SierraLea wrote:What about summaries that are more like the back of books? They tell you a little of the plotline, but only enough to make you want to read it. That's mostly the kind of summary I use.
FllMtl Novelist wrote:Which is precisely the kind of summarizing a good writer should be able to do. You can't tell an agent, "There's uh this guy and uh this girl and um they try to save the world uh I'm really bad at descriptions sorry. XD Just read my book."
the_wolfs_howl wrote:What I find fanfiction most useful for is writing practice where you don't have to worry about certain aspects as much as with original writing. For example, if you write a novelization of something, you're basically taking a story that already works, picking it apart, examining the different pieces that go into it, and then fitting it back together and seeing how they did it in the first place. I find that the most helpful kind of experience for writing my own original stories. But even with other kinds of fics, the plot or the characters or the setting are already there, completely created and fleshed out, so you can focus all your attention on some other area of the story instead of having to make sure that everything in your story is working. Fanfiction is tremendously helpful to the aspiring writer.
WorldsTraveler wrote:I’m a long-time fanfiction reader and I enthusiastically agree with most of what has been said here. It’s great to find other people supporting fanfiction as a learning tool for writers. ^^
I’ll add that one of my favorite things about fanfiction is watching multiple authors try the same plot idea, with the same characters, in the same universe. An idea will catch on like ‘What if such-and-such happened to this character?’ and suddenly five more authors are inspired to try writing from that premise! It’s a great learning experience for me as both a writer and reader to see who best executes the idea, who gains the most readers, who loses interest in their story vs. who keeps going to the end, etc. Crossovers are a great example of this since they can go in so many different directions depending on the author's view of the cast.
teigeki_calesa wrote:I write fanfics, and I do mostly crossovers. However, even if I have one planned out, real life comes and interferes, and another work comes along that I obsess over. There goes my idea. That's why I never get to finish anything
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