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Existensial Writing Crisis Caused by Ponies

So I’ve been spending the past week trying to write a serious werewolf story, but I haven’t gotten very far with it. In fact, it’s been going pretty stagnant thus far. I’ve felt very pressured that I haven’t been able to make the story really “pop” yet. Felt almost like I’ve had writer’s block or writer’s fatigue or something.

So then, after watching a few episodes of that new My Little Pony show on Youtube (don’t judge me, it is a well written show. A well written manly show. For manly people. Manly), on a whim, I end up writing fanfiction again. Crossover fanfiction between that show and Cthulhu (I … don’t know why either).

Read at your own risk (even though I do like this story, I just want to say that most of the stuff I write is a great deal more serious than this).

The weird thing is, in one day of working on this, I’ve already written more than after an entire week of working on that werewolf story. And it felt way more fun to write.

I don’t really know what, if anything, that signifies. Maybe I’m just getting kind of burned out on horror and it was kind of refreshing to write something less serious. Maybe I had more fun with it because I felt less pressure to refine it since it was, well, a fanfic and not something I intended to market. I honestly don’t know. I really like the story. I’m having fun writing it. But part of me feels like less of a writer because I’m going back to writing fanfic instead of working on original work.

I’m not entirely sure, but I think I’ll write this fanfic a little bit. I have spent the last five months working very hard on the first draft of a novel, which I finally finished. Maybe this will be a nice pallet clenser or something.

Or maybe I’m just justifying myself so I can write more about ponies. I’m honestly not sure…

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  1. June 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Fandom is a mysterious thing, I know the feeling, though I’ve been working for the better part of a year. Who can truly say why this sort of thing gets us the way it does? A medium that lets us give our own take on something we love is pretty refreshing.

    And personally, I haven’t watched the new pony show, because I’m afraid I’ll like it.

  2. June 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I just read The Vinyl Scratch tapes on Equestria Daily and may I say it was awesome. DJ P0N-3 is my favorite side character so thanks for fleshing her out.

    On a side note; are you on facebook? If so, are you black? If so, can I friend request you? If I do, will you think I’m a creeper and deny me?

  3. February 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    That’s funny – writing a My Little Pony story motivated me to get back to my werewolf novel.

    And, yes, working on fan fiction destroys your legitimacy as an author, in the eyes of editors and other authors. Someday, when all the well-known authors will have grown up writing fan fiction, that will no longer be the case. But for now – don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know.

    Also, are you purple? If so, can I friend request you?

  1. July 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

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