I have an alter ego. I have a Clark Kent to my Superman. A Phoenix to my Jean Grey. A Peter Parker to my Spiderman. Before I even stroked the first keys for my books, I was already invested in writing. It was a bumpy start, but there were some shining moments on the fanfiction board I am still actively involved with. What?! I still write fanfic? Yes…yes, I do.
I’m imagining some of you are squinting at the words “fanfiction” and “fanfic.” What are those magical terms? Here to untangle your confusion is Wikipedia:
“Fan fiction or fanfiction (also abbreviated to fan fic, fanfic or fic) is fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator. It is a popular form of fan labor, particularly since the advent of the internet.”
So, in other words, people like me create stories about other stories. I’ve written stories about movies, television shows and books. I’ve concocted “canon” (a story based exactly on the characters from the work of fiction) and I’ve produced alternate universe pieces. I can’t even remember what brought me to a fanfic site, but I felt at home among the anonymous writers, fiddling with established characters and expanding their universes.
In a way, I’m grateful to have cut my fictional teeth anonymously. I bumbled my way through my baby steps there, abusing POV’s and overusing the word “that” to the point an editor would probably shudder. Even to this day, there are some terrible stories on fanfic websites, but there are also successful authors who started in the very same way I did, like Marissa Meyer.
There is one solitary person on the website I use who knows my real name. Actually, we met through her story; I commented on an amazing piece she was writing and the rest is history. Will I reveal my secret identity here? No. Simply because here, I am just an author trying to make her way through the waters of publishing. And in fanfic: