How long have you been writing?
I started writing fan fiction for fun about ten years ago. I really loved Harry Potter and X-Men, so playing with other people’s characters and universes laid the groundwork for my interest in writing my own stories. Writing fan fiction taught me a lot; you learn to produce work quickly, and you get instant feedback. Working with some great beta readers taught me the fundamentals of story structure and how to self-edit. I’m infinitely grateful for the time I spent in fandom, cultivating those friendships and developing an interest in story worlds. I haven’t written fan fiction in several years, but I’m still a fangirl at heart.
I began drafting my own original novel five years ago. Wake the Dead began its life as a NaNoWriMo novel, but it no longer looks anything like the first draft. It’s been through two rewrites, and it’s now in its first revision.