While I do not plan on ever leaving fanfic, I am glad I do have work that is wholly my own. Pieces I can claim one hundred percent and not have to have anyone else’s leave to do.
I do not know if I ever envisioned that happening. I enjoy doing fanfic and quite possibly would be happy just doing that.
But to completely create a new situation, almost a new world. To decide who is going to be what (even when that changes more than once). To truly be a creator.
It can be a heady thing.
It’s also hard as hell for that same reason. There are no shorthands you can use cause you know the reader will already have some knowledge of the world. You have to describe everything and explain your characters. You have to be clear about that world.
But it can be worth it.