Fan Fiction Basics: Learning to be a WriterMore Like This
Recently, I've had some heated discussions with friends who aren't fan fiction authors. One, in particular, has a vendetta against those of us who write fan literature. I asked him why, and his explanation was simple: most fan authors can't write. More than that, they have no desire to improve their writing.
As a fan fiction author, I couldn’t argue. Most people use fan fiction as a stepping stone to original fiction. I’m the other way around — I learned how to write prose long before I ventured into fandom. There are certain skills, habits and facts that escape fan fiction authors because they have never had to deal with them. They have never been placed in a position to learn. And, more importantly, most fan fiction authors haven’t even learned how to learn writing as a skill set.
Some of those things are beyond wha