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I really do enjoy getting comments on my stories, as most writers do. In the past I have posted WIPs on AO3, which has helped to keep me on schedule. However, there are things some readers do when commenting on WIPs that can derail me and my writing process.

Readers who don't like my stories or interpret my stories in a way I did not intend, irritate or perhaps anger me (such as in the case of accusing me of internalized misogyny), but they do not completely cause a crash into a writing wall to occur.

There are two types of reader comments that do interrupt my writing mojo to the point that it takes quite a bit of effort on my part to ignore it and continue.

1) When a reader speculates on my plot and guesses where the story is going to go or what the climax is going to be.  2) When a reader tries, through their comments no matter how seemingly positive, to drive my story in a direction they want it to go rather than where I intend. These type of comments make me either, 1) want to completely re-plot my story right smack dab in the middle of the piece or, 2) stop writing on it for the foreseeable future.

So, I've made the decision not to post WIPs on AO3 anymore. I still want to have WIPs posted to help keep me on schedule, but AO3 is not the place to do it, at least for me. Neither is my own website, since I prefer to post only finished works there.

There is a new project in town that is for writers called, The Wild Hare Project. Hosted by Keira Marcos and created by her and Jilly James. Wild Hare is a new space for writers to post their works. A collective for those uncomfortable with posting elsewhere or uncomfortable with reader critique intruding on their writing process. Readers are welcome to stop by, read and comment, but the site is moderated to prevent certain types of commenting that could hinder a writer's ability to work.

I'll be posting any first draft WIPs on the site. I appreciate it as a safe space to explore tropes, fandoms, or pairings, I haven't dipped my toe in yet. I'll only post finished stories on my website and AO3 from now on.

If you are a new writer or a writer uncomfortable with posting your work in other spaces, you should check out The Wild Hare Project.

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