You know, I think sometimes we readers don’t realize just what a difference a single comment can make.
My very favorite supercat fic, Footsteps in Snow, was completed in early June and ended on sort of a cliffhanger. Well, a couple days ago I left a second comment on it (I’d commented previously, when I first read it) to let the author know how much their fic means to me, and they replied to my comment today telling me that my comment actually made them sit down and finish the first chapter of the sequel, and that they were editing it and would be posting it soon.
And so now, almost three months after the first fic ended, the first chapter to the sequel is up, solely because I took about two minutes out of my day to comment on a fic and tell the author how much it meant to me.
We all know that fic writers don’t get paid, and that we need to appreciate them. But I think it’s important to also remember that sometimes it’s our appreciation that can inspire them to keep writing in the first place. I know sometimes it’s hard to leave a comment, especially when you don’t know what to say, but you never know, you might just inspire an author to keep doing what they love when they were thinking of quitting. And that, I think, is what makes it all worth it.
So please, love your fanfic writers.