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should I even write any more?

Toaster

Member
Its pointless for me to write now, becuase the only thing people want to read about is random sex. They don't want scifi or any thing else, and i will never write about meaningless sex for someone to jackoff to. I realy need some advice, should I keep writing even if no ones going to realy like it? I've always wrote storys in hopes that it would be read, but i havn't been able to write becuase of this.
 

Xipoid

Cameras
There is a writer clique here on FA you can join. Just look up Poetigress on FA and have at the Thursday prompts, read other people's stuff, and whatnot. That group is far more concerned about writing to create than writing for attention (or sex). Alternatively, you could go after other writing circles online, like Critique Circle.


However, be forewarned. No writer on FA is very well known.
 

foozzzball

Lazy and Fuzzy
Short answer: No.

Long answer: Writing is tough. You need to find your own motivation. Other people cannot give it to you, or tell you what it should be. You do not need advice. You need to get introspective.
 

M. LeRenard

Is not French
My suggestion would be to find some other writing community to write for. There are plenty, and not all of them are centered around graphic pornography like this site's seems to be. Or, as Xipoid pointed out, you could start doing Poetigress' Thursday prompts. It's grown rather large over the years (or year, or however long it's been around), so if you post something there someone will most likely read it and comment.
If you really care about writing (and there's the clincher, and I guess what foozzzball is saying, in so many words), you'll keep at it no matter what. So don't be afraid to look elsewhere if the audience here is proving too horny and ignorant for your kind of material. The only place left to go is up, right?
 

Graveyard Greg

That Darned Geekboy
TakeWalker has the perfect quote for this kind of question:

If you make money from your writing, look at it as if you've found a $20 while walking the dog. It's great, but if you walk the dog next time and don't find a $20, it doesn't mean you're a bad dog-walker, and you should continue those walks regardless, because it's good for you and the dog.

Keep on writing.
 

Shouden

When in doubt: C4
Yeah, keep writing. I know there's a lot of sex on here, but all of my stories that people have favorited have nothing to do with sex, so there are people out there who want to read stories without it.
 
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TakeWalker

Guest
Now I wish I'd bothered to write down who that quote was from. It's definitely not mine.

And waah, OP. If you're writing to be popular, you're doing it wrong. Don't get me wrong: I fucking love it when people read my work. But I've actually become rather happy that I can count on a handful of writers on this site to comment on my work, and I look forward to hearing from them every time I upload. :3 This isn't a great site for furry writers; that doesn't mean you can't gain some benefit from posting here.
 

duroc

Member
You've got to write because you love it, not for attention. If you don't find your own personal motivation to write, you'll just spend your days unhappily spinning your wheels. But Takewalker's absolutely correct, it's a great feeling when someone does finally read your work. And if you want that to happen, you've got to take things in your own hands. First off, you've got to be patient. Second, hone your craft and become a better writer; and there's tons of information here in the forums to help. Or join a group like Xipoid and MLR mentioned above. Poetigress' Thursday Prompt is a great place to practice, learn, and give you some added motivation. Another thing that helps is to read and comment on other people's work. It'll help you grow as a writer, and your fellow writers are much more inclined to reciprocate. But as foozzzball said, you need to get introspective first.
 
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TakeWalker

Guest
And I was just reminded, on the subject of FA-centric groups, the Thursday prompt is a very loose thing, organized solely by Poetigress' journals, but there are other groups, like [fa]writersblock[/fa]. I can't think of any others, but hey, a lot of writers belong to them, check watchlists.
 

Vore Writer

Dog faced God
Who cares what others like and don't like. Write for yourself, not for them. If you love what you're doing, why would want to stop?
 

Rilvor

Formal when angry
Like they have said above, write for your own reasons.

Myself for example, I'm just an amateur writer. Amateur meaning I only write as a hobby, not as a profession. Every once in a while I get an idea/inspiration and just write.
 

bane233

the cowboy wolf/roo
I just wish i could get help with my spelling and grammar
 

Poetigress

Panthera tigris libris
Now I wish I'd bothered to write down who that quote was from. It's definitely not mine.

