On July 15, 2012, I published my first three fanfics on Fanfiction.net. All of them were oneshots for the Yakitate!! Japan, Kingdom Hearts, and Count Cain: Godchild fandoms respectively.
Flash forward ten years, and today is July 15, 2022—exactly 10 years since I started writing and publishing fanfics on Fanfiction.net and, later on, Archive Of Our Own.
When I first started writing fanfiction, I never thought I’d end up accumulating the platform I had now in readers that enjoyed checking out my works, giving nice comments and kudos, and so on. I was also fortunate to meet a few fellow fanfiction authors who wholeheartedly supported my works and even beta-read a fic or two during my first few years of writing fanfiction. Without their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Writing fanfiction was a major part of the foundation I had for continuously practicing my writing craft. Outside of English classes, writing groups, and online writing courses, it was writing fanfiction that really motivated me to create new stories. With a flash fiction piece, several poems published, and recently self-publishing a novel, I have to give credit to writing fanfiction that helped me improve my skills and fuel my love for writing stories and all sorts of works.
The question is, now—Will I continue writing fanfiction?
As of currently, the answer is yes, I will continue writing fanfiction! However, as I continue focusing further on writing more original fiction and poetry, fanfiction posting may be less often than it is now.
As I increase my focus on writing poetry and original fiction, especially with self-publishing novels such as “Winner Takes All,” I will have to post fanfiction less regularly. This might mean the emergence of more oneshots or bi-weekly posting for multichapter fics. No matter how often I write and post fanfiction, however, I still will enjoy reading and writing it into the future. I am grateful for the experience and it helped give me confidence to continue writing.
For anyone that’s read my fanfics, commented and shared them – thank you for all of that support. It means more to me than I can put in words.