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Sunday Scribblings: Fanfiction Is Fabulous

Hello and welcome back to the Sunday Scribblings!

Let’s talk fanfiction.

I’m an author. And I support fanfiction writers.

Why wouldn’t I? I’m one myself.

I’ve been writing fanfiction since I was twelve years old. That’s over a decade of writing stories about other people’s characters.

But surely that’s plagiarism, isn’t it?

Well yes and no.

You see, fanfiction inhabits a legal grey area.

Image © Emmanuel Huybrechts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ensh/6204837462/).

Yes, the people who create it are using characters that belong to other people without permission.

But we’re not making money from the things we write. So we’re not technically breaking the law.

So why do we write fanfiction?

Because we love the original stories. It’s all about love.

So that’s why fanfiction isn’t bad. But I’d like to go a step further.

I think fanfiction is good for us.

When we write fanfiction, we can focus on putting together a plot. We can experiment with new formats of storytelling. And we can do things we would never dare do in an original piece.

In other words, it makes us better writers.

Painted by Leonid Pasternak; uploaded by Crisco 1492 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonid_Pasternak_001.jpg).

It’s practice. And not only that, but we get feedback from the community.

From kudos to comments, people tell us what we’re doing right and wrong and it helps us get better.

Fanfiction makes us better writers. And I don’t see how that could be a bad thing.

So support fanfiction writers. We are the novelists of the future.

Oh, and “Under the Tree” is still on sale! E-mail me at pennygotch@gmail.com to order!

~ Penny

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Word Count Wednesday: 22nd October 2014

Welcome back!

This week, I introduced my new Sunday Scribblings segment, and promised a new Wednesday segment too!

So what am I posting on Wednesdays?

Word Count Wednesday is a little writing exercise for myself.

With all the work I do for Her Campus as well as running my wrestling blog, I write a lot more than I give myself credit for.

And the point of Word Count Wednesday is to tally up all the words I create in a single week and examine it.

So how many words did I write between Wednesday 15th October and today?

6,288 words, or about 898 words per day.

If we work on the theory that 750 words per day is about the right average, that puts me in a good place.

And what I produced was a great mix of blog posts, Her Campus opinion pieces, fiction and even fanfiction.

Actually, I wrote more fanfiction than I did anything else. Over 2,000 words of it. And I find that fascinating.

Image © icanhazcheeseburger.com.

Now I’m a big advocate of fanfiction. But that’s not why I wrote that most of all.

No, I think it’s more that the story I picked is one I’m passionate about finishing and enjoy putting it together.

It’s an experimental piece and I’m having fun playing with it.

So what I need to do is find a way to transfer that passion to my original creative pieces and finish them too.

Well. Once the fic is done. It won’t write itself!

~ Penny

P.S. “Under The Tree” is still on sale! E-mail me for more details at pennygotch@gmail.com!

Related Post: Monday Writing Goals: 18th August 2014

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