Fic Writers Week is an initiative over on Tumblr to celebrate fandom - the writers who create all that free content, and the readers who consume it. Find out more at my masterpost.
The task for day one is...
Writers: favourite comments - There’s always those comments that stick, the ones that help you push through a story or personal favourites that you just have to reread from time to time. Writers, this is the day to share some of those!
Comments mean so much because they inspire you to keep writing, to carry on pouring time and effort into this hobby over others, and they help create a sense of community within fandom. I got back into fandom last year after about 2 years away and there is no doubt that it had changed. But the squee and the encouragement I got through comments made me still feel a part of it, even though I’m not the type to be on discord or chat.
So far this year I’ve written about 500,000 words of fic and it’s been amazing stress relief from the most hectic year I’ve ever lived through, workwise. Much of that has been the result of interacting in comments, getting prompts, or fandom exchanges - something kind of based around comment culture.
I’ve also made it my mission to comment on the stuff I consume, rather than just hitting the kudos / like button. I know how it can brighten my day to get a comment, even if it’s just a little line to say ‘I liked this’.
Still, the task is to pick a favourite, so I’ll go with the email I received about 7 years ago now. I was mostly writing teen fiction at the time, coming out and coming of age, etc, and a young lad wrote to me to say it had given him the courage to come out to his parents. I’ve still got a copy of it somewhere, and it still makes me smile even now. I’ve always viewed my fic as disposable - like the 'sting in the tale’ in a magazine, something you read once and then throw away - but somewhere out there is someone who read and re-read and made a huge decision based on something I wrote.
That’s pretty amazing!
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