The Ten Commandments of Fanfiction Writing1. Thou shall not take credit for work that does not belong to them.
One of the most important rules of fanfiction writing, in my opinion: Credit the original creator. Always have a disclaimer somewhere amongst your works, whether it be each individual chapter or just a simple "I own nothing" statement on your profile. I, being a lazy ass, use the latter choice of that sentence. If you make the decision to use song lyrics for something, credit the artist as well. Same with fanart--the characters you are drawing are not yours. I hate to break it to you, but you don't own Rainbow Dash. The Sonic Screwdriver did not pop up first in your overactive imagination. A certain blonde ninja obsessed with ramen who has a nine-tailed fox demon sealed inside of him is not your creation.
2. Thou shall enlist the help of a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, spellcheck, and an editor before submitting their work.
Another biggie for me. I take great pains to make sure my pieces--f
Foreign language in fanfictions - my humble adviceLet me start with a small explanation:Foreign language in fanfictions - my humble advice2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am probably a rather rare case of a fanfiction and reader insert lover whose native language is not English and who can understand 5 languages without a problem. And this is the reason why I probably notice things in fanfictions that most others don't. This is why I want to try and make you see what I experience and feel as a reader when I encounter foreign expressions and language in fanfictions.
I hope this entry will help you a little bit if you are unsure if you should use any foreign expressions or not and how I think they should be treated. This, of course, is solely my own opinion, so please keep it in mind. I have absolutely nothing against your own opinions on this topic.
I really like fanfiction but I especially love Hetalia-related reader inserts because of the foreign languages and the many things I learn while reading them. I think it's pretty awesome that I now can say "I love you" in more than 10 different
Character Tips 2 - PersonalityCharacter Creation History and PersonalityCharacter Tips 2 - Personality3 years ago in Other More Like This
So, you have the body of your character, but it's only the body. It has no life or personality yet. This will hopefully help to give it one.
Creating a history is not often fun or easy, but what has happened in your character's past will affect their personality. Of course, like with everything else, there are traps that you can fall into. Some things are horribly overused, it's not illegal to use them, but just keep in mind that they are really common. Whatever you do, don't have an overly sad past, and I don't mean that they can't be orphans, or be abused by a parent or partner, because it does happen in real life (sadly). Just don't have every single thing happen to them.
Example: "Growing up, Amy was never happy. She had been orphaned at the age of 5 in a car crash. She was soon adopted by a family who seemed nice at first but then they started to abuse her. She would cry herself to sleep every night bec
Guide to Writing FanfictionEmpressTuiLa’s Guide to Writing FanfictionGuide to Writing Fanfiction5 years ago in Writing More Like This
There are a lot of novice writers out there, including those who are still debating whether to write or not, so I’m here to provide the basic rules for good Fanfiction. Why am I making this? I’ve read way too many stories written so poorly that it’s driven me insane. So for those of you who want to avoid people writing bad reviews, or just simply worried if your story sounds good, then follow these simple rules and you’ll be fine. (As a warning, I do get a little testy in this so forgive me if I sound angry…which I do)
#1 For the love of all that is good fanfiction, DO NOT USE IM-SPEAK!!! Things like: omg, lol, ttyl, thx, u, u’re, l8r, brb, and all of the others. Refrain from your texting habits! People want to read a story, not something a second grader who can’t spell wrote. Along with this, don’t use smileys! Yes I have seen XD in a story before…i
MOST COMMON CLICHES IN STORIESMOST COMMON CLICHES IN STORIES2 years ago in Other More Like This
Crazy, psychopathic, murderer ladies
Sexy, butt-kicking girls
Depressed emo/goth/always-dresses-in-black types
The brown-haired girl with no personality
The mean, popular, snobby girl
Unreasonably cruel bullies out to make life harder for the main character
The best friend (if they were a good character who *happened* to be a best friend they wouldn't have to be described as this)
Fun fact: Making victim OCs is cliche
Another fun fact: how someone dresses is NOT their personality
Yet another fun fact: People who claim to be random really are not and they know it.
Super bonus fun fact: A character's breast size need NEVER be stated. The end.
