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PLEASE BE HONEST Have my stories gotten too niche and poor quality? 

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9 deviants said No - Your stories are not niche and/or your quality is fair/good/exceptional
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3 deviants said Yes - your stories are too niche and/or poor quality
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1 deviant said I get LOTS of comments here, but I'm really scared that my work is too niche
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No deviants said PLEASE comment too, this is an emergency
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No deviants said NO ONE in CW class is commenting on my stories
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No deviants said I NEED THE COLD HARD TRUTH: IF IT'S TOO NICHE / POOR, WHAT DO I DO???

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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Edited Jun 6, 2017  Professional Writer
Well I really enjoy them and the themes do resonate with me quite a bit... But I can also see how it may be sort of redundant or repetitive. I also think it can be good and healthy for writers to tackle a wide variety of topics. Maybe you're wanting to try something new or different, but still comfortable for you, and you're not sure where to start? That's happened to me as a writer quite a few times. I wish I had more advice or knew of a better way to help. But keep going, I mean you have a lot of great ideas and your writing is vivid and unique. ♥ In short, being completely honest (you know I love your writing and look up to you anyway)... I don't think they're poor quality at all but they may be getting a little niche. 
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your honesty! :heart: Aaaa yes, I am extremely happy that people are pointing this out to me! I've been wishing for a long time, for somebody to tell me where  I'm going wrong in the Netheron series, because I've felt  really frustrated with my direction for the series and thought it needed some changing - but I wasn't really sure, personally? This helps so much. It's just like: YES THIS IS WHAT I NEEEEEED

Aaaaa yes, I am so glad somebody is honest with me when they tell me my work is a little too niche. My obsessive mind sometimes needs to recollect itself in other ways, if you get what I mean? I do sometimes work ideas to death, because they excite me - and it's an unfortunate character flaw I portray, so I will work to stir myself into a different direction. I have to work twice as hard as the average person, to conjure up good ideas, if you get what I mean? XD I can still do it though, I just have to work against myself haha But it's a good thing they're not poor quality :heart:
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2017  Professional Writer
It's no problem... I try to always be honest. I don't think it really helps people to sugarcoat things, especially when asked. I still think your work is lovely and the way you write is beautiful. I'm glad I could help. I feel like mine gets that way too cliche sometimes and I'm always struggling to make myself try new things, even though it's hard. I think it's best to write things that excite you or that you feel strongly about. What I've noticed about my old work is that most of it either goes too far or not far enough, it was like I hadn't found my voice yet or found the right balance of what really works in a story, and I was trying way too hard to fit into niches where my writing honestly did not belong. I lowered my own standards to suit other people and I never should have done that. So it's important to stick to what works for you and keeps you inspired and motivated too. I know it's really difficult to come up with good ideas and even harder to portray them in a way that you're satisfied with. The creative struggle is always like... Well, I compare it with climbing a mountain and I feel like that's a good analogy. It's always really intimidating at first, but if you just focus on what's right in front of you and take it one step at a time, little by little, you'll make it to the top. And once you get up there, you look back at how far you've come and you eventually see that it's a long way, and you won't even believe it. ♥ 
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly I don't see your works as clique <3  I think they are really well written, even if they can sometimes become repetitive - but poetry can always be repetitive one way or another, after all, we are exploring ourselves as a person, and many times - we'll go over themes we have in the past. The idea behind poetry is to connect to other people - and garish the best of our ideas into a book - usually the most powerful messages - for the reader to read and be inspired :heart:

But storytelling feels different to me somehow - sometimes as a storyteller, I feel I must conjure up different ideas, the more  I write. I've been exploring a lot of flash fiction lately - telling unique stories with only a page long for words - I'm thinking of heading into a few contests on here, once I get out of school. Maybe some outside of dA as well. Either way, my stories might feel a tiny bit more traditional than they generally do - and I will still include minority characters in them - even if sometimes, it's nice to take a break from all that, and not even specify whether or not they have a romantic partner, or have this given struggle in their lives. 

That's a beautiful analogy :heart: And in a way, I already feel like I'm slowly getting to the top. I'm going to do my best to succeed in the writing world. I wonder if I should start submitting to literary magazines, once the summer hits?
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Writer
Aww thanks! That means a lot to me. I think it's just that I get bored always writing the same kinds of things too, so I always feel this strange need to challenge myself... But then when I get too far out of my comfort zone, I get writer's block because the challenges I give to myself are steadily getting more and more impossible. At the end of the day, all we can do it try our best though. :huggle: Sometimes it helps to realize that your comfort zone is the place where you feel most at home for a reason. ♥ 

