Shipping My Own Characters

In fanfiction, “shipping” is taking two characters from a story and imagining a relationship (usually a romantic relationship) between them, even though one would not exist in the real world of the story. (Like having Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy get married.)

Right now, I’m trying to write a new short story that involves two characters from two of my other novels. I want to do this because it would be neat to see how Rachel (a protagonist-turned-villain) gets along with Virginia (protagonist trying to get her life back on track after personal tragedies). It wouldn’t be a romantic relationship, but a type of friendship… or even some kind of experiment. Basically, I want to write fanfiction of my own writing, which sounds awkward, but I guess we are all fans of our own writing. (Or else, why would we write?)

The majority of the stories I write (with the exception of the XIII series) are all set in the same town, so it would be plausible that all my characters would run into each other sometimes. But I want this short story to take place a few years after Rachel’s story ends. It would be cool to see how Rachel has changed (will she have changed for the better or for the worse?), and it would be interesting to see how she treats Virginia (who is the same age, but who is also the new girl in town). I think these characters would learn a lot from each other… and developing their personalities in a short story might make their respective novels work out better also.

So, it turns out that even though I proclaim to seriously dislike fanfiction, it has given me a good idea. Hmm…

5 thoughts on “Shipping My Own Characters

  1. Hey, if you do it, it’s not shipping. 🙂

    I think it’s just building a world. Setting your stories in the same town is a great beginning. Then you can do as much or as little crossing over as you want.

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  2. I really like the idea of doing “fan fiction” on your own stories… or for writing a great number of stories which occur in the same vicinity. The authors I know who do this successfully do it REALLY successfully (think Stephen King, for example).

    I’ve never heard the term “shipping” before. When I read the title of your post, I thought you just meant moving people (reusing them) from one story to another. In any event, I like the idea.

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  3. I think fanfiction can be a useful writing exercise: learning how to write in a different style, practicing the “what-if” process that is so valuable to story creation, etc. It’s especially fun when you do what you’re doing here, which is playing out counterfactual scenarios in order to learn more about your characters and the world(s) they inhabit. The problem I have with fanfiction is when someone tries to make money off of it.

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