Here it comes…

I stumbled across this post and I really like it and it’s views on fanfiction. Sometimes I really don’t understand why fanfiction gets such a bad rep. Sure, there are poorer quality ones just like there are poorer quality books, but even so I know there are plenty of fanfic writers that write beautifully, creating some high quality gems within all the different fandoms.

I also think many people use it as a way to practice and hone in on their writing skills as well as just to enjoy the different scenarios and possibilities with pre-established characters and worlds. (Not that I can speak for anyone but myself)

Fanfiction is fun. It’s entertainment for the people that love a certain show, book series or game. It expands upon the original canon into limitless other things.

Yes, there are sometimes those weird fanfics or ones that are just plain bad but still to discredit all fanfiction as a lower level of writing that can’t equate to published original works is wrong. It’s writing done simply by fan who admires someone’s original work.

A Writer's Life For Me.

Now, I’m going to write a word that will most likely evoke a strong reaction in most of you, are you ready?… You sure?…

Fanfiction.

Oh yes, the word that is spoken in hushed whispers between writers.

Fanfiction is one of those topics that gets a lot of writers into a heated debate, but I’m not here to talk about fanfiction as a good or bad thing for literature. I am going to talk about it as a writing tool.

I think fanfiction is great in a few ways:

– It gets people writing who wouldn’t write otherwise, and then from there, discover a passion for writing to go on and produce their own stuff.
– It shows how much passion people can have for their ‘fandoms’ 😀

Do I write fanfiction? Yes, I do.

I think I could almost feel a collective cringe from some people reading this…

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Productivity and lovely feedback!!!

I did a crap ton of writing.

My god it’s been an insanely long time since I last updated my current fanfic (almost a year), and I had to sincerely apologize to the readers and followers of the story, mainly because I’ve had this chapter drafted for almost a year and never got around to typing it up. It’s a little shorter that this time around, 1000+ words when the original draft was almost 4000 words. I did some major editing and moved some scenes to the next couple of chapters. So that means that chapter four with ready some time next week.

From now on I hope to update each Sunday with a new chapter.  Yes, I know it’s a little ambitious since I’ve been on hiatus for almost a year to jump to weekly updates, but I have the next 6 chapters outlined and many of the scenes that went into the draft for this past chapter have been moved to next few chapters, so I feel like it shouldn’t be that hard to do.   And as soon as I posted the chapter, Tumblr notes and notification emails came in.  The reviews that I received were so sweet and made me happy that someone was actually reading it.

“I don’t ship Levi x Mikasa at ALL, but somehow I love this fic! Keep updating xD” – Anon

“A new update! I’m glad you didn’t abandon this story. I look forward to seeing what happens. ” – Anon

“So glad you decided to update! And now we’re going to get regular updates, yay 🙂 keep up the good work, the Rivamika fandom needs all the good writers it can get.” -AsianObsession

“for the love of god
I had lost hope that will update this story
I hope the you finish that is one of my favorite
sorry google translator
greetings from mexico” -Levi90

“can’t wait for the next chapter” -Navy Bow

“Thanks for the update! i like how the relationship between them is developing i hope we can see a major change for the best in the future” -Anon

I’m also taking small fanfic requests.  Just writing prompts from people on tumblr that will keep me on my toes and act as a cure for writer’s block.  Since I have no classes tomorrow I’ll be making sure to work on those and chapter four of my fanfic as well.  Anyway.  Till next time.

P.S. if anyone actually wants to read the story here’s the link.

Revisiting the old stuff

I actually got a chance to write today, it’s a miracle!

All sarcasm aside, I was on a car trip and spent the time scribbling away in my very beat up notebook.  Even though the story I was working on wasn’t my Nano Novel I was glad I able to work on another story that I’ve had the chapters planned out for, for almost a year now.  Admittedly the story is fanfiction, but I feel that over the years I have learn a lot about good writing and what I like in terms of storytelling and pacing from very well written fanfics.

To be honest, I doubt that anyone who is reading this post reads fanfiction, but I will you to not knock anything till you try it.  I promise you there are fanfiction authors out there that are better than some published authors.  And they spend time out of their daily lives to write stories about fictional characters for free.  For other fans entertainment and enjoyment, but I digress.

Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of how many words I wrote today, but I’m sure that I spent at least two hours writing.  Nevertheless I will be typing up the chapter that I wrote today and I’ll definitly make sure to add a word count to this post or the next one.

I guess that’s all for now, lets see what tomorrow brings.  For the next few hours I plan on typing this chapter up and finally getting around to posting it.

Till next time. 🙂

…Writing??

So Camp Nanowrimo has started this April.  Its already day 7 and I’m sure you can already guess that I haven’t been very productive towards writing my Nano Novel.   Despite signing up for the camp, I’ve decided to withdraw from the competition/challenge.    I decided I would rather write at my own pace and not stress myself by trying to force myself to write each day and then meet a daily word count, especially since its Spring Break.  I’d rather not try to strain myself on doing something like Nanowrimo, when this week is all about doing things at my leisure and working my personal creative pursuits such as writing, journaling, sewing, sketching, or actually getting to read a book. 

I can’t tell you how long its been since I’ve been able to read because I wanted to.  The book I read for my creative writing course this past month, Curse and Smoke by Vicky Shecter, was the first book I was able to read since rereading the Diary of Anne Frank over Winter Break.  It was so refreshing and a great read if you like historical fiction or just a good story with lovely details and worldbuilding.  But besides that I haven’t been able to get much reading in.  I so plan to at least read some this week and throughout the rest of the month, even if its only a few minutes at lunch or while riding in the car etc.  Just a few minutes to do the thing that use to make my heart feel at home would be lovely.

So since I have withdrawn from Nano, I will make it a point to write for at least 25-30 minutes a day.  I use an app called Writometer.  It works similarly to the Nanowrimo setup.  You have a daily writing log where you put in how many words you wrote that day, the amount of time you spent writing and your writing goal for the day.  I like the app and there’s less pressure than Nanowrimo.

Along with my daily 30 minute writing I am taking part in the WordPress Blogging U writing challenge.  They basically send you prompts each day and you try to write for that prompt.  Its nice because I would like to post to this blog much more often than I do at the moment and I thought the daily prompt work or at least blogging about my writing endeavors in general.

Let’s see how this goes. 🙂

Return of the Writer…

I’m back!  Very sorry for the unannounced hiatus I took, life definitely caught up with me.  I’ve added a ninth class to my line up and my personal life with family and such has been a little hectic, but nonetheless I’ve returned. 🙂

Unfortunately, since my last blog post I haven’t been able to write any on my nanowrimo novel, not even the fanfiction I started MONTHS ago.  But even with all the craziness in my life lately I have missed writing and being able to write stories like I use to.  Hopefully I can use this blog as well as my writing tumblr