Super de duper bonus fun fact: Please, spare us the paragraphs on what the character looks like. It is a story, not a fashion show. A few sentences with mentions of hair color or other select features you find necessary to point out(KEYWORD: NECESSARY) are perfect. After all, how
Writing Prompts1. RiverWriting Prompts4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
8. Torn photograph
9. Coffee stain
11. Plane ticket
15. Test result
17. Empty bottle
20. Loose floor tile
25. Party decoration
29. Ferris wheel
32. Measuring tape
34. Street stone
35. Glass of water
36. Wrapping paper
37. Dinner table
39. Swimming pool
47. Garden house
48. Pocket watch
51. Name tag
53. Cheese slicer
54. Bedside table
55. Wilted rose
56. Office chair
57. Hot chocolate
59. Registration form
60. 'Delete' key
67. Roof window
Is she Mary Sue? Clarifying Mary SueIs she Mary Sue?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
So, I realize that everyone has heard of Mary Sue characters, but the thing that bothers me is that Mary has never really been as clarified as she could be. Girls go around crying Mary Sue at every character with long pink hair, then go and create even worse Mary Sue characters in the false illusion that they're making nonMary Sue characters (or even anti-Sues) when in fact they're doing the opposite. Allow me to explain how this seems to happen.
First of all the term "Mary Sue" desperately needs to be clarified to these people, so this brings us to the very important question: What IS a Mary Sue?
At least everyone can agree on one thing. Mary Sues are characters that are so perfect it's annoying.
But. What do they mean by perfect? Everyone has different ideas of that, naturally. Unfortunately, this is how many fanfiction (and other) writers make their biggest mistakes.
When you hear the name Mary Sue what pops up in your mind? A be
FallenLullaby's Tips To Writing a Reader-InsertOkay, I know I'm not the best writer out there, but I thought maybe this would be of use to others. This can apply to any type of Reader-Insert, but I'm using Hetalia as an example.FallenLullaby's Tips To Writing a Reader-Insert2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tip #1: S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g and grammar! Believe it or not, these are very important. Bad spelling and grammar can completely ruin a story. Unfortunately, Microsoft Word is a bit of a bitch when it comes to grammar, so I'd suggest re-reading your story over again to check for any mistakes. Also, you can always get an editor.
Tip #2: Keep the character's personality the same! Unless it's specifically crack or the character is drunk off their ass, try not to make the character too OOC. I know it can be very difficult if you're writing something like NetherlandsxReader where nobody even knows how the fuck Netherlands would even react to different situations, but give it your best shot to keep the characters in-character. I don't think I'm too great at this either, but hey, we sho
Avoiding Mary-SuesTips to Avoid Making Mary-SuesAvoiding Mary-Sues4 years ago in Other More Like This
In this piece of writing, I will be giving you some tips on how to avoid Mary-Sues. I will be using some of my own characters as examples in here too.
Just one thing before I get started though, having only one thing apply to a character doesn't always make them an instant Mary-Sue (except for point 3 because no one is perfect).
1. Tragic Pasts
Tragic pasts are extremely common, you can pick up a lot of books and see that the main character has some kind of bad happening in their past. Some examples of tragic pasts can be orphaned in a car/plane crash, beaten, raped, stolen, enslaved, having alcoholic/drug addict parents, etcetera. There isn't anything to say that a character can't have a good past though, many people grow up in happy homes.
Now, Mary-Sues are likely to have at least more than one of those tragic happenings. They also tend to keep angsting about it too, making other characters take pity on them.
I must admit that I have char
How Not to Tell a StoryAfter being on DeviantArt for a few years now, I've noticed patterns in people's stories. Patterns, that I can't say I've ever seen until I started using the internet. I believe that's because these kind of patterns are thoroughly unprofessional. The pattern in short is this:How Not to Tell a Story1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Character = victim
Plot = bad things happening to said victim
Maybe this sounds harsh. It's not if you understand that is ALL there is to these stories. They take any character, hurl them into a tragedy and that's it.
Let's get this straight: We do not know your character well enough to care about them yet. No matter how bloody and gutty their injuries are, no matter how many of their family members are deceased, no matter what their boyfriend did to them, no matter what kind of disease they have, WE. DO. NOT. CARE!!!!!
These kind of things are sad in themselves, but WHO is this person we're supposed to feel so horrible for? Establish THAT. It should be your absolute FIRST priority: no exceptions.
