302-bis, Sadovaya street, Moscow. This
is the very place where the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov worked on
his disputable novel “Master and Margarita”. I invite you to walk around
this strange flat where the writer lived , the place which he made
alive in his novel. I’ve read this book about 15 times in different ages
- in youth, being a student, and being a man. Every time this book
shows me different flavors and angles. It’s fun to see how my perception
changes through these times. This book is my old friend and companion.
“- What would your Good do if there was no Evil? And how the Earth would look like if there were no shadows on it?
Summary: On the stage of 21 Chump Street, the reader is playing Naomi Rodriguez opposite a very talented Anthony Ramos. He seems to have feelings for her, but she fears that this is only acting.
Warnings: Two or so curse words, but nothing other than that!
Word Count: 1,433 (I cut down! Yay!)
A/N: Two fics in two days. I feel like I should apologize for being so over-excited! This burst of inspiration, combined with an added adoration for Anthony Ramos meant I couldn’t stop myself from writing this one. I hope you enjoy it! It’s got the same slight angst feel to it but I’m a sucker for a fluffy ending. Let me just add @alexanderhamllton because the poor girl has only gone and cursed herself for asking to be tagged in my pieces! Enjoy, and send in requests and prompts! I love those.
The problem is, the moment
you met Anthony Ramos was the day your feet slipped from right under you. So
this is what it meant to be swept off your feet. You hadn’t been hoping for
much when you signed up to audition for 21 Chump Street, you really hadn’t.
With such a strong, talented rising star writing the piece, Lin-Manuel Miranda
had been (in your mind) taking a huge chance casting some new girl as Naomi
Rodriguez. And yet, here you were, two days before the premiere at rehearsals
and you couldn’t take your eyes off the curly-haired boy in front of you. You
had gotten close, during the process of the musical, and you were happy to know
such a sweet boy, but damn it, were you whipped, and fast.
Are flooded with
Of you and I and
Soaked with the
Tears we once
We strayed so
Far from each
Other yet I’ve never
Felt so close with
Of what used to be.
Even after all these years, you still haunt me // S.T.
I’ve seen a lot of posts on my dash lately that are by fanfic authors, or reblogged by fanfic authors, speaking out about readers’ hesitation to leave comments. It is one of the primary struggles of being a fanficcer: you have no idea how your story is being received if readers don’t communicate with you. It doesn’t matter how many kudos, views or bookmarks you get–at the end of the day, the whole process becomes to feel hollow. Like you’re not worthy of anyone’s time. Like your writing doesn’t have merit. Or isn’t valid.
And it makes me really sad. People write fanfiction for a variety of reasons–maybe it’s to hone their writing skills in hopes one day that they can write a novel, maybe it’s a stress reliever, maybe it’s to have fun playing in a fandom they love. There is so much joy to be had in fanfiction, and it’s really tragic to see that joy be quashed.
But I also see the other side. Commenting is hard–a lot harder than fanficcers give credit. I’ve seen a lot of posts that argue “it only takes 2 seconds of your time to comment”. And while there is truth to that statement, it only comes after a lot of practice.
Providing any kind of feedback is nerve-wracking. When it comes to fandom, fans are used to spitballing their praises and criticisms into a void; there’s a million in one chance that they will ever actually interact, one-on-one, with the creator of something they love dearly. But with fanfiction, you have the creator on the receiving end. They will see your comments. They will be affected by it. And that is kind of scary.
A lot of readers genuinely don’t know what to say. They might not know how to approach the author of a story they genuinely love and tell them just how much they loved it. They need time to process what they’re feeling, and by the time they’ve processed it, they’ve already clicked away from the story. That’s not their fault, that’s unfortunately how an online platform functions. It’s easier to like than to comment. It’s easier to leave kudos than to comment.
But fanfiction isn’t a one-way street where the writer creates something and the reader consumes it. It’s part of fandom, and therefore it’s part of a greater conversation. Fanfiction has something that not a lot of professional writing spaces have: the ability to directly communicate with the people who are reading, and reacting to, the story. And comments are the heart and soul of that.
If you are a reader, here are some things you can try:
Open another tab to the story you’re reading and scroll down to the comment box. Use it to take notes as you’re reading, so you don’t have to summarize everything once you get to the end.
Copy and paste a line of a fic that really gave you a huge reaction, and then write down what your reaction was (i.e. “OMG that was so funny!”, “Ahhh, noooo, I can’t believe that’s happening!”)
Keep track of parts that made you laugh or smile and point them out.
Talk about the characters and why you love them.
If it’s a multi-chaptered fic, speculate about where the story may be headed.
Don’t worry about making your comment perfect. A comment that boils down to “OMG I LOVE IT” is just as valid as a three paragraph rumination about the story as a whole.
If you’re a fanfic writer, here are some things you can try:
Support other writers. Read and comment on their work as much as you can.
If you want people to read your stories, you should do your fandom the courtesy of reading their stories.
Engage with other writers. Writing communities–both online and off–are difficult to build, but they can provide the support you need to feel good about your writing. So open the conversation. Find other writers in your fandom. If you can create a small group of fellow writers who are happy to read anything you write (and you return the favour), then you are much more likely to feel supported as a writer because you have a community that has your back.
Engage with your readers. Commenting isn’t as easy as it looks and, as I mentioned before, fanfiction is a two-way street. If someone leaves you a comment, you should thank them for their time and thoughtfulness.