The past few months when my slump hit its peak, instead of picking up books I ended up browsing so many fanfictions and even writing some of them. Some people think that writing fanfiction is utterly useless and can’t be considered as a valid piece of writing. They might say, why would you write about characters that aren’t your own to begin with?
But, my friend, I’m here to tell you that I am one of those fanfiction writers.
I was so embarrassed about admitting this before (mainly because I don’t want my friends reading them!), but I personally believe that fanfiction is good practice to improve your writing. I’m just one of those kinds people who have trouble coming up with characters’ names and overall designs, you know. But still, my desire to produce a story is as high as the others. Other reason is because my fangirl-y self needs to be unleashed and anime/manga offers tons of characters I LOVE to write about. (Of course, I and most other fanfiction authors don’t forget to put a disclaimer before we begin our stories.)
Up until now, all of the stories I’ve written are in Indonesian because well, I find it easier to write and deliver the message in my first language. Tried writing a story in English once and admittedly, I wasn’t quite satisfied with my language. My prose just sounded so… formal and flat and like those kinds of writings I dislike and often criticize in YA books >_< I do hope that my English writing skills will improve over time and when I feel ready, I will try writing in English again.
Some of the fandoms that I’ve got my feet wet trying to write fanfiction are Fairy Tail, Kuroko no Basket and Free!! (I don’t write yaoi stories though! xD Not comfortable about that…) Those fanfictions have been published and I’m glad there are ACTUAL PEOPLE reading and reviewing them, even claiming to love them. I’m planning to branch out to my other favorite series as well, though I’m still desperately looking for plot or AU (Alternate Universe) ideas.
And then the happiest moment in my entire fanfiction writing life is when a favorite fanfiction author of mine praised my story! She is really well-known for writing lots of Akashi x Momoi and Aomine x Momoi stories (both pairings are from Kuroko no Basket.) I’ve read the majority of them, and each one has unique concept, the right humors and cast that don’t stray from their actual characters as well. Basically, it was as if I was on cloud nine *o* And she told me that she would like to request stories from me in the future. OH. MY. FREAKING. GOSHHHHHH.