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What Fan Fiction Teaches That the Classroom Doesn’t

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/10/how-fanfiction-improves-writing/599197/

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What Fan Fiction Teaches That the Classroom Doesn’t
Everyone leaves feedback and reviews for one another, leading to a sprawling, communal learning environment.

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Fan Fiction Writing

Fan Fiction Writing

... is found in the old and popular communities of the internet, working mostly on science-fiction and fantasy literature, with new story arcs of old worlds and characters.

The premise and the roles are already familiar among the fans, and the new stories, adventures and ‘tangents’ in a world already in the minds of fans have a built-in hook, making the fan-fiction content likeable and engaging.

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Familiar Worlds

As the content is based on an existing book, TV show, movie, video game, or something they already love, the participants have a genuine interest and personal identification with the topic.

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Distributed Mentorship

Websites specializing in fan-fiction are using the existing bodies of work, playing and tinkering with it, while providing feedback to each other. In this process, the participants are learning and teaching each other to write well. The continuous, constructive feedback helps make fanfiction writing a collective effort, which is sometimes better than the original, in which only one mind was involved.

This kind of vast, community-based learning is called distributed mentorship.

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Crowdsourcing

Someone can have an encyclopedic knowledge of a certain character, but may not be able to write well. The contribution of that person can be to fine-tune the writing of someone who wrote it correctly but couldn’t accurately portray that character. By providing their insights and corrections, the participants jointly improve the quality of the fanfiction writing.

This ‘crowdsourcing’ method works within a community in which people have different strengths and weaknesses.

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ConCrit

..or Constructive criticism is an integral part of fan-fiction websites, though it is not always welcome.

  • Negative feedback or flames is a loud minority in any group of critics.

  • Positive feedback, on the other hand, is often discounted, even though it is really important for struggling writers and English learners.

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Journal Writing As Healing

Expressive writing, or daily journaling of life events, feelings, emotions and thoughts, is a kind of therapy that improves our mental health, as we do not let life pile up, giving it space, distance and shape while reflecting on it. It acts as a vent to our sadness and deep-rooted pain, providing acceptance, and eventually healing.

Life writing can be a diary, journal, oral testimony, memoir or an autobiography, though personal essays or memoirs prove to be the most therapeutic.

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  1. Identify a key theme or topic that you want to write about, addressing a certain emotion, challenge or trauma, giving it acceptance.
  2. Develop your topic keeping it real, raw and personal, helping you gain metacognition and awareness through the process of reflection. You are talking and listening to yourself now.
  3. Reading what you have written, helps you reconnect and review your thoughts and feelings that are on paper. This can then optionally be shared with readers who would like to read, or you can yourself play the role of an objective reader.
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Feedback

Feedback

Feedback provides an opportunity to gain insights about a person's personal and professional actions.
Without feedback, we will move in the same direction without realizing our shortcomings. ...

Types of feedback

  • Positive vs. negative. Positive feedback confirms that someone is taking good action, while negative feedback shows what actions need to be corrected.
  • Formal vs. informal. Formal feedback is given on a set schedule, and informal feedback is short and follows after an action or event.
  • Annual vs. monthly
  • Verbal vs. written
  • Manager vs. peer

Effective feedback

Effective feedback is:
  • Objective. Don't let your personal feelings get in the way.
  • Timely. Feedback should follow when the event is still fresh.
  • Constructive. Give respect and show that you have their best interests in mind.
  • Actionable. Feedback must include immediate next steps.
  • Warranted. Give your employees room for mistakes and learn from them.