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When I read through anything of mine that's older than six months, I am mortified. Especially since now, while I love reading the occasional fluffiness, I need some real things thrown in. I'm not going to get into that. I just don't know if I should keep up what I already have or if I should take it all down (like I really want to). I have people who have favorited these stories (why?) and I don't want to disappoint them. I also have a story that is half posted, but completely finished. I don't want to post the last few chapters- they mortify me. Yeah, I used mortify twice. That's how much I don't like them.

The reason why I say this is because I've been working on my RL/HG one (you're next, Barty Crouch, Jr.). It's nowhere near posting ready, but I don't want to be worried about this unfinished work when I do post it. Bah humbug.


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Dec. 11th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I say go ahead and post the finished chapters. Like you said, there are people who have added those fics to their favorites - just because you're mortified when you read them doesn't mean they are. Plus, you'll have that feeling of accomplishment for those fics finally being over and done with. You don't ever have to read them again if you don't want to.

That said, I understand what you're feeling. I debated for a long time whether or not to repost all of my older fics when my board format archive went down, because they're... Ugh. I've grown as a writer since then, so to me, they're embarrassing. I finally decided to repost them, though, just because I knew some people like them even if I don't.

Ultimately, it's your decision, though. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for Barty Crouch Jr.!

It is
Dec. 11th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ok, fine, but I reserve the right to completely cut out the end.

As for the BC/HG fic, well, I have a very vague outline. But, that's more than I sometimes have.
Dec. 19th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
I'm sure you've already heard this, but I like to reread it when I get discouraged (which is often).

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
Ira Glass
Dec. 19th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I hadn't read that before, but it's so true. Thank you for this!
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