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11 July 2007 @ 10:46 am
Does my writing suck?  
I should add, "within the Fanfiction.net community", I suppose. So I posted my story the other day (and again thanks to everyone here who commented on it - I really appreciate it), and I only got 3 reviews at Fanfiction.net. Strangely enough it did get 225 hits.

Do people really find my writing that bad, not worthy of reading? Or if they do read it (as suggested by the number of hits) do they not find it worthy of a review? I know the majority of Stargate SG-1 fanfic on that site is Daniel/Vala and Sam/Jack, but I know people who also write Sam/Daniel like me and they still get a lot more hits and reviews.

What am I doing wrong? Do people not like one-shots? Is my style too drab? Too angsty? Too smarmy? I hate to sound like I'm an attention whore or egocentric or begging for reviews, but I always find them helpful and they let me know that people are taking the time to read, so I'm not writing the stories and posting them for nothing. They make me feel better about my writing, which sometimes I think.... well, see the title of this post. *blushes*

It's not just Fanfiction.net. I belong to several Yahoo groups and no one comments there either. It's mostly just me and this other woman posting stories, and everyone comments on hers, but not mine. I just get ignored and it makes me wonder why I should bother posting them at all.

That said, I really think LJ is the best place to read stories and talk about them. I'm not sure why, but I get a lot more feedback about what I write here than anywhere else lately. Everyone's been very helpful, so I really appreciate it.

I just wish I could discount the lack of reviews elsewhere... but it still bothers me somewhat...
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
annikamalfoyannikamalfoy on July 11th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
I like your writing. I understand how you feel though. I have stories on FF.net that have a ton of hits, but not a single review. As to Yahoo!groups, I'm only lurking. I hope you know that I like your stuff. And I don't read your stuff on FF.net I read them at your webpage or LJ, which is why I don't comment on FF.net.
jessm78jessm78 on July 11th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I really do appreciate that. :) Really makes me wonder when our stories get tons of hits but hardly any (if any) reviews.

As for most of the Yahoo groups, the only people really posting fic lately is me and this other girl. Even she hasn't been getting a ton of feedback, so I guess people are just really busy there.

But I do appreciate it - I appreciate any feedback, so thanks. :)
annikamalfoyannikamalfoy on July 12th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
I think that part of the reason we don't get reviews is because a lot of people don't know what to say. Personally I only leave reviews if the story really moves me or touches me. That doesn't happen very often, it seems that a lot of stories are lacking lately. Not all the author's now take the time to put in depth and stuff. Its hard to find author's who know that characters and the stories well enough to write an exceptionally good story (Like your A Tale of Spilled Coffee). It's like a person who just started watching a show in the later seasons and trying to write a story based in that seasons and those following it without knowing what preceded those seasons, what built the characters up to where they are now. Or they try writing a fic in the seasons they haven't seen without knowing how things really went. Does that make sense? It's kind of confounding to me.
Mayhap that's hypocritical of me based on how I review, 'but's that just how I feel about it. What do you think?' And perhaps people are overly busy, but maybe they're just lazy.
vixen_logic: EJHUGvixen_logic on July 11th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
A high number of reviews doesn't always mean the fic is great. I have read stories that have gotten a ton of comments, but I personally did not enjoy. Then there have been fics I really liked but it was sad to see them having a low number of reviews.
Don't let it bother you. I keep repeating this but as long as you enjoy writing for this (or any other ) fandom, it's what matters.
Your fics always leave me with a nice feeling, so keep writing! :)
jessm78jessm78 on July 11th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Thanks so much. :) Yeah, you do have a point about that. I found a pretty poorly written story (no offense to the author) on FF.net not long ago that had a lot of reviews, most of them negative actually.

I'm glad you like my writing. :) As long as I keep getting ideas, I'll keep writing. *hugs*
maevebran: Daniel Ficmaevebran on July 11th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
You're lucky there arte stories I post on like four LJ comms. and maybe get 2 reviews total until they get posted on TTHFanfic.com then they get like 4 reviews. (I might add this aren't cross overs even thought the are up at Twisting the Hellmouth.) And no I don't recomend them to you Jess as they are Daniel/Vala shippy fics. But the point is it is rare that any of my stories get more than 6 reviews combined. I know people read my stuff because I get tracked and have lots of hits but few reviews.
jessm78jessm78 on July 11th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
First, I like your avatar... it's cute. :)

Second... I'm sorry that you haven't gotten many reviews either. That's a shame. I've read your S/D and Daniel/Weir fics (and the Thor/Heimdall one, if I remember) and I really like your writing. I only post mine to two comms, the S/D one and the Cam/Vala one. I don't get a whole lot of reviews there, but they seem to be more than at ff.net.

