Today kids, I’m going to rock your world with the tangled realms of…dum dum duuuum! Fan fiction.
This is one of the avenues I personally pursued to get into writing stories.
It provides a sort of template for you to add your own ideas to and then watch them flourish. The backgrounds and characters are already established and can be tinkered with however you see fit – you sort of get creative without even knowing it.
You even enjoy yourself into the bargain.
I think we all read novels, watch films and see musicals that we all fall madly in love with. Some are best just left alone, others spark your imagination. The hunger to continue the story that you’ve read – or retell it, can actually provide a firm creative foundation.
It’s like with drawing I suppose. You copy and copy and copy the greats until you become confident and develop your own style. Then someone will emulate you, then find their own. We are like each other’s mother ducks, nudging each other’s fragile creativity into the pond of wonderment.
Fan fiction is, erm, I wouldn’t go as far as saying easy but perhaps easier than writing something from scratch. The characters, setting and the kitchen sink are all there for you to play with. It doesn’t matter if you write like a kid or a laureate – all’s fair and game in the world of fan fiction.