This is my story. I wrote it, actually I am still writing it. I don’t think I will ever finish it. I love this story. Why? Because it made me want to be a writer. Is it the best story ever? Hell no. But I have a crush on it, and I doubt that will change.
This is the reason it is so awesome. It is mine. I had just finished reading Janet Evanovich’s 16th book. Her Stephanie Plum series had taken hold of me. For years I enjoyed it so much, that I re-read them numerous times. They were just fantastic. Funny,engaging,and sexy. They were great, but frustrating. After the 13th book, something happened. Me, as a fan, wanted things to change. It was not at all right for me to want to drive the boat with any author, but I found that is what I wanted to do most. I wanted the story to move forward, and it never did. As of now, Stephanie still tries to find a happy medium between the two men in her life that she loves. Some people love that she stays the same, but I grew with the character, and I wanted so much more for her. I stopped reading them. I couldn’t do it anymore.
That was when I picked up a pencil and started writing the story I wanted. I had never heard of Fanfiction. I just started doing it. After about 5 chapters, I started wondering if others shared in my obsession to want to fix what I thought was lacking. That was when I found there was entire worlds dedicated to this type of writing, and the community around it was not only vast, but also extreamly devoted. They do so much to encourage you to keep writing, where as I find in typical writing forums that kind of brotherhood is just not around. I was one with these people. A group of slightly misfit writers who churn out some incredible stuff.
Like with anything, there are going to be some terrible representations of favorite books, but no one gives up. And the more stories that people come up with, the better they get at writing, until the characters are not the same as the ones they started with, but have progressed and changed .
Is it a stolen idea? I would say in the beginning, yes, but it morphs into that persons own, and soon they take the story on another course. Fanfiction is an exercise in writing, and creating. It takes you past your demons of inability into a creative conscience. A lot of writers will branch off with their own works, but they still enjoy coming back to this one, and doing more.
It is not just for unpublished writers either. Stephen King, Poe and so many more have also jumped into fanfiction in their careers . And why not? I think it is a huge compliment to any writer too have fanfiction branch out from it. Fanfiction has taught me about writing. About formatting,and structure, it has also given me something to be proud of. Before I found the site, there was no way I would have let anyone view my story. But, since, I have had the confidence to show it to a few people besides the thousands who had read it on the FF website as I went along. And I am posting it here.
I can see through the chapters that I grew in my story telling ability, and I still grow today. Each time I read it, my face flames up, and I am embarrassed. Thinking in no way is it good enough, but now I say, who cares!! It is the first full length book I have ever written, but It is not finished. Last time I posted a chapter was a year ago. But I am still very proud of what I have done, and I still wish to finish it.
So, hold your head up high, anyone who journeys into the FF world. There are so many great people, friends you make by creating in this. There are huge communities on Facebook to help you along the way.
Go Forth and create!! You will never know how enjoyable it is to do it until you try. It is a lot of fun to make the characters you love, your own.
Fanfiction lets you post and publish your works. It is an incredible worthy tool. For people who wish to publish original works, there is the sister site Fictionpress. Other sites for Fanfiction include Archive of our Own, Wattpad and more. My favorite group through Facebook is FanFiction Fanatics , but there are many more. Writing FF teaches you the skills you need to further your passion. It also gives you an outlet to post the stories you have created. Many people review, usually with encouraging results.
For me, I will one day complete this story and make all my readers on the FanFiction sites happy. I encourage you to give Fan Fiction a try, if you have not already.