Recently, I felt the need to (re)read Final Fantasy VII fanfictions.
(and (re)play that game and Kingdom Hearts, but that I managed to hold back, because games like that are just too time-consuming. Also, I've already played them xxx times, so...
This one has a lot of potential. I haven't finished it yet (and it's a wip too, last updated in July 2016), but I really like some of the basic outline ideas! I won't detail them here because of spoilers, but there's Vincent lurking, Hojo being the creepiest creep to ever creep (do I dislike that guy or what? when in doubt, blame Hojo), Cloud being badass, Zack so in love and Aerith hitting him on the end when he's being stupidly overprotective, dead assholes (yeah!). And also, Cloud's mother
being badass, yes++ !
So, go read it and leave some nice words to their author. You have no idea how exciting and motivating it is to receive reviews, even (especially) on old fics. Sometimes, it's the only thing needed to get a new push and find the motivation/ideas flowing again.to become by heathersdomain
(on the other hand, don't be a greedy, entitled asshole, leaving reviews like 'I need moar!' or 'when's the next chapter coming, I need to know what happens'. That's just stress inducing and not fun at all. From my pov (as a writer), the best reviews I get are those telling me that they loved the story, yes, but because xxx, or this xx part of the plotline is super interesting. Tell them what you liked, just not what you want. This isn't Wallmart, this is free content given by a busy person who writes what they want to write, not what you want to read.
Also, when you just wrote XX words and you get a review saying 'I need more', you're just like... 'huge sigh, I just posted a chapter and they're already hounding me for more without a word about what they liked or anything, I'm not a writing machine'. Yeah, speaking from experience).
(lol, sorry for the mini-rant, there are some reviewers lately who don't seem to understand that we aren't their writing slaves and the annoyance is building a little more, every time I get such mail, or when one of my writer friends explain how they received xx review. Sometimes, the blood boils.)
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