A few weeks ago, I blogged about my ignorance of the thriving world of fan fiction writing. As an editor, blogger, and aspiring novelist, pretty much all my spare time is devoted to those three things, and oh yeah, trying to squeeze in a family life. But I’d run across some fan fic doing my bloggy duty for WU, and I was mightily impressed, if not by the quality, then the sheer quantity of fan fic out there.
What was it, I asked myself, that drew writers into spending hours of labor devising stories about people and situations that came out of some other writer’s head?
So I asked you, our readers, if anyone wrote any fan fic, and why. The responses varied, but they all came down to one thing: the feedback on writing was virtually instantaneous. If any of you have been reading Jasper Fforde’s interview (below), you know that it’s darn near impossible to get anyone but your mom and best friend to read your work. But fan fic offers a forum for people to post work and get crucial information on the response their writing evokes in readers.