why commenting on fanfiction is super important!
so i saw a similar post on this and i wanted to put it in my own scramble of words to hopefully let my followers know how i feel about the matter.
im hoping this doesn’t come off as bitchy and arrogant/demanding but well here goes nothinn’.
i, rosie am a writer of fanfiction for multiple fandoms because i like it, i think it’s such a cool genre to write about and it makes me happy and more confident for when i want to peruse writing my own original material. but with these pieces i have very little to almost no feedback.
i’ve been in such a dark place in my personal life and it’s taken a massive toll on my writing abilities and my confidence in being able to sit and write for people. i wrote a few one shots here and there and they took me days to write. so when i posted i hope for some sort of feedback, encouragement, their thoughts but all i got was a bunch of requests in my ask box.
i know that requests are supposed to be a ‘you’re cool so can you write more’ but i just felt really down and disappointed that not one single person could take the time to just leave a short message of feedback or encouragement that could fuel me to move forward.
it seemed to suck the enjoyment and my love for writing right out of it and i just can’t seem to put a sentence together to explain how i felt. it seemed to make the place i was stuck in even darker and i stopped writing all together.
this isn’t my job. i don’t want it to be my job. i don’t want everyone to take advantage of my love and make me feel like it isn’t my escape which is what it is supposed to be.
i know every writer goes through the ‘if i post this will people even read it’ i go through it every single time i start to write and it really brings your confidence down.
and the ones who leave the asks: you haven’t done this request are you still doing it? and then proceed to leave it below again, and again.
that fuels the fire of anxiety inside of me and pulls me deeper and deeper into what feels like a never ending cycling of giving and receiving nothing in return.
it took me about a month with the convincing of my friends that also co-write on this account that i was one in a million and that people do really love my writing they just can’t give the time of the day sometimes.
so i continue to write, to post and aim for he daily quoter.
but i get nothing in return.
fanfiction writers depend on your feedback as a sort of validation that our stories matter to people like you and that you actually love to sit and read our stuff and that your face lights up when you see them on your dash..
i saw a quote on my dash today: if you’re wondering why your favourite author hasn’t updated/posted in a while, ask yourself, “did i do everything that would convince the, to continue writing this?”
and if the answers no what are you still doing reading this? you go to that page and you hit that ask button and you leave them a message and the next time you find yourself reading something that your heart practically combusts to leave a comment.