Fan Fiction Fridays: How Much is Too Much?

In this week’s edition of FanFiction Fridays, I’m going to be talking about how much exposure to fan fiction that should be allowed.

When I was just starting out writing fan fiction, I realized that I had written less and read so much fan fiction that I was starting to get tired of it. I mean, it was like I kept reading the same story over and over without end.

That’s when I realized that I was suffering from too much fan fiction, or as I’d like to call it, fan fiction overload.

That’s right, everyone. It is possible to overload on fan fiction.

In fact, I have more stories in my fan fiction library than I ever cared to read, with most of them being…you guessed it…Harry Potter fanfiction.

Well, ignoring that last remark, how should you deal with fanfiction overload? I have some of the following suggestions that I have tried and you should too:

  1. Don’t go on any fanfiction websites for at least a week.
  2. Reassess your favorite fanfiction stories. If you really didn’t like the story, don’t read it anymore. In fact, delete it from your faves.
  3. If there’s a story that you’re reading and it hasn’t been updated for at least six months, delete it from your faves. The author of the story obviously gave up on it, so don’t wait around for something that might not ever come.
  4. If a story contains original characters and plotlines that aren’t a part of the story’s canon, delete the link. (I’ll cover the pull-to-publish controversy next week)
  5. If a story causes you to question your morals, or it goes against your beliefs (such as homosexuality), then delete the link to that story. Don’t compromise what your parents taught you in the name of fanfiction.
  6. Now, find the rest of the fanfiction that you’ve stopped reading six months ago and delete them from your faves. By then, you should have deleted most of the stories that are in your faves, leaving only the good fics.
  7. (And this is very important) rediscover your life BEFORE fanfiction came into your life. Did you like sports? Books? TV shows? Go back to those things. (But I would advise you to be wary of reading books or watching TV, as these two things could get you sucked back into reading and writing fanfiction)
  8. Find something new to do with your time. Read books from your local library. Clean your room. Take up a new hobby. Whatever you do, keep doing it and you’ll forget about fanfiction.
  9. In fact, write your own book.

Now you know.

in the coming weeks, I’ll be doing previews of my new NaNoWriMo novel and with it, some more posts about fan fiction.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available for purchase on Smashwords.com.

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