I am just honestly shocked and appalled at the entitlement of fanfic readers tonight. Apparently, asking readers to comment - and admitting writing is hard, that the thought of giving up and no longer being disappointed is appealing - gains results like this:
What the actual fuck?
“Forcing” you to comment? Really?
I… can’t believe that you actually typed that, to be honest. The fact that you wasted brain cells on this just… blows my mind.
So you’re obviously one of the ones who are sitting here and enjoying all the content that fandom writers provide for you, FREE of charge, and giving absolutely nothing back. To be frank, I’m a little taken aback right now. You do realize that you’re not entitled to these fics, right? You should be commenting. It is the LEAST you can do if you really love writer’s fics as much as you claim to. Writers are not forcing you to do anything - other than now being honest about the reality of writing fanfic, which is that it’s bleak. It’s hard as hell to write and get absolutely nothing back. It’s draining, exhausting, and makes you hate something that you once loved.
We are not getting paid. The only way to “pay it back” to the writer is by leaving a review in the comments. It’s really not hard, and I don’t know why it has taken writers blatantly telling you the that they are considering not posting at all - which is just the truth - to get you to even leave a comment on here. I’m guessing you spent all of… 30 seconds writing this unhelpful comment? If you enjoyed what this writer wrote and consumed the content, you can afford to spend under 1 minute leaving a review.
Even better? Take a second, look at the fic and leave a real comment. Quote a line or a description from the fic that you really enjoyed. Point out a characterization or headcanon that you think is cool, or a plot element that you enjoyed. I can guarantee that taking a few extra minutes and leaving a kind, thought-out comment will really brighten a writers day.