Change of heart re fanfic

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.

Fanfic aweigh!

[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*]

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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