I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before, “All art is derivative.” It sounds like a negative statement but actually, for writers and creatives that are just starting out, this can be freeing! What a great way to learn your craft, by being inspired and studying the work of those who have gone before you.
We’ve seen this in particular in the writing community with fan fiction. What started as just a fun way to connect with other fans has actually developed into a subgenre of its own and in some cases, has spawned whole new franchises and published works!
Writing fan fiction is a great way to hone your writing skills and explore your creativity. There's no shame in being inspired by the work of others. In fact, it's a great way to learn and grow as a writer. Just make sure you're putting your own stamp on things and creating something that feels authentic and original to you.
Here are some tips on how to get started writing fan fiction:
So go ahead and give fan fiction writing a try! You may be surprised at how much you enjoy it and how much it can improve your writing abilities.