Originally posted by Afya
A discussion isn't complete until both sides are heard. So, in that sense, this post was very much needed. I would like to write my 2 cents on the topic.
Let me begin with why I write a story- Here is the honest truth. There is no 'writer' in me crying for some recognition. I usually when inspired, make up stories in my head some of which I have begun to pen down only because my readers seem to like/enjoy what I write. The day I realize this is not the case, I will simply stop writing with no hard feelings at all. Until then I hope to enjoy sharing my stories with all of you and, seeing you enjoy too gives me immense happiness.
Writing is no easy task. It takes a lot of hours to conceptualize and write. And it is extremely hard to keep up the regular updates, especially when real life is busy as it is. I personally try my very best to update regularly. I have on occasions, spent hours writing updates even when I was extremely bone tired after more than 70 hours/week at work. I have put off doing some family things because I had committed to giving an update on a particular day and so on. Don't get me wrong. I love/enjoy sharing my story and vision but sometimes lack of time makes it very difficult. And I try to be as regular as I possibly can, because I know I as a reader would have liked the same.
And here's what gives me satisfaction, what makes it all worth the effort: Knowing (through likes and comments) that my readers enjoyed the story as much as me. I love it when some of my readers take the time to pen down detailed comments on my updates...appreciating those scenes and dialogues I got excited creating. I also like their honesty when they point out the bloopers, if any. To sum it, I love their honest feedback.
So, this is what I appreciate from my readers...'honest feedback'. Likes and comments (telling me what they liked) if they liked my story. And if they didn't like it, I would still appreciate a comment telling me what they didn't like.( I can understand,some writers may not be open to criticism as much, and if you are not sure, you can PM them)
Before my writing journey began, I too have been guilty of writing one liners (Good work, awesome work etc) although I meant every word. I always pressed 'like' if I liked the story and didn't press it, if I didn't 'like' the story. I always felt the author deserved an honest feedback.
But now that I started writing myself, I appreciate what comments mean to the writer, like never before.
So yes, in my stories, although I appreciate every feedback I get, I appreciate the detailed feedback a tad bit more and I often dedicate my updates to one of them to let them know how much I appreciate their detailed feedback.
What confuses me as far as feedback goes, is when some readers write that they loved the update but don't 'like' the update. I often check the number of 'likes' to judge how my readers like a particular plot. This often influences how I continue the story. So, when readers love it but don't hit 'like' I am left confused.
I am human and I do get disappointed when only some of all those I PM, give me some form of feedback. I am not sure if the others read silently or don't read at all.
To all those who don't read, let us know so that both of us can be spared the PMs
To all those who read silently, please do gives us your valued feedback. We crave it.
So, there I had my venting session. I would like to end by saying how much I appreciate all the Arhi writers. Who said IPKKND ended last year? You guys have kept it alive for all of us through your stories. So, Thank You.
love what you hav written and it is so true:)
As much we do try our best to update reguler but sometimes it does not work like that because outside this site, we do have a life. I do try my best to update but it does not work like that. Sure as a reader, I would love to have a update from a writer everyday but now I know that it does not work like that. I think we should write when we want to and not because we have to because then it no longer fun to write a update. About like, readers should remember if they really like a update then do press the botton because it will only make the author really happy and I know that sometimes the like button does not work. I have been that place but I always tell the writer by comment that the like button is not working for me so they know about it.
if a reader does not read your work then it is bst to tell the writer or just unbuddy so there will not be any hard feelings. Sometimes I had to send pms to some readers and then later I found out they were not even reading any of my stories. So if you are not reading any stories then just unbuddy the person