crazy talented and amazing writers for this fandom. I love it so much, and I am so happy to be a part of it and experience it all. That being said, I was also wondering if I could ask for a bit of advice.
I’ve only ever had two otps in my tumblr life, one is sterek and the
other is a not so popular pair from an anime I used to be heavily
involved in. In that fandom, it was where I first learned to write fic
and got really into it. The thing is, in that fandom, I was one of the
absolute best writers the fandom had. And I was so proud of that. It wasn’t a very big fandom, but the pair was one of the most popular, and there were
enough writers and readers for the ship to thrive (though a fraction of
sterek). I have issues with motivation, so I don’t write nearly as much
as I would like, but with being such a good writer in my old fandom, I
got so much feedback and positive messages that it was so much easier to
get writing done and have things posted.
But in the sterek fandom, I just feel like compared to all the other much more amazing fic writers, that I’m not really worth having my fics looked at because I’m
not nearly as good. But all that does is make me really want to improve
my writing skills and prove that I can be just as good. Unfortunately,
the motivation doesn’t exactly last long enough for me to really
I’m sorry I wrote such a long spiel, but I was
wondering if you could offer any advice for me? Any ideas to keep myself
on track? Anything to help stay focused and not worry too much about my inferiority complex and accomplish some writing? Any advice in improving
my writing? Any advice at all would be helpful. I’m sorry if this is a
bother, and please don’t feel compelled to answer if you don’t want to. I
just feel like I’m getting really frustrated with myself and I value
your opinion so much and you’re so damn talented that I couldn’t think
of anyone but you to ask this sort of thing. Thank you so much!!
Hey there, sweetheart. First off, thank you so much. <3 I agree that this fandom has a wealth of ridiculously talented writers, and to have anyone consider me at the top tier is such an incredible compliment.
That said, I definitely understand where you’re coming from when it comes to confidence in your art. I’m still nervous as hell every time I post something, and there are periods when I feel like I should stop altogether just because there’s no way I can keep up with the amazing things the creative minds around here come up with. So that’s absolutely a common thought (or at least, you’re not alone in it).
What we have to remember is that everyone has their own voice, their own unique take on a situation. So even if there are 30,000 Sterek fics on AO3, and even if you’re writing a common trope, you are the only person who’s going to see a concept the exact way you do, who’s going to choose the exact words you would, and who’s going to come up with the piece of art you have in mind. And even if you don’t believe you’re as good as some of the other writers, there are probably readers out there craving exactly what you can come up with.
Also — if you’re not getting a lot of feedback at first, that doesn’t necessarily say anything about your skill level. My first fic for Teen Wolf currently has 39 kudos (and that number has gone WAY up once I became better known in the fandom; for a painfully long time it was hovering in the single digits). And it’s, if anything, harder here on Tumblr — if you don’t have many followers or people looking for your work it’s hard to get attention or feedback. So try not to let yourself get discouraged if you’ve posted things and they haven’t gotten as much attention as you’d like. A lot about Tumblr is about building a fanbase (or lucking into a popular blog reblogging your stuff :P)
I think it’s a great thing that your reaction is to want to keep writing and improving. :)
As far as specific tips for staying motivated, this is something I have to work at as well. Here are some ideas you can try:
– Get some accountability. Find a writing buddy or beta. Get someone (they don’t even have to be in the fandom) who will be willing to poke you periodically if you don’t write. If someone else is waiting for you to make progress, you’re more likely to
be guilted into writing stay motivated. Alternately, if you don’t have/want a writing buddy, keep a chart listing your word count for each day, and keep it somewhere you can see it so it will judge you if you start racking up too many zeros. :P
— Limit distractions. This is a huge one for me. Turn off the internet before writing, mute your phone for a bit if you can. Tell yourself that you won’t go on Tumblr or check your email for an hour, and just let yourself write without interruption.
— Look over your previous feedback. Either from this fandom or your previous one. If you’re feeling discouraged, looking over sweet, positive messages affirming your skill can be a great way to pull you out of any insecurity/funk you’re stuck in.
— Get inspired. Sometimes when I’m feeling really stuck, I’ll check out a few Sterek music videos before getting down to writing. Music can also be a good inspiration without being too much of a distraction.
And as far as improving your writing, I haven’t seen anything from you so I can only give very general advice. I’m a huge believer that characterization makes or breaks a fic (and thanks so much for saying I’m good in that area!!) Some stories out there have great ideas, but completely lose me by making Derek too emotionally open or Stiles too timid, etc. So try watching clips or scenes from episodes to get a sense of the way the characters act, the way they speak and interact with each other. When you read through your pieces, see if you can hear the characters’ voices saying those words.
And like you said, just keep writing :) The best way to improve at anything is to keep working at it.
Good luck, darling, I hope this helped a bit. <3