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I found a beautifully written post on tumblr about reaching out to authors you like and wanted to share. Not only does it cover manners in doing so, but also why it's so goshdang important for you AND the author. Some people in fandoms are consumers; they don't write or draw, but you are just as important part of the fandom as creators are. Why? Because WE ARE CREATING FOR YOU. Yes, we create for ourselves and all that good stuff, but this post explains that feedback, even a simple 30 seconds of your time, is just so overwhelmingly important if you can spare the time.

I also want to say I'm pointing a finger at myself here mostly; I don't often have the energy or time to reach out as I should, but after years of doing this and finding how happy it makes authors (and myself as a creator) it's become a lot easier to break those mental barriers we, the fandom, create and be supportive.

Original tumblr post found here, written by voltisubito

Quoted post:

"hoo boy, here comes some serious talk about fandom mentality.

I feel like there’s a huge failing on readers’ parts to communicate to fic authors how much they appreciate their works or how much it affects them, unless the fic is “fandom famous” for some reason. sometimes it gets translated into demands (which are awful literally do not demand updates from an author ever).

more often than not, it gets translated into silence, and coming from a writer, the silence is probably the worst. you never know if they like it, you never know what the reader actually thinks about it. or even if they read it at all. and it’s… heartwrenching, and nervewracking and you start constantly questioning yourself and wondering if you’re actually good enough or if you belong. and you start comparing yourself. to the people who are popular, to the people with huge followings, to the people who get questions and art and compliments up the wazoo. and you start wondering if you should have bothered writing at all. in some cases you start begging. and in some cases, you do worse.

and it’s terrible. a writer shouldn’t have to beg. a writer shouldn’t have to only get attention when they’re frustrated or upset. a writer shouldn’t have to doubt themselves every time they pick up a pen or open their laptop. a writer should never feel so unimportant that they consider deleting their work–and do. and then be subjected to questions of why they deleted it.

(which, by the way, is kind of a rude thing to do. it’s their content, and they can do with it whatever makes them comfortable. and more than that–why wait until it’s gone to just suddenly unleash your appreciation for it?)

if, at this point, you are thinking, “well, writers shouldn’t write for attention anyway! writers should be writing for themselves!” then you are missing a Very Huge Point about the intricacies of and emotions behind creating art. of course art comes from the self, but art is meant to be shared. with people. like you. art is created for people to talk back to, to engage with, to live alongside–and yes, that in turn bolsters the creator’s own securities and motivation. it’s also a sad testament to the fact that we as a people have come to condemn the notion that anyone,
especially content creators, should want attention at all.

and that’s toxic, and an awful mentality to have. (it’s also atrocious marketing. but, that’s another discussion for another time.)

what I’m trying to say here is this: a lot of this could be prevented by one simple thing. if you read a fic you like, *speak up about it.* make some kind of sign. about whether you like somebody’s work, or whether it excites you. reblog it to share with other people, gush in the tags, leave a comment/review if it’s on ao3 or ffn. (authors read tags as much as artists do, trust me.) kudos and likes are fine too, but like with any other kind of art, they’re very invisible. be vocal, y'all. spread the love.

and above all, *tell the author directly.* send them an ask, write a comment, tag them in an appreciation post. I can’t stress that enough. you’d be making someone’s day, relieving some securities, visible or not, instead of being complacent in this system, this mass way of thinking, that only popular writers deserve attention, that it has to be earned through working yourself raw instead of asked for. it causes these cliques and hierarchies and ultimately people start or keep maintaining this idea that people who are at the top deserve to be at the top, and people who get ignored deserve to be ignored. (which I have, in fact, heard people say, and that’s… I don’t even have a word for that.)

I just. something has to give, you guys. we have to stop doing this. we have to stop letting this happen. we have to be kind to our writers before they disappear.

and yes, you can reblog this post. in fact, I’d highly encourage it."

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  • Playing: WoW
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Yesterday I went from 0 to 60. I am very sick and I won't be around for a few days at least. Sorry I haven't gotten back to people who sent me notes, I'll try to do that soon. Take care!

EDIT: a few days later and I'm feeling worse, which I didn't believe was possible lol. Currently omw to hospital for dehydration in a fancy shiny Ratchet an its pretty awesome tbh

Thank you for all the well wishes!
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  • Watching: Transformers
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: soup
  • Drinking: tea
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Ok something has been bothering me for some time, and I think I’ve figured it out. I’m gonna write it out so I remember. This Is Important, Lex. 

I feel like my commissions are not as good as my personal art, and I HATE THAT. I have never had a single complaint and every commissioner has expressed much joy over their art, but I’m always upset at (what I consider) lesser calibre. 

I think I try too hard, which is not surprising. This is something people actually PAY FOR, and I get nervous each time I do one, at least unconsciously. That anxiety encourages me to try to polish and “finish” each commissioned art, which makes them more flat. It takes the energy out of the sketch when I slave over inking it. I won’t try new things cause ‘what if it looks awful???’ so I do the same, stale style over and over. 

