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Here it comes…

Now, I’m going to write a word that will most likely evoke a strong reaction in most of you, are you ready?… You sure?…

Fanfiction.

Oh yes, the word that is spoken in hushed whispers between writers.

Fanfiction is one of those topics that gets a lot of writers into a heated debate, but I’m not here to talk about fanfiction as a good or bad thing for literature. I am going to talk about it as a writing tool.

I think fanfiction is great in a few ways:

– It gets people writing who wouldn’t write otherwise, and then from there, discover a passion for writing to go on and produce their own stuff.
– It shows how much passion people can have for their ‘fandoms’ 😀

Do I write fanfiction? Yes, I do.

I think I could almost feel a collective cringe from some people reading this at that admittance!

But let me explain why I write it.

I don’t write fanfiction to be read by anyone else, I write fanfiction only for me. When I was younger I posted fanfiction for the public, but haven’t for many years. Nowadays, I write fanfiction for my eyes only.

And I do it because it’s fun.

Fanfiction gives me a release, it gives me a place to just write for me, to be able to write without the thought that anyone will ever see it. It also means I don’t have to think about characters or setting because they are already done, all I have to do is write. Write for the pleasure of it. That doesn’t mean my writing ability plummets to a terrible level, I still use it as practice to better my writing.

When I did post fanfiction for the public, most of the comments I got were about the way I was good at keeping the much loved characters of someone else in-character. Taking the characters of someone else and writing them myself was amazing practice at keeping my own characters in-character throughout my works.

Obviously I get great amounts of pleasure from writing my own works 😀 That’s the most fun. But at the moment, as I have said, I can’t start working on a new story because I’m trying to focus on finishing my other books.

Fanfiction gives me that writing release whilst not making my head focus on starting a new story.

I can understand why fanfiction gets a bad rep, some of it is rather… interesting, yeah, let’s go with that word 😀

But for me, fanfiction isn’t a guilty pleasure, it is just a pleasure. I enjoy writing it, and sometimes I love to read it. Will anyone ever see my fanfiction? No, but that is part of what is nice. It’s all for me.

How do you feel about fan fiction? Do you write it? Do you read it? Do you have a favourite fandom?

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Reading.

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70 thoughts on “Here it comes…

  1. I believe 50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfiction. Inspiration can come anywhere. In a way a great deal of writing is inspired by other writing that we are fans of.

    • A selection, whatever takes my fancy 😀 I have many fandoms, but my mind does tend to sway from one to another as to which is my favourite!

      Do you write any?

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

      • I do find fanfiction a great, easy way to get some quick writing relief 😀

        I thought the answer was vague enough! 😉 Who doesn’t like a bit of mystery?

      • A lot of my stuff tends to focus around video games at the moment 😀 Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 being a focus. Don’t get me started on those games, I could talk about them for hours!

      • Interesting! And good on you, Winter, for getting that little tidbit out of Mishka 😀

        Gaming is one of my guilty pleasures – I’ve never considered reading or writing fanfiction (is that one or two words?), but if I had the time (i.e. if my own story wasn’t constantly clamouring in my head that it wants needs to be written), I suppose it could be… interesting. I might feel a little guilty that I’m intruding in another writer’s space, but, as you say, if it’s just for oneself, what’s the harm?

  2. I’ve never written any, but I don’t have a problem with it. It actually sounds like a good idea to get your creative juices flowing. I might try it as I’m currently editing and not able work on my new story, which requires more attention than I can give to it right now. Great post, got me thinking. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed it! I find fanfiction a good way for quick writing release 😀 Don’t have to think of anything but the writing. I could write my own short stuff, but I always seem to bog myself down with planning setting and characters, so fanfiction stops me doing that!

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  3. Was gonna ask what fanfic you write but seems winter beat me to it … though you never really answered lol. I don’t write any myself but enjoy them on occasion. It amazes me when people can write so true to someone else’s characters.

    • It is great practice, trying to keep everyone ‘right’ 😀 I can understand why fanfic can get a bad rep, but I still think it has its place.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  4. I hadn’t heard of fan fiction before. Is that showing my age or ignorance? Does that mean you choose a favourite author and work with those favourite characters? Go for it, it sounds fun.

    • You haven’t heard of fanfiction? I think that’s kinda nice 😀 It’s where people take the characters and setting of a book, tv show, video game, etc and make their own stories out of them. It’s great fun, though some of it isn’t the best written and can get kinda weird!

