Writing fan fiction: a beginner's guide

Fan fiction is a type of writing that responds to something else like a book, a TV show or a film.

People write fan fiction because they are big fans of their chosen story, and want to create more of it. They might imagine what happened before or after the story's main events or imagine other scenes in the lives of their favourite characters.

Fan fiction is a great way to get started with writing, because a lot of the work has been done for you. Characters, settings and plots are already there to be customised, changed and adapted. The possibilities are endless. Have fun!

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Fan fiction writing tips

From plotbunnies to Mary Sues, find out everything you need to start writing fan fiction.

Ideas to get started

Get some inspiration to kickstart your fan fiction writing with our ideas to get you going.

Fan fiction glossary

Get your complete guide to fan fiction terms, from drabble to squick.

Useful links

Ready to find out more about fan fiction? These links are a good place to start.

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Next steps

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