I need some advice. · 6:17pm
This is probably a dumb thing and I apologize for annoying you with this, but it has been in my head for almost two days and I feel I won’t be able to sleep in peace again until I take this out of my system.
So… In my last blog, aside from introducing you to my beautifully handsome new avatar; I also explained one of the reason why I haven’t written anything in the past months: homework and assignments. The other reason why I haven’t written anything is that I’ve decided it’s time to stop focusing on fanfiction and try to write, and maybe publish, original fiction.
Now, this doesn’t mean I’m leaving. I’m not leaving. There are some stories here I want to keep reading, and I will watch Season 4. I may even make a new one-shot every once in a while, if I have the inspiration. But I will need to use almost all the spare time I have left to write a novel if I want to become a published author at some point in my life.
But then, yesterday, a worrying thought occurred to me: Can my fanfics give me troubles?
I mean, will I have to delete them if I want to become a published author? Or will everything be alright as long as I keep my Internet life separated from my real life, which is what I was going to do anyway? Should I tell the editorial about the existence of my fanfics? Will it be worse if I keep them as a secret and later they find about them? I have (poorly done) fanart of some videogames on my deviantart account. Can that give me troubles? Will I need to publish under a pen name? I hope not, I want to see my name in the shelvings of a library someday.
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? (I always wanted to say that )
I’ve searched a bit through the Internet to see if there is some information about this, and I’ve found several answers. It seems some editorials don’t care about fanfics as long as they’re not published under the author’s real name. Others ask the authors to take down all the fanfiction. Apparently the author of The Mortal Instruments took down all of her fanfiction, although it seems that was because The Mortal Instruments is very similar to her fanfictions, which won’t be my case. Just like HIM from The PowerPuff Girls, I never repeat performances. Well, almost never…
I’ve tried to rationalize this a bit to calm myself down: I’m not a famous person on this site, much less in the community, and I don’t give my real name on the Internet. I even have a different mail direction only for this site and deviantart, never using the one I have for real-life stuff. I don’t make publicity of this site to any of my friends nor relatives, same with my deviantart account. In the case I publish something I probably won’t become the next J.K. Rowling, so unless I tell everyone about them I guess the chances of people discovering my fics is very slim. And if I do become the next J.K. Rowling, then I’ll have enough money to pay ten high-priced lawyers. Overall, there shouldn’t be a problem.
Two cartoon references in a row. I know. I’m sorry.
But I’m still a bit worried about this. Mostly, I don’t want to give troubles to my parents. The last thing they need is a lawyer knocking on their door because of the the Internet adventures of their stupid child. Mmmh… maybe I should have thought about this before joining this site.
Anyway, I wanted to know if any of you can give me advice about this. Do you know any site that talks about this? Do you know any person who is in my situation, or anyone already publishing that can give me some advice? Do any of the people you follow here has addressed this issue in any of their blogs?
I’ll probably delete this blog in a few days (I can’t leave traces of my existence…), but until then any advice or help will be welcomed.
Thank you all.