March 11th, 2021

charioteer

25 Days of Writing: Day 17

17. Do you think readers perceive your work - or you - differently to you? What do you think would surprise your readers about your writing or your motivations?

Readers? I don't know. Most comments I get seem reasonably to the point.

Non-readers, definitely. Quite a few people who make anonymous comments on [community profile] fail_fandomanon (FFA) seem to think that I was the person who wrote a problematic Dragonriders of Pern story ("Queen") that was written for Yuletide in 2011. This assumption has been dragged up off and on for years. It's irritating because, although "Queen" has a cute ending, it's not really all that good a story. Fortunately, it's fairly clear from other FFA posts that people who have actually read my fanfic don't believe the canard, basically on the grounds that I'm a better writer than that. (Thank you!!!) Gossip, right? It can be a pain.

I think most fan writers feel there's never enough feedback. Current FK writers owe a debt of thanks to [personal profile] brightknightie for, as the mod of [community profile] fkficfest, she encourages comments and always herself responds at length; and people do follow suit. Of course, one would always like more comments on all one's fic in every fandom! Comments are gold.

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