I was thinking about how people post their long fics, hoping to emulate the more successful ones. After a while I became thoroughly confused and decided to ask for help. What works? What doesn't? What gets on your nerves as a reader? 1. Announcements in the thread title When you edit the first post in the thread, you can change the thread title (but you knew this, of course). This can be used for announcing all sorts of stuff: when the story was last updated, chapter summaries, that it was nominated for an award, that Darth Real Life is winning, etc. 2. Preview posts This is a short post to introduce a fic you are going to post, a day or so before actually posting it. 3. Reserved posts Some people actually manage to map out their stories to an astonishing degree and post a number of empty posts to be edited later as the story is written. As a lazy reader, I must say this makes it easier for me to read the whole story in one go as I don't have to skip through the readers' comments. 4. Posting finished fics There was a time when I didn't even mention a story I was writing until it was finished. Obviously I lost that discipline, but there are those who can do this. Wow. 5. Holding back This is when you post only a bit of what you have written. It can be for pacing purposes, or so that you have a backlog to fall on when writer's block strikes, or because you never know when you'll need to rewrite the last chapter . . . 6. Chapter titles I have a hard enough time thinking up titles for the fics themselves. However, some people manage to do so for every chapter, which I think is rather amazing. Thoughts, anyone?