Here’s my question: is writing fan-fiction a good starting point for writing your own stories?
I think the quick answer is probably, yes. But when I think on it a little bit more I wonder if it is also just the avoidance of one’s own ingenuity?
In my own stories, I’ve been working on the world and society building stages, also character development – as far as one can go without having the fully realized story right in front of you. Stories have to evolve along the way for them to have a real feel. But sometimes I get so consumed by the creation, I become completely dumbstruck when it comes to writing the prose. A rich world with rich characters seems to fall flat on its face.
So, is fan-fiction a good way to step out of your own head (to a certain extent) because you already – theoretically – have a lot of the background in the world, even if not the specific character you’re planning the focus on? Is it a fruitful way to focus on developing prose rather than an entire world?
I personally haven’t sought out a lot of fan-fiction – with the exception of some professionally published stories – and I’m sure I’m missing out on some great tales, but frankly, it’s so hard to know where to start. I love reading, but I’m a slow reader, and with the masses of options out there I just get lost…and frankly, a part of me doesn’t want original characters being messed with needlessly.
Let’s be honest, I also fear the soul-crushing discovery my ideas have already been done…I know, it’s all a part of the process.
Maybe it’s something I just have to get over…what do you think?