I'M FINALLY HUNKERING DOWN TO ANSWER THIS. So my reaction to everything you've said in the past two weeks has mostly been clutching at my cheeks, frozen in gleeful squee, and just thinking, people are so nice and they say such nice things and I am not worthy aaaah
because really aaaaaah
I get messages about being an inspiration every once in awhile, but I've never gotten used to it. And in your case, to help restart a muse, too!
Back in 2010, I actually came back to HPFF because I started reading a fic here again, and I would PM the author a few months later telling her this. I was terrified but she sent back such a nice response, and I never would've thought that I'd be in a similar position one day. I'm still getting used to the idea of being a writer. Writing is 'that hobby I picked up again when I got reaaally bored before summer.' There are times where I think to myself, I don't know enough technical stuff,
or I don't read enough
, or I'm winging it as I go
-- which are all true -- and so I feel a bit like a fraud, especially since writing itself isn't particularly important to me. But I absolutely adore all my characters 110%. The reason I write is to get their stories out of my head in the hopes that someone out there will love them as much as I do
I'm not nixing out the possibility of professional design and writing! I just don't want to feel pressured into my creative pursuits to earn a buck. I like coding, but I've never felt as ambitious in that field, perhaps because projects are so time-intensive, and I split my time up enough already. I see comp sci stuff as work and I like it that way; it keeps art and writing as a shiny present for "free time", whatever that is. I'd like to try to get something published actually, because I think I should at least attempt it to know what it's like, and I have an OF amoeba of a plunny stewing quietly.
And also, I HAVE THE SAME THREE VOLUME CALVIN AND HOBBES. And so the distant, obscure quality creeps a bit closer. If you like to cook, stockpile kitten gifs and constantly point at people/things/words saying 'Hey doesn't that look like -- ' and totally ruin said person/thing/word for your friends, then we might be almost very nearly be the same person.
I know how old shame can be; I will dutifully avert my eyes! all right now, questions~I have this ridiculous knack of saving ideas I consider good in case I might want to use them in an original novel instead of putting them in a fan fic, and then I get paranoid and anxious because they lay to waste and my fics probably turn out really mediocre... What would be your advice on that?
I'm probably a terrible person to ask this, because I haven't written anything original since I was 12. But since I do have an OF plunny, and I was actually thinking to myself, 'I wish I could just rewrite Capers
but with my new knowledge of planning and without feeling pressured by serial updates' because Capers
is the kind of story I'd like to write in OF, especially because it has much of the elements that existed in the last OF plunny I had before writing fanfiction. But in half an hour I started forming a new idea, so I would say to trust just yourself that you'll have other ideas. Me personally -- I get a lot of ideas, but I don't get invested in them until I start writing it and get invested in the characters, so my ideas are somewhat expendable; it's the characters that aren't.
I'd say that some ideas fit better in fic than they do in OF and vice versa. If an idea fits a story, and you want to write that story right now, go with it. I've learned that there's no fighting a muse, and I'd feel like I shortchanged my story if I didn't write in an idea that I felt belonged in it.What do you think is your reason for living?to gorge myself on cookies
Heh, but really, I suppose I live to create and to learn more about, well, everything. I think the former's pretty apparent in my choice of hobbies. I didn't notice it until recently how much I fill up my spare time in comparison to other people I know. I always have some idea to bring to life.
It's funny -- I was raised as a one of those rabidly overachieving Asian kids with the emotional content of a lug nut, and even with a bit of art class, I don't know where any of the creativity comes from -- but I was a very curious child. I read everything in the house and tried a million hobbies, and I'm glad that little me used my time well. To this day, I need to know
things. I love learning, and I wish more people did. I see a lot of people mark subjects as difficult or boring much too soon and never give themselves a chance to explore and realize, hey, it's not so bad
. Mostly it's laziness; I know that's what happens to me. But in the subjects where I take the time to connect the dots and think about why things work -- be it biology, history, or what makes a story good -- I come out with such invaluable knowledge, like the world's literally expanded in my mind, that I can't imagine myself without it.
THAT WAS VERY LONG. Celebration cake for making it through all that.
Good luck to your writing ventures!