Posted: 22 September 2011 at 7:16pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by --dolphin--
Awww man...you guys are so sweet to me. I am truly blessed with such awesome readers.
There's something I wanted to share with you guys that I've come to realize lately...
I've worn both shoes - that of a reader and the one for a writer. It was then that I realized the relationship between the two.
We readers don't think twice before asking for updates or expecting a smooth frequency for the updates, but when the writer requests for comments, it if often termed as a "demand" and frowned upon. Been there..done that. But of course, life is a learning process. Better late than never, right?
I feel an author does a lot of research to build the story. Those who followed Devi would know how much research she must have done to entertain us. I'm sure there are others too, but I know only about her because she's the only author I've followed. I did some research too, because I had no clue about Dorchester Arts Collaborative, or about Boston, or even about the restraining orders. There's more than we think that goes into writing a story. And thus, when the author doesn't get to know what the readers think of it, it becomes a one-sided relationship...with the author spending hours to entertain the audience, but we readers cannot spend a half minute to let them know how the story is progressing. And trust me, praise is not the only thing an author looks for.
But But But...
I have no complains (even though I lost a couple readers when I requested for comments). I am blessed with the most awesome readers. And I mean it. All you guys pick on some aspect of the update that is thoughtfully added...which makes you a diverse group. I love how all of you collaboratively complete the review of my updates. I love how you all understand my characters so well...I mean really!
At first I started this note by mentioning how each of you have made a difference in this journey, but thought better of it because I didn't want to hurt anyone by inadvertently missing them. Even though it's general, you will know who I'm talking about :)
There's a lazy one who's been there with me right from the
inception of the story. It's funny how she tells me what's good and
what's not elsewhere, but is lazy to post comments here :P There's one here who's followed me from the Writer's corner, to my blog, to FF.
There are my old readers from Maaneet days who had the trust in me and gave TGND a shot. And then those who joined the story right in the beginning, and have stayed with me. There's those who came along the way, and became an integral part of this thread. And some very new ones :) There are some silent ones too. And finally, there are some who I lost of the way, but I'm only glad they made an appearance.
The journey from 26th chapter on page 9 to 99th chapter on 99th page has been an overwhelming one. I don't think I can say anything else except, "Thank you very much." Nothing will do justice to what I feel at the moment.
It's been a pleasure to write for you guys and I hope to continue entertaining you. And it's only fair I reward you with a good 100th chapter ;) So patience my dears.
I wanted to start replying by firstly saying that each one of us as your readers should be writing you a note on this FF to say Thank you to you for writing 100 chapters for us and for sticking through with us.
While reading your FF not only does your research come through but the amount of time you put into the ideas, the plots, the details, the character descriptions, the emotions, the words, all of it!
There isn't a single update I haven't read at least twice, not a single update I wanted to skip or skim through, and not a single update that didn't make me heart sigh with happiness.
You have written 100 chapters that are so close and dear to our heart.
I cannot thank you enough for writing for us readers, I know you as a writer would always want more readers to be interested and I know for a lot of writers not getting a response they desire would make them stop writing...but you have stuck through writing no matter how many readers you have and no matter what.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to say how amazing of a person you are. You always make your readers feel engaged and important. Thank you for making commenting on this FF so easy that it makes me want to comment.
Lastly, Please keep writing... I cannot imagine not having TGND to read in my daily life. A, S, K, and R have become characters I am tooo fond of to let go... :)