The plot and writing matters the most to me. Good writing and having an interesting plot is helpful for any author. Directing would need to be smooth. I wouldn’t want to read a story that has butchered directing, bad grammar and spelling is a turn off too which is why when I used to review, I recommended a proof-reader. I love cliffhangers and short episodes. I don’t mind a story not having choices, but I do like them. Sometimes I’m so invested in reading when a choice pops up, I get a little annoyed
Disclaimer: please don’t PM me to check out your story, I’m stressed as is, just had this happen to me so I’m putting this warning here so no repeat sessions occur, thanks, I’m sorry if I sound rude but am pretty tired
I like that phrasing. I don’t need a story to have super complicated directing and I think a lot of authors get caught up trying to do too much. I just want something smooth, simple is fine as long as it conveys what it needs to.
In short, a story genuinely has me when I feel a connection.
I’m not really that warm and fuzzy, so it takes a talented author to get me to actually feel for the characters. But once I do, when I gasp at a twist or tear up in an emotional scene, the author has me under their thumb.
But that takes time. A story has to catch me in the description and in episode 1 for me to continue. A story can be a masterpiece by ep20, but that doesn’t matter if I never got past ep1.
So it has to catch me with some ep1 hooks, like:
Interesting plot. If there are 700 stories on this app like yours, chances are, I’ve already read one. I’ve gotta see something that I like and haven’t seen before.
Just the right amount of drama and action. Episode 1 is normally pretty subdued, yes, but it can’t just be all introduction, there has to be some promise that it’ll be interesting, maybe a vague flash-forward, a flashback to the “moment it all began,” or just the beginning of what makes the story interesting.
Quality. This is vague, but you can tell when a story is well-thought out through various measures. How’s their grammar, did they get help from a proofreader? How does the dialogue flow, like a human or like a robot? Do I see Stella chillin’ in the background like she’s taken over the app? Minigames and advanced directing aren’t a necessity, but they are a relatively obvious way to flex, like “Look at me, I put work into this.” I’d just better see that work turn into a story. If I want to see a masterful program with no soul, I’d google something.
But that’s just me haha, Cece’s poll answers help you get a feel for what a pocket of the forum users feel.
I honestly don’t even mind. I used to love highly advanced directing with a million overlays but now having basic overlays and basic directing is legit okay. As long as the storyline is interesting I really don’t care . For example, (I in now way shape or form am meaning to sh^t on this story and author, literally I’m in love with this story) But Falling for my student (before y’all say sum I have to say something…BYE) it doesn’t have overlays and has mediocre directing yet it’s still good like really good! Idk if u catch my drift
Tbh what’d really impress me personally is an interesting yet really original plot; given the fact that millions of ideas had already been used, it’s super difficult to come up with a good plot without it being taken already.