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Posted 7/7/14
I use to in the past but I no longer write period.
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Posted 7/14/14
why? cus after reading/watching everything full metal panic, i wanted more of an after story with souske and kaname. but now i started and now im stuck
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Posted 7/15/14
I've actually been writing for over twenty years. I wrote my first story at the ripe ole age of eight, but I have never written fan-fiction; and I'm very much on the fence about it. I used to post my work online (testing the waters while I considered publishing) and after someone wanted to use my characters for fan-fiction I pulled about ninety percent of what I had posted. For me, I found it highly offensive that another person wanted to use my characters for their own stories. Readers are only there for a brief moment of a characters life; while as the creator, I'm there from the time of their birth to the moment of their death. I walk hand in hand with them for their entire life; even if they only have one page written about them, I still know them down to the depths of their soul. My characters are like my children, to change their story is to invalidate them.

Obviously there are many author/writers that don't mind people making fan-fiction from their work, perhaps they enjoy seeing their characters woven into different tales; just as there are author/writers that don't want fan-fiction made from their work. Either way it's up to the original creator and their duty to let people know how they feel, and in turn people should respect that decision.
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Posted 7/19/14
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i think to some extent, once you create something every one loves, you dont own it entierly anymore.
fans love something, and its part of their lives.
perfect example of star wars. george lucas thougt he could go back and mess with the story. fans said no.

weather this is right or wrong im not saying.

just that once something becomes part of a greater social concisousness, they give it live as much as the creator did. (a great story with only one reader is not great)
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Posted 8/23/14
I write fanfiction merely because I'm obsessed. LOL
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Posted 8/31/14
I write both my own stories/poetry and fanfiction. I've been kind of down on my own projects for a while so I got into fanfiction as more a practice (and came to enjoy it). Some see fanfiction as lacking the element of creating your own work but in truth if you can catch the essence of characters you've learned to love over the years it makes it easier to deliver humanity to your own characters. Real people may hide who they really are from you (making it truly impossible to study them) but anime characters and tv and movie characters hide very little from the audience watching.
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Posted 9/10/14 , edited 9/10/14
I love to write on my own, but fanfiction is a sure-fire way to trick people into reading your work even if all the characters are OOC. I mean, you write a Naruto fanfiction and BAM! Instant audience. I guess in a lot of ways it's validation for a writer. It would suck to put stuff out there and get nothing back. =T

I think it's also because you have pre-made characters and setting (if you're not AU) so you're able to focus a bit more on other things. You can also get away with smaller stories because there's less need for build up and stuff.
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19 / M / Tiphares
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Posted 9/11/14

ashikai wrote:

It would suck to put stuff out there and get nothing back. =T


It does.
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15 / M / Ireland
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Posted 9/15/14
To improve my writing, it's nice to already have something to write with.
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Posted 9/19/14
To make all the fans happy, to be creative...
FUNNN
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Posted 9/20/14 , edited 9/20/14
There could be a lot of reasons people write fan fiction. Maybe people are using established characters, settings, and plot lines as a set of training wheels to help them explore and experiment with the process of writing stories. Maybe they loved a story and its characters so much that they couldn't let either go, and so expanded them. Maybe they were dissatisfied with how the story went, and so changed it to one they liked better. Maybe they are trying to answer a "what if" question for themselves about some part of the story. I could go on, but it isn't necessary to do so.

I love it when people write fan fiction. It means that people were interested enough in an author's ideas to not only read them, but to then take the next step and explore those ideas further. It means the author's ideas are working instead of sitting idle.
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Posted 10/13/14
To help with my works of original fiction. It's a good distraction from writers' block, and the best way to become a better writer is to keep writing.
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Posted 10/13/14
To share and fulfill their fantasy on text.

And sometimes, they're just too good.
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Posted 10/19/14
Cause I'm just that awesome.
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Posted 10/19/14
To complete a story they feel is unfinished. As someone who has written original and fanfic, I find fanfic harder because the character has a tone and it's hard to stick to anither author's tone
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