Encountering Non-fanfiction WritersWhenever I tell someone I write fanfiction people are either extremely confused like, "What's that?" or they ask me what fandom I write for. I usually get more of the former than the latter reaction. I don't mind explaining to people. It's actually pretty fun to tell people about the joys of writing fanfiction. There are times when I encounter people who tell me that writing fanfiction is a waste of time. I actually enjoy talking to these people because I like arguing with them. The point I usually make is that as a writer it doesn't matter that I will never make a profit from my fanfiction because of copyright laws. The point of writing isn't to make a profit. Not if you love it. The point of writing is to express yourself.
During my junior year in college I did a project about fanfiction for class. It was for my creative writing class. It was the funnest project I have ever done during my undergraduate career. I ended up leading a discussion for fifteen minutes or so about fanfiction. I talked about ships, shipping wars and everything else that has to do with fandoms.