IN THIS THREAD... EITHER:
Post the title of your story, its rating (optional), it's genre(s), then a short (short
) summary. This does not have to necessarily be an actual 'summary' of the plot, but be a hook, a snippet from the story itself, or whatever you think will get a potential reader to give your story a chance.
Give either a 'YES I would peek' or 'NO I would skip' to someone else's summary. It's a YES or NO, no in-betweens; it's best to go with your very first instinct. If you want, explain your decision please. Spelling errors, too long, too vague, boring sounding? Try and be helpful with your feedback. Saying 'YES' does not mean 'YES I would read the entire story
', but 'YES I would give the story a chance and read at least a few paragraphs'.
Title: Love Lost
Ages 13+, Romance/Tragedy
Summary: "It was a mistake. I knew it was." "Marrying him?" "Falling in love." People like Kaira weren't meant to.
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Why might this be helpful or important?
In places like Fanfiction.net and Fictionpress.com, there's only one or two sentences that an author can squeeze to advertise their story. Not much space at all. Yet somehow, with just this measly slice, most practiced readers will skip over TONS of stories and mentally label the majority junk.
Some of this is due to a picky reader, that only likes certain genres or characters in their works. Unfortunately, a large part of this is because the writers that post their stories FAR too often make dumb spelling and grammatical mistakes in their summaries, write silly notes, or simply write a bad summary. I eliminate 90% of the fanfic/origfic I see by bad summary alone
, and anytime I take a chance despite initial misgivings, 90% I find my first instincts were right.
What does this tell me, or you all? It tells me that often, your general writing level can and will prove itself within the span of a few sentences
. Your summary is more important than you think, if you want to get online readers, and you often only have one sentence to do it. And most summaries... SUCK.
Post away, let's see how the Writer's Block fares.
edited 9th Jan '11 3:31:36 AM by almyki