I joined so I could lurk. There are some mighty fine writers on LJ. I have written professional articles and done editing (magazine and books) but have never written fiction. I got here via my huge letdown at the end of Buffy when I could no longer could get my fix for my very first crush on a fictional character - Spike of course.
I try to comment on every good fic I read hoping encouragement will keep them writing. Published writers are frequently not as accomplished as some writing fanfac - imo.