unfinished?

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  1. bigboy1986

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    Ok so I've seen this a few times now people starting storys and not finishing them.... wth is going on? do they intentially mean to leave me with a slab between my legs? or is this some form of torture?
     
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    There is a very specific reason that people leave stories unfinished. This reason is a very important reason. It will blow your mind when you hear the reason. You would think to yourself "why did I never think of that before?" Lives have been changed by knowing the reason.

    The reason people don't finish their stories is...

    ......To be continued......
     
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    yes yes yes... I know I started part 3a of Embarassed by teen and have been promising some more.

    Most of the time I get a few minutes, start writing, and then move on to something else.

    I promise... i'll finish it
     
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    I think this thread needs to be brought up agian. For obvious reasons.
     
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    You know Bigboy.

    People aren't slaves. Most of the people who submit stories also have this thing called "LIVES".. maybe you have heard of them??:tongue:

    It is great when stories get done, but people have to realize that not everyone has the time to sit down for a few hours and hammer out a dirty tale, just so others can beat off to it.

    The stories will get done.:cool:
     
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    I can agree with people have lives, but sorry I say if they can't finish the story, dont' start it. It's not that there are stories that aren't finished. It's that there are so many stories that aren't finished.

    And the unfinished stories are becoming more like SPAM. Numerous and Annoying.
     
  7. Secretariat

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    Agree completely. I DO appreciate all the hard work that goes into writing a story,but if the writer would just be kind enough to wait until they DO have time to finish the story before posting,it would save the viewers the frustration of going weeks or months (or FOREVER) between segments AND it would also take off any *self imposed* pressure the writer feels to get it done while living their lives.
     
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    I completely agree
     
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    Life happens dude. I can't count the amount of times that I've started something with the best intentions and not finished it. We can't beat up the authors for that.

    Maybe we could do what JettaMatt did. Pick up a story where it left off!

    It'd be harder than whining, but more productive.

    humbly,
    dukey.
     
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    Of course life happens,that's why the suggestion of not posting a story until it's complete and your life *has happened* seems to be the best solution IMHO.

    just because someone is frustrated doesn't make it a whine. I think its a fair point. If it were something you were interested in and then someone disappeared for months on end during a story you were reading,you wouldn't be wondering what was up ?

    My comments weren't directed at any one person,just a general statement.
     
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    possibly best thread i ever made :p
     
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    what he said...i do understand as well that the authors have lives...but a lot of them when they post a part of their story or chapter or whatever say they already have more written and are seeing if "anyone likes it or wants more or whatever their excuse is"
    i'd appreciate if they'd just post all they have and leave it out there and not post 1 part at a time unless that's the way they're writing it. otherwise, this becomes television which is the reason im reading in the first place so i don't have to worry about lame commercial breaks.
     
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    *cough* bump for justice!
     
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    The thing many people fail to understand is that most writer here aren't prifessional writers. It's very hard to actually finish a story you've started, much harder than beginnning it. Just try it for yourself and see : Writing a coherent story is rarely something you can muddle through one chapter at a time without knowing where you're going first... You write a story, finish it, then rewrite the first chapters, redo it again, modifiy this, change that...

    I'm all for posting stories by episode once they're done, but if such a thing were to happen, almost no one would publish here. The authors who follow this course of action usually aime to be published on paper.

    Also, and this has happened more than once, the writers here do it for the attention they get. If they don't get enough feedback, or if their interests shift (indeed, "life happens"...) they simply stop writing, not caring of not knowing what (if anything) they owe to their seemingly small reader panel.

    Just my grain of salt as someone who actually works in the publishing business.
     
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    You've hit the nail on the head.
    I didn't realise that until I started reading the stories only to find that we were being told to "say something nice, or else I won't write any more".

    I also learned that some authors are more interested in how many 'hits' their stories get.

    I won't mention names, but I started reading one story when we told that a substantial part was written, and the basic plot was in outline.
    Only to find that we were later asked for ideas on how the plot should move.
    A sure sign, it seems, that nothing else has been written (and that the author had, for want of a better phrase, "Lost the plot").

    It's especially annoying when the writer happens to be good.

    At least on sites like Nifty I know to avoid any story which has a title ending in a number.

    Perhaps we should have a thread which lists the stories that have been finished. :confused:
     
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    http://www.lpsg.org/26630-unfinished.html
     
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    An interesting thread and no doubt highlighting a bugbear (is that one word or two BTW?) Not sure of the answer. I know some have questioned why people want feedback or hits. Given people do this for free it's nice to know that it's appreciated. If no one gives a shit why should you?

