Fanfiction: What Do I think of it?

It is a large debacle if you were to ask me about fanfiction. Some are bad, but some are well thought out, full of depth and takes a whole new spin on the original work. And at the same time, giving the vibe that most will see.

So, I say that it is a place where newbies and even experienced writers can practice. I have a couple of fanfiction ideas lying around, but I never really get to them as I’m doing other things. Even when I do, it mostly remains unfinished.

But nonetheless, it is a form of practice which I do enjoy. As you need to really grasp the nuances and characteristics of each character, and make them look well rounded instead of being a caricature or flat character. And when you insert an original character, one needs far more skill to pull them off than many think. Since most fandoms do have a strong hatred for them, and many times they resemble perfect, flawless characters who have zero story to tell.

That can really improve your ability to do characterization through action, words and even mannerisms and appearances.

Or whether your story is logical. This is also very important, whether the actions of each character is the same as what is told about them and whether it is similar to canon.

As well as whether your plot makes sense or has holes all around. In fanfiction, you may not be the one who understands canon the best and there are still people who can help you. Original fiction, you’re completely on your own in this regard.

So you can say that fanfiction allows many a writer to grow, and a place to just learn their craft. There isn’t the same kind of pressure that comes with original fiction, and although I never treaded into this. I never really got the confidence that I understood the work enough to be able to post it online. But in the beginning, that was how it was. I wrote plenty of fanfiction which never saw the light of day. It was just fun.

Until of course, I figured out that I wanted to be a writer. Some of my works still sit around in Google drive, or Dropbox. But it was my roots and did help me to start writing, even if it was just that little bit before I made the transition to original fiction.

So, I say that it helps writers grow and it is a beginning. We don’t need to come up with our own worlds, but we need good plot and strong characterization to pull it off.

What do you think about this topic? Leave it down below so we can discuss.


What Inspires My writing?

Inspiration is what inspires us to write. Without it, we all wouldn’t have picked up writing in the first place. It all comes down to this one thing: that crazy story idea which we cannot stop thinking about before pushing us to write. 

A lot of things inspire my writing, but I will list them down here what shapes my works the most and what defined it what it is today. I won’t be listing all forms, but just the most important ones.  

Even though I review novels, it isn’t the one that inspires it the most. And most often than not even for novels which has a large place in my heart it doesn’t really inspire my works as much as it seems. 

For me, here are my two greatest inspirations (I just couldn’t settle on the third, and it didn’t have as heavy an impact as the previous two). 

#1 Anime And Manga 

I’ll admit this, I have read plenty of anime and manga whenever I have the time. And this shapes my work quite a bit too. Seeing as how much my works takes after the style of anime, I use arcs to measure the length of a story and I rarely plan books differently. 

I also love to focus on characters and finding comedy within really dark works. So, anime and manga to me is quite perfect given that most have long arcs, balances out comedy and the really dark moments. And tends to be a lot more well planned than most novels. And sometimes holds a lot more deeper meanings, I originally stayed away but now I realise that I liked it even more than novels. 

Most importantly, in anime, I learned a lot of foreshadowing and how they can be utilized and even used to the best of its ability. And sometimes, it is using traits that has been present from the start of the series to speculate what future events are. 

I would say that for me, I learned quite a lot from anime which helped shaped my works. 

#2 Music

Music had really inspired my writing and shaped characters quite a bit. And also a lot of plots too. It doesn’t come as a surprise to me now that I see that I listen to mostly anime soundtracks, which can help to set a certain tone or mood. Most of the time I find music with a certain darker undertone to be really enjoyable. And soundtracks of anime that I like to, since a lot of the songs does represent the story well. 

And a lot of time, I also can be seen singing to myself to seeing scenes play out in my head according to soundtracks. 

These two are mostly what influenced my works the most, and I want hear what inspires your work below.