By Kyra-lin Hom
Being a writer used to be simple. There was the basic triumvirate of the writer, the word and the mind-altering substance. With enough popularity came the audience, which went hand-in-hand with the critic and the reactionary devil-may-care/secret crippling self-doubt combo. Very rarely, there was even money. But that was basically it. A writer was their work. The work was its writer.
Then there was the Internet and suddenly, even if a storyline only had 100 followers out of 7 billion people on this planet, those 100 fans could all find one another and forge a fandom. A fandom is exactly what it sounds like. It is an intangible kingdom consisting of everything related to a particular story – be it a book, TV show, game, whatever. The residents are the fans, constantly consuming and generating their own fandom content through chatrooms, role-play, cosplay, fanfiction, fanart, or even just talking obsessively about it with their friends.