I’m a little embarrassed.
I’m pretty well-versed in the ins-and-outs of publishing. I know how to craft a compelling scene and keep the adverbs in check. I’ve interviewed tons of terrific authors about their work. But I know nothing about the biggest area of genre fiction going right now: fan fiction.
I mean, I’d heard about it. Writers would drop casually that they’d written a little fanfic on the side just to keep themselves limber between projects, or a fansite would have a section devoted to fanfic. Slowly it dawned on me that this was a viable outlet for writing fiction, and I wanted to know more.
So I do what I do, get online and start digging away. Last week I also asked our readers if they’d written any fanfic. Sure enough, many did, and a few have shared their experiences.
So what is fan fiction?