I’ve been trying to find a way to bridge my fanfiction writing and original fiction. This is excellent.
A great many bloggers I enjoy and admire have been talking about fanfiction in the last few months. I’ve been quiet on this topic for the most part, even when I really want to jump in, because I know very well I’m biased. I said it way back in my first post: my very first fumblings in writing were all fanfiction.
Fanfiction gets a bad rap. At times, it deserves this. If the only fanfiction you’ve ever read was “My Immortal” (warning, have booze on standby for that one, my friends.) then yeah, you’re going to think it’s dumb. But there are people who put real effort and thought into their fanfiction.
These kinds of fanfics have four things in common: They respect the style of the original work, they use the world as a scaffold and not a crutch, they grow the characters, and they use English…
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