Just curious, but has anyone had any experience of writing for licensed properties, be it paid, for fun, or in the hope that it will one day get published? The submission rules around these kinds of stories are very stringent, and I can see why. I've previously written a Predator one shot and am currently having a go at a Star Wars story. It seems a little futile I know, and while I don't let it get in the way of writing my own work, it can be a nice distraction to play with somebody else's toys. Anyone else have any thoughts or examples of this?
For me it's just for fun - as the chances of it ever seeing print are pretty remote...
Speaking of fun - one writing exercise I used to do years ago if I was stuck in a story - was to create new Amalgam characters - just going crazy with it & creating the characters/origins and backstories!
Although I want to "attract-attention-by-getting-sued-for-doing-licensed-characters-without-permission"! So Halo vs Half-life & Wonder Woman vs Tomb Raider comics are a go!!!
So many ideas, so little time...
It's so great when is a hobby becomes a way of money-making. I guess thouth that it is important to be extremelly careful not to be frauded.
I've got a decade of experience of writing for the Lord of the Rings IP.
Simply put, if you don't earn money from it, they'll be kind. If you do anything commercial, you'll get a cease and desist letter from a lawyer. If you're damaging the brand image for profit, you'll get sued.