It’s much harder to strike out on your own. I’ve been writing fanfiction here and there for about two years. I get more recognition for the sparse stories I wrote about other people’s characters than what I’ve come up with on my own.
I don’t really care about likes, I just want someone to give me constructive criticism. That’s why I’m sharing my stories after all. I want to grow as a writer.
But I guess if forging your own path was easy, it wouldn’t be so exciting.