I need to break out of that mindset. Look at the sketch requests I did today. They are loose and sketchy but really well done! They are energetic and interesting (in my own critique). 

I am going to work on this. I want to promise better and better commissions! Because y'all deserve my best.
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  • Watching: Transformers
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: 3 Musketeers
  • Drinking: water

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I found a beautifully written post on tumblr about reaching out to authors you like and wanted to share. Not only does it cover manners in doing so, but also why it's so goshdang important for you AND the author. Some people in fandoms are consumers; they don't write or draw, but you are just as important part of the fandom as creators are. Why? Because WE ARE CREATING FOR YOU. Yes, we create for ourselves and all that good stuff, but this post explains that feedback, even a simple 30 seconds of your time, is just so overwhelmingly important if you can spare the time.

I also want to say I'm pointing a finger at myself here mostly; I don't often have the energy or time to reach out as I should, but after years of doing this and finding how happy it makes authors (and myself as a creator) it's become a lot easier to break those mental barriers we, the fandom, create and be supportive.

Original tumblr post found here, written by voltisubito

Quoted post:

"hoo boy, here comes some serious talk about fandom mentality.

I feel like there’s a huge failing on readers’ parts to communicate to fic authors how much they appreciate their works or how much it affects them, unless the fic is “fandom famous” for some reason. sometimes it gets translated into demands (which are awful literally do not demand updates from an author ever).

more often than not, it gets translated into silence, and coming from a writer, the silence is probably the worst. you never know if they like it, you never know what the reader actually thinks about it. or even if they read it at all. and it’s… heartwrenching, and nervewracking and you start constantly questioning yourself and wondering if you’re actually good enough or if you belong. and you start comparing yourself. to the people who are popular, to the people with huge followings, to the people who get questions and art and compliments up the wazoo. and you start wondering if you should have bothered writing at all. in some cases you start begging. and in some cases, you do worse.

and it’s terrible. a writer shouldn’t have to beg. a writer shouldn’t have to only get attention when they’re frustrated or upset. a writer shouldn’t have to doubt themselves every time they pick up a pen or open their laptop. a writer should never feel so unimportant that they consider deleting their work–and do. and then be subjected to questions of why they deleted it.

(which, by the way, is kind of a rude thing to do. it’s their content, and they can do with it whatever makes them comfortable. and more than that–why wait until it’s gone to just suddenly unleash your appreciation for it?)

if, at this point, you are thinking, “well, writers shouldn’t write for attention anyway! writers should be writing for themselves!” then you are missing a Very Huge Point about the intricacies of and emotions behind creating art. of course art comes from the self, but art is meant to be shared. with people. like you. art is created for people to talk back to, to engage with, to live alongside–and yes, that in turn bolsters the creator’s own securities and motivation. it’s also a sad testament to the fact that we as a people have come to condemn the notion that anyone,
especially content creators, should want attention at all.

and that’s toxic, and an awful mentality to have. (it’s also atrocious marketing. but, that’s another discussion for another time.)

what I’m trying to say here is this: a lot of this could be prevented by one simple thing. if you read a fic you like, *speak up about it.* make some kind of sign. about whether you like somebody’s work, or whether it excites you. reblog it to share with other people, gush in the tags, leave a comment/review if it’s on ao3 or ffn. (authors read tags as much as artists do, trust me.) kudos and likes are fine too, but like with any other kind of art, they’re very invisible. be vocal, y'all. spread the love.

and above all, *tell the author directly.* send them an ask, write a comment, tag them in an appreciation post. I can’t stress that enough. you’d be making someone’s day, relieving some securities, visible or not, instead of being complacent in this system, this mass way of thinking, that only popular writers deserve attention, that it has to be earned through working yourself raw instead of asked for. it causes these cliques and hierarchies and ultimately people start or keep maintaining this idea that people who are at the top deserve to be at the top, and people who get ignored deserve to be ignored. (which I have, in fact, heard people say, and that’s… I don’t even have a word for that.)

I just. something has to give, you guys. we have to stop doing this. we have to stop letting this happen. we have to be kind to our writers before they disappear.

and yes, you can reblog this post. in fact, I’d highly encourage it."

  • Mood: Shitty
  • Reading: smut
  • Watching: Transformers
  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: soup
  • Drinking: tea

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VladimirVampier Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
In the depth of the night, when all is silent and the moon shines brightly above in the cloudless sky, a creature walks the woods.
It is big and mighty and its turns his intensive gaze upon the moon.
It arches its back, body ready for his mighty roar. And its howls....

EEEEYYYYOOOOO
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EEYYYYOOO

THANKS FOR THE WATCH!
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ASDFGHJKLI Thank you so much for the watch and favs! :hug: :tighthug: :iconkermityayplz: :iconsuperheroglompplz:
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Hey, are you on inkbunny?
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Hiya~ ^^ How're you? :)
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