A Benefit of Negative Feedback
I occasionally write fan fiction. Not only was it the impetus behind my picking up creative writing as an adult, it has continued to be an enjoyable way for me to stretch my storytelling muscles. It is challenging to take someone else's characters and figure out what makes them tick so the stories you tell about them are believable and true to their world. I was reminded, though, of how occasionally I dabble in this medium yesterday when I was checking my e-mail. Someone had commented on a work-in-progress I have been neglecting in a rather serious fashion over at FanFiction.net. How serious has my neglect been? Well . . . I last updated the story on October 7/10. And I started posting the story on December 23/09.
Yes, it is most definitely languishing. In my defense, I have been jotting down notes here ‘n’ there and have the beginnings of what I truly hope will be the last chapter (it was supposed to be a very short story, but the characters had other ideas). But it still stung to read the following comment:
But . . .
I have received positive comments where people urge me to “Please update soon!” and I must confess those have not lit a fire under me like this one has. I want to finish this story – and soon – if only to prove the skeptic wrong. I also want to silence the skeptic in me. Unlike Doggy 173, I know how many incomplete stories are gathering dust (in a manner of speaking) on my computer’s hard drive.
So thank you, Doggy173, for not believing in me. I know my track record has given you good reason to doubt, but you have provided me with the kick in the pants I needed to see this story through to the end.
Speaking of incomplete projects, I will be posting the second part of Monday’s post next week. Things are not quite at a boil yet. ;-)
*Photo Credit: Erica Zabowski ©2006 (Flickr via Creative Commons)