I know that a great many people are on the fence when it comes to writing fanfiction. A few people I’ve talked to have said that it helped them write better while others have claimed it was cheating. So, which one is correct?
Personally, I don’t think it really matters and it depends on the person who’s writing.
Cons to Writing Fanfic
When it comes to writing fanfiction, it is possible to become lazy in your writing. You will either have a world already established or characters already established and you will play with either or both of them. If you only stick to writing fanfics where you write only one of these elements, then you will most likely not grow in your ability to create in the other element.
For example, if you only write established characters in new places, then you will get good at taking those characters and knowing how they will react in different places than what they would normally encounter. However, you will not grow in learning how to create your own characters.
Pros to Writing Fanfic
There are advantages to writing these stories, though. It is the very aspect of only having to create one element of a fanfic that is the advantage of writing them. Having an already established character can show you the depths that are necessary for good characters. When you have an established world to play with, it can show you what aspects you need to develop or focus on in your world based on what the characters interact with.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter if you write fanfic or not. It’s a personal decision if you want to and whether you do or don’t is not a mark on your ability as a writer. Some writers have started off writing fanfic and others have not. The important thing to remember is to just keep writing.
Do you write fanfic? Do you prefer not to?