Right, in the beginning of me being a writer, I wrote and published things that were maybe not entirely my own. That is to say, I wrote fanfiction, and I'm not ashamed to say I did. (Now keep in mind, I won't tell you which fandoms I wrote in or where these stories may or may not be published.) But deep within some else's imagination I got my start in creating stories.
Now, I'd written some things up to that point in my life, but most of them were in journals that I buried in my room.
I should and do credit fanfiction with my formation as a writer because the sites I visited were invested in making their writers better. By the time I left the site, it required at least 1000 words a chapter and they needed to see a semblance of story within the chapter.
I enjoyed writing fanfiction because like most kids who read I didn't want to leave the characters at the end of the story. I wanted to know what happened next, and more importantly I wanted to be in control of what happened next (yes, I admit I have some control issues).
Fanfiction taught me how to grow characters, taking them on journeys to become the characters I wanted them to become. Like what obstacles could I put in their way to make them change. What would they change for? It was a balancing act between reading and looking for clues within the published novel, and my own imagination.
I can't remember the day I started making my own stuff up. I think it was around the time, I found these pre-created worlds confining. I wanted to go in another direction but the world wouldn't let me... So I scrapped the fanfiction thing and tried my hand at my own novel.
This has pretty much stuck with me. Not that I rip off other people's text, but the research part. I'll comb through huge volumes and webpages looking for some small insignificant detail that could spark a story. Or I wait for a world to creep inside my head and place characters into it to see how they react.
Currently, I'm splitting my time between my dystopian novel (stick around for Wednesday to hear more about my crazy half fantasy half dystopian love child) and a sci-fi screen play (this is me having fun, because I've never done full screenplays before--sort of like a side project [and no, this will probably not be discussed yet])
Yup, that's my beginning, what's yours?