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bizarre headers and clueless writers

Can anybody explain to me why people continuously put notifications on their stories containing such things as: Sorry, this is very cliche, or This isn't really how I think John is, I don't know where this came from, or This isn't very good.... or any other number of inane and bizarre comments that are guaranteed to make me want to run, run, run the other direction instead of opening up and reading the story?

I mean, the whole "This is my first story, please be gentle with me" thing grates when I see it, but is understandable. Virgins are like that. But I just don't get writing and posting a story, then basically adding on an addendum that screams, "Hey guys, I'm warning you this isn't very good (actually, it may be utter shite) but please read it and tell me you liked it!"

Then there's the stories where the summary pretty much gives away the whole story, its best lines, its raison d'etre--and so, why bother reading the story??

There needs to be a whole teaching module hosted somewhere that goes into the idea of how you present a story is just as important as the story itself, in creating a mood, an impression on the reader...in seducing the reader into wanting to open up the story and get sucked into its world. It's not rocket science, people!

Grump, grump, grump. I have a flat tire that I have to deal with before I can go anywhere today, and my flist delivers me 75% crapola, story-wise, this morning.

<cue music> Where have all the good writers gone?

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shearebliss
Jun. 15th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
:whispers: If you like, I'll send you my KM McKay/Sheppard stuff to tide you over, but only if you haven't read it before.
sundara
Jun. 15th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
:whispers back: They have their own sub-folder in my Stargate story folder. *g* However...I'd adore to have any I didn't know about/didn't save. <---Which means, I have no idea what I don't have. LOL

BTW-- how'd the lunch go yesterday?
gryphonrhi
Jun. 15th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
The headers I can't help with, but I've never been any damn good at summaries, either. Plot I can do, but summaries? Er, can I have stitches sans anesthetic instead? (Got any advice?)
sundara
Jun. 15th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
LOL Oh dear, ouch.

Well, I view a good summary like a good advertisement. The purpose is to seduce the reader into wanting to read more, without giving any imporant information away that might ruin the read. (And I am *not* a person who likes to be spoiled beforehand, as are many others.) It should capture the essence of the story--the mood, the style, etc. If the story is breezy or funny, it should reflect that, without giving away the funny parts. If it's dramatic or angsty, it should reflect that, teasing the reader with the dramatic set-up or tension. Really, just think like Madison Avenue. *g*
kma
Jun. 18th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
*blushes while stumbling in late*
I'm just bad with summaries, sometimes. My Evil!Fic just has no summary, because no matter how hard I tried, the summary wound up being like a paragraph long... And I wish I could write good fic to give you shiny stuff to read! If only brain would cooperate!
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