New York Times Best Seller Naomi Novik on Writing, Fan Fiction, and More
Jeff VanderMeer writes about Naomi Novik's visit with the teens attending the Shared Worlds SF/Fantasy writing camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC,
Among other writerly tips, she talks about fan fic:
In addition to a great reading from a story in the Temeraire milieu, Novik gave a presentation that focused on her career both as writer of her own original fiction and as a fan fiction writer. She told the students that she started writing in college. Before that, she had only written some material for Dungeons & Dragons. Writing started as an assignment but “became something I had to do.” Her first serious writing was “Star Trek fan fiction” and was important to her. Fan fic gave Novik three things that she still values today: “community, an audience, and more competition.”
She spoke candidly about the challenges of “sustaining a series creatively,” which is why she has chosen to end the Temeraire books after the ninth and move onto something new. But the entire time Novik has been working on the Temeraire series, she has continued to write fan fic—“you don’t have to choose between the two”—and there was an audible gasp from the students when she estimated that she’s written in over 50 fandoms. The students were fascinated by the discussion of fan fic, since many of them write it and assumed they had to give it up to devote themselves to “serious” fiction.
Don't you want to know what name she writes her fan fic under?
Here's the URL to the whole article http://www.omnivoracious.com/2012/09/new-y