Like many other writers, I also write some fan fiction, most notably Harry Potter, and stories based on the online role-playing community I’m involved in, which is a huge multiverse of shows, comics, manga, movies, etc.
While some writers frown on fan fiction, I’m not one of them, so long as such writing is enjoyable, properly plotted, paragraphed, and has relatively good grammar. Fan fiction is not an excuse to drop these things, or replace “Bella” with “I”. Seriously. I’ve seen loads of horrible fanfics. Likewise, I treat my own fanfics the same, and research them as well as I do my original stories. Did you know there’s almost no information available on the vampires in Harry Potter? Or whether House Elves have families or if they interact with their parents and other relations?
It may also interest you to know that my first story was a Dragonriders of Pern fanfic which will never see the light of day.
Posts concerning fan fiction include: