How Fangirling Can Help Your Writing

This seemed an extremely appropriate topic for today, given that the object of my recent fangirl obsession comes to fruition tonight. Yep, that’s right, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 8pm showing EST. I got my outfit, my earrings, my bear. I ain’t playing, people. It’s time to get my Marvel on.

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But this is not the first thing I’ve fangirled (totes a legitimate verb, btw). I’m a professional.   

X-Men? I’m all in. Star Wars? Since I was seven. Star Trek? Don’t even ask unless you really want to know. It’s not only movies and television, I fangirl books as well. Black Dagger Brotherhood – loooooved them. Harry Potter – For the last four releases, I went to Target at midnight to buy my copy as soon as they unpackaged them. Then I stayed up reading until I was done.   harry-potter-book

I’m that girl, unapologetically.

But what does all of this enthusiasm and energy for someone else’s creative work mean for my work? Does my writing suffer because I’m off the scale excited for some sci-fi, fantasy and superheroes? NO.

Believe me, it’s possible that everything would be neglected in the wake of my flailing and feels, but that’s not what happens. Instead, when I’m riding a fangirl high, I’m more invested in my stories than ever.

I’ve also noticed two things with this most recent fangirl frenzy:

  1. My excitement over this movie, the comic book story line, the characters (OMG the conflicted characters!!!) teasers and trailers has only made me more excited about my story telling. I want to write something entertaining and compelling, something people will be eager to read. I want to produce a book that will cause laughs, throat lumps and seal claps by The End. I don’t know if readers will smile and seal clap as much as I will tonight, but I’d be thrilled if they came anywhere close. If I can have readers who love my story even half as much I love the Winter Soldier story, I’ll take it. SOLD! To the lady in the Bucky T-shirt.
  2. I can use my giddiness as an effective rewards system for being productive. This is probably letting my fan crazy show, but is that really so secret? No, I didn’t think so. Moving on… Let’s say I know a sneak peak or trailer is going to be released one night; I set a goal with watching that trailer as the reward. Write 2,000 words, finish a chapter, write a blog entry, edit a manuscript or critique – whatever it is I want to accomplish – I have to accomplish it and then I can watch the trailer. Turns out, I’ll far exceed my goal because the prize on the horizon shines like a gleaming shield in the rubble of a fallen city. …Too much??? I don’t even care! 🙂

I’d love to know what you love. Maybe it’s shoe shopping or reality TV. Those can be used as prizes too. What rewards do you give yourself for a job well done? What do you fangirl and how can it be a positive influence on your writing?

More importantly, What Would Steve Rogers Do?



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