Alice’s Restaurant

September 29, 2006


Filed under: FanLit — aliceaudrey @ 6:44 pm

Every entry I have made in the FanLit contest so far has received a large number of both zeros and fives. As near as I can tell my averages seem to be between 2.2 and 2.9. Why is this?

I know a lot of it is a matter of taste. I’ve always had a strong effect on my readership, like it or not and the better my writing gets the more polarized the reactions to it. I don’t really mind that some people hate me, so long as there are just as many who love me.

But I think there is more to it than that.

I think the way the contest is set up brings out things in ourselves … ugly things. I am quite proud of myself for having NEVER given a 0. I did give a few .5’s, but that was to people who not only didn’t follow the assignment, but don’t write that well either. Otherwise they’d have gotten a 1 from me. I’m proud of this because boy is there a temptation to do it!

When I play the game straight – going through the vote process through the Vote button, I find myself skipping a lot. Sometimes I even skip things that MIGHT be interesting because I don’t want them to do well when I’m not! I dislike this in myself.

That’s why I like invitations. They keep me on the level. I’m not skipping so I’m not hurting anyone, and I actually give more generous scores because I always leave a comment when I’ve been invited. I like myself better that way.

The thing is, if my own scores more closely reflected where I expect my entries to be – with at least one in the top 100 – I would be a lot more generous with my scoring all the way around.



  1. I try to be fair in voting, although I generally give out as many 1’s and 2’s as I do the higher scores. Usually I do this for the entries that don’t follow requirements or have illogical elements. I give 0’s to those that totally have nothing to do with the contest (and usually Alert Censors too, for wasting our time). The one thing I do to be fair, though, is to not vote an entry down if it is using the same plot points as numerous others (like the Secret Baby!). Some people though, I think vote really harshly– they’ll say that oh, the writing was great, but it really wasn’t a story they wanted continued. That just irks me. I’m willing to continue any story, as long as it’s well-written.

    Comment by Cat — September 30, 2006 @ 4:40 am

  2. And I really don’t know how the votes are processed. Did you see lynnesimpson’s message on the forum?

    That’s really disheartening.

    Comment by Cat — September 30, 2006 @ 4:43 am

  3. Yep, I saw it. Just now *grin*.

    As to scoring low for something you don’t want to continue, I can see it in the finals, but not the preliminaries.

    My vampire entry, On the Hunt, got slammed in the preliminaries by people who didn’t want to continue it. It had all the assigned elements. And then some.


    Comment by Alice Audrey — September 30, 2006 @ 5:24 am

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