There's been a fair amount of talk about writing fan fiction of late during #writechat. Is it cheating? Can it actually lead to up to a publishing career? Does it actually count as writing? Would it provide a ready audience when you publish your original work?
Long time readers will know I'm pretty pro fan fiction so long as the author doesn't try to make money off of their fan pieces. I write some myself as a way to warm up, practice, and just experiment with voice and new character archetypes.
I read a bit too. Most is mediocre or just down right awful, but there are those few authors, the ones I want to write original novels.
Have you ever read any fan fic? Do you write it? Anyone from the anti fan fic camp out there?