Well, hello there internet using writers! How are we this fine Friday? I hope you all used this vacation period to relax, make sure you're up-to-date on your vaccinations, etc. Hopefully, you were also writing! And if you weren't...um...I guess I didn't think of a very good way to end that, but just imagine the worst thing you can think of and times it by .5! Well, by now you're probably wondering why I'm wasting your time when you could be at your desk writing, so I'll tell you: I'm going to complain about the worst parts of internet writing and maybe throw in one or two of the best things. Let's start from the beginning, I've been told it's a very good place to start.
Worst Thing #1: People Who Treat Their Story as a Text Message to Their Friends
The thing about publishing your story on the internet is that people besides you and your friends can read whatever you wrote, unless you made it private or something. Some people forget this not-so tiny detail and write something that makes them look like an idiot to people who don't know them. It's usually by writing all in text speak and using weird emoticons. Sometimes they throw in these private jokes about people only they and their friends have heard of, making it even more complicated to understand their story and making them seem kinda weird. Imagine reading a story that looks like this:
Joe and me were all redy 2 go wen his mom txted him sayn he coodnt go 2 the party w/me. we were all 'seriusly' and stuff.
I mean, isn't that really annoying? Now if you're only five years old this kind of writing makes sense, but if you're just doing it for laughs or because you're too lazy to use actual words, everyone's just going to think you're stupid, and that you should probably invest in a dictionary. Now imagine that Joe was based off of some kid the writer knows and then the writer makes some joke about something Joe does that the writer finds really weird. I'm sure it would be hilarious if you knew who Joe was but, unless the weird thing is something most people find weird, readers that don't know the writer would be mildly confused and annoyed.
Worst Thing #2: Plots That Don't Make Sense
This one's not so terrible, it's just something we should all be aware of. It seems like nothing important until it actually happens to you. We're all guilty of doing this at least once in our writing careers, if you haven't yet, you will. You start writing was seems like the best story ever, maybe it's about dragons and a wizard named Larry Gotter or something. You're super excited and pumped up to do whatever this story leads you to do. The story starts out amazing and everyone you get to read it loves it, as you go on, however, you realize that it's a little too close to that Harry Potter story you read last week or you've written yourself into a wall and don't know where to go. Now, you panic and rush to change it, no matter where it takes you then. Maybe Larry was battling a dragon with his girl buddy, Mermione. All of a sudden that awesome battle turns into a romantic scene where Larry realizes his true feelings for Mermione. Now can you please explain where, outside of soap operas, people realize they're in love with someone during an intense battle? Plus, this may be the kind of story where a romance completely ruins it, it could totally make it all soft and mushy, and honestly, in a story about wizards and dragons, who wants that?
The BEST Thing: The Other People
Aside from the horrible set backs of idiots and those who fear unoriginality, internet writing is very rewarding. It gives you a chance to meet other young writers and it gives you a good chance to get quality reviews from helpful readers and other writers. You just need a clear head and an open mind, and never read reviews on a bad day, a bad review could ruin your whole day. Aside from that, the constructive criticism will help you become a better writer and the positive comments will keep you going. Any internet writer worth their computer will tell you that the comments and the fans are what really makes it worth it.
So, that’s it! I hope my complaints didn't depress you too much, maybe they've inspired you to make a New Year’s resolution to break one of these habits! So, have a very happy New Year, and I’ll talk to you next Friday!
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