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22nd Jun '16 6:38:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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This should be avoided since it tells readers that either the author doesn't have any self-confidence, or that the story is ''so boring'' that the author couldn't be even bothered to put in a real summary, or worse that the author just sucks -- after all, if they can't even write a basic two-sentence summary, then why should the reader have any confidence in their ability to write a longer story? It also shows a failure of ShowDontTell: don't use the summary to say the summary is rubbish - ''write a better one'' that actually summarises the entire story.

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This should be avoided since it tells readers that either the author doesn't have any self-confidence, or that the story is ''so boring'' that the author couldn't be even bothered to put in a real summary, or worse summary. Or, worse, that the author just sucks -- after plain sucks. After all, as the page-quote says, if they the author can't even write a basic two-sentence summary, summary then why should the reader have any confidence in their ability to write a longer story? It also shows a failure of ShowDontTell: don't use the summary to say the summary is rubbish - ''write a better one'' that actually summarises the entire story.
22nd Jun '16 6:36:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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This should be avoided since it tells readers that either the author doesn't have any self-confidence, or that the story is ''so boring'' that the author couldn't be even bothered to put in a real summary, or worse that the author just sucks. It also shows a failure of ShowDontTell: don't use the summary to say the summary is rubbish - ''write a better one'' that actually summarises the entire story.

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This should be avoided since it tells readers that either the author doesn't have any self-confidence, or that the story is ''so boring'' that the author couldn't be even bothered to put in a real summary, or worse that the author just sucks. sucks -- after all, if they can't even write a basic two-sentence summary, then why should the reader have any confidence in their ability to write a longer story? It also shows a failure of ShowDontTell: don't use the summary to say the summary is rubbish - ''write a better one'' that actually summarises the entire story.
story.
9th Aug '14 6:51:04 PM GlassSpires
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--> '''"Anonymous"'''

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--> '''"Anonymous"'''
--'''Anonymous'''
8th Jul '14 3:45:16 PM Tightwire
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Some writers attempt to justify this when on websites like fanfiction.net where the summary limit is under 500 characters by saying they don't have enough space. The common response to this is to simply move the fic to a site where there is no limit to the summary like Livejournal or Archive of our Own. You can also include a slightly longer summary inside the story.

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Some writers attempt to justify this when on websites like fanfiction.net where the summary limit is under 500 characters by saying they don't have enough space. The common response to this is to simply move the fic to a site where there is no limit to the This isn't much of an argument, since giving an eloquent summary like Livejournal or Archive of our Own. You can also include your story in a slightly longer summary inside the story.
short space is actually a show of good writing. 500 characters isn't ''that'' short.
10th Oct '13 11:35:53 AM Grobi
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--> "If you can't write a decent summary, how the hell am I supposed to expect you to write a decent fanfic? Geez, at least if there's no summary at all, that way I can assume you're just ''lazy''."

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--> -> "If you can't write a decent summary, how the hell am I supposed to expect you to write a decent fanfic? Geez, at least if there's no summary at all, that way I can assume you're just ''lazy''."
4th Aug '13 4:21:35 PM roryokane
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Some writers attempt to justify this when on websites like fanfiction.net where the summary limit is under 500 characters by saying they don't have enough space. The common response to this is to simply move the fic to a site where there is no limit to the summary like Livejournal or Archive of our own.

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Some writers attempt to justify this when on websites like fanfiction.net where the summary limit is under 500 characters by saying they don't have enough space. The common response to this is to simply move the fic to a site where there is no limit to the summary like Livejournal or Archive of our own.
Own. You can also include a slightly longer summary inside the story.
12th Jul '13 1:14:55 PM GoneRampant
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Some writers attempt to justify this when on websites like fanfiction.net where the summary limit is under 500 characters by saying they don't have enough space. The common response to this is to simply move the fic to a site where there is no limit to the summary like Livejournal or Archive of our own.
1st Oct '12 4:06:01 AM sabrina_diamond
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Most works described in this fashion, needless to say, [[SturgeonsLaw aren't very good.]] Furthermore, such stories usually [[DeadFic die long before they are completed]], due to the author giving up from lack of feedback. Neither is surprising: if the author lacks the skill and dedication to write a proper summary, why should the story itself fare any better?

Sometimes followed with "please read and review", although most fanfic readers take the phrase as an ominous warning and end up not even reading the fic, let alone giving any feedback. Sometimes, the phrase is substituted with "Summary sucks, story much better" or something similar, but most readers will react in the same way as before.

This should be avoided since it tells readers that either the author doesn't have any self-confidence, or that the story is so boring that the author couldn't be bothered to put in a real summary, or worse, that the author just sucks. It also shows a failure of ShowDontTell: don't use the summary to say the summary is rubbish - ''write a better one'' that summarises the story.

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Most online works described in this fashion, needless to say, [[SturgeonsLaw aren't very good.]] Furthermore, such stories usually [[DeadFic die long before they are completed]], due to the author giving up from lack of feedback.feedback... Neither is surprising: if the author lacks the skill and dedication to write a proper summary, why should the story itself fare any better?

Sometimes followed with "please read and review", although most fanfic readers take the this phrase as an ominous warning and end up not even reading the fic, fanfic, let alone giving any feedback. Sometimes, the phrase is substituted with "Summary sucks, story is much better" or something similar, but most readers will react in the same way as before.

This should be avoided since it tells readers that either the author doesn't have any self-confidence, or that the story is so boring ''so boring'' that the author couldn't be even bothered to put in a real summary, or worse, worse that the author just sucks. It also shows a failure of ShowDontTell: don't use the summary to say the summary is rubbish - ''write a better one'' that actually summarises the entire story.
7th Mar '12 5:49:07 PM HarleyQuinnhyenaholic
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--> '''"Harley Quinn hyenaholic"'''

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--> '''"Harley Quinn hyenaholic"'''
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27th Feb '12 3:39:48 PM HarleyQuinnhyenaholic
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--> '''Harley Quinn hyenaholic'''

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--> '''Harley '''"Harley Quinn hyenaholic'''
hyenaholic"'''
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