Struggling With a Fanfiction Addiction

I read too much fanfiction. I know I do. I’m actually reading fanfiction right now as I’m writing this. I write a few words, then go read some, then write some more. It’s frustrating, and not in a good way.

It’s been going on for almost two years. Even when I can’t find something new to read, I re-read things on my favorites list. I do this when I should be doing something productive, like working on things that bring me money. I’m poor, I should love money, and I do, but getting away from fanfic long enough to earn it has been a problem for two years.

Only recently have I been getting better, and only because I’m doing the “If you want to read, do some work first, asshole,” trick. I write for money, then go read a few paragraphs, then write some more. It’s the only way I’ve found that I get anything done.

Why is this a problem for me? Is it a problem for anyone else? Or am I just addicted to living in a fictional world not of my own creation? It’d be different if it allowed my creative juices to flow, allowing me to actually start that novel I always wanted to write. But it doesn’t. If anything, it keeps me from being original at all, as anything I do write comes out sounding a lot like something straight out of Harry Potter or Castle.

I’m at a loss as to how to get rid of my fanfiction addiction. I don’t want to stop reading fanfic, that sounds terrible. But I can’t keep going on like this or I’m going to be homeless, hungry, and fanfiction-less.

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