As a writer, I often get a lot of people telling me that fan fiction isn’t credible or that it isn’t something that should be taken seriously. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I put a lot of effort into my fan fiction, and some of the projects I am working on now have the potential to be as long as any full-length novel. But why would I make such an effort for something that will never make me money? Well sometimes it’s not always about the money, it’s about the journey and the experience you get from it.
I spend just as much time on my original novels as I do on my fan fiction. Both play an essential role in my career. The only difference is that one has the potential to make money, and the other doesn’t. But I treat them both as important projects because they both mean as much to me as the other.
Fan fiction is my laboratory. It’s where I experiment with my own writing style, where I ‘test drive’ certain original characters, plot ideas, and themes. It’s where my writing begins. I see it as practice, just like a musician practices with an instrument or an artist spends time and money learning specific techniques. Fan fiction is no different. I have grown as a writer, and I am continuing to grow, and this is what fan fiction does for me.
I will never make a cent off of my fan fiction. I would consider it unethical to do so. But through fan fiction, many ideas for my original works have sprung. In fact, The Next Dimension is based on ideas I have gotten through the course of writing fan fiction. It’s a jumble of ideas and themes I have gotten from multiple fandoms. You may start to think that this makes my work less original, but that’s not true. Nothing is truly original anymore, what makes it original is when you put your own flares, your own twists on the same themes and concepts. That is what a novel is.
So yes, I will continue to write fan fiction. I generally keep my fan fiction and original works separate from one another and under different pen names, but they both mean just as much to me. Besides, writing should never be about making money, it should always be about the journey, and it should also be because writing is in your blood. Writing is in my blood. It’s who I am, it’s my greatest passion, and that is why I write.