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“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
“A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.”
“If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.”
“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”
I first started really writing when I was probably about thirteen or fourteen, and it was fanfiction for the Legend of Zelda video game series. My first story was horrendous.
My second story wasn’t too bad and, while I have definitely have improved with my writing skills since then, it was well-received by those that cared to review and tell me they enjoyed it. It was a long story, one that a pantser like me probably shouldn’t have embarked on without a plan regarding the length, and it was inevitably dropped when life obligations got in the way of fanfiction writing.
Still, writing the fanfiction was fun, and I even dabble in it nowadays by handwriting in fun notebooks. I also read fanfiction whenever I find myself dissatisfied with the idea that the book or game I had just completed is over.
Fanfiction is amazing to me. Here are novel-length works printed online for free by some very talented writers. With fanfiction, bad scenes can be fixed, characters be saved (Fred Weasley, anyone?), a setting can be explored and expanded with a mere set of 26 letters all rearranged in various ways. Not only can these stories, these expanded works for some favorite franchises and series, be fascinating, but the capacity of a writer’s imagination just blows me away.
Here are people that love a story so much that they are compelled to share what else might have happened after the back cover was closed, what could have happened had the villain defeated the hero or if the hero got lost or if the sidekick had been the star of the show or if this side character had joined the party–
The possibilities are endless when it comes to stories, and fanfiction writers are brilliant for sharing.
As writers, I think we could learn a lot from Snoopy.
Here’s this dog — created by Charles Schulz for his famous comic Peanuts — who finds a typewriter and just goes to town with his imagination. There are plenty of comic strips where he’s trying out his stories, showing them to the other characters to get feedback, and sending them out to publishers.
Even if, you know, the result isn’t what he wants. Nevertheless, he persists, even when he’s having bad writing days.
You could always count on Snoopy breaking out his typewriter again to write, ever with the famous first line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” He took time to experiment with genres, switching it up once in a while to try science fiction, mystery, an autobiography, and even adventure stories with a beginning like, “He was a dark and stormy knight.”
No matter how many rejections from publishers, Snoopy always continued writing. He’d get tips and praise from the other characters — and the occasional snide comment or joke about his writing — doing his best to learn and grow with the critique but always staying true to his own style. To continue writing despite doubt, to continue writing what we want to write, to continue writing because we love it…
It’s why we became writers, isn’t it?
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”
“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
There is this beautiful book that has been published just a couple of weeks ago called This is What a Librarian Looks Like.
Photographed and compiled by Kyle Cassidy, this book illustrates the importance of librarians, libraries, and their place in the world when it comes to protecting and sharing information. Full of diversity, it showcases the myriad of people who have dedicated their lives to this important job. Men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and styles are featured in this book that also includes thoughts from a plethora of authors.
If you get a chance to hold the book, take a few moments and look through the portraits and libraries, skim through the essays, and allow yourself to be reminded how wonderful libraries are.