So, No More Stories?

I’m having second thoughts about putting all my fiction on the blog. I’ve read many articles that advise against it. Of course, I’m not talking about all my stories, only the ones I plan to publish one day.

How about you guys? Why do you post your creative writing on your blog? And do you have plans for any of those stories?

I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts.

(btw, the romantic story is not the one I plan to publish πŸ˜‰ )

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18 thoughts on “So, No More Stories?

  1. I can see why people would advise against it, once you put something out on the internet you have no control who might take it as their own. Though it would be a shame not to be able to read more of your writing (yes, I am selfish and want to read it all! πŸ˜€ ), you do have to think of your writing career in the future, and how to protect it πŸ™‚

    • I’m really glad that you feel that way about my writing. πŸ™‚ Like I said in the post, I don’t plan to take all my stories off the blog. There is one story, though, that I want to hide away and work on it in my secret workshop 😈

      But there are different opinions to this matter, and I’m interested in hearing–reading– about them.

  2. Personally my approach is to offer my short stories for free on the blog. By design, I write them, do a light edit, and post. When I have enough of them I plan to go back over them, edit them thoroughly, and bundle them into a collection all available for a flat price. The originals will always be free.

    My novels will at most be snippets and excerpts. I’m using the short stories to give a taste of my writing style, while working hard to make the novels as good as they can be.

  3. I think the reason behind not doing ‘free’ on a blog is because it takes first publication away from the stories. Technically they’re out there for everyone. So, in one sense why would someone pay for something they can read for free. Even with good edits or changes?

    What you need to decide is how much you want to give away to attract your audience. If every author kept on giving and giving stuff away, would anyone buy anything. My kindle is so full of free books I don’t have to buy any for years. In my mind it defeats the object as writers eventually want to drop the day job and earn money as a writer. Of course, for some it might never be anything other than a hobby.

    It is a big decision, take it seriously.

    • First of all, welcome, Dawn. πŸ™‚ Thanks for following my humble blog.

      Also thanks for the insightful comment. At first, I posted everything I wrote online in order to motivate myself to keep on writing. But now I’m starting to think that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all. πŸ™‚
      I’m thinking about sharing my stories with a selected group to get feedback, and post small parts online to give people an idea about what I’m writing.

      • Thats a good idea, I think working with writers who you pick up along the way is wonderful. I’ve been writing, scripts and prose for a while, (but prose only seriously since 2012) and the friends I’ve met along the way are wonderful in helping my work grow, and in keeping me sane. If you’re after a place to post work and to find some good friends I’d suggest, http://www.scribophile.com it is one of the better crit sites out there and again I’ve met the most amazing people there. πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t post any of my work online for many of the reasons mentioned above. I agree that if a work is on it’s way to publication, teasers are okay. I’ve heard good things about Scribophile, too, but I haven’t done much with it yet. πŸ™‚

  5. I frankly don’t know, man. I really can’t bring myself to care about the whole publishing business, nor do I nurse a vain hope of striking it rich as a writer. As long as my stories are read, I’m pretty much happy.

    If you’re planning to sell your stuff, though, keeping some of it off of your blog might be a good idea. Though it might be a more convenient and overall more polished experience to buy the entirety of a novel to have in one file/book, the fact alone that it COULD be acquired for free will be a detriment. Actually, anything that’s free loses a lot of its value, as dumb as that sounds. We live in a capitalist worth. Worthwhile things are only those that cost money, since they had to be QC’d and approved by someone first before they are sold, right? That means they must be good, right? And then the related post-purchase rationalisation shenanigans.

    So yes, if you’re planning to sell, giving it away for free first won’t do. If you’re only doing it as a hobby, though, and maybe just potentially theoretically hypothetically perhaps considering selling it in the future, I don’t see why you should stop posting your stuff.

    • Thanks for dropping by, bro.

      In my humble opinion, I think that someone like you, who is passionate about writing, and is a damn good writer, should consider publishing his work.

      I’m still going to be writing stories on my blog. But I want to keep some of them available only to a private group(wink), rather than post all my work online. Because I do plan to publish, whether I find success or not. I want to see a story of mine neatly assembled in one book, and to be available for people to read, with my name written on the cover. πŸ˜€

      My life has lead me to the point where I need the accomplishment. I will not be disappointed if it doesn’t succeed financially, but I will not complain if it does. πŸ™‚

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