So I’m writing again. A fanfiction, but it is still writing, no matter the genre. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that me writing fanfiction is pointless, because it’s not “real” writing, that the reality of it is not professional. If others in “real life” asked what I wrote and I replied with ‘fanfiction’, I feel like they’d scoff at me.
“Okay, so not ‘real’ writing. You’re not published or anything.”
I’m published on the internet though, aren’t I? For free and public digestion too. I still had to write a story, one up with the complications and relationships and dialogue and everything EXCEPT- the characters. And maybe some of the world universe. I’d like to see those people who also usually don’t write at all and scoff at us fanfic writers, shit out a multi-chapter manuscript of orbital colonies post-Gundam wars, or dealing with PTSD after a super-hero war of galactic proportions. Or a remake of an old Disney tale with nearly everything changed except the rose and a beast!
It occurs to me that people who write fanfiction are some of the most imaginative people out there, right along with artists and musicians and geniuses! I’m not trying to toot my own horn here to say I’m along the same lines as Einstein, but that anyone who writes, whether it’s a fully original work or a fanfiction, is a goddamn writer.
You there who write blog posts, and fanfics, original stories, historical biographies, poetry- you’re writers. Do you write a lot of smut (I do, but so do published authors Duen and E. L. James), or epic battles and long adventures (J. R. R. Tolkien), or surreal narratives of life (Haruki Murakami)? Then you’re a fucking writer, and don’t let anyone else bring you down by saying it’s not real or worth anything.
And yes, doing a shameless plug here because, if you want or like to read mostly Avengers fanfiction, I write those. You can come around to “Archive of our Own” and see my stuff. And make an account of your own if you want! Everyone is very friendly and wonderful.