i read a lot of your fics and i was feeling so down because im not half as amazing as u but then i realized youre 9 years older than me and now i can look at it as more of a motivation. do you have any fanfic or general writing advice other than to just keep writing?
Oh love! I’m so glad you noticed the age difference before you got too down on yourself!!! Nine years is a long time, that’s for sure. I mean, heck, I’ve grown so much as a writer in just the last year, so in nine? You’ve got such an incredible journey ahead of you and I am SO excited for you to undertake it! It will be so beautiful and affirming to look back on your writing over the years and see how much you’ve grown. Even if we start out in the most amazing place, we can only get better from there :D
As for advice, I hate to say but “keep writing” is absolutely the single best way to get better, and to have more fun. Unfortunately, it’s also the hardest thing to do! There will be times life will get you down or things will get busy, or hard, or your brain will tell you it’s not worth it to take the time, but my best advice to you is to power through that whenever you can. <3 It is always worth it to take the time, and I’ll always regret the years I spent not writing. If you can avoid any of those years yourself, do so! You’ll be much farther along by the time you’re my age! That being said, and as I’ve said before, be kind to yourself too. You can’t force creativity to happen, nor should you force yourself to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Whenever those times hit you that it just stops being fun, set it aside for a few days, a few weeks if you have to. Writing should always be fun, above everything else (even when it’s torture, haha!)
Otherwise my advice is just to be true to what you want to write. Don’t just write something because you think other people will like it, or because someone asked you to or because you started it so you think you should finish it. Write what you want to write, what you want to see on paper. You’re the master of your own story (both in a literal and figurative sense) and you should only ever devote yourself to what you’re passionate about. There’s no shame in abandoning projects, in leaving things as works in progress forever. If you’ve posted it, some people might get upset, but in the end this is your life and time and energy, and you are under no obligation to fill any quotas (until you get your first book deal, of course haha!)
And along those lines, you can totally 100 percent steal from yourself. Pillage your old WiPs for ideas, or for metaphors/lines/imagery you really liked, or for characters that you can transplant into a new setting. It allows you to take the best bits of the things you’ve worked on and turn them into something new and lovely. :D
I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey. It’s going to be amazing, and you’re going to have so much fun, and you should be SO so proud of yourself for writing. Goodness knows I’m proud of you! <3