I am not a published author, though I am nearing that stage. This is because I decided many years ago to learn all I could about writing, and hone my skill with practice, before actually writing my first novel. It's that practice that is now the problem.
I practiced writing by creating fan fiction and posting it on a fan-based website devoted to a board game (great way to start, btw - free critiques). My question now is: is that fan fiction going to be a problem once I have a published novel?
I've been assuming that I'll have to either delete all the fan fiction or just never mention it altogether to avoid people finding it. However, I recently asked myself why this was, and found that I couldn't think of a good reason. Are there drawbacks to readers/publishers finding fan fiction I wrote before I began publishing?
The fan fiction in question is copyrighted by the website, and is fully integrated with the board game it is about, so plagiarism shouldn't be an issue.