After I finished all 80, words of the Star Wars fic that published author told me to quit whoopsI finished my second manuscript — one that I was encouraged to write by fan fiction readers. Not only because I was practicing the craft of writing almost every single day from the time that I was about 14 years old, but also because the fandom was so encouraging and supportive.
But it also gives you creative freedom. I was already churning out tens of thousands of words per month as a preteen before it even occurred to me that I might be bad at it.
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While keeping close to the spirit of the original, fanfiction allows children to explore their favorite stories by borrowing characters, plot elements, and settings and using them in their own creative writing process. Undoubtedly this woman meant well — and there is, of course, some truth to her words. I have to write fan fiction to remember why I have that dream in the first place. Second, it allows children to engage in the creative process but gives them established characters and settings as the basis for their own fictional work. Being one of them myself, I know it takes a certain drive to seek out fanfiction. It's not just an escape for me now. Over a decade here can do that! Finally, writing fanfiction can be a highly motivating experience, even for the most reluctant writers, because children are able to model their work after a piece they admire and enjoy. Want to introduce your own character into the established universe?
You find the sweet spot of what you love to write and people want to read. Want to find out what would have happened if Harry ended up with Hermione instead of Ginny?
I still found myself excelling at writing in categories of angst and romance, though, and that carried over to that long-ass Harry Potter story. That work ethic that comes from writing fic is no joke, as the past few years have shown me. Undoubtedly this woman meant well — and there is, of course, some truth to her words.
I was already churning out tens of thousands of words per month as a preteen before it even occurred to me that I might be bad at it. My characterizations improved. Several minutes earlier I'd struck up a conversation with the woman in front of me, who turned out to be a published author. July 24 Photo courtesy of Emma Lord "If you ever wanted to be a published author, you need to stop writing fan fiction immediately. The Readers The people who read fanfiction are also of an interesting breed. So you learn to play with old tropes, and eventually subvert them; mess with familiar character dynamics, and eventually give them surprising, satisfying twists; take side characters from works with barely any dialogue and imagine rich histories for them; and then you watch in real time as readers react to things, and over the years learn not just the kind of writing that you're good at and enjoy, but the kind that people respond to the most viscerally. But it also gives you creative freedom. A list of these can be found on fanfiction. Want to find out what would have happened if Harry ended up with Hermione instead of Ginny? And, holy guacamole, was I bad at it. You often don't need to world build because the framework is right there.
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