I Believe that FanFiction, at it’s core, is a creative writing practice and writing outlet for future young authors to both express themselves and their creativity. It is a large community with mostly positive people lifting each other. It is a place to find like minded people who can care about your work and the same interests as you.
FanFiction is what got me started writing at the ripe old age of 13, and I still continue to write FanFiction in-between breaks on my original books. I have gone on a very long break at this point because my books is taking a long time, and I also work at a full-time job, so at this point my readers are probably going to kill me… But I know that once I post the next chapter, they will swarm the page like crazy.
Readers are constantly looking for new twists and tales involving their favorite characters from all platforms of life: Books, TV, Anime, and cartoons. And once a reader finds a good author, they look forward to each and every update with such excitement, it’s truly an amazing experience for both the reader and writer.
I will admit that not all stories are amazing gems, but tell me a book that was the author’s first time writing that didn’t make them cringe when they re-read it? Not all first works are wonderful and perfect, and most people who go to FanFiction are there mostly for fun, but there are a few exceptions, and you know them when you see them: Potential further authors.
It isn’t the number of favorites, or reviews their stories get, or how many people are following them. It is the fact that they never gave up. They didn’t just write the first chapter and spill out everything they wanted in the first few seconds then got bored and left it. No, it’s the ones that took their time to make a structured plot and at the end, they marked their story with ‘completed’ no matter how long it took them to finish it.
In my years on FanFiction, including the year long breaks I had to take to do life— I have written over 1,200,000 words on my stories, and thats not even counting the work that I didn’t post. Counting those, my word count probably exceeds 2million. They say the hardest part of a writer is finishing their book, and their first book is always the hardest, but once you do, you can just tell yourself ‘I did it’ so it isn’t has difficult the next time or the time after that.
I have over 6 stories have finished, and my stories avg 70,000 words. So I completed my first story long ago. That hurdle that most people go through when they write there first book… I already did it when I was 13, and that was because it was fun. I could do what I wanted, and had a blast— That doesn’t mean it was good, oh no, I won’t even LOOK at that story— But I didn’t have to worry about if anyone liked it or not, because I was writing it for myself, and I also didn’t have to worry if a agent or publisher liked it, or even if the story would sell. It’s just FanFiction. You are suppose to have fun. But because I began writing so long ago and practiced using FanFiction, was I able to say ‘I’ve done this before’ with my first book, and completed it. I find that most, but not all, authors that wrote FanFiction and did turn to it professionally, are able to complete that hurdle of writing there first book.
FanFiction was there to help me grow as a writer. It helped me find my writing voice. Helped me lengthen my stories and structure. Build better plot ideas. And helped me focus and get everything out of my system, so now when I write a story, I think of so many other things that helps me expand my ideas on what makes a good story, only now, I’m writing my original characters, instead of using pre-made ones.
I still write FanFiction (Or I would like too once I get more time) And I would like to give back to the community and Highlight FanFiction stories that are good, in their own right, as well as help readers find new stories that they might have missed otherwise.