There's something I'm often curious about when looking through the General Writings forum... For any of you who are fictional writers, do you tend to write more fanfics or original works? By 'original' I mean unique concepts/worlds you made up yourself without any ties to an existing franchise. Unintentional similarities are fine, mind. Everything has been done before. For the sake of the discussion, try to avoid discussing Role Plays. I'm looking for actual stories you've thought up and written yourself. And it goes without saying, but no bashing please. While I've certainly written various fanfics over the years, moreso in the past than I do now, it's very clear that my love for fictional writing comes from creating new worlds as opposed to working off currently existing ones. Fanfics are fun and I really love dipping into worlds like Pokemon, Digimon, etc., but it's not quite the same as building my own universe or planet from scratch. I enjoy the freedom of being able to do whatever I want with a world without feeling like I'm seriously breaking a previously existing franchise. Even if they are fictional, a fanfic should at least try to stay within the limits set by something's original creator - or so I feel. When people try to adapt something too much it makes me wonder why they didn't just create a completely original story in the first place. If I was to count up all of the story files saved in my writing folder (dating back from approximately 2003, when I bought my first computer), I'd say about 80% of them are original stories - or stories based on dreams I've had - and the rest are fanfics. Before that, when I wrote on paper or our old, old computer, the number would probably have been higher. It wasn't really until Pokemon came out that I started writing fanfics, although I'm sure I had a few Final Fantasy and Sonic the Hedgehog spin-offs... Alas, those are all lost to time.