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To WiP or not to WiP

Question for the flist...

What is your position on WiPs?

Personally, I tend not to read them. I got burned by too many unfinished WiPs back in the beginning of time - or at least, when fandom was still new to the great and wonderful internets.

On the other hand, I've also seen that there are a lot of great, dependable authors who reliably post WiPs, and release on a scheduled - something like one chapter a week till done or whatnot, and that seems to go over fairly well.

I ask because I am debating on whether or not to start posting this fic in chapters. I originally thought eh, I have no time limit, whatever - then I remembered, shit! I have a course starting on Sept 13th and I won't really have any time to write again till right before Christmas. So I would kind of like to get it done and posted in the next month. But I'd also really like to get feedback.

What do you guys think?

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ailurophile6
Aug. 16th, 2017 09:29 pm (UTC)
I never read WIPs. Not only because I am afraid it will never be completed, but because I will forget what happened in previous chapters and will probably have to re read it from the beginning anyway.

So there are my 2 cents :)
shaddyr
Aug. 16th, 2017 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much my stance on WiPs, generally. I rarely make an exception except for a handful of authors.
trepkos
Aug. 16th, 2017 10:27 pm (UTC)
I posted my fic as a WIP - but I am very much a kind of "likes to finish what she starts" person, and I had a view of the whole fic - at least had a rough outline - before I started posting. But I don't read much fic these days - what fandom are you writing in?
shaddyr
Aug. 16th, 2017 10:48 pm (UTC)
I know where I want the story to go, so I am confident I will complete it. I'm not worried I will leave people hanging - I hate that.

This is a HP/SGA crossover fic.
trepkos
Aug. 17th, 2017 07:11 am (UTC)
I'm not very likely to read those fandoms - sorry. But I would if it were something I was into.
antares04a
Aug. 17th, 2017 05:32 am (UTC)
I only read WIPs if the author says it's finished but posted one chapter every three days (e.g.), because it's too long otherwise.

But I never read the *open end* type of WIP. On AO3 I always search for "complete only".
shaddyr
Aug. 18th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am the same - usually searching by completed only.
popkin16
Aug. 17th, 2017 07:35 am (UTC)
I do read WIPs. Though I confess that I do check to see if it ends on a cliffhanger and/or in a angsty place. If it does I'll pass on reading. Some of my favorite fics are actually unfinished, but end in a manner I'm content with.
shaddyr
Aug. 18th, 2017 11:07 pm (UTC)
Some of my favorite fics are actually unfinished, but end in a manner I'm content with.

YES! I've actually read a few WiPs - not many, mind - that ended a better spot than some fics that were 'finished' but really left off in a place that was essentially the set up for a longer story. So frustrating, that.
popkin16
Aug. 19th, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
Ughh yeah. I stumbled on a fic like that not too long ago. The author said they were already working on the sequel, and then later ETA'd that the sequel wasn't coming. Sooo frustrating.
selenic76
Aug. 17th, 2017 07:38 am (UTC)
I usually avoid WIPs, because I'm impatient and want to know how the story ends :D But there have been exceptions, for people whose writings I really love.

I also avoid posting WIPs, because I feel I can't put out something that isn't complete. For a long time I avoided the thought of writing series as well, for the fear of not being able to finish them. But at least with them, I can post a complete story. Even then, I'm careful not to make promises I can't keep. (I feel sorry for my readers sometimes *sigh*)

Posting WIPs does carry a certain amount of pressure, but if you've got the story in your head already, and have plans to finish let's say within a year or two... :D I'd say go for it. It'll help you get feedback, and hopefully also push you to finish the rest of the story. And getting something out there always feels good, like you've actually accomplished something instead of just having the stories sit in your head or your laptop :)

Good luck with whatever you choose to do, and happy writing! ^-^
shaddyr
Aug. 18th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
Posting WIPs does carry a certain amount of pressure, but if you've got the story in your head already, and have plans to finish let's say within a year or two... :D I'd say go for it.

Actually, I have target date now - mid September. I start my course then and it goes till end of November. If I don't have the fic done by then, I likely won't even work on it again till Christmas.

So... need to be sure I can finish it in the next month. Yargh!
kazzy_cee
Aug. 17th, 2017 07:40 am (UTC)
Personally I've been so disappointed when a fic isn't finished that I avoid reading until everything has been posted. Even if I think they have almost finished when they start to post.
shaddyr
Aug. 18th, 2017 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yes. That's always been my reservation - I want the full story before I start.
snogged
Aug. 17th, 2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
I rarely read them because there are a lot of unfinished ones out there.
shaddyr
Aug. 18th, 2017 11:10 pm (UTC)
*nod nod* Yup, copy that!
debris4spike
Aug. 17th, 2017 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, in the early days I got caught out a few times where stories I liked were not finished, so now I never start a WIP
shaddyr
Aug. 18th, 2017 11:11 pm (UTC)
That seems to be the general consensus with a few exceptions.
airawyn
Aug. 21st, 2017 05:35 am (UTC)
I read them! It's really fun getting alerts that a new chapter has been posted. (I LOVE AO3 subscriptions - so much better than the old days.) Plus you have time to speculate what happens next. Yeah, it's disappointing when fics are abandoned, but I usually enjoy what I've read up until that point, so it's not like I'm losing out on the deal.
shaddyr
Aug. 27th, 2017 08:53 am (UTC)
I used to read WiPs all the time, back in my first forays into internets fandom. That was like 20 years ago - scary! But really, everyone wrote WiPs then, there were no big archives like FF.net and AO3, so people were in yahoo groups or on usenet, posting as they finished chapters.

I think I might end up posting this as a WiP, even though I haven't done that in at least 10+ years. But I have to write a leetle bit moar first!
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