Originally Posted by Graceful_Suicune
I agree with what's said here, but I hate the differences people purposely mention about fan fiction and non fan fiction. To me...they have no difference. Other than the whole 'copyright' thing, meaning these "fan fictions" are impossible to publish. That's literally, not even kidding, the ONLY thing I find different about fan fiction. I mean, yeah, you use other people's creations (pokemon) and characters (specific characters like protagonists if it's an anime fan fiction or whatever), but hello! If you were to write an original story, then you're using things that you didn't make up--water, trees, worlds, time of day, time of year, the laws of gravity, the fact that atoms make up everything, bugs, animals... I mean, really. Also, when creating 'original' characters, then you're bound to have some kind of influence from another character, meaning that, hey! It's like using a part of someone else's character. And that happens all the time. Unless it's direct plagiarism, it's not a bad thing. Original writing is no better and no worse than fan fiction, and frankly I think they should all just be called "stories".
Yeah...ranting a bit there. Anyway...why I like writing stories? xDD For the obvious reasons, I guess. My passion for pokemon merged with the fact that most of the things I want to see in the anime or play in the games don't happen, and therefore I write what I can't see or play anywhere else. As well as the fact that I love writing, and I find it endlessly fun to create and write about characters that can make the story interesting. I also write what I'd want to read in someone else's stories, or things that I'd like other people to read...for the purpose of giving them inspiration (possibly xD) and whatnot to write their own stories, because writing is a great thing on many levels and has taught me a lot.
While I think that writing original stories is a bit better for creative improvement, I completely agree with what's said here. Fanfiction is a great way to take what's already been done and improve upon it, adding your own ideas. What, after all, separates a fanfiction from a collaboration
, which is called 'original'? Little. You're still using the other person's ideas for a story you're writing in.
Originally Posted by Giratina
I write because I would die if I didn't.
This sums it up in a nutshell.
I have written from pretty much the day I knew how. It's some pretty bad crap that I read every now and again to tell myself to thank the Lord I've improved. It's a great way to express my creativity and capture my ideas that I don't have the skill to illustrate. It lets me visualize my fantasies and fascinations. It helps me live in my own little worlds. And they are very fun, twisted places~