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…