Ola, mi amigos!! I hope everyone has been doing well since the last time I posted an entry. I kept hitting lows yet again, some due to the overall negative environment I live in and from not having a clear sense of direction. There are still some things I need to figure out – like what am I going to do with the rest of my life besides be a mom (no, not pregnant . . . yet) and be a writer – but the balance is returning. I’ve got some very clear goals that I’m striving to accomplish. I don’t know what else I want to be with my life besides a mom and a writer, but I’ve got plenty of time to figure that out. I do, however, have a better sense of direction than what I did a week ago. I thank my guides Odin and Sigyn for that.
Today’s entry is about fanfiction. It isn’t really new for me to find something wrong with fanfiction. Generally speaking, it’s usually trying to sludge through a whole ton of poorly written material by native English speakers or the overzealousness of fans that tends to get to me, but, today, as I’m poised to try and promote my new book, The Sons of Thor, I have realized another thing that is bad about fanfiction, at least for me.
It has promoted laziness.
Here’s what I mean.
When I first started writing fanfiction and posting it to the internet back in 2000, it was a relatively easy process. Write the work, post it to Lexicon (later on, fanfiction.net, archiveofourown.org, and deviantart, to name a few), and just be done with it. I could stew and use my OCs all I liked and not have to worry about revising and getting out there to say, “Hey! Read my stuff!” I tended to let the story stand on its own. I wrote about the characters that I wanted, and that was that. I didn’t read other people’s stories and beg them to go read my material. To me, that was just done in poor taste and stinking of desperation. I always got annoyed when someone did that to me.
This type of attitude does not translate well into the world of professional published author. It certainly isn’t for me, anyway, and I feel like I’m at a total loss of what to do and of actually wanting to do what I know I neeed to do. At the same time, I’m not interested in a fast burnout of my writing career. I’ve already decided that I don’t want to be like Stephanie Myer. Yeah, having her kind of sales would be very nice for having only written a short number of novels, but I also love the appeal of having a slow build like Stephen King did. And trying to come up with unique ways to promote my work is definitely tricky. The question is what I can do that hasn’t been done before?
At this point, I just know I need to do more promoting of my works, at least on facebook and twitter. Find more groups, keep writing, and just keep working as hard as I am. The conventions I want to attend are out of the picture, at least for this year. Just letting my work sit there, unnoticed, isn’t an option.
So, to my fellow writers, don’t be lulled by the ease of fanfiction writing. Yes, it’s a great exercise in characterization and setting. It’s a great way to build a fanbase, too, but it is not so great at promoting, not when you’re like me and don’t ask other people to read and review your stuff in a review or private message.
There are, of course, other disadvantages to writing fanfiction, but then, what I’ve seen for that can also be applied to independent publishing. I am seriously considering starting up an account at patreon and sharing snippets there. It does sound like fun!
Until the next time, my writerly and readerly friends!