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

    • Some of the fanfiction I’ve read has been great, the writing high quality and the characters all great! 😀 It nice to delve further into a fandom and explore what other people have created for it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  5. Another great post 🙂 I’ve never written any fan fiction myself but like you said, anything that gets people engaging with language and creativity is good in my eyes. Sure, a lot of fan fiction might be somewhat questionable in terms of content but I think it’s supposed to fantastical and over the top by it’s very nature because most often it’s meant as a harmless release! 🙂

    • You’re totally right, because fanfiction is just for fun, people can go as crazy as they like 😀 It really is a great way to get people to begin writing and find their passion for it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  6. The closest I’ve really come to fanfic has been some stories set in the game-world created by a friend for his RPG system… I suppose overly elaborate backstorys for game characters could totally count, right?
    I think anything that gets people writing is good!

  7. My husband (also a writer, and a far more prolific one than I), uses fanfiction sometimes as his warm up writing. He spends 10-20 minutes on that and then moves on to his original work.

    • I think it is a great tool for warm-ups, that’s a great idea 😀 I do like just letting loose and having fun with it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  8. I love fanfiction. It’s awesome, awesome, awesome 😀 I write it (haven’t in a while, but I do have a few fanfics of my own), read it, and sometimes, I go through short lived phases where all I read is fanfiction, and a load of it at that.

    My favorite fandom is the Harry Potter fandom, though I definitely have others that are close favorites!

    • There is a certainly a selection on fanfiction to choose from when it comes to Harry Potter. I think the more characters a book or movie has, the more fanfic it will get because people want to take secondary characters and give them more time 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  9. “Fanfiction” is actually how I got back into writing after giving it up for a “real career”. In high school, I used to write all the time, but somewhere it just got lost. Then my girlfriend suggested we start writing together again, just for fun, and the character I came up with was basically a modern day descendant of one of my favorite author’s books. Since then, Asylum has grown into its wonderful beast, but without being able to lean on Amelia’s world and setting first, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered trying. But the joy of playing around in her world helped me catch fire again, and here I am, editing my first novel. 🙂

    Also, I LOVE Labyrinth fanfiction. The movie gives you just enough to start with, and some of the fanfics are quite creative when it comes to solving the unresolved issues left from the movie. Plus I had a huge crush on The Goblin King when I was younger, so that’s fun too. 😛

  10. I’ve barely ever written fanfiction, nor do I read much, but I’ve been creative consultant on a huge rewrite of all SW six movies (and beyond and between). I am more of a fanvidder, but you could say that my roleplaying experience in the Star Wars universe is also fanfiction to a degree. I don’t understand why fanfiction or any fanworks can really be seen as something bad. To me there are many wonderful fanfiction writers and works, and bad ones, just as there are published authors. 🙂

    • Some fanfictions are brilliant quality, and a real credit to writing! I love that people want to take their passion and love for a tv show or book, etc, and keep it going. To me, that is the highest form of praise 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  11. Aaaah, fan fiction. I definitely got my start there. I have actually read a lot of very good fan fiction in my time – reading it is what got me writing in the first place, in fact. And you’re sure right about being able to focus on actual writing because you’re not trying to build any worlds; they’re already built. Just supplanting with your own input. I very much agree.

    I understand its bad rap, but not all fan fiction is deplorable. :]

    I wrote fanfics for yeeeeaaars. It has a special place in my heart. I no longer do, however, but the old ones I posted online are still out there. Not very good on quality, but good for nostalgia’s sake. And I don’t think of it as a mistake, either.

    Love this post. Keep on keepin’ on, Mishka!

    • Glad you enjoyed the post 😀 Fanfiction is definitely a topic not talked about enough in a good light. It is a great writing tool, and is where a lot of writers find their passion for story telling!

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  12. I write fanfiction (not as much time for it any more, though). I started out writing original fiction, then kind of lost my heart for it when a good writing friend passed away. Fanfiction got me writing again a few years later. Fanfiction was where I learned how to finish what I started (since there was no pressure for it to be any good, I was just able to have fun writing). I also learned a lot about plotting. And since I do post my fics and I do want them to be good (for myself, not for other people’s approval), I also learned a lot about editing.

    My fandom is Sailor Moon. I write a couple of side characters in the story, whose budding romance ended in the show when one of them died. I write to give them the happy ending they should have had! So now they’ve got at least a dozen novels’ worth of happy endings 😀

    • That’s exactly how I feel. Fanfiction is a great tool to get us writing, and find that passion if we might have lost it a little. Having a place to practice writing and get back into the swing of it before moving back onto our works.

