This week as I promised last week, I will be talking about fanfictions! This is one of my favorite genre’s to read and write.
Fanfictions for those who don’t know is someone who writes a piece of fiction based on another authors story. This could be as simple as writing your own character into the same timeline, or changing the story completely to support a new character. Not all fanfictions have new characters even – sometimes they are just “what if” stories.
One of the reasons that I like reading these kinds of stories so much is because you get to take a look at how someone else views a character. Sometimes they even fill in some of the blanks that an author leaves wide open.
There are a lot of people who discredit fanfictions because you are using a world that was created for you. Personally, I have never had a problem with fanfictions because it still tests the skills of a writer and the knowledge of the world that they are inhabiting. If they mess something up, then the fandom with correct them.
I have written several fanfictions over the course of several years, none of which that I still have. I think that fanfictions can be a great place for writers to start with and for them to build a writing habit with. If you are someone who is wanting to write, but don’t know where to start, a fanfiction might be a good place to begin. It gives you a timeline, a set list of characters and you can practice building your own character with the added bonus of maintaining the story line. Yay fanfictions!
There is only one time that I think that a fanfiction would be completely inappropriate and it has to do with publication. There are some personal rules that I would want to follow when it came to that, but I won’t get into that right now. Let’s face it though – most people write fanfictions for the fans and for themselves, so this normally isn’t an issue.
I love writing fanfictions, I’ll never stop. I have a plan in the works to actually work on a collection of fanfictions that explore what would have happened if a single event was changed in the story. I’m currently trying to figure out how I want to pursue it and if I’ll actually bind it into a chapbook, make it a book arts piece, or just post it on here for you guys to read.
Anyway, fanfictions are a staple in my family. Most people that write in my family have done one fanfiction or multiple. The thing to remember with these is that it’s about having fun and trying something different.
Well, that’s all for this week. I will be working on getting The Raven finished and the review posted by Friday. Because of the holiday, I am leaving Washington and driving 12 hours east to visit my family in Montana. I leave tomorrow but will be coming back home on Saturday.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe week!
Till the next chapter,