D.M. Atkins (Author)

The Real Difference Between Professional Writing and Fan Writing

by D.M. Atkins There are lots of small ways fan writing and professional writing differ. The obvious ways come from the difference between working with a shared canon and creating an all-new story. For example, with fan works, there is less pressure to develop backgrounds and minor characters, or to spend a lot of words detailing people and places. These are easy for authors to spot and deal with when switching from fan writing to pro writing, but the real difference is context. Writing for your friends and fellow fans is a different context from writing for paying customers who may or may not be friends or fans. Fan writing is different from pro writing in much the same way cooking a meal for friends […]