I’ve changed my mind about fanfic. In the past, I’ve often said that I feel it’s a waste of a writer’s talent, and that most writers would benefit from NOT doing it and spending that time working on their own stuff. But now I figure, what the hell . . . there’s a built-in audience for it, you can post it and get squee from people who really DO love it (and don’t really have much bad to say about it, because they’re addicts and they’ll smoke whatever you offer, pretty much–as far as I can tell), and you don’t have to worry about a market. So there you go.
[EDIT: This was *supposed* to be positive about fanfic–a correction of my earlier position that it wasn’t good for the writer. I was saying I can now see very good reasons for doing it instead of screwing around with original material. This was a reaction to having had so much negative stuff said about my own work lately, work that’s destined for the eternal trashcan and that won’t be seen or appreciated by ANYone because of this or that. I was thinking of the aspect of having an audience who actually LIKES the characters already and won’t reject your stuff immediately on the basis of the character not being appealing, the character being a passive banana from birth, etc. I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek about the addict stuff. However, it does come across as kind of flippant . . . I wasn’t trying to do a backhanded compliment thing. I apologize to aibhinn and any others who took it the “wrong” way (although I’m the one who’s “wrong,” because I’m supposed to be making the prose so that it is clear.) The only comfort is that Garrison Keillor is also getting pilloried for something he said tongue-in-cheek . . . I’m about to post my LJ Idol entry for the week, and I link to a fellow who really went after Keillor because he didn’t get the Swiftean nature of some of GK’s remarks. So at least I’m not the only one who comes across as having said the opposite of what she meant. . . . It’s like the time somebody “complimented” me by saying “For a fat girl, you don’t sweat much,” isn’t it? *facepalm*]