Back? Okay, onward!
So, when I left off I was saying how my first desire was to fix the Twilight books...write them the way I thought they should be. But maybe I didn't have to do all this work...maybe there was something out there like this already?
I didn't really know where to start. I had no idea people even did wrote stuff like that, but some Googling sure fixed that for me.
Site upon site popped up, and I started reading on several of them, fascinated and relieved that I wasn't the only one who wanted to take the work in a different direction. A lot of the stories were decidedly more adult in nature (to be expected, given how much importance is placed on sexytimes (or avoiding them--Edward) in the books, and the fact that Stephenie Meyer faded to black in Breaking Dawn, not even giving the fans a little bit or somethin' somethin'). There were even stories where the characters were all human (abbreviated AH) instead of vampires, allowing the fic writer to take the characters in completely different directions while still retaining the character traits. I'll talk more about this later and in Part 3.
I mostly read on the sites for a while before the writing bug really started kicking in. I started small, writing a short story that was accepted on one of the sites, then, when I'd gained some confidence, actually wrote a novel-length piece. People might wonder why I'd bother spending so much time and energy doing this--why write fanfic when I could have been developing my own worlds and skills?
I loved working with other writers as well. I was lucky enough to find a few that I used as "beta readers", or basically light content and grammar/spelling/punctuation editors. We'd trade services where we'd read each other's chapters before posting them, giving the author feedback on what they've written. As time went on, I could see my work improving, which was very satisfying.
Again, this is getting away from me, so stay tuned shortly for Part 3!
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