Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

Writing Excuses 9.41: Fan Writing, with Christopher J. Garcia

Hugo Award-winner Christopher J. Garcia, publisher and editor of The Drink Tank, joins us for a discussion of fan writing, . We start with a definition of terms – fan writing technically covers everything from writing about fandom, to writing fiction that doesn’t appear any different from professional fiction. It’s tricky, because the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer has gone to professional writers for their unpaid, non-fiction work.

We talk about fanzines, where they came from, what they’re for, and how (and why) aspiring professional writers might submit to them, and about the power that fan writing has on both fan culture and on the development of the genre.

Homework: Pick your favorite book, movie, play, or whatever, and write something about it. But don’t write a review or a synopsis, and don’t write fan fiction. Something else.

Thing of the week: Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3, by Laini Taylor, narrated by Khristine Hvam.

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