Author has written 6 stories for Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Inheritance Cycle, and Naruto.
I'd like to share how I became a fanfic writer.
The typical part: Read a lot of fanfics, wanted to try my hand at some myself.
The atypical parts:
The government of the area I live in took a step during my school years to provide a uniform curriculum across the state by controlling which textbooks were used. It set the bar low.
And if you didn't know, education in developing countries/ third world countries is of such a low quality that anything but rote-learning (the answer written in the exams must match the textbooks word for word with punctuation without exception) is out of question due to lack of education among rural teachers, the cost of training teachers to recognize different answers, lack of time for preparation of answer keys, severe legal ramifications of small mistakes, etc. It's stupid but it is the reality. India and China are particular victims of this trend.
The thing the Govt did was it took out the average textbooks that already existed and introduced worse textbooks in its place. They were simply ill-translated version of the vernacular lagnauge versions. The textbooks were colorful and brief, oh yes, but horrifying. I will not describe the things I had to actually memorize and regurgitate word by word. Needless to say my language skills have taken a permanent dip in quality since then.
I wanted out. Wanted to see if I could even speak properly. The textbooks were upgraded years after I finished schooling and my time remains a forgotten step in the history of education.