    I've just started a multi chapter story and I'm posting in parts. The main reason is that for me it's impetus to finish. Waiting to complete the whole thing would probably find me doing endless re-writes and it would never get posted. I'd probably give up trying to post the whole story anyway given the 10k word limit.

    Let's be positive. Even an unfinished story is another story you've had a chance to read, if only in part. Also how about setting a timelimit for a chapter update. Once passed anyone could finish the story as they see fit. Might not be popular and maybe something only to do from a certain point. Get a mod to put up a sticky to warn budding writers.
     
  18. dannymawg

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    As someone guilty of "life happens" and having recently regained enough time to return to my story here, I feel the need to chime in.

    I've bolded the most salient points here. I can only speak to my particular experience with them; I hope it can shed some light on the opening post and other concerns mentioned in this thread.

    "Professional writers": As an amateur, I work slowly, but I have the basic tools: grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, a knowledge of literary tools and methods, and outlining. There is also a concern for continuity, that events happening later in the story jive with earlier events to present the substance of the piece. Which brings me to...

    "Writing a coherent story": To make a story "good", beyond a "wham bam thank you ma'am" or "we met in the locker room I sucked his huge cock and it was good" approach, all of the above points have to be considered during the writing process. Otherwise, a "story" becomes merely vocalized fantasy posts, and not a true piece of work.

    I suspect it is this last point that is central to the topic of this thread. To be considered is the masturbatorial nature of why we are all here (alluded to in the opening post) - some (most?) writers here are here to do just that - vocalize fantasies, and nothing else. Being a guy, I understand what happens after you bust a nut - if it got you off good, you want another. Or, if it looks like you're close to a nut, and there's not enough there to finish you off, you get pissed off or bummed out (and thus the questioning of unfinished business).

    "The writers here do it for attention": I'm lyin' if I said I wasn't doing this for attention :tongue:

    But there's a difference - to garner attention as a contributor of quality content to this site, versus base ego-driven "I want feedback" attention. In my experience, the majority of the writings here (and I've gone back and looked at a lot of them) falls in the latter category. By nature, in combination with the simple vocalization of fantasy, that would leave a whole bunch of stories unfinished here once the attention waned.

    About someone mentioning "picking up where it was left off": in my case, I would be very upset to see that someone had decided to, without my prior consent. It would have major impact on what I have in my head or in outlines, and would endanger the continuity of what I have planned for the work as a whole. As far as a post or two lending praise or criticism within a thread, that's altogether different - and expected.

    If something from, say a year or two ago warranted your attention enough to pick up, at least look to see if the poster is still active and ask for consent. Only after finding that the poster abandoned the site, or simply doesn't appear to give a shit about the story, would I think it right to do so.

    Personally, I think separate sections for finished and unfinished work is a great idea. But in watching LPSG evolve, I don't think it was considered in the master plan to have a dedicated forum for this stuff in the first place, and indeed there are other dedicated literary sites to go to. But again - my story - my first serious effort anywhere - was meant to give something back to the members here, without having to stray elsewhere.

    Because 1) I work slowly, 2) I'm using narrative suspense as my main tool, and 3) I have ideas and a outline that change over time, it could be easily six months before I bring closure to my story. But where I entered into this knowing that I have a beginning/middle/end, I suspect that many others haven't.

    Finally - and why I saved this for last - is the question of attention span. Some folks just don't have it anymore - some folks probably didn't make it this far in this post, which speaks to me being an amateur and getting too wordy :tongue: And that - lack of attention span - could be the root cause of this whole discussion.
     
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    I know the story your talking about!! The author has posted many chapters and the story is one of the best I've read on LPSG. I've even PM'ed her to reassure her that we are not angry, (Maybe now I am) I can't write like you talented writers do, and reading has become a new passion for me. When I read a story for weeks on end, and it suddenly stops, it feels as if a part of me is not finished (a little melodramatic maybe) but i really live my self into the story.
    Don't say your going to post in a weeks time, and a month later still nothing. It shows disrespect to the readers I think!!
    Moral of the story is If you don't plan to finish, don't post, something the authors should take into consideration before posting.
    Thanks to all of you that are still posting new chapters to your stories, I really appreciate it.
    Just MHO!!!!

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