I have been struggling with how to start this. Why struggle? I’m not sure. Is it because I don’t know what to say? That’s true in a way. I have an idea why I write but some might think it an unimportant reason to write.
I don’t write for others first. I write first for me and then later for others. My writing started when I was 14. It started out with very bad Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction. It was all written in 1st Person, which isn’t a bad thing but it was kind of like I was writing myself into the show. I wasn’t. I wrote from the perspective of Captain Janeway.
I don’t know why exactly I thought it was so bad but I do know that it was my first attempt at writing. I see that the dialogue wasn’t all that realistic. There wasn’t much dialogue. It was completely and utterly Out of Character.
But even back then, 14 years ago in 2001, I was writing for me and for the fun and enjoyment of writing.
When I first in high school, in 2002, I began to write LGBT romance. Being a gay man, it was what I wanted to read and I started reading M/M romance at a young age. It was reading this genre that I began writing my own stories based on a guy I actually had a crush on in high school.
It was never published as it hit very close to home as it was a personal narrative but I could churn out page after page as it used personal experiences to write from.
Then one day, I stumbled upon slash fiction and that became a great source of writing enjoyment for me. It gave me the ability to take the beautiful characters that I was seeing on TV and write my own stories based around them. Through reading slash fiction, I was able to see characters I loved in relationships that were happy and healthy. That’s not to say that there wasn’t tension and such in the stories I was reading but it was a glimpse into a world where LGBT relationships were of the norm.
So I started out writing fan fiction. Then I went on to write original fiction in the form of personal narratives. After that I began writing slash fiction and my personal narratives and original characters went to the back burner.
Some people might wonder why I went from original fiction and characters to writing slash fiction with other people’s characters.
Isn’t that a step backwards?
It might be but for some reason, I have lost inspiration somewhat for my personal narritives. It just seems easier to right fan/slash fiction because when you need inspiration, you can just watch a DVD or Netflix and you are instantly submerged into that world.
As of the last camp!Nano in July, I have been thinking of my original fiction and creating new characters. Now, I haven’t actually done anything original. WAIT! That’s a lie. How could I totally forget about my last post which was also my first post. I took on a challenge of writing a story for a prompt of A New Life. Your character starts something new.
That was actually the first fic of any original characters I have written in quite a long time but it was fun.
It was actually during July that thought for the first time of possibly publishing one day. I know that I would never be able to publish any of my writing commercially if it was nothing but slash and fan fiction.
To be able to publish, I am going to have to write with originality. Does that mean I am going to totally give up on fan and slash fiction? I can most certainly say that is going to be a big NO!
I enjoy the characters that I write and that I see on television too much to just give up on them. But I do want to focus more of my attention on original characters and settings as well.
That being said, this year, for NanoWriMo 2015, I am going to be writing a collection of short stories for my 50,000 words. Of those 50,000 words, some will be slash fiction and some will be original fiction.
That’s all I have for now.