I regularly posted Fanfiction between 2008 and 2015, with an 11-month dry spell between 2014 and 2015. Looking back, that’s amazing. I don’t even know my total word count on Fanfiction.net, but it’s easily over 350,000 words.
That kind of constant volume takes dedication, discipline, and good ideas. (Okay, there are plenty of bad stories in there too.)
So how did I manage it?
A Long Season of Writing
There’s a season in life for everything, and that was my season for writing Fanfiction. After I published the final chapter of my magnum opus, I had a few more story ideas but never took them far enough to publish.
Those years were filled to the brim with story ideas, plot points, character arcs, and muses.
But the most powerful inspiration came from regularly watching the TV shows and movies I wrote about, and reading the books that filled my childhood with magic.
I stopped watching regular TV in 2015. My husband and I are slowly working our way through Stargate Atlantis, which brings back memories, but I don’t have the same spark to write like I did back then.
Surprisingly, I had more time to work on Fanfiction during high school and college.
When I only had to worry about schoolwork and Fanfiction, I definitely had the time advantage.
Now, I have so much going on that I barely have time to even read Fanfiction… Let alone write any.
And that’s okay. Priorities change over time. Now I have a husband, a full-time job, a blog, a virtual assistant business, a podcast, and multiple other things I’m doing like writing a book, getting in shape, and taking care of my mind.
Clearly, I have an excuse for not spending time with Fanfiction now!
Another piece of writing Fanfiction was that I had regular readers—readers who left reviews and became online friends. As time passed, those relationships faded away, leading to a natural conclusion.
Those regular readers are and were encouraging. They are the audience eagerly waiting the next installment, creating a powerful motivator to finish the next chapter. When a story finished, that motivation disappeared.
Harnessing That Energy Again
It would be really cool to harness that creative energy again. That’s part of the draw of NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNo in July. A community of writers, encouraging each other and racing against time to reach 50,000 words in 30 days.
The dedicated mindset that carried me through 7 years of writing Fanfiction is still there, just in other ways, for other priorities, during a different season.