Fastest way to get on a writer’s bad side
“this twist is so cool!! did you really plan this from the beginning?!!”
Yes, I planned it from the beginning - it’s the premise of my comic.
Not directed at theyoungdoyley specifically (consider this a luck of the draw on what shows up on my dash), but every writer should consider the slight possibility that they may not have dropped enough hints or foreshadowing for a respective twist or development in their story.
If a majority of your readers express surprise in a fashion you deem to be not ideal or as understanding your intent, you should reflect on your execution.
This applies as much to writing as it does to art. The author is more than welcome to of course be the judge of that (they are the ones that ultimately decide what should be changed/revised, if any), but often the creator of a work can be the their own worst critic or their most biased one.
Just like some artists can justify or make excuses for how their art may appear (style being a frequent topic), writers can do the same for how their plot or ideas come about.
For more information, consult resources dedicated to foreshadowing, pacing and delivery of writing. Know the rules so you can bend, break or revolutionize them.
Research, review and reflect when met with criticism (good or bad). Linger on an issue only so long as you intend to do something proactive about it (eg: change, revise, revisit, examine, etc.)
Remember, if you find yourself being met with this sort of reaction on a majority basis, step back, examine the situation and see what you can do about it and determine what has a more lasting impact, content you have full creative control over, or scolding individuals on an individual basis.
Also consider how you react as well, you may find yourself regretting your public reactions in the future, god knows it’s the Internet, and the Internet never forgets.
[Once again a reminder that this is not directed at theyoungdolyey specifically, this is merely what showed up on my dash.]
Questions, feedback, discussion? Go for it.