Should I Write A Fan Fiction Novel?

Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

I'll admit that I have never ever read a 'fan fiction' novel, as I have never found that anyone else can emulate the original author's take and sheer writing style.  It's always seemed like a lesser version - a somewhat poor cheap imitation of a masterpiece.

But a couple of years back, I was seized by an unnaccountable urge to write a novel in the style of my all time favourite author, Douglas Adams.  I even wanted to go as far as writing the next installment of his 'Dirk Gently' series, which he never finished due to his untimely passing from this life.

I know that there is an unfinished book that has been published which is little more than some ideas he was throwing around for the 3rd book, and I wanted to leave that as a testament to his final moments on earth, and not sully it by trying to predict where he was going with it all.

Last night, I had a very vivid dream, which was an entire plot that was strange and funny and just crazy enough to be of Douglas' invention.  I woke up at 4am immediately after having this dream, and just lay there, trying to remember and place the whole story in context.  I remember thinking at the time that the subject of the dream would make a good continuation of the Dirk Gently (nee Svlad Cjelli) series.

When I actually woke up later in the morning though, it didn't seem like SUCH a good idea any longer, but still, there was a germ of an idea that could be worked on.  I quickly sketched out a rough diagram of a plotline and characters.  Over the coming weeks, I will refine that a bit more and who knows, perhaps start writing the first chapter or two?

Mind you, this is coming from someone who has started the NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) challenge a couple of times now, and failed to put down more than a thousand words or so.

But lets see, shall we?  Perhaps I will post snippets of the book on here as it evolves and emerges from incubation...