Isn't it a bit crazy that I clearly remember the time around which I started what I now know as Fanfiction? Please take a walk with me down this memory lane.
I was either Ten or Eleven. I had discovered the animated TV series The Pirates of Dark Water (Hanna-Barbera Production). It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It had pirates, monsters, a quest, and best of all the cutest male protagonist ever. Unfortunately the video club my mother was subscribed to only had a couple of VHS tapes so of course all the episodes weren't available to me. It was quite unfortunate that I would never get to know whether or not Ren completed his destiny and managed to survive Bloth the despicable pirate. After countless runs and re-runs of those tapes I decided to finish the story the way I deemed it should. That was my foray into the world of Fanfiction. Let's not think about any of those notebooks I willingly sacrificed for the greater good.
I've shared in the past how I was struggling to reconnect with my writer self. As a writer on her journey to become a published writer I've heard different opinions on the subject of Fanfiction. I forgot (momentarily) that there was a time, Fanfiction was all I knew and writing it made me incredibly happy. I have a few favorite shows and books which contents I could draw on. However, considering how much Fanfiction's reputation has suffered recently I was hesitant at first.
Fortunately I conquered my fears and eventually started writing. I wrote some nonsensical stuff, but it felt amazing writing that short piece of Fanfiction. It reopened my heart and mind to the thrill of running wild with a plot line and not looking back.
I've decided to share my story just in case another writer out there is struggling to reconnect with writing. If that writer is you, I recommend seeking out and rediscovering the reason why you fell in love with writing in the first place. When you find it? Embrace it again. You never know what will come out of it. It may not give you a miracle cure but I'm pretty sure it will give you the boost you need to start moving in the right direction again.