Story Regrets

  • southpaw

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    I used to be absolutely terrible with cramming everything into the first chapter. I still do that, but I like to think I've gotten at least a little bit better. Facepalm
    May 31st, 2014 at 06:04am
  • peach kitten

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    I used to always do more telling rather than showing in my stories like having the characters fall in love by chapter three and have them drop dead in love without really explaining why. Gosh! Horrible!
    June 13th, 2014 at 08:50am
  • I feel insane

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    Not establishing Jimmy's life more in Mortality. While I'm not exactly sure what I would have done, I feel like I could have written a bit more before the point where I actually began it.
    June 15th, 2014 at 06:50am
  • Isadora Pierce

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    Um, well, when I first started on this site like 6 years ago, I totally had a thing with emo boys and I made like a 60 chapter story just revolving around an emo love affair. Wow I'm sorry. I feel so guilty. Sad
    June 15th, 2014 at 07:09am
  • archivist

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    isadora in bloom:
    Um, well, when I first started on this site like 6 years ago, I totally had a thing with emo boys and I made like a 60 chapter story just revolving around an emo love affair. Wow I'm sorry. I feel so guilty. Sad
    Everyone made this story. We all had that phase. XD
    Not doing all my research. I'm getting too lazy to write science fiction.
    June 15th, 2014 at 07:24am
  • Isadora Pierce

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    @ C418
    IT'S SO SHAMEFUL. Sad
    June 15th, 2014 at 07:28am
  • archivist

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    @ isadora in bloom
    Mine still exists on my old account, but I dare not go into that. Sad
    June 15th, 2014 at 07:34am
  • Katie Mosing

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    When I first started writing, I had a real problem with making my characters not have any real friends. They were all super lonely for no apparent reason and it didn't really make any type of sense.
    July 9th, 2014 at 01:10am
  • n. josten

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    Not having my characters have any real stable relationship with their parents, which is the total opposite of how I am with my parents in real life so as to why my characters don't have stable relationships, I have no idea. And when I started writing, whenever my main character ended up with his/her romantic interest, everything else like ceased to exist except for their drama? Yeah.
    September 27th, 2014 at 05:17am
  • hangsang.

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    I would always have the misunderstood scene girl that falls in love with the bad boy/band member. And to go along with that, I'd also have the blonde cheerleader that would try and do everything in her power to destroy the life of said scene girl.

    My stories would lack detail. Majorly.

    Each chapter I would change the point-of-view or even have it change mid-chapter.Facepalm
    June 20th, 2015 at 02:03pm
  • degausser.

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    I never take enough time in my stories for a romantic interest to fully grow, I always rush into it. I'm a little better about it now, but I look back at some of my old writing from 5-6 years ago when I first joined this site. I also lacked in detail, and now I feel like I provide too much detail at some times, making some chapters in some of my stories exceed 5,000 words. XD
    June 22nd, 2015 at 10:41pm
  • southpaw

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    The more time passes, the more I regret Generation Why Bother as a whole. And 99% percent of those regrets are absolutely fucking up the gender ratio. I can't believe I made such a ridiculous mistake and just completely overlooked it - but at least I've learned from that. It's just "whatever" at this point. Nothing I can do now but not make the same dumb mistake again.
    July 4th, 2015 at 04:58pm
  • This.Useless.Heart.

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    Not. Planning. Shit. Out.

    Obviously that doesn't really apply to drabbles and one-shots so much, but chaptered stuff it absolutely does. I can't tell you how many stories I've started that I know damn well I will probably never finish, and I know now that it's because I didn't plan them out enough. Like, I know a certain degree of spontaneity and all that is good for writing, but I took it way too far with my older works and it resulted in stories that were all over the place, barely (if at all) organized, and ultimately doomed.
    Like, I try not to over-plan, I try to allow some wiggle room for spontaneous sort of ideas and things like that, but for every multi-chaptered work I do now I have at least one outline (usually several) for it. I find that keeps me on task better, makes my stories better and less likely to go all over the place, and gives me an actual plan so I can really think seriously about getting shit done.

    TL;DR Planning stories out helps so so much, and I regret that I wrote so many ultimately doomed fic with barely any (if any!) real planning.
    April 4th, 2016 at 04:59pm
  • cannibal.

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    I regret not naming any male characters Storm because of fear that Mibbians would think it wasn't realistic and ignore the story.
    April 7th, 2016 at 03:11pm