Okay, guys I just want to share with you all what just happened. This morning I received a notification on my ancient fanfiction.net account, which wasn’t really unusual because every other month I still get an alert about someone favorite-ing my story or following and even sometimes reviewing which makes my heart a little bit bigger, I admit it’s flattering to have someone like your cringe-era work. I even recently got a review that was so mean I decided to actually remove a whole story all the way back from 2010 or 2011 just so I wouldn’t get latent hate (bc even before that I got flamed for it) and I seriously regret taking it out now because of a review I got today in 2017 on a different story I posted back in 2011 when I was 14.
This review right here:
And like…. I mean…. I just wrote those stories because I wanted my favorite couple in an anime I used to watch be together (and angst). I never meant to make anyone happy but myself and I sure as hell did not mean to inspire anyone and yet here it is? Tangible proof that this story I wrote when I was 14 because I was bored one summer actually touched someone into writing their own stories. And the fact that they went back to fanfiction.net, looked for this particular story, and comment on it just to say they were inspired by it just makes me want to cry because here we are years and years later I’m 20 right now and I’m having a crisis about what I should be doing with my life and if I should even continue writing and this person tells me I’ve inspired them? To be completely honest with you I even forgot about this story, but this person did not. This story was important to this person, it mattered to them.
So bottom line: Write your stories. Don’t delete them even if they are the cringiest thing you’ve written in your entire life because someone will read it and it’s going to stay with them and it’s going to be worth it.