A trip over to Kayjai’s Blog got me thinking about how frustrating it can be when we, as writers sometimes get stuck on a plot point or some bit of characterization, and how that can lead us to believe we suck ass at everything. Well don’t despair, because I’ve found a cure.
I write my own fan fiction. To be honest, I write my own slash fan fiction. For those of you who don’t know what fan fiction is let me fill you in:
Take your favorite television show or movie or novel and write your own “episode” involving the established characters. Slash fan fiction takes it one step further in that the “episode” would be between two characters, for instance “Romeo/Juliet.” (slash=/), and their interaction is of an “intimate” nature.
Believe it or not this is the fastest way to snap me out of an episode of writer’s block. Your fan fiction doesn’t (and probably shouldn’t) need to have anything to do with your storyline. You just pluck your characters out and insert them into brief situations of a “naughty” nature. I find that by the time you’re halfway through writing the “episode” enough of the characters’ inner complexity will be revealed to you. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever actually finished one of my fan fiction stories. But now that I’ve finished my novel maybe I will…