The Importance of Routine Updates & Chapter Prep

This is purely my opinion and thoughts but also can act as advice for others too :)

(The things i am going to mention applies for full length stories and not oneshots!)

 

In my opinion, routine updates are really important. It can be as frequent as every day or every week. Being a reader on AFF, I realised that i have lost many interests some stories that i subcribed to because i got bored of waiting. Some authors have the tendency to update as an when they like without a schedule and I would never know when to expect it. Sometimes, they just never update and disappear from the plat form. By the time the story was updated again, i would have already lost a lot of interest or forgot the whole story line.


Therefore to keep the readers interested, it is good to have a routine update schedule. Not only will the readers have knowledge on the story plot fresh in their minds but it will also make them look forward to your story. This is based on experience as an author and a reader :)

 

Another thing that i think is important is chapter prep. What do i mean by that? Chapter prep means preparing multiple chapters before release. Personally I do that. I ususally have 60- 70% (or 100%) of the chapters written for the story before i publish it. This not only gives you time to write future chapters but you can also maintain a routine update schedule.

Also, preparing chapters in advance can also help you determine if you are really interested in writing a story. I feel that rather than announcing a published story going on a hiatus and disappointing my readers, i would just not post the story. 

 

Whatever i have typed is just my POV of the two topics. At the end of the day, it also depends on one's preferences. :)

 

That's all from me, thank you for reading this blog post and feel free to comment anything in your mind :D

 

 

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30_Shades_Of_Spriteu
8 points #1
i agree with the routine update.
I've been writing fics since the good ol winglin (old aff, but under a different admin) days & havin those routine updates written down on a planner + phone alarm/cal always help while for the rest i spent specific days plannin by doin rough drafts.
& since i haven't written anything in awhile since im now usin a new account to have a fresh start...this is a good reminder.
KwonJiyongsWaifu
1 points #2
I agree with the routine updates. I always update mine every Saturday (Or Friday if I'm working or out on Saturday)
Instead of finishing the story, I use the week to draft the new chapter when I find time (not too easy once I started working haha)
MissMinew
1 points #3
I agree. I used to be the author with no routine updates but I actually believe it does help with readers. And writing the story in full before publishing it has become my new golden rule. Don’t publish anything until you have the story finished because if I do, I won’t finish the story. By making sure the story is completed by the time I publish I can also make sure people get what they subscribed for - a full, completed story. ^_^
v_JayB
#4
i am.the kinda one which stories she prefers there she updates like each daymm right now i am.more fond into my blog where i write 2 chapters down.. its all about interesr i guess
justminaa
1 points #5
Thank you so much for sharing this! Tbh, I'm that author who doesn't have a routine updates :") And I usually would just drop an update out of nowhere. I can't promise my readers on which day/week I can update and that sometimes the laziness to update just hit me, ugh, I hate that. Also sometimes I lost some motivation to write the next chapter so I ended up not updating for a few weeks. The last time I updated my story was on 1st January lol and I have already written the next chapter, probably done by 90% by now but I haven't proofread them yet. I might also write 2-3 new chapters first, then I'll go update aka do some chapters prep hehe

Reading your advices somehow gives me the hope/idea on how to be a better author hahahaha and chapter prep! I did that before too and it helped me to update more easily ^^