ATTENTION: For anyone who reads fanfiction without leaving feedback
Here’s a few things you should know:
Fanfiction is a gift.
Fic writers don’t have to share their works with you. They don’t have to write them at all. They do it and they share it because they’re fans of the show/book/movie etc. just like you, and they want to contribute to everyone’s enjoyment of fandom.
Fanfiction is hard to write.
You need a lot of creativity and passion to write fic. You need a ton of motivation and drive to write a complete fic, let alone a good one. Fic authors write for hours and hours and hours, often staying up late into the night just to write. They write through job struggles and personal issues, resorting to phones and tablets when their computers are on the fritz, tapping away on public buses and trains just because they can’t find any other time to write.
Fanfiction is free.
Fic writers give away thousands and thousands of words of pure fandom magic, and you get to consume all of it for the wonderful price of nothing. The only reward writers receive for themselves (besides a sense of accomplishment) is the response they get from you, the reader. Some don’t even feel that accomplishment until they see kudos and comments telling them how much their work was enjoyed.
No matter how much time you have, even just clicking the kudos button takes less than a second. And if you have time to read 5k words at one go, it’s no stretch at all to take a few more seconds to type ‘good job!’ or ‘i loved this!’ in the comment box and hit send.
Still not convinced?
1. IF YOU’RE EMBARRASSED / SHY,
Fic authors LOVE hearing from you. Don’t worry about whether you think you’re going to phrase your response well. That’s literally the last thing we care about. Just knowing that you had a good time with something we made is EVERYTHING to us.
2. IF YOU STILL JUST DON’T SEE THE POINT,
I have a very special challenge for you, my friend.
Write a fic.
Go forth, and write a complete, well-structured, well-characterised fic with organic, stimulating dialogue interwoven into a proper, fully fleshed-out storyline.
She got me praying all hours of the night, say she want my heart,
She pulling me to the river, drawing me with her siren's call,
Done gave her my heart but now she wants my soul,
Well I already sold it to the man in red,
"Fell in love with your charm," but its a curse; cos am dead,
Girl you're not who you say, bad girl they say you are
Innocence isn't where am at, wear your crucifix bae
Don't make me out all serious bonnie, slave to this bad religion,
Unrequited love, praying at my shrine, cos I don't have a heart
Like a dead man walking, I lay at your side,
Make sure you're alright in my world, atleast that for you girl,
My submission for the 2016 Berena Gift Exchange. This is for @commanderliaras and I only hope I do the lovely gift she made for me justice with this. It turned out slightly differently than I was first imagining. We see so little of what happens between Bernie and Serena domestically so this is something to perhaps fill in a few gaps between Christmas Day and December 27th. Also there may be a New Year’s installment - not sure yet. From Bernie’s perspective. Snapshots, polaroids if you will, of her growing intimacy with Serena.
It is taking on the properties of a habit, becoming a ritual Bernie performs before she will allow herself to follow Serena into the darkness. She will admit to herself that when she wakes in the night, her heart pounding, the steady sound of Serena’s quiet snoring calms her more than any breathing exercise she’d ever learned to beat back the chaos of anxiety. Waking on the heels of terror has been a part of Bernie’s life for so long she can barely remember a time when she slept through until morning. Now instead of white knuckling it until day break, she will often gather Serena into her arms, carefully, so as not to wake her, her breasts pressed against Serena’s back, lulled by the feel of the rise and fall, until her breathing slows and their hearts beat together.
Learn to value those gifts that you dont even like…Not for any other reason but the fact that the gift reminded that person of you…The thing gifted had no meaning except that it was deemed perfect for you…You made something meaningful and of all the trillions of people on earth it reminded the person about you…Value it…
Emblems of endearment–
The day is coming
When more of these
Are given than
Any other day,
With material merchandise.
Don’t get me wrong,
Gifts are lovely
When given from the heart,
But I wouldn’t need them
To know I am loved.
Show me in every other way, and save your money on Valentine’s Day
It has arrived!!! I’m so excited to receive this thoughtful gift from the crafty and creative @andriacrowjoy . I can’t wait to travel the world and record my thoughts and adventures in this amazing scrap journal. Thank you for your sweet card and beautiful work, friend! You can be sure that I will use it well. ❤️
Does love really exist? Yes, it exists. Love is the most beautiful thing that can happen to someone. It might be to a person, animal, material possession or dream. But love to a person is all that can give you highs or lows in life. It can make you a strong and brave person or it can break you into a million pieces.
An old saying “Love is blind”. Love doesn’t care for anything. Love is something sacred and divine which is above the worldly lies of caste, creed, religion, race etc. When you are in love with someone nothing matters but just love.
Existence of love has different definitions to everyone. Love may be the best thing to someone who is with his beloved. On the other side, it may be a curse to someone who is in one sided love or who has lost his beloved.