I guess the important thing should be that we get any reviews at all, and that we enjoy writing for ourselves. Sometimes it's hard to think that way though (and the weather here making me cranky doesn't help matters, LOL).
maevebran: Daniel Ficmaevebran on July 12th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
I made it because his eyebrows were so surprised and since I write Daniel with just about any female (Including Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr.Temperance Brennan from Bones) aIt seemed appropriate for those minor ships.

I don't really write for the reviews but I do like to know what people are thinking when they read my stuff. But I will not lower myself to pleas for reviews like so many on FF.net do. That is one of my pet peeves is people who say 'I'll only continue this if I get x number of reviews' because that means they are writting for the glory of it and not because there is a stoy they want to tell.
jessm78: innocencejessm78 on July 12th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
I love his expression there - it's perfect.

I agree. I write mostly for my own enjoyment, but like you I do like to know what people are thinking. Sometimes I'm not too happy with my writing and if people take the time to let me know what they think it makes me feel a little better.

That bugs me too. While reviews are helpful I can't lower myself to that level. I've had people leaving me reviews and then saying "oh please go and review my story "....."!!" One person did that and her story had nothing to do with Stargate. It was some little general drabble/fiction thing that to be honest wasn't all that good.
maevebran: S+DUptoNoGoodmaevebran on July 12th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
That would tempt me to tell them so in no uncertain terms. The other is people reviewing and begging for sequels when I out and out state it is a one shot. Over at Twisting the Hellmouth I got a review on he Sam/Daniel ficathon story asking for a Jack/Daniel sequel. I was like WTF? Where in the Sam/Daniel PWP does it allude to Jack/Daniel? I don't do slash and if they read my work they'd know it. Crazy people.
jessm78: hairsprayjessm78 on July 13th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
Exactly. That is really amazing. My friend Thraesja (she posts at GW in the S/D thread) had a S/D story posted on FF.net. She got a review asking for a Daniel/Janet sequel so she could see that they're meant to be. Janet was in her fic, but the way it was written and ended up with an established romance, there was no way she could turn the sequel into Daniel/Janet (unles she had Daniel cheat on Sam I guess).
mooers on July 13th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your stories, but I hold my hands up and confess that I never leave reviews.

I have to say it had just never occurred to me to leave them, and had no idea they would matter so much to the writers of the stories. I guess if I'd thought about it, it seems obvious that if someone has made the effort to write a story that I enjoy, I should have the courtesy to say so! *slaps wrist* In future I'll make the effort to leave reviews for you, and all the other great writers out there.

To make up for my previous slackness, I want to say here and now that I think your stories are great, and keep them coming!!
jessm78jessm78 on July 13th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
Re: Reviews
I just saw your review - thanks very much, I'm glad you like my stories. :)

I shouldn't have been whining so much about this... I do think leaving reviews is the courteous thing to do, at least if you liked a story, but in the end it's really up to the person if they want to or not. I guess besides finding them helpful, I sometimes have doubts about my own writing and they give me a bit more confidence.

I do writing mostly for my own enjoyment, although feedback does inspire me to keep at it. But anyway, no worries, I shouldn't have been whining about it so much. *blushes*

Still thanks for the kind words - I'm glad that you like my writing. :) I have another story in progress and I'm going to co-write another with a friend soon.

Thanks again!
Working for the Mandroid: The Kiss (Sam/Daniel)moonshayde on July 13th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think reviews are always the best judge. I don't get many reviews compared to say Sam/Jack fic or Daniel/Vala fic. And even when I've tried my hand at popular pairing fic (I like challenges) they aren't big hits. I just think it's one of those hit or miss deals. And tons of people read without commenting. As long as you're happy, that is what should matter. Though, it's always nice to get feedback.

I'm actually here to say hi (and I really should friend you as I don't have enough Sam/Daniel friends) because Chris recommended I speak with you for some geology help. I'm writing a story with a geologist in it and I could use some advice, if you're willing to offer :)
jessm78: being therejessm78 on July 13th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that does make a lot of sense - hit and miss. You're right, the main thing is that you're happy and enjoy writing. I sometimes forget that... *blushes*

Hi backatcha. :) I'd be happy to help. You can email me at geode78(at)optonline(dot)net
Nadine: SG-1 Sam & Daniel one lookdine7184 on July 18th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
I really know what you mean... I posted yesterday a new chapter on one of my csi: ny stories... got a lot of hits on it but only 2 reviews (so far) *sigh* it's depressing, isn't it?!

Oh, and I (of course) really enjoy your stuff. ^_^ Always.