Is reading a lot of fanfiction a hindrance to quality writing?
I read a ton of books growing up, but around middle school to high school I shifted to primarily reading fanfiction.
I have read a few “real” books throughout my twenties, but nowhere near as much as fanfiction.
I’ve been writing down my story ideas and begun to develop my characters, but am worried my reading habits will negatively influence my writing.
I usually only read what I consider “good” fanfiction, if there’s a ton of spelling errors, weird prose, or wacky story lines I usually can’t get past it and will move on to another.
Maybe it’s my past with heavy reading to compare with, but I’ve noticed I will make a mental note of awkward phrasing and think of how I would have worded things instead.
I don’t want to stop reading fanfiction completely, but should I start to read “real” fiction to prepare for my writing journey?