Wanna write fan fiction but not sure where to start? We asked Rae Earl, author of the original My Mad Fat Diary novels for some expert tips.
1.) Introduce new characters to interact with the existing ones
Who do you think Rae needs in her life? What sort of person does she NOT need in her life? What would Rae be like if she had your mum? What does Danny Two Hat’s granny think of it all? Danny Two Hat’s granny. I already love that thought. Introducing new characters can change EVERYTHING.
2.) Take the characters forward, and explore what could happens years after My Mad Fat Diary
What would TV Rae be like at 30? Would she be with Finn? What would Archie be like? (I LOVE Archie) How would Chloe cope with stretch marks and increased facial hair? Look into your crystal balls…
3) Change the story’s original setting
Try to imagine the story or the characters in medieval times or in 1980’s America. I know that sounds weird - but a 16 year old married Henry VIII! Teenagers have always existed. Put Rae in space if you like. Actually no don’t put Rae in space. That would terrify her. And me now.
4) Try writing your own diaries. Not just your thoughts and feelings but what you see and hear
Put your brain on record all the time. Watch how people act and how they speak and behave. Make notes in your iPhone of great conversations you hear on the bus. Or great arguments you hear your neighbours having at 1 AM (me and my mum listened to a CORKER the other week). Drama is happening around you all the time. Being aware of it will make you a better writer.
5) Read the books My Mad Fat Diary and My Madder Fatter Diary
There’s lots of things in both books that will make you go ‘OMG!’ and you will really get to Rae’s head. My head. But it’s not my head - it’s my old head a long time ago if you know what I mean.
It’s very lovely and very surreal having a show based on you as a teenager. Just enjoy your writing and thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support - Rae Earl xx
You can buy both of Rae’s novels on Amazon here:
- My Mad Fat Diary
- My Madder Fatter Diary