Exactly. If that anon who asked about reviews is reading this- you never really know what readers are thinking, so don’t stress too much about reviews. People are probably still reading it. And if you post on ff.net, you can actually see if people are actually reading it.
Well, put it this way, I still have to write it!
Happy happy happy birthday starsplit! My favorite communicator! I hope you had a fantastic day!
The first thing I’d say is don’t worry too much about getting reviews, but rather worry about making your story as good and as readable as possible. That said, if you really want constructive criticism, maybe try asking for it? For what works and doesn’t work? Or maybe ask if anyone is willing to help you?
As for my own stories, I do not write purposefully for reviews. I write because I really really enjoy the process of writing the stories. So my advice would be just do it because that’s what you want to do.
That said, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy getting feedback. Most writers like feedback because writing is such a solitary activity, so you have no real gauge of how you are doing.
And when you do get used to getting some reviews of your work, you do worry when you don’t get them. For example, my last chapter, hardly anyone reviewed it. I’d worked really hard on it and enjoyed writing it so much, and then … not much response. And it did make me anxious. The first thought is, ‘was it a really bad chapter?’ Maybe I thought it was good but it really wasn’t? I don’t know about other writers, but I can’t help having that anxiety. And I do have fleeting moments of going ‘why do I bother?’. But then I get the itch to WRITE, and that is what makes me keep doing it.
But, of course, you can’t expect people to review, I know this. There is no rule saying they have to. And the case of my long story, A Story of Now, maybe people are just used to it, and don’t see then need to comment as they read, I don’t know.
And maybe for you, a new G/H writer (?), it looks like there are a lot of Gail x Holly writers out there now, so it could just be people aren’t commenting on everything they read, I don’t know? There might just be a lot of competition for attention right now.
But yeah, all I can say is write because you love to write stories and because you love to write about the pairing. Because believe me, I don’t know much about much, but I have written a lot of G/H fic now and I know, however disheartening it might be at time (and it can be), you cannot rely on reviews to motivate you. You have to love the task itself and not the attention!
(Couldn’t find GIF source- if this is yrs let me kow and I’ll make it go!)
Hey thanks- it’s really nice of you to say.
Sure, I’ll answer your questions!
1. I liked how all the seasons kind of suited where Gail was at, but I think it’s a toss-up between season 3 and season 4 long hair. I’ll pick four, though, mostly because tihs was my favorite RB season, and my favorite for Gail. It sometimes got a little brutalist at times, with the severe ponytail and the black eyeliner, but it was a good contrast to her growing vulnerability.
Okay, I am done being deeply shallow now.
2. I honestly have no idea what will happen with Gail and Holly. I don’t even know how I feel about the whole G/H thing as RB has written it, so yeah…
3. I don’t know what to say to this one. She gets under Gail’s skin, that is for sure.
I’m just kidding. I’ll decide to take it as a great big compliment, so I am not about to call it bad! Though I’d need an extra eighty years to write it like that!
Anyway, I have to say I am glad you say you are enjoying it, because I had this kind of fear that it was going TOO slowly- especially considering the last two chapter were just one single day!
But seriously, thank you!
There are lots of Gail moments I love, but one of my favorites for sure is when she asked Traci out to lunch with her in S1 (or maybe it was S2, but pretty sure it was S1). It was just a small scene, but I loved it because it was one of those first insight moments Gail being anything but a bitch- and one wherewe realised how lonesome she’d made herself by being so hostile.
And until that moment Traci had definitely been the fellow rookie she had always been meanest to, making all these snide comment to her all the time. But this moment was the moment that showed that maybe Gail was doing it because she wanted her attention. Such is Gail’s sometime hilarious (and sometimes depressing) emotional stuntedness, she was being mean to the one person she most liked and wanted to be friends with. Kind of like a little boy who wants a girl’s attention, hitting her so she notices him. Not that I am saying she was having any kind of crush on Traci, but I think she was kind of impressed by her and would secretly have kind of liked to be her friend.
Then when Traci, who was totally thrown and completelybaffled by the invite from a girl who’d been nothing but an asshole to her said no but maybe another time, Gail was immediately all incredibly hurt and awkward and weird.
Like many Gail things, it was kind of funny and kind of sad at the same time and it was one of those early moments when I really began to like this character.
Why yes. There is!
Thanks! Maybe a little? There are some words. But many more are needed!
This made me laugh! Should I assume this is because I updated A Story of Now? Or just general awesomeness? I’ll assume it’s the former!