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When are you too old to write Fanfics?:

 26 Karalora, Fri, 17th Aug '12 4:45:16 PM from San Fernando Valley, CA Relationship Status: In another castle
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I'm 35. My writing gets better every year.
Ooh la la!
I am a 42 year old mother with teenagers.

I write fanfiction. Of Disney movies.

It is great fun, and exercise for the imagination. I do it to practice my writing skills, in case an original fiction plotbunny ever pops into my mind.
Saving a file as dlsfkjgldfgjdf because I'm too lazy to think of a title.
 28 d Roy, Tue, 11th Sep '12 11:12:15 AM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
The age really doesn't matter.

However, when you are old, you usually don't have time to write fanfics (of course, there are always expections, just look around in this forum alone, for example).

I am 20. I am not too old to write fanfics I will probably never be.

I am, however, too disillusioned to write fanfics.

edited 11th Sep '12 11:12:21 AM by dRoy

 29 Karalora, Tue, 11th Sep '12 3:24:22 PM from San Fernando Valley, CA Relationship Status: In another castle
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@Lemon Bon Bons

Disney, eh? Which movies? I've been knocking around the idea of a sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that partakes heavily of "Snow White and Rose Red" (even though the originals had nothing to do with each other). I've gotten a little bit written, but it's tough to do anything with Snow White since she's such a nonentity in the film.
Ooh la la!
Hi Karalora!

[up]To answer your question, I spent the last year writing a sequel series to Beauty and the Beast. That is the only Disney film I have really wanted to write fanfic for, but I might do another. I like your idea of a Snow White sequel! I liked the two live action Snow White films that came out recently, so that fandom might be picking up more interest, just like Beauty has since it was rereleased in 3D.

edited 12th Sep '12 8:45:02 AM by LemonBonBons

Saving a file as dlsfkjgldfgjdf because I'm too lazy to think of a title.
 31 qtjinla 15, Wed, 12th Sep '12 3:36:34 PM from Los Angeles
Qtjinla15
When your computer automatically types everything by voice command, you get arthiritis, you're too tired from work, or 42.

Knouge forever!!
Im 15 years old, and I do a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic.

edited 13th Sep '12 3:33:55 PM by miru

I am completely, utterly, and thoroughly done with Sola Sonica and 2D
X-ALL!
Today I realized that I grew over something in fanfic: shipping. Not that I stopped to like well-written romances, but it's just that I stopped to care about shippings, I even deleted my favorite ship list in my profile, but probably I still have a soft spot for them. Perhaps is this a sign I'm getting too old?
My work is here. Current main fic: Tengen Toppa Gurren Solvernia
 34 CDRW, Sun, 17th Feb '13 2:47:04 PM Relationship Status: Mu
Fanfiction is legitimate literature. Why would you ever consider yourself too old to write it?
 35 Sessalisk, Sun, 17th Feb '13 3:05:25 PM from Wheeeeeeeee
Not liking shipping anymore is probably just a sign of your tastes changing or maturing.

I might just be speaking for myself here, but when you've been exposed to less good stuff and your standards are lower, you'll settle for anything that fulfills the story requirements of having x or y. As long as it meets certain basic requirements, the quality of writing or storytelling doesn't really matter.

Caaan anybody find me... Somebody to ♠
 36 Santos L Halper, Sun, 17th Feb '13 7:57:28 PM from The Canterlot of the North
A Gentlecolt and a Bard
I believe death may greatly hinder one's fanfic writing skills.
Belted plaid and mane sae braw,
Bonny Pony, Skyland Pony,
Have yet been at Canterlot,
Bonny Pony, Skyland Pony?
 37 Another Duck, Sun, 17th Feb '13 8:08:23 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
I think you're exaggerating a little.
Check out my fanfiction!
 38 Mort 08, Sun, 17th Feb '13 8:12:50 PM from Oklahoma Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Pirate AND writer!
How old is E.L. James?

edited 17th Feb '13 8:13:04 PM by Mort08

 39 gwonbush, Sun, 17th Feb '13 9:04:13 PM Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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When you are 125, you are probably too old to write fanfiction. In fact, you are probably too old to do much of anything besides decompose.

I am actively writing fanfics for Total Drama Island, which is (allegedly) a children's cartoon show. (Originally a parody of Survivor, if you're not familiar with it.) I am 53 years old, which probably makes me the world's oldest fanfic writer for this show. My wife, 47, may be the world's second-oldest. Unlike so many fanfic writers, I don't aspire to write professionaly.

This was a situation where age has its advantages. When I posted my first story on a single-fandom wiki dedicated to fanfics for this show, none of the kids there had seen fanfics in anything like my "old school" writing style, and my story took the wiki by storm. I have since become an admin on the site and am known as the site's foremost "dark" writer.

