I’ve written multiple stories but archived my old, childish, cringey ones. I began writing about 3 or 4 years ago, which was when my life got super hard. I was somewhat young, going through the motions. Then, I started writing. It changed my life, me, everything. I had a getaway to a place, that I had control over, and it made me so happy, I can’t explain it. My story “The Babysitting Job” written in INK is one of my first stories from the time, and it blew up a lot more than I expected it to. Almost 300k reads. It’s discontinued as I will be rewriting it in LL, but anyways… My writing got increasingly better as I began to prep for my new, now published LL story, “Irresistible Desires.” Writing it has taken so much work, time, and sleep from me, and I’m so proud of myself for doing it. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a writer.
As far as reads go, I only have 130, which means the absolute world to me. I just want it to grow, because if it grows, I have more people to interact with. I want to know for sure that my writing is worth reading. It’s not about the reads, it’s about the support, the motivation, interacting with fans, seeing the characters you all create.
My fandom was a good size a few years back, but I had to start over. I would wake up, respond to DM’s and fanmail, post screenshots, and it was freaking euphoric. I genuinely loved my fanbase more than I can put into words. I want that back, being able to talk to my fans, being able to have fans and have an audience to write for.
Yes, I write for myself. But overtime, that “writing for yourself” feeling starts to turn into "I love writing for myself, but I want to write for a group of people too. I want to share this because I’m so proud.
THAT WAS SO MUCH. AGH, I’M SO SORRY.
THE REAL QUESTION AND PURPOSE OF THIS THREAD:
I want to know how to grow my fandom and how to finally have people to write for, to support, to respond to. Like I said, a big number of reads is amazing, but it’s not about that. It’s about support and fanbase.
Any advice on this topic would be helpful, literally anything. I’m also always here to talk. Feel free to ask me anything! You can message me on here or DM me on insta, which is @elliewritess.
SORRY FOR RAMBLING