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Now, some of you
might be asking yourself, "What is fan fiction?"
It's a story, regardless of length, where the characters and/or setting
are taken from a popular television series or movie. They are then used
in a plot derived by the author's imagination with the intent of sharing
with others who enjoy that particular TV show or movie.
Don't be fooled into believing writing fan fiction is easy; it's not.
The characters and setting might have already been created, but you have
readers—and readers know these characters inside and out, forward
and backward, from top to bottom.
will tell you whether a character reaction is correct and let you know
if your plot is believable. Some will offer suggestions on how to improve
your story. They will sometimes even tell you how they would write your
story if they had used that plot.
As with writing
from scratch—where you face editors to make certain your characters,
plot, setting and motivation are all believable—writing fan fiction
presents you with "editors" of a different type. More times
than not, those who read fan fiction are the toughest audience.
If you can make your readers feel like they're watching another scene
in the movie or another episode in the television show, then you can celebrate
your achievement. After that, you get to start the process all over again
on your next story—because it's a guarantee your readers won't let
you stop at just one!
applies to writing fan fiction that applies to writing any other format—the
end result more than makes up for the struggle to get there.
Would you like to read some samples for yourself? Click on one of the
two graphic images below to take you to the page for that television show.