Life can gift either of the two sides. If you are having the right side of love, don’t let it go for only few people have this blessing. But if you are on the wrong side of love, it is the worst treatment that can ever destiny give to someone. It can ruin you or it may leave you hanging down on a tall tree with head towards the earth. You will crave for that person whom you love and everything is going to be devastating. And it’s not your fault. You have given your whole love to someone but if that person doesn’t see it or you are not together because of any reason then it is never your fault. It might be other’s bad luck or destiny’s call to gift you the love of someone better.
And as they say “Whatever happens, it happens for a reason”.
If you are on the right side of love, hold on to it tightly. Don’t ever make some foolish decision and ruin a beautiful relationship. Contrary to this, if you are not on the right side then let it go because someone else is waiting for your love. Holding on to the wrong side will only fill your heart with pain and this is what no one wants.
Everyone wants happiness in his life and it depends on the decisions you make.
It was packaged carefully wrapped in many layers, the first silk the second grass the third cotton the fourth leaves the fifth water the sixth velvet the seventh petals the eighth cashmere the ninth sky. And then in air and then in fire and then in stars and then in darkness and then in light for good measure.
It was bulky and strange in my lap, this gift of mystery. I didn’t know whether to hold it or hug it or open it or shelve it or sing to it or plant it or swim in it. To carry it or let it carry me.
I used to be considered a "gifted" writer, winning contests and getting praise all throughout my school days... but I've lost it, completely. I have little to no desire to write, what I do write is forced and ugly and plain... It's writer's block that has been going on for years! I don't have a lack of ideas, it's literally just a forgotten skill. Do you have any advice on long-term writer's block? Or maybe an explanation?
Darling, don’t waste time worrying if you’re not “gifted” anymore because, I promise you, you still are.
I know that I have that same tendency, too. When it’s been a while since I’ve written and I can’t get back into it, my automatic thought is, “I lost it. I had it and I lost it. I might as well join Corporate America because my soul is dead.”
But there are a lot of explanations for why your writing isn’t coming out how you want! I’ll list a few of them below…
Explanations for Writer’s Block
You’re out of practice. I can tell a difference in my “skill” after a week without writing – so if it’s been years? You’re probably very rusty. If this is the reason you’re struggling, my advice is to push through and write crap. Even if it disappoints you or you sit there thinking, “This is terrible this is terrible this is the worst,” just do it. Just force yourself through it. Eventually, I promise from experience, something halfway decent will come out. And it’ll get better from there.
You’re lacking confidence. Another big ailment of mine – if I haven’t written something I liked in a while, I can count myself out before I start. So even if I push through and write, I either self-edit the whole time or I delete it when I’m done. That creates the effect of Returning to Square One, which negates my work in the first place. If this is the case for you, my advice is to look closely and find something to like about your writing. Even in The Worst writing I’ve ever done (and trust me, 2013 me was a nightmare to read), I’ve found a way to compliment myself. So read your stuff like you’re critiquing a five-year old. You’re not gonna sit there and tell a kid, “Dude this sh*t sucks lol delete your account.”
You’re clinging to old ideas and old methods. If you “used to” write for X fandom or you “used to” write before class every day, that’s not a good enough reason to keep doing it. If you “used to” write without an outline or you “used to” feel like a damn wizard when you wrote, that doesn’t mean you’re able to do that now. And that doesn’t mean your talent has decreased. Writers are different in every new season – adjust for yourself. Stop expecting yourself to work under ancient systems and expectations.
You feel uncomfortable with your author’s voice. This can be a simple matter of feeling inadequate/nervous – or you could even be annoyed with your own voice/writing style. This can worsen the more you read other classic books with “better” voices and compare yourself. If this is the case, my usual technique is to try to “rewire” my voice – try a different POV style or tense. This can change how your voice sounds, which can make it easier for you and your narration to play nice together.
You can’t find the right character. This sounds like a small issue, but it makes a huge difference. If you’re unable to find/create a relatable or likable character, you’ll feel uncomfortable no matter what story you write. It’s like if a principal ballerina were to try to perform her signature piece in a smelly school mascot costume. You know what to do, but you’re just not in the right outfit! So it feels clumsy. It makes it hard to see how you look or what you’re doing wrong. It makes you feel like a bad ballerina! So try taking the time to find a good character. Fanfiction can be a good transitioning activity for you – pick your favorite book/movie/TV character and write in their POV until you feel comfortable again.
You’re mentally or emotionally unhealthy. This sounds judgy, but trust me – 90% of my writer’s block crops up in times of poor mental health or emotional stress. Just like you can’t play baseball with broken ankles, you can’t write if your heart or your brain aren’t up to snuff. So assess yourself for undue stress, depression, anxiety (my big one), or mental exhaustion. Beyond that, make sure your heart isn’t clogged – so to say, make sure you’re emotionally accessible for writing. If you’re deep in grieving, dissociating, or facing any kind of emotional blockage, your writing is definitely going to suffer. It might be best to take time to work on these issues – otherwise you’re trying to row a boat with holes in it.
These are some of the main ones I’ve encountered in my time – and they’re definitely not the only explanations. If none of these ideas help you to get started again, be sure to message me! I’d love to discuss it with you personally :) I know how awful that limbo can feel and I definitely want to help if I can.