I love when readers write stories. You find it a lot in erotica, romantica, and fan fiction. These are not professional stories, and I think the majority of them do it for fun, to explore themselves, or to explore a treasured world, and not with any hope of writing professionally. They are often no longer than an email, and usually written in serial, posted to forums, email lists, or fan fiction sites.
I love these stories.
Some of them are poorly written, some of them are not bad, and some of them show a spark of talent. Some are great, even.
They are all special. Often they bring tears to my eyes. (All someone has to do is bare their soul and I automatically love them. I love people.)
Robert Heinlein said he could write a story for anyone, and I guess (only guess) the way he did it was to tap into his intended audience’s hopes and dreams.
In these amateur stories, you can find your reader’s hopes and dreams. They are usually emotionally transparent, and often, the writer’s heart’s longings are laid bare.
I think that’s why I appreciate them so much.
My audience’s problems, hopes, aches, struggles and dreams are what I try to tap into when composing a story. If the main character is going to be relatable to the readers, then the main character needs to share one or more similar emotions.
I suppose you can find those hopes and dreams in published fiction, but they tend to be more artfully hidden, less obvious. More about what the author wants, than what readers want. With readers’ fiction, what they want from a story is really out there.
I’ve heard of a couple authors who actually host fan fiction on their website. Do you happen to know who? How do they do that, legally? It’s very cool. I would do that in a second, if I could!
My point, I guess, is what I always say: treasure the amateur. Respect all fans of writing. Bless, don’t judge. And there’s more than one reason to be grateful for all who write.
Do you ever read amateur or fan fiction? Ever take inspiration from the hopes and dreams they share? Search for that special kernel of heartfelt desire inside their story?
Search for what their heart is seeking in stories?