I’ve recently seen a lot of fic writers -including myself and some friends- begging for comments on their fics. Why is it that we even have to do that?
Fanfic writers often pour their hearts and souls into their stories and get next to no feedback. Amazing, huge pieces of work get next to no comments. But the hit count? The sub count? The bookmarks? Those numbers can be in the hundreds.
We see you there as a new sub, coming back to read the next chapter, which is nice. But y’know what that ends up feeling like?
“They don’t like it enough to comment”, “My story isn’t interesting enough”.
You’re consuming free content that people sometimes break their backs to put out for you and you can’t even leave a, “I really enjoyed this!”?
I’ve experienced and heard of people directly demanding content from writers then not acknowledging the content when it comes out. They simply read it, then move on like they’re owed it.
Fanfic writers don’t owe you a single thing.
Sure, there are times when you really are too busy to leave a comment. I’ve been there, where you squeeze in reading a new chapter on a work break or right before something you have to do. But I’m not saying that you have to comment on every chapter, just every few chapters. It really helps us see that you’re still there and invested, so if you have a second, leave a comment.
It doesn’t have to be long or detailed, just let us know you enjoyed it. Maybe point out your favorite part of the chapter. Hell, let us know -use constructive criticism, don’t be rude- what parts you didn’t like.
Most of us just want feedback.
A lot of the fun in writing a fic comes from interacting with readers in the comments for most fanfic writers, so if you enjoy a story let us know. It’s like paying us for our work without actual money.
And I know, there are a million posts like this and you might reblog it and think, “YEAH, THIS” but you best not JUST reblog this post. Take it to heart. Leave a comment the next time you read a fic.
And Hell, don’t just apply this to fics. Apply it to art, too. Fan artists and fanfic writers create a lot for ourselves and you. Don’t kill us off by ignoring our content while simultaneously demanding that we thrive just for you.
Leave comments, reblog art and add tags. Don’t kill of content creators because you didn’t appreciate them.