Writing a fan fiction is never easy, especially if the story you had in mind has a serious note to it. It takes time, patience (a whole lot of it, in fact!), a couple (or two, or more) inspiration, and a clear direction of where you want it to go. That rings true even when you are writing an original and not just a fanfic.
There would be times when a writer would hit that abominable wall called “a writer’s block” or times when she (or he) would feel tired of continuing on with the story. Abandoning a story is easier than continuing on with it. Sometimes a long hiatus could even result to a story (or a fanfic) being cancelled and left to be forgotten until it is but a speck of memory. I know I have a couple of fanfics on hold myself as I wait for the right inspiration to come or even to get out of the lazy slump for those particular fanfics (since I can’t really say I’m feeling lazy about writing, what with writing another fanfic and two books), but I do plan on finishing them…eventually.
I really didn’t think that I would come around writing a Daniel X fanfiction. For one, I felt as though I wouldn’t do the fandom justice as it was very hard to write using characters that a well-known author had created and to try to put them into character, not change them too much that it would be more of an AU. The primary reason that I wrote this fanfic and gave it that title was because I was itching to read what happens next to Daniel and his drang and that the fourth book (the title of which is also the title of this fanfic) was still a couple of months (almost a year, actually) away and there weren’t that many fan fiction in FFN that could satiate my hunger for it.
One of my mantra when writing stories is this: If you want to read a story, but you can’t find one…write one. And that is what sort of happened with my first Daniel X fan fiction.
At that time, there wasn’t any information about what the fourth book was about. All we had was the title. With that title (Game Over), my mind went overdrive and I started to make the story in my head on what I had thought the book was about. Eventually, I started the draft before it evolved into what has been published on FFN.
I was so excited about this fanfic. And then, I slowed down with the updates. There are many reasons as to why, one of them includes the fact that I was working on my book (Winged: The Awakening) and had to focus on that. Another not-so-stellar reason was because I started to lose the drive.
But then the actual Daniel X: Game Over book came out. At first, I was excited and I breezed through the book like forest fire. To say that I was disappointed with how it turned out is stating it mildly. It was not good. It wasn’t interesting compared to the third book. It was like James Patterson pulled back a little with it and I was not happy.
Not. Happy. At. All.
Thanks to that, my zeal in finishing the fanfic came back full force. I steeled my resolve to update as frequently as I could and to finish the fanfic so as to not leave anyone hanging. And then I finished making adjustments and just began to wait out to publish on schedule.
One day I decided to check the last parts of the fanfic, wondering if I should change anything, make anything better and I noticed that I left it open for a sequel–a continuation–without really thinking about doing so. Sure, the idea of writing a next DX fan fiction entered my mind a couple of times but those were quick and fleeting and I didn’t have an idea on what it would be about. But when I reread what I have written, the idea formed itself on my mind.
Hence, even though this fan fiction that took ten months to finish, is coming to an end I am not at all in that bitter-sweet moment. I am actually feeling excited as there is another fan fiction on the way. A sequel to Game Over. The title of this new DX fanfic is Daniel X: Out of Time.
I won’t be divulging anything about the plot, but I am willing to give you guys a sneak peak soon! XD
Dream on; Fly on!