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Post by Riley Oran on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:50 pm

How should we post our pieces when we write with others?

Let it be known that there are more writing styles than there are languages, and each person has a different style that is unique to the media they've been exposed to. You can see it in the content of their posts, the characters they make, and the legends they create. Some people are a lot more detailed in the way they write. They walk themselves through it and steadily they create each aspect of the world they write in. Other people are more character focused, and you can see it as they write. They generally focus more on what their character feels or thinks (not always both). Others focus on events, and they describe certain actions in explicit detail. I could go on, but I won't. But I could.

I've noticed that there seems to be a pre-programmed reaction in some people though, that has created a kind of writing style that I do want to cover. I call it "skim posting", and it didn't start here. However, it will make it's way here en masse soon, and already exists in limited capacity. Let me explain in further detail.

People are worried about keeping up with topics more than keeping up a coherent narrative. This stems from them essentially being bugged to post at times when their muse isn't exactly in functioning order. As a result, they skim the topics they're in rather than truly read them to obtain the details that were included at the behest of the original poster. Or, perhaps they read the whole topic and they are strapped for time. In some cases, maybe their muse has left them, and they simply can't think of a satisfying response. The result is an extremely basic post, that has nearly no personality and the bare necessity of content. I have done this before too, though it has become a behavior I've been trying to avoid. 

However, sometimes skim posting seems unavoidable. If you're starting a topic it's simple enough to describe the location, the details, the characters, but what happens if you reply to a topic that seemingly has nothing? Say, you post a substantial post and then your partner skim posts to you? It can make you feel like you've done something wrong, or maybe just not enough. This can create another chain, and the following posts are less substantial until they build up more momentum and get it back to a substantial place. 

There a multitude of things we can do to avoid this, such as

  • Reading the whole of the post(s) we're responding too before we start to formulate the details of our own

  • Relaxing pressure on ourselves to post like clockwork

  • Trying to post only when we can

  • Doing our best to give our partners as much content as we can in our posts

And more! I'm looking for more ways that you all avoid skim posting. Do you have a unique method not listed here? Something to add? Let us know!
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