With the demise of Fanlib, thousands are flocking to other fan fiction sites, such as Myfandoms.com and fanfiction.net. Why? Because they gotta get their “write” on, that’s why!
Now, these sites are all good. The definitely offer people of like tastes and writing desires the ability to express themselves in an accepting community.
However, I believe that those people can take kick their passion up a notch.
It’s easy to use fan fiction sites as a crutch. It’s comforting to know that you can put your 2500 word story on a site where almost everyone will give you praise, and you will do likewise for their work. And, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s that type of encouragement that gave me the marbles to start writing after 25 years of laying dormant…
What I’m suggesting, though, is to strike out on your own. Write things that aren’t just for the limited audience of fellow Star Trek, Star Wars or Harry Potter fans. Write something original, and re-write it until your satisfied. Then, join a local writing group in your town, or a critiquing group on the ‘net, and leave yourself open to the criticism of folks that aren’t in love with the same tv show you are.
And then, learn how to swallow that criticism, digest it, and turn it into something positive.
What’s the worst that could happen? You learn that perhaps you need to continue working harder at your craft.
What’s the best that could happen? Use your imagination…you may find that the thing you’ve loved as a hobby could now be the thing that earns you a great living.
Writing is fun. But writing and getting recognized, even published, is an absolute blast!!!
Personally, I no longer am satisfied to write merely for the enjoyment of my friends (although, it is a pleasure to do so). I feel I must write to be published…and I have fansites like Fanlib to thank for that motivation.
My advice? Keep writing. Everyday. And write for something bigger.