I realize I go through seasons with the things I like, including fanfiction. I just love the burning love dynamic. Toss in some languishing in uncertainty and a hopeless rival and I’m sold. You can find my faves »here«, Wide-eyed Walker and its sequel continue to be my absolute faves, but I have so many.
I also like fics that play around with darker themes, such as obsession a la Fatal Attraction etc. I haven’t really seen that type around the Shameless fandom and I’m toying with the idea of writing such a story. I’m not sure I’ll do it though. Darker versions of already troubled characters can get tricky.
No m-preg. :(
To be fair, I’m not into anything with ‘preg’ in it unless it’s a sci-fi Body Snatchers/Alien type thing.
Things fanfiction authors do
*checks page to make sure chapter hasn’t transformed into 100% typos*
*refreshes to check for reviews*
*resolves to go to bed and not check until morning*
*goes to bed, turns on phone, checks for reviews*
*discover typo five months later*
This… is painfully true.
*Also figures kudos to hits % ratio (on AO3) and compares to other author’s fics to see if fic is well received* -__- I have problems
OH MY GOD I do the same thing with ratio of hits to kudos. I thought that was my private shame.
I AM NOT ALONE.
I haven’t done the ratio thing because, quite frankly, I never thought of that. Everything else though is me. Heartbreakingly me. T___T
I over-analyze and obsess about everything. EVERYTHING!
See also: *Sees typo in quote someone has reblogged* *self-flagellates forever*
goodkwuestion replied to your post:I often check to see if SHITW updated while I’m at…I need to give my fics less troublesome names.
No. Don’t do that. Just do me a solid sometime and sneak in a secret message for my boss. “I need a raise” or “An extra break will be nice.” even better “Touch my creamer in the fridge and I’ll chop your face off.”
YOU DID IT! YOU ACTUALLY DID IT YOU PUT IT IN SHITW AND I’M SO EXCITED I MIGHT CHOP MY OWN FACE OFF
“Touch my creamer in the fridge and I’ll chop your face off?” Annie suggested eagerly.
I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU!
worldthatonlyshouts,I was wondering if you remembered and spotted it. Happy to make you happy. :D
when you’re reading a fanfic and something terrible happens when you’re not expecting it
As a writer, I can safely say I feast on the tears of the unfortunates.
This is how Remy and I became friends
I am probably the wrong person to ask this, anon, because I don’t have much sympathy for this type of complaint.
I’m going to gently (but not too gently) correct the mistaken assumption you have that authors owe you fanfiction in what you perceive to be a timely manner.
Let me tell you, as a fanfiction author, that I wish I could give you all a new one-shot every other day and a multi-chap update every week.
I know many others who wish the same, but can’t.
Because, you know, we have lives.
Real lives. Like in the real world. With real commitments - school to graduate, jobs to go to, both of which we need our sleep for. We have families and boyfriends who demand (and deserve) our time and attention. We have sports teams we may be committed to, projects we’re involved in, or organizations we ally our time and resources with.
And sometimes, an author may have a free day and just wants to sleep in.
Because fanfiction writing is a hobby.
A cathartic and fun one, yes, but a hobby just the same.
And as such, that hobby, therapeutic and fun though it may be, doesn’t get first priority. Or second. Or third. Or sometimes fourth.
I’ve known one author who basically left the fandom because of the pressure to update quickly and how aggravating that sense of entitlement, I know another who almost left, but didn’t, aun I see asks for the big fandom authors (Jules and BC) weekly asking when will you update? next chapter? how far along are you? spoilers?
For the most part, authors are all super gracious and kind. Because no fanfiction author is hoarding a completed chapter and deliberately withholding it to be mean. Readers are awesome and bringing happiness to someone else’s day-that’s the best compliment, right?
But to get an anon asking where in the hell the update is….that doesn’t help at all. It actually sucks the joy out of writing. And when there’s no joy, it usually—well, it usually sucks.
I’m not telling you how to feel about the subject, but really?
Please, do go write a fanfic. Come up with a plot or a concept, write a rough draft to flesh it out, edit it, maybe rewrite it, find a beta and send it to them, get it back, look at their suggested changes versus your suggested changes, edit it again, send it back to the beta again, maybe scratch entire scene or plotline, make sure your characters are in character and saying and doing the things they ought to be doing in a way that makes sense and is also compelling to read. Do all that, and post them and maybe get no reviews, or bad reviews. And do it again anyway, because you enjoy doing it.
But you will very quickly see how long it takes—how involved the process can get—because most of the people I know want to want to post work they are proud of, work that takes effort, and can’t (and shouldn’t) be whipped up overnight.
In terms of word count-a hundred thousand words-which is what most multi-chapter fics are-those take real time authors, who do it for a living as their primary income, months and years to complete. And that’s with a fleshed out concept, dedicated time to complete it, and an editor to help the process along.
Your favorite author may be stressing about finals, or working on the third draft of a chapter that just isn’t coming together right, or god forbid, having a relaxing day in the sun.
Like that’s her choice and she will post it when she can and she probably wants it posted, too.
So patience, dear. Have some patience. And go write a oneshot.
You know what’s more encouraging to an author then ‘when’s the next chapter’ or ‘update quicker!’ - leaving positive feedback about what you liked about the last chapter or the story as a whole (be specific!) - because sometimes the author is having a long dark tea time of the soul and just seeing a reminder of what’s good about their story can help them remember why they were excited about writing the story in the first place, and feel enthused enough to get back into it.
This cannot be said enough.
Don’t be rude to the lovely authors! They deserve a thank you not a work order!