Welcome to FicFinishing!
This is a short post to tell potential readers what we are all about and what they can expect here at the comm.What is FicFinishing?
FicFinishing is a community of fan fic authors and readers whose goal is to help authors with partial fic learn to complete their fic. Authors are given tasks, techniques and support to help them in their goals which take place in monthly 'Rounds'. Part of that support is our First Reader program.What are First Readers?
Our First Readers are fic readers who are given the opportunity to read fic in progress in exchange for enthusiastic encouragement. The fic are partial, but are often finished in the course of one round, or several in the case of long fic like big bangs. Basically readers are charged with accepting requests to read fic in their fandom and responding with positive feedback. In addition, many readers also cheer authors on in the LJ comm even without reading their fic.Are First Readers the same as Beta Readers?
Not at all! First Readers are NOT Beta Readers! This is incredibly important. Because this comm is all about support during a difficult time, we actually do not allow First Readers to offer ANY kind of critique to authors, constructive or otherwise. To do so could shatter the delicate confidence they've been able to gather to work on their problem child fic, so any and all critique or negative feedback is not allowed. This includes Alpha Reader work as well as Beta Reader.Why be a First Reader?
Our First Readers have a lot of fun, make new friends, get to read awesome fic from talented authors before anyone else and they help support their fandoms by assisting in the generation for new fic in that fandom. It's an extremely positive environment and it feels good to help out. In addition, readers who are also writers can learn from the behind the scenes peeks at each author's process. Plus, if there's an author out there whose series you are enjoying reading and you wish it would go up more frequently? Nudge them our way, offer them encouragement and you might get more fic faster!What's required of a First Reader
Very little actually, but we hope that readers will become engaged with the community and want to do more. Once a First Reader signs up they may offer or get a request to read a fic in one of their fandoms. They can turn down any requests, but otherwise they are expected to read the fic fairly promptly and give the author positive and encouraging comments about the fic to help fuel them on to complete it. First Readers can, at any point after their first Round, change their status to 'On Hiatus' and officially refuse to read any further stories, yet remain a member of the comm from that point on. We hope that 'On Hiatus' readers return, and many do, but we allow for readers to take time off whenever they wish to.Where do I sign up?
Sign up posts are on the first day of every month. Join both ficfinishing
and follow the directions posted there.How do I find out more?
For more information read our profile
, Welcome Message
.Where can I ask questions?
Ask any questions on this page or on our FAQ
Thanks for giving the comm a chance!