      I’ve never watched Sailor Moon, but I know it’s a BIG fandom 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

    • I don’t think there’s any shame in that at all 😀 Inspiration comes in many forms, and fanfictions are stories in themselves.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  13. I don’t read or write fan fiction, but I don’t have a strong opinion about it either way. I think as writers we need to use every tool at our disposal, and if writing fan fiction works for you – fantastic. I have to say, after your post, I’m intrigued. I don’t know whether to have a go, do a little research, or set it as the genre for Sunday’s Featured Fiction! Great post – you always challenge us to think and reflect on our own processes and opinions about the craft 🙂

    • Fanfiction is great fun, a really different set of skills to practice as a writer, because it forces you to take other characters and settings and keep everything honest to what they originally were 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  14. Lol Love it. no i dont write fanfic but i dont put down anyone who does. I am also tryignto not start anything new until i finish up a few things good luck!

    • I do like to try and focus on one project at a time, but I miss writing something chronic when I’m not working on a story 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  15. You have a TON in final edits!!! I’m green with envy!

    Fan Fic is something that fandom can surround. Yes, it can create some confusion if the author goes back to that world and writes something further on, but ultimately you have to remember it is fan fic.

    • Yeah, final edits are driving me a bit crazy 😀 But I think I’m trudging through, slowly but surely!

      Yeah, fanfic is a fan’s creation, not canon or set in stone. It’s all for fun and should be remembered that way 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

    • I have seen the book around a lot on other’s blogs, sounds like great fun 😀 Thank you for the recommendation, will definitely have to pick up a copy!

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  16. I adore fanfiction. It was my life when I was in my late teens, and they were all the better for it. It’s still the writing I get the most pleasure out of, most of the time, because I get to spend time in the company of characters I love dearly (and un-dead them, as is so often the case).

    • It is great to be able to take a passion for someone’s created work and continue it on. I think that is definitely one of the best ways of seeing how much people love and appreciate a work 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  17. I’m so out of it I didn’t know what fanfiction was, but have learned so much through your blog and your readers’ comments. Huh, so writers are ‘put down’ for writing fanfiction? That seems ridiculous to me, because the writers are still using their imagination and they’re still writing – so a win/win situation. I believe as a child I was writing ‘fanfiction’ in my head, because I’d watch a TV show and then create my own stories with these same characters. It was fun and creative and probably led me into being a writer.
    Thanks for opening my eyes to another form of writing!

    • Glad you enjoyed the post and that it was informative! 😀 Yeah, fanfiction tends to get put down, but I can only see it as a great way to get people writing, even if they’re not brave enough to write their own stuff. As long as people are using their imagination and having fun, why should that be a bad thing?

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  18. My sister introduced me to fanfiction back in the day while we were waiting for the Twilight sequels to come out. Some really horrible stuff on there, but some it is good. I liked the crossover ones, like Twilight meets HP. I believe The Mortal Instruments stories started as fanfiction as well. I don’t write it, but I see the value in it . . . my middle school students write fanfiction all the time, including with my novels! I love to see what they come up with 🙂

    • My sister was the one to introduce me to fanfiction too 😀 There was some pretty dire stuff out there, like you say, but some was just hilarious!

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  19. You will NOT get a cringe out of me over fanfiction. It’s a great way to explore an outlandish idea with no concerns for critics and marketing promotions. I recently completed the first part of a fanfiction and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

    • Exactly, it’s just a great way to let loose and have fun with writing 😀 No worries about if the story’s going to sell or anything like that!

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

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    • Me too, it’s nice to see people take such well known characters and find out what they do with them and how they’re updated 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  21. Have you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell? It’s about a college student who wries fanfiction. I think you’ll like it.
    I haven’t written much fanfiction though I have written some however. I agree that it gets the imagination going.

    • I have seen ‘Fangirl’ around, lots of people seem to be loving it, so I’m definitely going to have to pick up a copy 😀 Thank you for the recommendation.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

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  23. I used to read a lot of fanfiction (Supernatural mostly) but I found that after reading books the lack of an editing process tended to destroy the story. Too many typos/bad grammar! But I think people misjudge fanfiction. For an author to do well and stay true to the characters from the shows/books, it requires such deep understanding of them. I think writing good fanfiction is an amazing skill 🙂

  24. Reblogged this on The Grandeur of Writing and commented:
    I stumbled across this post and I really like it and it’s views on fanfiction. Sometimes I really don’t understand why fanfiction gets such a bad rep. Sure, there are poorer quality ones just like there are poorer quality books, but even so I know there are plenty of fanfic writers that write beautifully, creating some high quality gems within all the different fandoms.

    I also think many people use it as a way to practice and hone in on their writing skills as well as just enjoying the different scenarios and possibilities with pre-established characters and worlds. (Not that I can speak for anyone but myself) Fanfiction is fun. It’s entertainment for the people that love a certain show, book series or game. It expands upon the original canon into limitless over things.

    Yes, there are sometimes those weird fanfics or ones that are just plain bad but still to discredit all fanfiction as a lower level of writing that can’t equate with original published ideas is wrong. It’s writing done simply by fan who admires someone’s original work.

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