listen, i’m going to be completely honest. writing is hard for me. i have trouble focusing for more than five minutes on any given task. i get bored easily. finishing a paragraph is a small victory in my eyes, and a whole chapter is exhausting. i’m not eloquent like some of the other amazing and talented writers in this fandom, and oftentimes (okay, almost all of the time) i don’t feel good enough. i wonder why i’m writing at all when there are a thousand stories out there that i know are better than my own, when it takes every ounce of effort i have to get words on a page.
but then i get comments like this one,
or this one,
and they’re a reminder of why i write in the first place: because i have a story to tell that is uniquely my own, a spin of a trope that only i can bring to life. it’s a reminder that even if i don’t have confidence in myself, others out there do and are waiting to hear more of what i have to say about this story i’m weaving. nice comments are literally the fuel i feed off of when i’m having a particularly bad writing day, what i go back to when i wonder why i should continue on with a story that i wonder if anyone cares about but me.
and that’s why comments matter this much to writers. sometimes it’s the only fuel we have, the only encouragement to continue on. without comments, writers can lose their inspiration and fuel, or worse of all, think that their fic isn’t worth continuing because nobody is giving them feedback. there is nothing more frustrating in the fic world than writing in a void, and it pains me that so many just think leaving a kudos on a fic is enough to keep a writer going. spoiler alert: it’s not. kudos are nice, but they don’t engage the writer in any way shape or form. it’s like waving to your friend from across the street instead of going up and having a conversation with them. and it hurts when a few hundred people will wave, but only 10 will talk.
listen, i know there’s been a thousand other posts about this on here lately and i’m probably going to get lost to the void, but just know that i’m talking about this because i think it is so so important. authors put countless hours of time into their craft, writing and rewriting and editing. they create whole worlds with your favorite characters in them at no cost, and only ask to know if you liked it. that’s it. we’re not asking for much here.
next time you go to read a fic, please consider leaving a comment. even a simple ‘this was great, thank you!’ can do wonders for any writer. it doesn’t matter if the fic has ten thousand kudos on it or a hundred; i can assure you that the writer wants to hear what you have to say about their fic.
because if you don’t, if writers have to continue without a lick of feedback, i can promise you that they will give up. the fuel will run out, and your favorite writer will throw in the towel.
so take five minutes of your life and leave a comment, please. it can be complex or simple, a few words or many of them. any comment at all fuels me, and i know that’s the case for other writers too. we appreciate those who leave comments, and those are the ones the people we converse with when we get stuck, or need feedback on a plot point we’re unsure about. you are important to the writing process, and there could not be fic without fic readers and commenters.
and if you are one of the people who constantly comments on fics, i’d like to personally thank you. i can’t speak for everyone, but i assume most would agree that getting that ‘x commented on ‘insert title here’’ ao3 emails makes their day. you are the reason we write, and i can’t thank you enough for every nice thing you’ve written in our comments. we see you, and we appreciate you.
basically, next time you read a fic, leave a comment! it’ll literally make the author’s day, and you can feel good about brightening an author’s inbox too.