Hype: I am not only talking about interactions between two women but also thoughts of them about each other. Do you think it's necessary while writing? As for me I like it as it flushes out their characters and makes the inevitable catfight between them much more interesting. What are your thoughts?
Now, Hype‘s question was less about lead-ins, and more about adding women’s feelings about one another to a story. Despite that, everyone who answered on the post took him to be asking about how long the lead-in to a story should be. So, to that unasked question, I wrote the following overly long and self-aggrandizing response:
Obviously, my lead-ins are pretty long and detailed. So, take what I have to say on this issue as someone who might be hopelessly biased. But with that warning given, as long as the story is well-written, I could go either way Now, that's a little odd for me to say, I'm sure you're thinking -- if you're aware of my work. Given that my stories usually have a long description of why the women are fighting and why they dislike each other, if they do. I think that's because I am a slave to what makes me happy. And what makes me happy is writing adventures. To take the reader from one end of a narration to another, and by the end, feel like I have given them a world they like being in, and characters they'd be interested to read about again. Do I accomplish that? Maybe not. But that's what I am trying to do. That's what makes me love writing. Word after word. Page after page. Story after story. Some writers tell insanely hot stories, where there is no lead-in, or if there is, it's almost comically short. The women see each other, they glare, they pull hair. Insert description of bodies and clothing somewhere amongst the madness. To me, a story like that can still be not only satisfying, but thrilling. If it's told and written right, for my personal tastes. The thing is, and I think people miss this. Is that the tastes of the readers in this community are so wildly diverse, that there is never a right answer. Never an unqualified perfection. All stories are valid. Every story can be right up someone's alley. Some like short, other's long. Some violent other's soft and sensual. Some like feet-play, others want death. The people who need that, don't care whatever else is awesome about your piece of writing. They have their preference. And you either gave them that, or you didn't. Some people, have broad pallets where they like everything. I see myself that way, but there aren't many of us. It's something you don't really see, unless your put into the position of hearing people's desires day in and day out. The kind of stories they want you to add to your site, or write for them. There are people who come to me ans swear [REDACTED] is the greatest writer in the genre. While others will say, no I don't like his/her stuff at all. It's too blah blah, and not enough whatever. Each of them is certain. Each of them is sure that their opinion is right. And it is, for them. Which(!) is why I love questions and posts like this. We get to hear it! The differences between our readers' desires