Life in the old dog yet?

    ... or just a dead cat bounce?

    Recently, SIYE has had a series of stories I've been reading rather than the odd one or two now and again. I wonder whether this signifies a resurgence of interest and motivation or whether its coincidence.

    FF.net seems to churn out stories with narrower and narrower scope so pehaps it is just coincidence but when I saw Erasing The Future had been updated I began to wonder.

    Comments

    We can but hope...

    It would be nice to see a resurgence of interest and motivation from the better fanfic authors. (or from decent new ones)

    Perhaps a few decent tales would encourage more good writers to do the same?

    I rather suspect however that this is but a brief rain in what is otherwise still a drought.

    -SC

    rachel's picture

    A few decent writers

    I agree.... A few decent writers. I've just about stop reading fan fiction. Some of these stories are so god-awful. I still latch on the good writers left, hoping they would update. But so many of the goods ones have stopped writing. I have not been to SIYE in over two years. Longer then that at Fan Fic Net. I'll go over and have look.

    kb0's picture

    Down the writing path...

    It's really hard to say if it's a resurgence or not, you'd have to take a poll of those writers from whom you'd like to see more stories. :) Now that I've stated the obvious...

    I've talked to a few other writers or friends of writers and it's interesting what comes out. It seems that after a while several things can happen:
    - interest in a genre/universe can wane, or IOW they just get tired of it
    - they decide to try something different, and usually original works
    - Real Life(tm) smacks them around and since it's not a job writing gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list

    There's some variations on those, but all the answers seemed to fall into 1 of those categories. I think all of them have hit me at times, although #2 happens the least, but when it does, then I read anything but HP for a couple of weeks or so until I feel like coming back. Lately, I've been enjoying cross-overs as something different, when I can find one that has grammar that doesn't turn me away.

    Of course, when the distractions go away, they may come back. It's quite possible that's what's happening here. The author of "Erasing the Future" stated something like that, as an example.

    I don't think that I'll stop writing for a long time as it's something of a release for me. I'm sure I'll stop writing HP one day, although I don't know when that will be. I've sorta decided to stop posting on SIYE and I'll probably post only on FF.net and maybe here too. Don't know, we'll see. Life changes...

    Kevin

    parakletos's picture

    kb0 wrote: It's really hard

    kb0 wrote:

    It's really hard to say if it's a resurgence or not, you'd have to take a poll of those writers from whom you'd like to see more stories. :) Now that I've stated the obvious...

    I've talked to a few other writers or friends of writers and it's interesting what comes out. It seems that after a while several things can happen:
    - interest in a genre/universe can wane, or IOW they just get tired of it
    - they decide to try something different, and usually original works
    - Real Life(tm) smacks them around and since it's not a job writing gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list

    There's some variations on those, but all the answers seemed to fall into 1 of those categories. I think all of them have hit me at times, although #2 happens the least, but when it does, then I read anything but HP for a couple of weeks or so until I feel like coming back. Lately, I've been enjoying cross-overs as something different, when I can find one that has grammar that doesn't turn me away.

    Of course, when the distractions go away, they may come back. It's quite possible that's what's happening here. The author of "Erasing the Future" stated something like that, as an example.

    I don't think that I'll stop writing for a long time as it's something of a release for me. I'm sure I'll stop writing HP one day, although I don't know when that will be. I've sorta decided to stop posting on SIYE and I'll probably post only on FF.net and maybe here too. Don't know, we'll see. Life changes...

    Kevin

    I've been through all three of those phases you mentioned. I find myself with the desire to write but work is so all consuming its hard to find the time. I commute by bike now so there's no train journey to work on things like there was before.

    I think the writers now posting on SIYE have left behind some of the plot outlines that really used to annoy me and writers elsewhere are exploring some of the darker side of things without Malfoy being all over it.