Subject: I'm open to being corrected.
Posted on: 2023-05-07 23:37:47 UTC

If there are examples out there of fic writers saying "I'm not making any money at this, so it doesn't have to be good," that'll prove me wrong.

I just haven't (yet) seen that phrasing used that way. I HAVE seen "I'm just doing this for fun" and "I'm not a professional writer," which (as I've said) I think the FAQ already covers.

Incidentally, I don't think "unmonetized = useless" is a new idea. I remember being asked, "Why don't you write original fiction? Then you could publish it for money!" and variations thereon by the people closest to me. They'd always hasten to add that it was fine to write just for fun, too, but the implication was loud and clear.

That's writing in general, though, not fanfiction specifically. Since fanfiction by its very nature cannot be monetized, you'd only do it if you got some other value out of it. That being the case, I don't see how not making money at it could be an argument against getting good at it. It's just... it seems like a weird stance to take. O.o


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