It's my paraphrased version of a quote I ran across in a writing book, but even after scrounging through my bookshelves and going Google searches, I never could remember or find which book it came from.

I'm pretty much coming in to agree with everybody else here. :) One, you've got to find your own motivation. The world is going to provide you with approximately a zillion reasons to quit every day. Your story doesn't turn out as good as you thought. It doesn't work and you don't know why. You can't find the time or the focus. Your computer crashes. You get a rejection letter. You post a story and nobody has anything to say about it -- or anything good to say about it.

There has to be something you love about the writing itself, that can carry you through all of that, no matter how many people are or aren't reading -- because if you don't have the drive and passion yourself, you can have a million readers and it will never be enough to satisfy you and keep you going.

I understand wanting an audience. We all do. I personally don't feel a story is truly complete until it's found a home where it can be read, either in some magazine or shared on FA. But if not having a big audience is keeping you from wanting to write at all, you might want to dig a little deeper into why you're really doing this.

Two, there are plenty of people here on FA who aren't just here for the sex. Seriously. I know a lot of them. I know how easy it is to fall into thinking that everybody just wants to read porn, but that's not the case. It's a matter of finding the people who want to read what you write, and that takes time, effort, and persistence -- no matter where you're publishing your work.

Three, in my experience, most of the readers on FA are also writers. Find ways, as have already been mentioned, to network with other writers, and that's usually how you'll connect with your audience.

Yes, it's true that as a writer on FA, you're probably never going to wind up with thousands of watchers and loads of comments the way visual artists can. The question is, is that really important?
 

Kanin

B is for Bull****
People don't care about writing anymore. They find an amazing story that really gets you thinking, but they just throw it aside. Writing has been getting more and more meaningless to people. I've started only writing when I'm bored out of my wits, like when my power went out. You write to awe people, but that's useless when no one cares enough to listen.
 

Alessa

New Member
Hrm, I sense a recurring theme. I write, 'I care, I like to read, give me stuff to read.' Writer's write 'No one cares enough to listen.' when they seem to be guilty of what they're accusing others of. Imagine that.

I do care about writing, I don't have much a talent for it myself, so I thoroughly enjoy consuming what others write. Only have this to say, 'More please.'
 

GraemeLion

Member
First , consider your audience.

Then go to where your audience is.

Look at the majority of artwork on this site. It's mostly pornographic in nature. Ergo, the audience is expecting a pornographic type of work.

If you want to write non-pornographic things, go where people are not using the place for pornographic purposes. Find a writing community or something that might have furry as a "side note."

Because honestly, I'm part of a few communities out there, non-furry, and there's not as much random sex out there.

It's all about knowing what you want your audience to be, and then seeking that audience out.
 

foozzzball

Lazy and Fuzzy
Hint: The audience is always right.

Hint2: Lots of people come to FA for pornography. Lots come to FA for nothing in particular. Just because the ones who come to FA for pornography are highly visible, what with all the bodily fluids being spurted around, do not discount the noble 'nothing in particular' audience. It's much larger than any you'll find elsewhere, really.

Hint3: Whining about how readers will never read your incredibly artsy non-porn because they are all dumb porn-wanters makes you look... Well. If you can't figure it out for yourself, not my problem! Also porn is fun to write sometimes.
 

duroc

Member
Just because the ones who come to FA for pornography are highly visible, what with all the bodily fluids being spurted around

That's jus funny, right there, I don't care who ya are.
 

Alessa

New Member
We like people like you.

Always good to hear, thank you :)

Although, do beware, I've been practicing my writing, might have to make a switch to one of the producers soon!

Ah... who am I kidding, I'll always love reading what others write. It's a delightful curse.
 

Graveyard Greg

That Darned Geekboy
Although, do beware, I've been practicing my writing, might have to make a switch to one of the producers soon!

Ah... who am I kidding, I'll always love reading what others write. It's a delightful curse.

It's a curse I love to have, reading is just as important as writing.
 

Henk86

Always trust the Gene genie!
I'm pretty much in the same boat to be honest, seems like I'm being ignored completely.
 
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