Ah, I popped in a few weeks back on a whim and only found your message today. It looks like it's been a few weeks since you've been on as well, so hopefully you'll somehow get this.
As for where I am, I've kind of gotten into the Pokemon VGC, which is pretty much the video game equivalent of the Pokemon TCG. I hang around Nugget Bridge and to a lesser extent Smogon under the name J-Leo-L (and JLeoL). It would be cool to get back together and talk about stuff. I'm actually around halfway through the OL rewrite, but progress has been uneven, so I don't think I'll release it until I'm fully finished. In fact, what I would really like to do is finish both OL and Elements before releasing any chapters. But that's just me. I'm not sure what you're up to these days. If you ever read this message, I'd love to reconnect.
You may be right; it may be time to shift focus. I'll probably revisit fan fiction every once in a great while...but like I said, I haven't felt that into it lately. It really taught me how to write, and a lot of the ideas that I came up with in Elements and OL have been transfered over to my original projects.
Don't get me wrong; it was fun while it lasted. I'm just getting the feeling that maybe it's time to start moving on.
A lot of what you're saying holds true for me as well. The Chronicles just don't feel like they apply anymore. I've sat on the story so long that I'm bored with it and nitpicking what I've already written, and I'm not feeling connected to it all like I once did.
Simultaneously, however, I still love writing fanfiction: it's just that I'm more into one-shots now. They let me get in, say what I want to say, and get out. I have some original stuff going as well: I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, so that means two novels including last year's that are at least started and could be developed instead. Maybe it's time for a shift of focus.
Yeah, to be honest I feel the same. I thought that I would get a lot written last summer but that never materialized. Now I'm in my first quarter of college. I like to tell myself that I'm too busy to write, but I usually have a half-hour before I go to bed when I write on some of my original projects.
Part of me wants to go in and finish what I’ve started, while the other wants to move on to other stuff. I realize that when I started One Latias in ninth grade I was in a completely different frame of mind. In retrospect, it was something I wrote to cope with moving from a small Catholic school to a large public school. I didn’t have many friends for the first two years, so One Latias was basically all I worked on in my free time.
Much of the story, especially early-on, mirrored what I was going through. Now that I’m starting to move out of that identity-crisis faze, One Latias and Elements do not seem as personal as they used to be, and it’s more difficult to get engaged when writing them.
Meanwhile, the few original short stories and poems I’ve written have been well-received. I’m considering trying to publish one of them in a literary magazine, just to get my name out there. I’ve also started plotting a novel, and that that’s been coming along nicely as well.
I still like to write. It calms my nerves and entertains me. It’s just that as much as I hate to admit it, I don’t feel as attached to fan fiction as I used to be.
So yeah...we seem to be at a turning point, and I'm just as divided as you.
So. It seems our respective fics have pretty much died. I never really thought I'd say that I had lost interest, but I think it's time for me to admit it.
Oddly enough I still feel like I'm not done. But I've felt that for nearly a year now, which speaks otherwise. I need either a revolutionary new way to think about this, or to just give up. It's...depressing, I guess, that I feel more inclined to do the latter.