What are you writing right now? Is it a novel, an essay, a smut filled fanfiction, literally anything else where you put words on paper?
First: Good for you! You’re writing.
Second: Don’t stop writing and don’t ever throw it away. It’s important to your writing craft.
Every Piece You Write is Important.
Think about your whole writing career for a second. Whether you started writing yesterday or two decades ago, you have a writing career. Now think about all the stories you have worked on, finished or not.
Whether they were published, or thrown into a drawer never to see the light of day again, they are important to how you see yourself and how you build yourself as a writer.
Even those fanfiction stories you wrote in middle school and high school.
Just by writing, whether it’s a short story for school or a long novel series, or even something small like one great sentence, you are improving your writing career and getting one word closer to finishing that story, or chapter, or book, or even series.
By trying things in stories, even if that story will never be published, or be seen by readers, you are improving and gaining knowledge of how to make things better the next time you decided to use that idea.
That is why I love fanfiction. Both writing and reading it. It gives me a chance to try things in a novel I hope to eventually publish and see how people react to it without actually using it in my novel yet.
An example would be the parallels between my novel and a fanfiction story I was writing last year.
In my novel series, a character suffers from amnesia (cliché ? Yes, but trying to make it less so). In the fanfiction, a character wakes up after an OD with amnesia, and I got to play around with how to both write and format flashbacks between the characters without it being too clunky or boring.
Every piece is important to our growth as writers.
Stuck on how to write something? Why not try fanfiction and see what happens!
Good luck in all your writing endeavors!