Fanfiction writers supporting their peers is the best way to boost reviews, kudos, and reblogs
Can we as fanfiction writers support each other more? Many times we talk about not getting reviews after putting in hours, days, weeks, or even months of hard work writing updates, and those complaints are completely valid, but we as writers need to give reviews to our peers’ work as well. We should support the new writers who have one or two reviews on their first fics. We should reblog stories that we enjoyed, just like we would want others to do for our stories. If we are supportive and inclusive of other writers, readers will be more supportive and inclusive of us.
If you are a popular writer, or even semi-popular, and you talk about how great someone else’s fic is, or you reblog it, or support it in any way, you are potentially encouraging hundreds of more people to go read that fic whether you are aware of it or not, and out of those hundreds, maybe a few dozen will leave a review, and that’s a few dozen more reviews than that person would’ve gotten otherwise. If we all do this for each other, we will all benefit, and get the recognition that we deserve. There are so many fans that only read fics from one or two authors, and they are missing out on all of the wonderful stories that this fandom has to offer, and if we encourage inclusivity it would make this fandom even greater.
When I wrote my first fic ‘Bargaining Chip’ I didn’t even know what reviews were, and I was shocked when I kept on getting reviews from people who were actually enjoying this story that I had floating around in my head. It was so encouraging, it made me feel like I was famous, and I want to encourage others who are putting their hearts out there for the judgement of others. I can’t imagine how it feels to spend so much time on something and get no feedback at all. Not a single review.
So anyway, to cut my rambling short, I am going to try my best to reblog stories that people post on here, and comment on as many as I can, and just support other writers, and I hope that others feel the same way I do, and do the same for me as well.