From FanFiction to Original Fiction

Today, Wannabe Pride welcomes guest blogger, Breanna Lee Brown!

I’ve loved to read and write for as long as I can remember. My teachers and family have always told me that I had a talent for writing. But it wasn’t until early 2012 that I started working on my first novel.  Before that, I hadn’t given it serious consideration. What changed? Well, you can thank J. K. Rowling for that. Just for fun, I started writing a Harry Potter fanfiction. It became really addicting. I eventually wrote stories based in the Hunger Games and Divergent worlds as well.  I loved getting feedback. Most reviews were positive, people asking me to write more. It gave me the confidence boost I needed. If you really want to be an author, I think fanfiction’s the perfect place to start. You can put yourself in a familiar fictional world and play around with it anyway you want to. Thanks to the kindness of readers, I decided to begin brainstorming my own original world. Once the ideas flowed out, I couldn’t stop. I realized soon that I had the makings of a trilogy in my hands.

How did it happen, you might ask? I was once told that I should write the kind of book I want to read. The first thing I came up with was the concept. At the risk of having no copyright yet, I can’t disclose much, but I can say that it’s a mix of genres. It’s young adult, science fiction, and historical fiction all in one.

A crucial part of my writing process was influenced by the workshop classes I took in college.  I had to write a few short stories, and as a group, my classmates and professor would critique one another, gaining extremely helpful advice along the way. Not just about our own writing, but the writing world.  Above all, I make sure that I’m always reading. Always learning what kinds of things make a book great or bad. It also tells me the types of books that are bestsellers.

I’m still hard at work on my first book- the third draft, to be exact- and I haven’t begun searching for an agent. Why? I firmly believe that all good things take time. I can thank my workshop teachers for that tidbit. Any amount of work I put into it now will benefit me later. It can mean fewer rejections from agents, and, especially, publishers.

My writing career has only just begun, so bring on 2014!

–          Breanna Lee Brown