Of late, I’ve seen a lot of forum topics going up as WIPs, with no links… in some cases, before the story is even started. A few times, and I don’t think I’d mind, but it’s been happening so consistently that I’m losing faith in being able to find a story attatched to any new threads with a WIP added to the title. I keep thinking- there must be a better way. I know that new writers want to garner interest in their work, and I know the urge to throw up a thread as soon as the writing gets underway is strong, but am I the only one that gets a bit annoyed at concept/synopsis paragraphs being called WIPs? I don’t mind if there’s a link, even if the first chapter isn’t done- as long as there’s an indication that writing has already gotten underway. Otherwise, it’s a story concept.
Is it fair to ask potential WIPs without links to any story content be called something like SCs, or Story Concepts, or some other indicator? I find myself disappointed when I click on a thread marked as a WIP and see no link, to the point I have a hard time even reading the concept. When someone expresses they have a story idea in the title, though, I know what to expect. I just want to know what other people think, and if this is something I’m not alone in. And in some ways, a hopeful request.