What I Learned Writing Fanfiction

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Ok, so if you you haven’t guessed from the title, I write fan fiction.

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(Yes, cue the lack of me being what they call ‘a real writer’ here.)

The two most recent I’m working on right now is Star Vs. The Forces of Evil and Undertale. These are not the most thought-provoking adult material…well, Undertale could be interpreted that way, but I’m interested in these two series. Star Vs. The Forces of Evil brings out my love of shojo/ magical girl and Daron Nefcey making fun of it.

Undertale…is like Doctor Who for me, just a guilty pleasure. Toby Fox really outshines himself with taking something like Mother (Earthbound) and expanding on that lore and other J-RPGs that involve kids in dangerous, adult-like situations. Yes, it sounds somewhat horrible, but don’t many of us love drama?

Why do I write fan fiction?

  1. It’s great practice. If you have ever read fan fan fiction reviews, you can gauge just what readers like and don’t like. Now, that only appeals to the genre you’re writing, but fans know when you’re writing too far out of character.
  2. It’s fun. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there where one show has royally pissed us off and we wanted to change the ending (*cough, cough* Breaking Bad), so why not have fun with it?
  3. Fan fiction reviewers are some of the biggest critics you’ll read on a post. Yes, don’t think about editors and big time editors that will someday read your draft and possibly throw it in the trash. No, you should be thinking about the reviewers that post to your stories. You know why? The same people that follow you on the fan fiction trail are probably the same people that will read you work.

Now, what I’ve learned from fan fiction is patience. You can post all you want and not get a single follower. This means waiting up all night for that one review that you hope will be a great review.

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So, where does this come in when it comes to fiction writing? Well, once you get that one review, it catches on. If you have ever gone to fanficiton.net or Wattpad, you start to notice stars or comments. It only takes one vote to catch on, and you’re off. The problem is…the waiting game.

I first started writing a Star vs. fan fiction back in March, and I only had 2 followers. Now, I’ve got 12. Not something to write home about, but something to think about ┬áMy other fan fiction is Undertale, and it’s starting to take off as well.

So, when trying to write your draft, think about writing fan fiction if you have time as practice and a way to gather an audience.

If anybody here wants to give my fan fiction a spin, check me out on:

Fanfiction.net: shindouga1

Wattapad: shindougal

~L.C. Clements