The general quality of my stories
Jeconais posted on Thursday 29th April 2010 11:55am
TL;DR Version: Stories are not betad like they used to be, and the writing itself is worse. Don't like? Don't read.
After years of trying to fool myself into thinking that I'll get back to writing like I once did, I've faced the fact that those days are gone. Stories like Hope, WK,GQ, TMW etc are in my past, and will not be topped.
Stories posted in the future will either be lightly betad or not betad at all. I am well aware that the quality of the work will be a lot less because of this. If that sort of thing bothers you, then please, do NOT read anything new. Previously I had ambitions (delusions) of being a professional writer, I've accepted that won't happen, and that I'll just keep writing shittier fanfiction until I run out of stories, then I'll do something else. The cost of writing like I used to is to high for me to pay now, and I have different priorities.
Along with the technical problems, my reasons for writing have changed. Now, I just write for my own personal entertainment, so I end up taking shortcuts, writing cliches and generally falling into bad habits. If I hadn't written ffa.net, I probably wouldn't even post the stories here. But at the end of the day, I pay for this and spend a lot of time making it work, so I should get some benefit from it. I also find it far more enjoyable to write code for FFA.net than write the stories.
Remember, this is free entertainment, and you have been warned.
tangentsferret posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 8:56pm
I still remember the rush I got when I tracked the Dangerverse stories over here and found (as far as I am concerned) the Mother Lode of fanfiction. While I don't always enjoy the styles of some of the individual authors (sorry Jbern, the language is just too gross for me), the high standards here are an incredible relief.
I have always enjoyed your stuff, even the stories that I looked at askance before starting. I'm sorry if something has put you off writing, but very grateful that you're continuing to maintain the site.
Thank you for the hours of entertainment you have given me: I hope that the Universe sorts itself out in such a way that there can be many more, but if not, I hope you enjoy whatever it is you end up doing!
Lady Owl posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 8:11pm
I really love your style of writing, so please: stop worrying about typos and go back to writing Dawn, because I am totally - absolutely - enourmously hooked and soooo waiting for an up-date;-)
supergirl3684 posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 3:10am
I have to say I agree with everyone. If this is your idea of bad writing, I'm taking everything I've ever posted under other pennames at other sites and going into hiding!
I have to admit, for the most part, I don't even *see* your mistakes! I've read Perfect Slytherin over 20 times each and even now, I FINALLY saw ONE! Same with your newest Dawn...I found 2! And honestly, I'm not even sure if one WAS a mistake or if you did it on purpose!
You write in a way that draws me so far in that it's like I'm there. As I said in one of my review, you post and I start to read and it's like there is nothing outside of what's in front of me.
In the past year, I've read over 200 novels/bio and there are maybe 5 or 6 author's who can draw me in. Of the 1,000 fanfics I've read in a year there are 4 (including you) that make me grin and shout with joy when I see your fic in my inbox. Of those 4, 2 of you draw me in.
You are an amazing writer! I'm sooooo glad Kay pointed me in your direction!
Mathew McCrillis posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 2:42am
I've loved just about everything you've put together, frankly the idea terrifies me of FFA disappearing.
Please try to have at least a little fun, no matter what you write!
DaZZa posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 12:59am
Don't care. Your bad writing is better than some peoples normal writing. At least you can spell, use grammar close to correctly, and your errors are usually only typos!
I'm only one of many who is grateful for your efforts in writing and maintaining FFA - I've had many hours of enjoyment from the stories posted therein, and it's still the first site I check daily looking for new posts.
You post what you want, when you want - I'll read it. If I like it, I'll keep looking for more. if I don't, I won't bitch about it.
Cheers, and thanks.
P.S. Your bad writing is better than some stuff I've seen in print by "professionals".
OrionHR posted a comment on Saturday 1st May 2010 12:03am
I've been reading your stuff for a while now. It is rare to nigh upon unheard of that I haven't liked something you have written. Please stop hinting you aren't quality as a writer. You and all the authors here produce quality work.
I think your work will become even better for all the more it will be less polished. As many others will have said by now, your non-beta'd work surpasses most polished stories. You would not have the fan adoration you have if your writings weren't good.
Please continue to write because you enjoy it, but I hope you will see that it would be inhumane to leave us hanging with a story beginning like that.
gdbessey posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 11:41pm
Just how many times can you say "ditto" to the many people telling you that you're a great writer? If it's not fun for you, it won't be fun for us. Write how you want, write to please yourself, and if someone doesn't like it, they can just move on.
I've greatly enjoyed your stories (especially Perfect Slytherins), and I very much appreciate the home you've created for so many wonderful authors and stories.
As long as you feel the need to write and share your fantastic work, I'll be here reading it. Good luck!
