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anonymous asked:

Hi I'm sorry if this sounds rude but you mentioned your friends are giving up fic writing? And that you came close to.I notice writers get much fewer rebblogs than artists but I didn't know it's that bad. Who are you talking about and do you guys talk about this, like is there a chatroom for writers?

Hi anon! This isn’t rude at all, don’t worry! This is going to be a bit of a long answer, so bear with me :’)

I don’t know if I can mention names here, I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, so I can’t really give you more details than I already have: I am friends with this person and they probably won’t be writing fanfics anymore.
I can tell you though that I’ve also spent most of the last couple of weeks wondering if there was still a point in posting my writing at all.

The thing is, writers barely get any feedback. Especially ones that aren’t insanely popular. We pour so much of ourselves into our writing, so it’s incredibly discouraging to barely get any comments, kudos, likes or reblogs.

In my personal experience, tumblr is an awful place for writers. I’ve got a decent-sized following on ao3 I think (though I don’t have much to compare to) and even there, with more than 100 people subscribed to me, I only tend to get around… 5 or 6 comments max per fic that are actually reviews (as in, comments with more content than “please update soon” or “this was nice”) - which is already more than I know many of my writer friends get.
On tumblr, I’m lucky if two or three people reblog my work, and that’s exactly the problem: Who’s going to see it if no one reblogs it? Likes are fine and of course I appreciate those, too, but in the bigger picture they’re meaningless.
Once a fic is done, it’s done. It’s out there then, and I can’t keep reblogging my own posts again and again in the hopes that someone will pay attention to them. I get one shot, maybe two if I reblog my fic again for people in other timezones, but that’s pretty much it. I’m not surprised that it’s gotten so frustrating that it makes people want to quit.

…as for your other question - I don’t know if there’s any larger chatroom or space for writers. I know some people have group chats, but it’s mostly a private thing, as far as I know? I’m really not a big name in this fandom so there might be a lot of stuff going on that I don’t know about.

As for me - I just message people a lot, with the tumblr feature, or on skype or snapchat if I know them better. I’m open to any and all conversations (most of mine with other writers started by me yelling at them about how much I love their work ^^), so if you want to talk to me please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message. That’s what they’re for, after all? My ask’s always open, and I don’t mind private messages either.

In any case - there’s quite a few people in my immediate vicinity that I’ve talked to and I consider friends - many of them are writers, some are artists, some do both, some do neither. I talk about this problem (of wanting to write, but barely receiving any feedback, of feeling like we’re wasting our time) to pretty much anyone who will listen, but it’s frustrating because I don’t have the influence to change anything. Of course I’ll try to keep my fellow writers motivated and try to change their minds about giving up, but there’s only so much I can do, and in the end it’s their decision. Most writers I’ve talked to really enjoy writing fanfics, and it takes quite a bit of disappointment to get you to the point where you want to just… stop. So… yes, it’s a big problem.

I’m going to wrap this up now, but… again, I cannot emphasize enough how important comments are to writers. I’ve talked to some people who’ve said they’re not sure if their comments will even make a difference, because they feel they haven’t got anything interesting to say - picture it this way. As a writer, I’m standing on a stage and presenting a thing, and in response, about twenty people give me polite nods (kudos, likes) and four actually start clapping. But there’s like two hundred people (hits) standing in this room, and I kind of feel stupid now.
All comments matter. At this point, they might save you your writers. Because with less and less feedback, there’s less and less incentive to actually post things.

I can’t say much for other fandoms because it’s been a while since I’ve written substantially for anything but Haikyuu, which is still a relatively active fandom? But I get the feeling that’s starting to wear off, too.

Enthusiasm shifts, and I get that. But if you still enjoy an author’s work, please, please, by all means leave them a comment. Otherwise it might be the last work you read from them.

anonymous asked:

Hey there! So I keep seeing a bunch of posts (not just from you 😅) about Kojuro's MC being significantly better than the others. I'm nowhere close to doing his story (JUST started playing Saizo's actually) but I'm curious why or how? I don't really mind any spoilers cause at this point I'm just itching to find out what sets his MC apart from the others? Also, Yukimura is my #1 fav but I totally agree with you on his MC. I actually felt BAD that Yuki had to deal with her shit 😑

Okay, I’ll be totally real and say like… it took me forever to get to Kojuro’s route. Like for real LMFAO. I knew he was pretty popular, but since I hadn’t really played many of his event stories and knew little to nothing about him, he didn’t really interest me much? (Plus I’m… not really big on the whole “precious girl” thing, so that certainly didn’t help his case for me LOL). He was the second to last route I played, like I waited that long LMFAO.

But once I did, I can easily say like… he lives up to the hype, like I get it now laughs.

In regards to his MC, again, it’s really all about the little things–her base character isn’t actually bad, but the biggest problem I have is how they develop it throughout the story because MC feels very static. I want to see her grow and change and improve and she just rarely does. But the thing with Kojuro’s route is like… you see that, and it’s really, really refreshing.

Kojuro and his MC play big roles in helping each other change and grow, and I really would like to see more of that in other routes–the great thing about Kojuro is that he is actively trying to help MC integrate herself into this new world she’s been thrust into. And she needs that, because she otherwise doesn’t seem to feel any need to try and change her ideals or enhance her skillset. Kojuro challenges her and MC actively does her best to meet that challenge he gives her. On the contrary, he hits hard, and she’ll ask him to hit harder and the dynamic is great. Though she still dedicates herself to her job as Masamune’s personal chef, she just as easily dedicates herself to being Kojuro’s page and she quickly becomes an asset to him over time. 

You see an ambitious side to MC, and she wants to continue to be helpful and work hard instead of moping about being a burden all the time. And when she does think she won’t be of much help, she just backs off of the situation–and that’s actually a really good thing, because she is recognizing what she can and can’t do as opposed to feeling bad about bringing others down. Insecurities can be an interesting thing to tackle in a story, but again, the problem here is that they’re never actually touched upon with MC when she does bring them up–she just says, “Oh, I just realized I’m a burden,” and… nothing after that. If you’re going to give her dimension, then expand upon it–and in Kojuro’s story, it feels like something is being done about it, and I can appreciate that.

Then there’s the matter of Kojuro and MC as a pair and like… Again, though it’s not my personal favorite, I think they’re probably one of the most compatible pairs MC can have among all twelve of the given lords. Both Kojuro and MC are shown to be really mature in this route and like… they talk to each other? Holy shit, they actually communicate with each other when something’s wrong? They come into each other’s lives and actively help each other change for the better and it is so fucking refreshing. Despite the caste difference, it still somehow feels like Kojuro and MC are on equal ground, because he trusts her enough to inform her about things. It’s so good. It blows my mind because it’s not present in many routes at all. God bless Katakura Kojuro LMFAO And more importantly, the relationship progresses. I could see the way things were unfolding for them, and MC realizing her feelings for Kojuro never felt abrupt or unnecessary–I had seen them grow together, and I could tell that feelings had grown over time. I feel like quite a bit of the romance in other routes can be really random or even contrived, but Kojuro/MC felt very natural, and that was really nice to me. 

Again, while Kojuro’s not a personal favorite of mine, I appreciate his character development, his route, and what he and MC do for each other. Like people probably already rave about his route but like… definitely give it a shot, it’s genuinely good LOL.