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[AFD 2008] DOW: Darth Overachieving Writer, and Tips for Controlling the Excessive Success

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by JadeSolo, Mar 31, 2008.

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  1. JadeSolo

    JadeSolo Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 20, 2002
    You've seen that person - the one who can't stop writing, can't stop posting, can't stop finding time to pound out 50-bazillion-word epics. Don't you just hate that person? Wouldn't you like to find a way to muzzle that individual? You know - duct tape for the Internet?

    In this thread we share tips for achieving this goal. All kinds of suggestions are welcome! Here are a few of mine:

    1) Reading and NOT responding.

    2) Completely ignoring the writer in the hopes that he/she will lose confidence, give up writing, and leave the boards in a waterfall of tears.

    3) Offer to give concrit, and then send back the chapter with a red line through every verb.

    4) Steal every plot bunny that gets posted, to rob the writer of storytelling opportunities.

    5) Constantly up every single thread except for that writer's threads, so that the latter threads get buried, no one reads/replies to them, and the writer gets discouraged, loses confidence, gives up writing, and leaves the boards in a Niagara of tears.
  2. Jedi Trace

    Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Dec 15, 1999
    Unsolicited concrit is the way to go, IMHO.

    With every reply, mention that the plot is full of holes, characterization is off, there are too many earthisms, the protagonist is whiny and obnoxious, the antagonist is boring, there is no chemistry in the love story, and the title is lame.

  3. dianethx

    dianethx Jedi Master star 6

    Mar 1, 2002
    Explain to them that every writer in the universe is better than them and that you are only telling them that because you are a good friend and want what's best for them.
  4. rhonderoo

    rhonderoo Former Head Admin star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 7, 2002
    Get a mod friend to remove every third story that they write.
  5. Jade_Pilot

    Jade_Pilot Jedi Master star 5

    Dec 10, 2005
    Explain to them in a condescenging manner that they've not been writing long enough (like some of us have) to be able to truly characterize the following characters well:

    1. Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes.

    2. Red astro-droid with new exploding head plate action.

    3. Second Jawa on the right.

    4. Wuher

    5. Stormtrooper TX-four-one-two

    6. Sio Bibble

    7. Corde, Dorme, Eirtae, Yan, Rabe, Sache, Bombay

    8. Jocasta Nu

    9. Boss Nass

    10. Anyone weilding a lightsaber.
  6. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    Hey, there are no Darth Overachieving Writers here! *Hides sig with the shameful number of words on her latest fic in it.*

    Here's how to really do it:

    No matter what the main point of the story is, tell them that they are getting the political science, the psychological analysis, the judicial system, the characterization and the pacing wrong and that, by the way, they mispunctuated your reader reply. They will either write twice as much or curl up into a ball and die. Especially do this for humor fics.
  7. JadeSolo

    JadeSolo Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 20, 2002
    Have a sock post TOS violations in the writer's 10 other stories, blame it all on the writer, and get the mods to lock those 10 other stories. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  8. LLL

    LLL Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jul 16, 2000

    Ish finished LYBJ!!!!!

    *throws confetti*


    (Now, since it's April Fool's, somebody hack it quick...):p
  9. The_Face

    The_Face Ex-Manager star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 22, 2003
    *deletes ten epics at random*

    That should slow some of 'em down.
  10. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    As long as it's not one of the ones I LIKE to write.
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