Cryo posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 8:50pm
Good God man, hhave some faith in yourself. I have read far too many stories that are absolute sh*t (kyuubi16 on fanfiction . net and all his similar accounts) and you you are in my top 10 best authors list beside VFSNAKE, James D. Fawkes and Tobmaster. (All from FF . net)
MonCappy posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 8:40pm
Frankly, I think the best decision you made was to write for fun even if the work isn't as polished. The way I see it, if you are writing for your own enjoyment, you'll find it more rewarding than if you did it for any other reason.
blue artemis posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 8:07pm
I enjoy this stuff, and you should see what I write, so really. I'm just hoping for the next installment.
Ali posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 7:35pm
I don't think you're a crap writer - I've been reading your work since the Buffy days and I've seen a definite progression in your abilities. Even if things are unbeta'd, I'm still interested in reading them. If a cliche is done well, it can still be interesting. I understand wanted to let everyone know the future state of your work, but I wouldn't sell yourself short. The quality of your work is still high, and while I do think you have potential to be a professional author, you ultimately have to do what works best for you and what makes you happy.
I enjoy reading what you've written, as I think you've got a great sense of humor and a good talent at telling stories, cliched or not. Something doesn't have to be grammatically perfect to be enjoyable - hell, Twilight is wildly popular, and it's mostly dreck. Basically, don't be so hard on yourself. There's a lot of us who enjoy your "voice" and aren't reading for perfection, but just for fun entertainment. And that's how it should be - for fun.
HopelessFan posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 7:25pm
I agree with everyone here - I'm too lazy to write long words of encouragement, but if you write half as good as "Hogwart's Dawn" I'll still consider you one of the better FF authors out there.
Mot70 posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 6:54pm
First off, quit hinting at the opinion that you're a crap writer... You're not, full stop. If you were, people wouldn't be scarfing down your stories like E.T. with a pile of Reese's Pieces. I, for one, first discovered your writings on the XanderZone archive, and have enjoyed everything I've seen since.
You've gotten to the point where creative writing isn't your primary focus anymore? That's life, my friend! You must still enjoy writing, because if you didn't, we wouldn't have seen the notification for Hogwart's Dawn in our email...
I hope you keep sharing any stories that you find worth writing!
TheNekoWithWings posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 6:53pm
I also agree with most of what I read in the comments. You're an excellent author, beta'd or not, and I love your work. I hope to read more, even when it feels a bit rushed to get to whatever point it gets to. Ta!
Tom Pearson posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 5:43pm
At the end of the day, if you don't enjoy it, there's no point. I think the newer stuff has it's own value, and for me at least as more than just light-hearted escapism. As for the longer stuff, I can only say thank you.
Neeliemom posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 2:33pm
Hey, I read fanfiction for fun, not for it's enduring social significance. It's an escape, it's not supposed to be dreary! As several others have said, many writers take this (and themselves) too seriously. Don't be hard on yourself, have fun! We'll have fun too. I've read most of your fic, even the BtVS stuff. (I still hold out hope that Wild Horses will be continued someday.) Write because you love it and ignore any critics.
ladyimmortal posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 2:01pm
Tim, you are far too hard on yourself. I love even what you consider to be 'crap' - it's far better than some of the polished works in existence! Never feel so badly about what you write. It's an enjoyable romp around the world.
I DO still want to see a followup to your Harry/Gabrielle tale 'Happily Ever After'. However, I will happily and willing read pretty much any Harry Potter tale you put out here and, most likely, enjoy it. ::HUGS!::
hpfirecracker posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 1:34pm
I LOVE your stories. I have found if an author writes for his/her enjoyment most people will enjoy it to. I don't think I have stopped giggling yet after reading your latest. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories. I think sometimes authors should take a break from writing stories like Hope and WK GQ.. One must have fun at times. Looking forward to the next chapter. Have a great time writing and enjoy life.
VelvetMouse posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 12:27pm
I just spent half an hour giggling my head off at your new chapter. Please explain to me how that could possibly be a bad thing?
In my opinion, writers (both professional and not) tend to take themselves far too seriously. You write something because it entertains you. I read it because it entertains me. Everyone wins. And besides, your "shittier writing" is about a hundred times better than what some people can do at their best.
Moral of the story? As long as you're doing it because you want to, I bet a bunch of us will happily read whatever you put up. Just don't let it become an obligation :)
AKindOfMagic posted a comment on Friday 30th April 2010 10:58am
I'm sorry to say, that that was a lesson I had to learn early in my life: Don't make your hobby your profession! It makes it a LOT less enjoyable. Have fun! Have fun with your hobby, have fun with your writing, have fun with fanfiction - and your readers will share the fun and thus double it. I personally like to read fun stories - life itself is serious enough.
Tell me, what in the Potter-verse is not already clichéd? Couldn't every character's word/action outside the letters of the books be interpreted as OOC and AU? Well, we know the books and therefore we read fanfiction :)
I, for one, are going to follow your stories - now, that I have figured out the "author-alerts" on this site (DON'T ask!).
'til your -eagerly awaited- next chapter(s).
PS: Sorry for grammar etc. - English is my second foreign language.
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