Welcome to the first post in a series designed to delve into the depths of fanfiction. During the course of the next couple of months, I intend to answer the following questions: What is fanfiction? Why do we write fanfics? How do I write a good fanfic? This first post in the series is intended to answer the question 'What is fanfiction?'.

Read more: Storytelling and Fanfiction

Writing

In the previous article in this series on fanfiction, I discussed the relationship between Storytelling and Fanfiction, and noted that the two are intricately entwined. As opposed to being the 'red-headed step-child' of creative endeavors, fanfiction is, in fact, a natural outcropping from the innate human desire to tell stories. In addition, fanfiction in one form or another has existed for centuries, and can even be seen among published works labeled 'derivative' works.

Read more: 10 Reasons To Write Fanfiction

Writing

We've all experienced it. If you peruse Fanfiction.net at all you will run smack into all sorts of bad fics. It is almost a horrorfest unlike any other.

Read more: When Fanfiction Becomes A Train Wreck

Writing