You know something I’ve realized today? A couple of things, actually.
One, is that there really is an awesome network of authors/readers/book people out there who are willing to help you out if you’re just starting out and needing some pointers. I still view myself as a newbie at this. I’m no expert and I’m not perfect by any means. I’ve got a long way to go before I’ll feel like a seasoned veteran.
But I am learning, thanks mainly to my crew of new peeps. 🙂
Another thing I learned just browsing Fanfiction.net, today, my old stomping grounds, is what a great experience that place is. For anyone out there looking to practice their craft I highly recommend dabbling with their favorite movie/book/tv/comic characters and see what happens. I started out as a fanfic writer with Star Wars, though I never posted those stories. (Thank goodness lol) It was still a lot of fun for me. And I enjoyed reading other people’s takes on my favorite storylines.
Some people may be prejudiced against these fanfic websites, but just remember where 50 Shades of Grey came from!
I no longer write fanfiction, but that was where I truly found my confidence in that I could be a good author one day. Receiving over a thousand reviews and constant messages reaffirmed things my friends and family had been telling me. But more than that it was just fun!
Writing in the real world, particularly self-pubing is a lot less rewarding initially. I haven’t made it big and don’t receive all the feedback I got used to with fanfics. But I’ve discovered a new family of sorts with other authors and readers and am learning most people are genuinely encouraging about it.
Hopefully someday I can help someone out like I’ve been mentored these last few months. No matter who you are or what you’re doing, don’t give up. Enjoy what you love, don’t just do it because. And it is okay to get a little validation from other people, but above all believe in yourself and the gift God’s given you.
Remember we only get one chance at this thing called life. So just go for it!