I completely understand that. ^^ It makes sense. I think you're doing amazingly well, all things considered. Your writing is really unique and you have a way with words, you're definitely able to convey your ideas with amazing clarity and still tell the story in a beautiful way. I think that's what counts most when it comes to writing, and it's what keeps me coming back to read more from you. 
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:iconlevi-the-badass:
Levi-The-Badass Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm bored of them, honestly. They are dragged on and on and simply I feel as though I have no time to read something like that. Your class may be feeling the same way. :shrug: I don't know how to help. 
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I appreciate your honesty, but I'm talking more  content based rather than how long it is. If you say it "bores" you though, what might you mean by that? Is there little hook / resonance to yourself - or repetitive situations, that you might thirst for something new, as in a new genre or new circumstance? I've been thinking about cutting down my story sizes already, but I'd be curious to know, otherwise :D As well as maybe having a chance to focus on different stories rather than the  Netheron universe. (And I'm not offended, no worries c: )
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Levi-The-Badass Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
There just isn't an attention grabber. Nothing pulls me in. The first one did but the next didn't do the same. To me, you wrote the same thing, thinking it was new or exciting and it just seemed to be the same. That's probably why they seem so long and drawn out because they mend together, in a sense. 
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh I see. That brings up a great point - and it reminds me of a saying: "you can't beat a dead horse in the water." I definitely agree with what you're saying - because  I've noticed myself I do tend to (as I say it) "fixate" on certain themes. I'll definitely keep that in mind for future stories - I've found myself equally bored as well, playing around with Netheron short stories - and after a while, it does need a break. XD Again, I really appreciate your honesty! I honestly wish more people would give me this sort of feedback :'D
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:iconlevi-the-badass:
Levi-The-Badass Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome, dear!
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Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is your creative writing class set up? :o
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we have a offline workshop session - where everyone in the entire class critiques your work. My first story will be read on Monday first thing - but I already know it's pretty much SUPER awful, so I'm expecting people to entirely rip it apart XD Which is fine I guess... I just wish they were ripping apart something that was my BEST work, rather than my WORST work. For me, ideas take time to process and turn into good stories XD

Then we have an online critiquing workshop - where people usually select the stories they like, to read. Nobody has read my stories - a huge contrast to my poetry, which is usually read by 2-3 people XD  Which tells me it's either too niche / too poor / too weird for the average hetero / neurotypical college student. :P
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:iconobelis:
Obelis Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They are good in my eyes. :nod: People have different opinions, so there will be some who think differently, but from my personal point of view, your universe is unique and interesting to dive into.
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good :nod: I guess most of the people here, who read my stories - like my universe for it's complexity and it's realistic / human-like approach. But many of us, are not average either. A lot of us on the web, have at least one strange quality that separates us from every day society. Average people, who are hetero/neurotypical/cis have little problems - will likely have no relateability to my stories, because my intention is not to speak to them, but to those who are marginalized.

Even so, my goal is to have an element in there, that ALL people can relate to, so it will entice even the average person to read it, and enjoy what they read XD So I need to figure out how I'm going to do that. It's not going to be easy to find XD What do you suppose makes for a good story, and why do you enjoy it?
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:iconarasteia:
Arasteia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, definitely not! They are niche but they are certainly still accessible! And the quality is not poor at all! 
People that aren't commenting on your stories in your class are missing out :huggle: 
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug: Thank you so much <333 Do you think there's a way to make it just a BIT more accessible, though? From what I understand, my audience is fairly niche, but I want a bit more broad audience without NOT being true to myself?

My professor said my stories had great diction, and good vocabulary usage, which was nice XD :huggle: Maybe my classmates just don't understand my brain... lol Out of all of the stories presented in class, mine have always topped as the "oddest and weirdest stories of all time" XD
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:iconarasteia:
Arasteia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so welcome! <33
Hmm... I'm not really sure. I guess the obvious thing would be to add in more heterosexual characters, but I honestly dunno :shrug: 
Your professor is right! And haha they probably don't and that's their issue tbh... there's nothing wrong with odd stories!
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... ok XD Noted haha A few questions I'll throw at you at random (I'm sorry in advance XD): What do you suppose makes for a good story, and why do you enjoy it? How do you relate to marginalized characters (i.e.: characters who are LGBT, of different cultures and / or race, or hold disadvantages not related to mental health) if you are not marginalized in that area? Let's start there XD If I find out what makes the average human tick, I can implement that into my book, and bring in more readers ;P

Bwahaha I guess not XD Some of the greatest fiction of all time, was very odd after all ;P
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:iconarasteia:
Arasteia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No it's fine! ^^
Hmm... I'd say for me, a good story is really about the characters. If the characters and voices are compelling, I'll enjoy it. Marginalised characters... well honestly I haven't read too many stories with LGBT characters, or those of different races (that I can remember, I have an awful memory though) but really it's just about a compelling voice. If they have human thoughts and struggles, I'll probably identify with them XD 
And that's true haha!
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your feedback! I'm thinking of  compiling a few stories based on what we learned in class, and submitting them to magazines. They won't be Netheron related, but I think it will help me to not fixate so much on one thing, if I write many different ideas and get inspired by many different things. 
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:iconarasteia:
Arasteia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! Oh I think that'd be awesome, getting to submit! And sure if you think that'll help, go for it! It's fun to do something different sometimes :D 
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:iconvivyi:
Vivyi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That it is!!! I'm really putting a lot of effort into not being fixated, so I don't overdo ideas! I'm still working on the Netheron prequel, but  I'm focusing on not being as attached XD
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