I was over on the fan films board and found a link to [link=http://www.runleiarun.com/fanfilms/whatdidforme.html]this article.[/link] So then I thought, What did writing fan fiction do for me? and the immediate answer that came into my mind, at least as far as the kind of benefits these guys are talking about, was, absolutely nothing. But then I had to think, Well, that's not entirely true. If I hadn't been writing fan fic, I would never have joined my writer's group, and I would never have met my husband. And, as a side benefit (well, really the only benefit) of trying to enter a fan fic in a "real" writing contest alongside "real" writers' "real" writing, I learned how to polish a piece of writing to uber-professional level. (Doesn't hurt to have good teachers.) So, has anybody got a story to share?