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Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by guestquestion » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:50 pm

Hi,

I've been lurking here for a month plus, and getting ready to set up a more official account, and tell my story and so forth. I currently have a very long draft that I intend to revise and cut the fat, etc. I've recently read at least 100+ threads here on the forum sections, and I know there's some really long stories and comments, etc. But I don't want to overdo it where if it's too long, it may be a turnoff and lose readers.

I read the thread at Forum > Introduction > Welcome, Background Info, and Abbreviations >Forum Guidelines but didn't see anything about posting length.

Any advice or recommendation on word count, character, or paragraph limits?

TIA

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by Spinnaker » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:54 pm

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by guestquestion » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:52 pm

Where is best place? General Chat vs. Indtroduce Yourself sections?

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by Idiotic » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:49 pm

You can post anywhere, it'll be read.
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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by guestquestion » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:28 pm

Ugh... I'm still at 300+ words...will work to wean it down and post eventually :)

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by guestquestion » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:30 pm

I mean 3000+

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by MrSpock » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:47 pm

Wow.. that's quite a story!

Maybe split it up in an "abridged" version, then the long one right next to it?

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by Celestialbody » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:48 pm

That sounds like a novel! Maybe do it in three parts with cliffhangers? I love reading stories on here. Makes me feel less alone and weird. Plus with all the data points, I'm starting to see common factors and circumstances.

I can already tell you're one of us - overly sensitive and worried about criticism and positive feedback. Welcome to the club!

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by guestquestion » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:21 am

@MrSpock:
Maybe it's not so much the story, as it is the long-winded and verbose teller of the story! I reckon my story is average joe/fair-to-midland. :)

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@Celestialbody:
3-part cliffhanger - I like it! I guess I'll try that approach. Still, I'm working on trimming the fat. I'm the over-analytical type that it may take me a few more weeks till I feel ready to publish.

I already have a few catch phrases that might make for good sub-titles, like "Dopamine Famine" and "Perfect Storm"

Here's my intro:

"To this day, I tell myself it must have been a ‘love at first sight’ kinda thing when I met neighbor (LO) 5 years ago. I’m pretty sure, I was smitten from the beginning. I was immediately attracted to her, and in the months and years that followed, what I experienced and felt with/for her couldn’t hold a candle to other ‘crushes’ or ‘infatuations’ I’d had – all of which were mere child’s play compared to this.

Not only physical attraction; I was drawn to her – personality, intellect, sense of humor, value system, good wife and mother, and so on."

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Re: Post - How long is too long a post?

Post by MrSpock » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:37 am

OK. You put the words and I put the music...


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