Date: Feb 03, 2015 03:32 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
Good luck with finding reliable information regarding the 1993 allegations I cannot provide with any websites per se. However, I would suggest if you could get a back issue of the GQ magazine which featured Michael on the cover, and provided a truthful, behind the scenes expose' of what really transpired regarding the Chandlers. I try to stay away from stories which focus too much on the allegations, because it is chapter in Michael which I would rather not relive. A full blow out story about the allegations ? Umm I don't know. Stories which touch upon both allegations briefly, I can handle. So I might have to pass up on reading that story when you do decide to publish it here on MJFiction.com. Good luck...
There are some websites that cover it pretty well.
Date: Feb 03, 2015 01:40 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
I also wanted to know what are some reliable websites for info on the 1993 allegations. I'm currently working on a story that revolves around this and I want to be as accurate as possible. Considering the amount of stories I'm juggling right now i probably won't get to this current one until the end of spring or mid-summer? Some of the information I've gathered has taken a long time. I would also like your advice/opinion on the synopsis if its something you would read.
I can link you with fairly reliable websites in another chapter. I believe that wonderfultonight also requested that. It does sound like an interesting time in his life to write about. I've seen a few good ones, but tbh there aren't many that actually address it (off the top of my head, Annie's Shades of Truth).
Date: Feb 02, 2015 08:53 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
Thank you for the shout out. :) One thing I can say I'm good at and that's figuring different ways to slide a good prologue into my stories. I like intro-ing the characters. I do that when I write in POV's. I sometimes use a part of a future chapter as the prologue too. I like switching it up as it best fits the story. I know you mentioned putting a quote in the summery as a draw to show off writing styles. That's a great idea. I've seen it done and it does work. My concern about my summery writing ablilities edged on if people where getting enough of a gist of the story. Since you said I did convey pretty well, I'll go with that since I see you as a pretty honest reader.
I would love to see what a summery for Inked would look like from a readers perspective so bring it on!! :)
Going off on the same tangent as HoneyToTheBee I have to say I'm also disheartened when writers hedge their whole story delivery on whether or not they get reviews. Sometimes there is so much potential and it just goes to waste. I write for those who do review. I liked the fact you are honest in whether or not something will make you stop reviewing. I appreciate that. So when writers disregard the people who do read and review for review numbers it sucks. Maybe this could be a topic to itself. Consistency
Np :) I'll work on a few alternatives of your summary for the next segment. I did like your summary...and yes, I am pretty honest/direct. At times to a fault.
I can understand writers wanting immediate feedback, but as a reader that is still relatively new to FF, the vast majority of the stories I've read were waaaay after the fact. And those I'm reading? Well, a good half of them get updated once a month, if not less frequently (looking at my favorites: Soulmates has been 3 months, Burn has been 2 months, Devil's Kiss has been 4 months; Three Words, The Fix, and 2000 Watts have all been over 6 months). Yeah, I've been contemplating one on consistency. I can see myself getting a response of "But you don't understand!!" or "I have really bad writer's block". Yeah, no. I'm rather intolerant of that. Not sure how that would fly with folks here.....
Date: Feb 02, 2015 08:23 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
Well, I'm not really inconsistent, but in someone this in a way (I felt) like it applied to me. I guess it's just because I wish I could update more often then I do at times and having 5 current stories to write, I feel like I'm doing good, but I'm hoping to do better so I can at least get One or even two out of the way. But it's good to know that you find my updates pretty regular since you're a faithful reader/reviewer.
You are doing very good at balancing them. I don't know how you juggle 5 stories at once. I really don't. Shoot, when I am doing more than one report at a time, I get frazzled.
Date: Feb 02, 2015 08:10 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
Aww now I'm going to have to live up the expectation of regular updates and quailty content... :P <3
I agree with this a hundred percent! The trailer post... and then I really hate it when the person gets upset because it doesn't get reviews because nobody wants to read a 100 word trailer and then they never start the story even though it sounds like it has great potential!!
