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Date Posted: Friday, April 28, 05:55:22am
Author: ~delle
Subject: I'm with Gen (and Jaybee, and Shanola, and sk...)
In reply to: Genevieve 's message, "Firstly, congratulations, lol! (r)" on Thursday, April 27, 10:21:05pm

absolutely, CONGRATULATIONS!!! on seeing your story through to completion. That's a hard hard thing to do and many non-writing readers don't understand what an accomplishment that is.

The question you've asked hits a real nerve with me. I'm not an HR - like Gen, I'll take gritty reality (and the uncomfortable relationship issues) any day. While I sympathise with your readership, wanting to see the happy light at the end, it's your story and you need to see it end, true to YOUR vision, not to the demands of your readership.

I understand reading fanfic is a joyful escape for many readers. But that doesn't give the reader the 'right' to demand a certain ending (or even a certain type of ending) from the writer. The story, in the end, is written by the author, from her imagination and true to the vision she sees for the story. We all want readers, of course we do! Why else would we post to a storyboard, rather than hiding the story on our harddrive, or in a drawer? It's a symbionic relationship, writers write and readers read and we both need each other. But in the end, the vision (for lack of a better word), the creative impulse and the hours of hard work still sit with the writer. And finishing the story is the same as any other plot twist - it's your vision, not theirs. We appreciate the readers are there for the ride, but the author is still driving the bus. (oh, that's a PAINFUL analogy, but you get my point)

Write it as you see it. Post it. Put on your asbestos undies and explain why you had to end it this way, if you so desire (understanding board culture, I can see why you might chose to do that, rather than post-and-walk-away). But it's YOUR story to tell. They can write their own. (ooooh, that was bitchy. sorry)

Again: GO YOU for finishing!!!!!!!

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  • I think this is very wise (r) -- Nestra, Friday, April 28, 03:52:17pm

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