I got the following review today.
It has been more than five years since you last updated this story… if it is abandoned, please give a notice to all of your loyal readers, if it is not abandoned, please try to update this amazing story as soon as possible.
At first I wasn’t sure what to think of the review. I then realized I normally feel motivated to update, or at least try to when people ask for updates. Instead, this time I honestly feel demotivated.
I get the fact writers should, if they’re abandoning a work, let their loyal readers know they are doing so in some manner. However, don’t you think I already would have if I’d made said decision? After all, I’ve already clearly marked three of my stories as abandoned in the summary and marked said stories as complete. I had another which I’d marked as discontinued, but changed to abandoned.
I’ve also come to the conclusion the real reason readers ask whether a story is abandoned or not when the writer clearly hasn’t marked the story as abandoned or not is because they want the permissions to continue a story, yet marking a story as abandoned or even discontinued doesn’t give others permission to continue the work. No, seriously, it doesn’t.
Am I saying those asking are likely to continue the work themselves? Not necessarily. They could just as easily seek someone else out. The worst part is I’d freely give permission to write a story which spins off from any point in the stories I’ve written so long as specific stipulations are met.
- Let me know you’re doing it.
- Don’t plagiarize what I’ve written.
- Understand writing an AU or spinoff for anything I written isn’t a free for all where you can change things at random.
- Other stipulations which will vary from fandom to fandom, or story to story.
- For example, if I plan on revealing two characters are siblings I may ask you not pair the two together as this paints me as supportive of such types of ships.
- I may ask you not to ship anything with a rabid fan base.
- I may also ask if you are ready to tackle the project, but ask you to be honest with yourself about whether you are ready to or not.