Now I'm about to go on a tangent. I also hated it when a person starts a REALLY good story and quits by like chapter 3 because it doesn't get any reviews. Most readers here don't even start a story until its so many chapters long. Before I joined the site, I filtered the stories to completed only and read those first before I even thought about exploring current/in progress works. So don't get discouraged!!! Since I've noticed this trend I've tried to start reviewing to premature stories, but I'm a busy girl and have many of my own to keep up with.
LOL. That was my plan ;)
I 100% agree. Whenever I hear someone complain, I lay it out there. It is very rare for me to start reading a story before it's a good 20-30,000 words.
I did the same thing - started with the completed stories and then looked at other works by those authors. People who have demonstrated the ability to finish a story will get my attention first. I apologize to anyone who sees that as uppity or demanding, but it's because I read fast and it's not fun to have an author quit on you despite regularly commenting. I make more exceptions now, but it's usually because something really stands out.
Date: Feb 02, 2015 07:22 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
Oh and about the summaries, I don't find myself a Goddess at making summaries but I say I do fairly well. It isn't all that, but I try not to make them too long since I've gotten into the habit of changing my writing style. On my latest stories; Mars vs. Venus, Gangsta Lovin', and Sweet Lady... I've tried to be short, simple, and sweet. Not too much but just enough to reel people in to read my story. Now, Sweet Lady may be a tad bit longer than the other two but I needed a little information in that one, haha. But I think I do OK on summaries, but I'm glad you put that little bit in there about having TOO MUCH information in your summary. Some people have almost an entire prologue written up of how the story is going to go. I honestly love something that is short and straight to the point but there's still a lot of gaps in between which makes me want to read it. You make excellent points, Redone. I always wanted to know though, is your name Redone as in you re-did something or is it Red-One? Lol, I've always been curious.
Your summaries are a great length and always convey just enough information :)
RedOne. I just like the ambiguity of Redone
Date: Feb 02, 2015 07:17 pm Title: Advertising, Continued.......
Okay, now this chapter sort of made me feel bad, lmao. No offence to you but I needed to smack myself upside the head because this actually points fingers at my damn self. Now I won't say I deliberately don't update because that isn't true. For instance when my computer shut off and I hadn't saved my write ups to their current point and lost all the material that I had to rewrite, ooohieee that made me angry. But instances like that have happened numerous times. And sometimes I don't even know that I went a week or even two weeks (one time I went almost a month) of not updating Gangsta Lovin' (GL) and it's not because I didn't want to or because I wasn't feeling it, it was because of the following:
1. My computer shut off (it's only happened about three or four times since I started GL)
2. I procrastinated to do a project for school the week of and have to take off from writing until I finish it.
or 3. My computer is acting funny and when it does I get really frustrated. (I know I need a new one).
I would type on my sisters but for some reason when I get on this site on her computer I can't copy whatever I write in the text box and put it on word and I don't want to lose my material if her computer was shut off or die or restart so I choose not to use hers and our desktop computer is just waaaay to slow and old to do ANYTHING.
But anyway, I know some people question how can I update one story and then go a week to two weeks of not updating anything else and the answer to that is because whatever story I updated, I must've written that chapter when I updated all my other stories. I tend to do that now, buuuut that is why when i give my GL updates I try to always make the chapter over 2,000 or 3,000 words. On a good day I can type up 5,000 words EASILY. My previous chapter that I wrote was the easiest write up I've had in a couple of weeks. The one I'm writing now is easy too, but I just have to proof read it (I'm trying to get in the habit of that) and add the last few minor details. I honestly can't wait to post it.
And I'm ranting on here but I just wanted to say that. This chapter is like looking myself in the mirror because I can be inconsistent with my updates but not purposely.
Anyway, thanks for another great advice chapter. I'm looking forward to the next one!
How does this apply to you? Did I miss something? You are a pretty frequent updater. I'd say the only thing that slows you down is the fact that you have so many stories to update...even then, you update very regularly. You aren't someone who I'd considere wildly inconsistent in your updates.