Friday’s Daily Theme (June 14) was from Kerri Majors, author of This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World, out July 9 from Writer’s Digest. This Is Not a Writing Manual is a memoir with advice about writing and the writing life! You can read more from This Is Not a Writing Manual right now on Figment!
Fan Fiction: I’ll admit it; I was impressed by the ways in which E.L. James used the Bella and Edward characters from Twilight to create her characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. (In case you didn’t know, James’s mega-bestseller started out as Twilight fan fiction!) Of course Christian and Anastasia are not slavish copies of Edward and Bella; rather, they are interpretations of the originals. Reading them made me reflect on Bella and Edward, and reconsider them in new and interesting ways.
Writing such characters offers an opportunity to learn from, and perhaps build upon, the success of other writers. It’s kind of like apprenticing to a master painter.
Time to try your own hand at fan fiction. Pull one of your favorite novels off your
shelves (The Great Gatsby, maybe?) and choose two or three characters from that novel. Write a short story or first chapter of a completely new fiction starring those characters. Give them new names if you want, but try to keep their essence intact.