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4751 No. 4751
Why do some writers just plain... stop?

No. 4754
Because:
-they ran out of steam,
-they have no idea about how to keep on with the story,
-they are writing a popular story, and are scared by the sudden success,
-there's a shitstorm in their stories, and they hate that,
-they are weak,
-they don't know how to deal with Anonymous,
-a faggot sagebomb their threads,
-they have RL troubles,
-they die suddenly,
-they lost all interest in fanfictions.


Or maybe:
THEY ARE FUCKING ANNOYED BY THAT DAMN MEMORY ERROR SHIT!
No. 4755
>>4751
Video games.
No. 4760
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4760
Complete, total, utter laziness.

see also, image.
No. 4761
>>4760
You forgot Dicking around in IRC.
No. 4762
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4762
Pick one.
No. 4766
Where exactly do most of these writers go? That's the irritating thing about them dropping stories, that you can never find them to ask about anything. There's no way to PM them for anything for instance. There's also the annoying thing about writers having multiple names, as in they use one name for a story and use another name for a story. Hell I've seen writers even use a different name when responding in the same thread! An example of this is ???? who wrote Landlord of Mayohiga, where in the third thread of the story, his name is now "憂鬱100%". How does that happen?
No. 4767
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4767
>-they have no idea about how to keep on with the story,
>-they are writing a popular story, and are scared by the sudden success,
>-there's a shitstorm in their stories, and they hate that,
>-they are weak,
>-they don't know how to deal with Anonymous,
>-a faggot sagebomb their threads,
>-they have RL troubles

Who is Taisa?
No. 4768
>>4762


I'll take crow sluts for 2000
No. 4769
>>4766
most writers still use the same trip with name changes unless they're pulling a HY and futilely try writing under a whole other name.
No. 4770
>>4769
>HY
Are you referring to Hungry Youkai? I though Owen was the only one who did that, changing his trip.
No. 4771
>>4770
Usually, around these parts, we try and hide how obviously new we are. Just saying.
No. 4774
>>4771
Why? Asking questions is only stupid when the answers are easily available.
No. 4775
>>4767
Correct, You get 2000 points.

>>4754
pretty much one of these or all of these.
No. 4780
>>4775
Alternatively, like patchwork they could be off and writing non-fanfiction.
No. 4781
I'm not sure if I speak for everyone, but it's pretty easy to just sort of "burn out". Most of us don't go into this with a solid plan - we need to write a lot of stuff on the fly, and make sure it all "fits" with what we've already written. The longer you go, the more constraints you add to what you can add.

Sometimes, you'll box yourself into a corner. You can't really force creativity, and it'll go in directions that aren't even possible anymore. Sometimes, you just won't have any ideas at all, or maybe something comes up that's leaving you drained every day.

It gets frustrating, and sometimes that frustration is enough to push you into the "fuck this, I'm done" mindset.

Taking a hiatus rarely works, because you'll either come back to the box you were trying to write yourself out of before, and remember how hard that was, or have to put in a ton of effort to refresh your mind as to what was happening. So, they just... stop.

But yeah, >>4754 is a pretty good list.

>>4766
For the first question: basically, 'elsewhere'. Most of the people that leave forever aren't that attached to the community, so, with their writing done, they just move on. If I ever stop writing for good, I doubt I'll be around in a month or two.

Second question: I can't speak from experience, but I've considered it. Sometimes, you wonder how much of what you write is judged by who you are, and not what you've actually written. I mean, if you talk about a "Stephen King novel", that comes with certain things attached. The same holds true here, I think.
No. 4782
>>4781
indeed, odds are if HY came back and started writing, people would forgive him pretty damn quick while most other people in his shoes would be told to fuck themselves.

It's also why Owen write that fairy story under a different name.
No. 4783
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4783
>>4767
>>4775
Oh god damnit.
No. 4784
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4784
I'm just still beating myself up over fucking up an update a little over a month ago bad enough for people to say to my face how awfully it sucked.
No, I'm not being offended due to someone claiming my wonderful piece of writing isn't as wonderful as I thought, I'm just having a fit of guilt and self-loathing because I know they're right.

...Though, I reckon a month should be long enough to get over something like that. In theory.
No. 4785
Dunno about anyone else but for me I just seem to have lost the passion I once had for the story. I still adore my readers and want to see them find some closure or resolution to it, but every time I look at my story or the update that I've been working on for far too long to justify the amount of work done all I can think is of all the stupid mistakes I've made. I used to be able to churn out an update in a day or so, but then it took a week and then a month and then it's come to the point where I can't seem to get this one finished.

That's incredibly frustrating, and I've noticed that as the time gap gets longer I keep thinking that the update should be larger to justify it. So even as I've chipped away and gotten close to where it should be finished, it seems ludicrous to have made people wait so long for such a short thing.

I still have ideas floating in my head, still think about what would go next and how people might respond to the post, but when it comes to getting it all into a text document I stop. Or only add a few lines before going back to writing an Essay or procrastinating.

At times I think the best course might be to just drop it officially and take what I've learned from writing OKIG to a new story. But each time it comes back to the problem of how long that story might have before it suffers the same fate, and I don't think it's fair to the readers I have to keep putting them into a cycle of getting into a story only to have it end with no resolution.
No. 4811
>I keep thinking that the update should be larger to justify it.
No. No. No. No. No. Stop thinking like this. Stop it stop it stop it stop it. All writers stop thinking like this NOW. Any update is better than none!

It's okay to not finish stories, too. Just make a post saying you aren't going to finish it, and ask if anyone has any questions. That's more closure than most unfinished stories get, so I don't think anyone has a right to complain.
No. 4812
Oh, also, when I see a large update, I often put off reading it until later. I wonder how many people like me never get around to reading them.
No. 4813
>>4811
> That's more closure than most unfinished stories get, so I don't think anyone has a right to complain.
I'm not so sure on that though. Even if I'm not quite happy with how the story has turned out in its entirety the fact remains I've made a story that compelled at least a few people to enjoy it, and part of what I think people are reading for is the conclusion.

I'll consider your advice, but if I do call the story off where it is I certainly believe those that were reading to this point have a right, or at least the privilege to complain.
No. 4814
>>4811
I agree, another terrible habit of writers is continually rewriting things over and over. There are proofreaders or readers around that can help out with any 'wrongness'

But personally while I don't pad out an update due to a delay, a larger one tends to cause them no matter what.
No. 4816
>Why do some writers just plain... stop?

I They can't hold all of this desire.