The fact is, I never intended to write stories. It all started when I got an idea for a truly weird crossover: "What if Gilbert and Sullivan had written Total Drama Island?" That doesn't have an original plot, though, so it's technically an adaptation of TDI but is really more a work of scholarship than anything else.

Anyway, whilst I was setting a verse for this compilation, a plot bunny popped in from out of the blue, and the rest is history. I've since written a second short story, two vignettes for an anthology, and I'm currently working on a Door Stopper reimagining of Total Drama's first season. This remake is unusual for, among other things, the fact that I assume no prior knowledge at all on the part of the reader. I introduce the characters as if the reader has never heard of Total Drama. Reader response was enthusiatic, to put it mildly.

By the by, I have launched works pages on this very wiki for several of my stories, including the G&S crossover. See my Troper page for a complete listing.

When are you too old to write fanfic? NEVER!

 42 Blue Ninja 0, Tue, 19th Feb '13 2:39:49 PM from The Middle of Nowhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Plotting my Escape
most people stop writing fanfics when they get a job - sabrina diamond
I write fanfics because I have a job. I need something to save me from the mind-crushing banality.

you are too old to write fanfics when you grow disillusioned to your primary fandom - dRoy
Wouldn't you just change 'primary' fandoms at that point?

when you no longer derive joy from posting bafflingly grotesque pony porn on the Internet. - Iaculus
Wait, what?

My writing gets better every year. - Karalora
Mine mostly improved after a ten year break from writing. grin

I'm over 30 (but still well under 40) and after my ten year hiatus, have started several Mass Effect fics that have been received to varying degrees of popularity on FF.net. Only one has made it into the fanfic recs here, though.
The mark of a place joining the civilised section of the Internet is when it starts banning people being assholes in their space-Silas W
 43 Cganale, Wed, 20th Feb '13 2:10:53 AM from Universe 1138 Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Scum, the Bounty Hunter
When you look back at the most recently-dated material you've posted somewhere, observed the responses (if any), and asked yourself, "What the hell am I even thinking? This is poorly-written rubbish and the plot was an ill-conceived fever dream to begin with."

That's when you're too old.
Well, that went about as well as I expected...
 44 Sessalisk, Wed, 20th Feb '13 8:00:52 PM from Wheeeeeeeee
When you look back at the most recently-dated material you've posted somewhere, observed the responses (if any), and asked yourself, "What the hell am I even thinking? This is poorly-written rubbish and the plot was an ill-conceived fever dream to begin with."

That's when you're too old.

soz, but last time I checked that was actually called "getting better at writing". tongue
Caaan anybody find me... Somebody to ♠
 45 Cganale, Wed, 20th Feb '13 9:00:28 PM from Universe 1138 Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Scum, the Bounty Hunter
No, looking back at the oldest stuff you've written and declaring it filth is getting better at writing.

But when your most recent posting is not even a year old, and you go back to continue it and are disgusted with yourself for having written it, which is underscored by the lukewarm or even hostile responses of people who have read it, it's time to quit.
Well, that went about as well as I expected...
 46 Another Duck, Thu, 21st Feb '13 5:54:18 AM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
No, it's time to learn from it. Unless you're a quitting quitter who quits. Well, depending on if you like to write or not. If you do, keep writing.
Check out my fanfiction!
 47 Sessalisk, Thu, 21st Feb '13 6:30:46 AM from Wheeeeeeeee
Ye, that's still called "getting better at writing".

It's amazing how much someone can improve in a few months, especially if they have someone else helping them.
Caaan anybody find me... Somebody to ♠
 48 Napoleon De Cheese, Thu, 21st Feb '13 9:19:54 AM from Valencia, Venezuela
I Want to Protect That Smile
I believe most writers have a peak, after which they just can't get any better and instead take a path downhill.
Haters gonna hate, apologists gonna make apologies up.
 49 Another Duck, Thu, 21st Feb '13 9:49:12 AM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
I believe that peak is achievable after circa 150 years of experience. Unless you're dedicated to it, or talented, or think it's plain fun, in which case it's longer.
Check out my fanfiction!
 50 Cganale, Thu, 21st Feb '13 2:44:01 PM from Universe 1138 Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Scum, the Bounty Hunter
No, I concur with NDC here. I've noticed that my writing, looking over its entirety since I started in the 7th grade, follows a line graph. At the beginning, I was high on awesome plots and low on detail and description. As I did more and gained skill, my plots progressively became shit but I was able to turn a paragraph on a dime and give me eight cents change.

Addendum: And you try to maintain the enthusiasm to write when you've never had a large number of people interested in the shit you produce to begin with, the readerbase of which drops off the more time goes by, and then when it gets to the point that you're only still writing for one or two people, to have them either call your latest posted chapter a mess of garbage (one project) or tell you that you're completely ruining the universe that you're working in when you're discussing future plans for the work (a second project).

edited 21st Feb '13 2:46:43 PM by Cganale

Well, that went about as well as I expected...
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