worth worrying about it if it's going to dent your writing ability, and make you feel worse. It's not a popularity contest; it's about writing great stories :)

7 Name: Piccylo : 2011-01-13 23:43 ID:+Mf519ku

I've wondered about the etiquette of posting several fics in one section, and this is honestly one of the drives that encourages me to not write so many of one kind of fic and try to broaden my writing horizons. And, as a rule, I never have more than one multi-chap in the same section, because that's just stupid and dumb.

On the other hand, I can't apply my own principles on others. If she's writing so much, I have an instinctual feeling that they aren't that good (or perhaps are stolen), but I don't know who she is so I can't make that call for certain.

Just think of it this way: writing is something you're often driven into doing, a cathartic process to get rid of something nagging at you (more so with fanfiction). She's obviously haunted by more demons/plot bunnies/whatever than you.

8 Name: Piccylo : 2011-01-13 23:45 ID:+Mf519ku

Correction: ...more than one RUNNING multi-chap in the same section.

9 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2011-01-14 02:28 ID:qAm2IDyE

>>6 - Which is exactly why I tend not to bring up the fact that I can update as fast. I've told many people that just because I am able to update fast doesn't mean I am this super amazing person and that everyone else isn't worth shit.

When ever someone brings up that they are jelous, I feel like I'm one of those Anime characters that hits their friends when their down to bring them to their senses. I flat out newer, I've been writing for some time now, so it isn't ever fair to compare. The point is to do your best, and enjoy what you're writing.

>>7 - I tend to write a chapter, then post it. I don't like posting a bunch of chapters all at once, unless they are for one story, simply because of this very reason. Bleach tends to get plenty of updates, so I've never noticed a time where I've had many fanfics on the front page.

Piccylo is right in describing writing as something you're driven to do. On top of only posting when I have a chapter finally written, I've also pushed back starting on DOZENS of plot bunny ideas simply not to annoy people with how much I update, or how fast, or having to many incomplete stories. But when you're driven to write that one story, and then to move onto the other, you can get stuck.

And actually, it can be frustrating to the people who do post a lot of fanfics too. For the fanfics with Toshiro and Isshin as the main character, mine take up more then fifty percent and I want more fanfics dealing with Isshin being Toshiro's former taicho.

10 Name: KazeYami : 2011-01-14 07:34 ID:wWvQGmur

I can totally see the problem if she doesn't ever update them. I have encountered that. Like, for instance, I would check out a fandom and there would be three different stories by the same author on the first page, but all of them at the first or second chapter. There was even a case where someone had posted up multiple unfinished stories within a few hours of each other, but the premises were extremely similar. But, if they intend on updating them, I don't have a problem with that. Not to mention that, I know that when I'm reading stories and I skim through a story I don't like, then when I see that same author a little further down the page I'm much less likely to click on their other post. :3

11 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2011-01-15 17:26 ID:qAm2IDyE

>>10 - I intend on finnishing every single one of mine, though some are stuck because I lost the note book the next chapter was in, or the paper I wrote the next chapter in, or my notes in some sort of context. I will also say, I've come across quite a few fanfiction writers who are like that.

12 Name: Firerwolf : 2011-02-20 22:11 ID:6NX+6tbM

I have several stories that are series of oneshots so they will never end until I run out of ideas. I have ten going going on right now. Only one of them is on hold while the others I update as often as I have chapters finished. People don't tend to mind. Though oddly it's the ones that I am like constantly updating that people get impatient about.

13 Name: J : 2011-02-21 05:48 ID:OO9atCdM

I own a horse

14 Name: Lauren Of The Desert : 2011-03-25 14:12 ID:c0MdUc6a

>>11 I'm the same way.

I used to try to write a chapter and then update but then I was running like months behind and it really wasn't working so I started writing entire stories and then updating once a week. It's seemed to work out for me. This way I'm not updating whenever. Readers are wondering where the story is and I'm not constantly knocking people out of a spot.
I refuse to do more than one story at a time since I feel it would take space from others who write and work hard just like I do. All I need is the one story to get people to see me, if they see it and like it they will go to my profile and look at what I have. I don't need to put all of them on there as 'look at me!' kinda thing.

15 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2011-03-28 01:29 ID:qAm2IDyE

>>14 - I've tried doing that. I go nuts if I am not writing more then one story though. Then, I go nuts if it is just sitting on my hard drive. Amoung... other things.

16 Name: OHAITHUR : 2011-03-31 11:23 ID:yFD0q2in

You do realize having a board that says you are "freespeech" about trying to censor other people's fanfiction for grammar issues is a just a tiny bit ironic, right?

17 Name: Marth : 2011-03-31 12:36 ID:kOswXiuh

>>15 You're still better than me, Yemi. Whenever I set out to write a fic and then post it in chapters, I get too antsy to even finish writing once I've got the first chunk of it done.

>>14 I disagree strongly with the idea that you (general you) can take someone else's "spot" on FFN. No one specifically deserves to be on the front page of a category for any length of time. If someone posted a whole page's worth of stories at once, I'd be annoyed, yes, but only because I like variety on any given page of stories, not because the people that were pushed onto page 2 somehow deserved to be on page 1 more than the extremely prolific writer.
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