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Where did all the writers go?


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I totally get it. . .I was wondering that as well. I write for children on the outside and use very few of those pieces for fs. I'm thinking the lack of activity has to do with the season? Maybe after the summer months are over the writers will return? Just pondering. :)


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reply by the author on 08-Aug-2019
    Many thanks. G

reply by moongirlwriter on 08-Aug-2019
    :)
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Well sir - good question - but not necessarily in the manner you're asking. For myself, I'm a short story/poetry writer. This is what I write all the time. For me, this site is a practice zone. It helps me write fast - find new avenues and work on my art. I enter so many contests - belong to over a dozen state poetry societies - enter all their contests - and have been writing for publication for well over 40 years. For me, a prompt is invaluable - I love it - and deadlines too.
So I'm off the chart - the value of writing for me is to keep the brain active.
good article on the subjec.t


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    I get the inspiration thing with the prompts but there used to be so much more independent writing, I just wonder where that's all gone. Many thanks, all the best G
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Good afternoon, Gareth

Interesting piece. Well written, concise and to the point. I didn't realize so many short pieces have become the norm on FS. Just for the hell of it I clicked on 'Contests' and found well over 30.

You make an excellent point regarding the length of prose needing to compete with poetry. Fortunately the writers I reviewed (could have changed over the past months) were, for the most part, not participating in a contest.

Take care and stay safe,

Ray


 Comment Written 02-Aug-2019



reply by the author on 02-Aug-2019
    It's getting crazy. The vast majority of posts are for comps or prompts. Does no one just write anymore? Sigh. cheers, G
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I agree with you. It takes too much funny money to get on the first page, but my excuse is just old age. I am not able to do many reviews because it is hard on my eyes, well said.
Elaine


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    Many thanks Elaine. G
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Anything that fosters creativity has to be good, so I don't think the competitions are so bad...
As for the length of the stories, well... you know I write mostly very short ones, but it's basically because I like them.
Thanks for sharing your ideas and making me think.


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reply by the author on 02-Aug-2019
    The thing is though, it doesn't really foster that much creativity. it's a false kind. For any given prompt/comp there are only about four different stories written. It's all just variations on the same thing.

    As for the short works, each to their own, but the site is flooded with it and it will be detrimental in the long run.
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The six stars might be a little hypocritical considering the subject of your writing but, are well deserved. I agree 100% I do a lot of reviewing and now find that so many "stories" are just paragraphs by any other name. Keep writing I will keep reading.
Rikki:)


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reply by the author on 02-Aug-2019
    Yeah, I didn't touch on the 'what makes a story a story' bit, but I'd noticed that too. Here's hoping things change soon. G
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Hi Gareth, very good question, and I have no answer for it. It's a shame but that's seems to be the trend. I write books now, which is something I enjoy and which takes up a good deal of my time, so not so much space for writing short stories anymore. Poetry, is the occasional short one, like haiku or a tanka. I don't write much for contents either. But enough of me. You're right. Things have changed and that's a shame. It is a writing site to learn the craft and not only to write for the prize money. Great input that I hope would change things a bit. All best. Ulla:))


 Comment Written 01-Aug-2019



reply by the author on 02-Aug-2019
    I've taken much more of a back seat this year, working on the book and a few off-site projects which are going well. I learnt so much here when I joined but now it seems no one is that bothered and seem content to produce short, forgettable bursts. G

reply by Ulla on 02-Aug-2019
    I agree, but I've found myself a mentor who is helping me a lot with my book. So for now I'm staying here, and find that I'm still learning. I hope you'll still keep posting. I, for one, enjoy your writing, and as you know you've taught me a lot. Ulla:))
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Well, you really know my views, probably. I fell in to the burning ring of fire - sorry, trap - that is contests and wished I hadn't in some ways, though entering yours was great because it was thought-provoking, inspiring, and got me a seal. I wish I hadn't gone down the contest route because it's disheartening. Someone was on the forum remarking on their lack of contest wins, having won more in a couple of months than I have in seven years. But also, I post because I'd like to be read, and I'm sick of crawling my way up to ten reviewers only after I've promoted to the skies. It's great that of those reviews I get the decent ones more, though. But I'm still really reliant on friends who know my work. Blind contests sink me, to be honest. I feel that I'm chucking words into an empty void, here, and I might as well just email my three or four regular reviewers and start a club with them. I have actually started that with a writer friend at home. And, I'm bored of having to read a lot of poems to afford to post, to be fair. Sorry, I've waffled. Great piece. Spot on. It's a cloudy day, maybe I'll write.


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reply by the author on 01-Aug-2019
    I'm really glad you got the seal off that piece and it just goes to show exactly what the comps are like and how quality isn't always reflected. It's like the rankings. So far this year, the current top two writers have written more than 3 times the number of the writer in third. this happens a lot. Last year I posted around 80 pieces. This year so far, with still five months to go, one has posted over 160 and the other over 150, yet I'll bet I wrote more words last year.

    This is a fundamental issue with the site at present, in my opinion and it will be to the writers' detriment in the long run. I think a lot of folk have forgotten how to write longer, hold the reader and build things. It's a shame.

    The big thing here is that there used to much more of a balance. I'm personally tired of reading the same story multiple times so now I just skip! lol What happened to the desire just to write?

    All the best
    G
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It seems to me the site is taken over by poems,religious poems,and there is no room left for story telling mostly short fiction only.


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reply by the author on 01-Aug-2019
    Yep, it certainly does seem to be going that way.

reply by country ranch writer on 01-Aug-2019
    Smiles
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I think there are some terrific writers on FS. Something peripherally caught my eye the other day, that writers are better now than ever with proliferation on the Net. I had never considered that before, but now that they mention it there is merit in that idea. Even though I might take exception with that having spent thousands and thousands and thousands of hours reading books. I have also read a lot of cook books, comic books and ads and truly enjoyed them too.

I am thrilled with the "renaissance" literature is experiencing at this time. And yes, it involves a huge dollop of much shorter works which are also challenging to write using fresh ideas that don't involve clich√?¬©s and still adhere to the story, vignette, script or other format.

Myself I can only keep track of about six novels posted one chapter, or half chapter at a time, so volume is definitely a factor at least for me.

I wouldn't call it a trap, but rather understanding the milieu within which one is writing. Each writing site has its own culture and when a person outgrows a particular site then it is incumbent upon them to find another that meets their needs. The pendulum will swing again.

So in answer to your question, where did all the writers go? Hell if I know, but there are some awesome writers right here.

Excellent post, Gman.

Gloria


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reply by the author on 01-Aug-2019
    Many thanks, Gloria.

    The proliferation of writing on the net is a bit of a double-edged sword. Great to see so much of it, sad to read so much drivel with little to no quality control...

    There are still some tremendous writers on site. no doubt about it, but there used to be a lot more.


    The flash fiction aspect has come about, I think, due to the need to compete across all playing fields here for attention and reward.


    I hope this post will remind some of why they joined, rather than having been distracted or seduced by the games, bells & whistles. lol
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