No more pasting
Story Writing - Tips and TricksStory Writing Tips and TricksStory Writing - Tips and Tricks2 years ago in Other More Like This
So, you're either writing or want to write a story. Here is a list of tips and tricks that will help you on your way to achieving your goal.
1. Write Compelling Characters
Whether your character is human or not, your audience will want to read about a hero/heroine who acts like a real person. This means giving them a well rounded personality with a fairly equal amount of strengths and flaws. Having these flaws means that they have room to grow, or they could have a tragic flaw that becomes their downfall.
Example Tragic Flaw: John Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He is a compelling character with a tragic flaw, he has too much pride. In the end it leads to his death.
Make sure your character fits the setting too. If you are writing a story in a historical realistic setting, let's say 15th century Japan, your character should look Japanese. Research the fashion, the politics, the names and the mann
Writing Prompts 21. Everyone found outWriting Prompts 24 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
4. It's always been this way
5. I know you did it
8. While the music was playing...
9. He smiled, hiding the way he really felt
13. Had I just gone mad, or did I really see that?
18. Just let it go
20. The little kid suddenly started screaming
25. She raised her voice
26. I'm serious
29. A dream I had last night
31. A grin
32. We both knew
36. Everyone was dancing, but no one noticed...
37. You can't make me
42. They kept running, though none of them knew...
44. 'When I grow up,' he said...
45. She was the only one
47. Badly written
48. Brand new
49. You ruined everything
50. No way out
51. A parade
52. A contest
54. There were three of them
I should have seenI tryI should have seen2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And I try
To be better
I try to be perfect
I want no fault
All for you
I only wish to be everything
And give you everything
I didn't know
I was hurting you
Again and again
You told me I was fine
There's nothing wrong
I should have understood
And accepted myself
We all have faults
It doesn't mean there's something wrong
I just wanted to reach the impossible
I wanted to be perfect
I should have seen
You love me
Unstick your Plot - A guideThe Random Encounter The Guide to Moving Your Story ForwardUnstick your Plot - A guide4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The classical random (there's always a classic.): This is the sort you see in just about any old RPG, or RPG comic, and probably most current ones as well that person or thing you randomly meet so you can be sent off in a random direction and never have to meet them again.
Yeah, it works well enough for games I suppose but I don't recommend it in a story get around it wherever possible. One thing I saw in the Wheel of Time books (by Robert Jordan) was having the rumors and such be heard OFFSCREEN, and delivered to the characters by someone they know. You still get your information, but without the useless extra faces.
The only real reason to put in someone random is for some bit of symbolism, as a general rule, so unless you wanna get real deep or are prepared for your readers wondering if the old farmer is actually a reference to an ancient Norse God you might wanna avoid the classics.
FrostbittenWinter is her favorite time of the year.Frostbitten2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It's beautiful. Silver and blue dance around with one another in a waltz of freezing passion as snow and ice douse the land in a blanket of boreal glamour. Glass windowpanes become easels for falling snowflakes, frost etching into the smooth surfaces in intricate and unique patterns.
Winter has always been her favorite time of the year, and it always will be.
It is not because of Christmas--no, even though she loves the holiday, it is not what sparks her strong fondness for the star-colored blanketing across the land. Her infatuation with the snow and ice and everything cold has to do with something that most people don't truly believe in.
A boy whom she met long ago.
She still remembers the day like it was yesterday. Running around in the forest, laughing and tasting the snowflakes as they fell down into her parted lips and melting immediately on her tongue. All bundled up as a precaution, even though the winter has always been kind to h
Guide to: Reader InsertsGuide to: Reader Inserts1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Guide to writing FAN FICTIONS (Hetalia Reader Inserts)
Okay before I start, please be reminded that this is my opinion that makes a good fan fiction. I've seen countless of then for 2 years now and I want to share.
Any questions, write so in the comments.
Any suggestions, please tell me so.
Warning, this is a really long one and I refuse to split it into two.
Okay, so you want to make a fan fiction that is appealing, interesting, and full of story. Well just because you have fun ideas, doesn't mean you shouldn't bother to know how to write one. Writing fan fictions requires patience, imagination, creativity, a setting, and most importantly, a plot.
The plot is basically everything that the story is about.
Character OOC (Out of Character)
Before I start off about how to make a good fan fic, you first must know the personalities of each and every character of Hetalia. Imagine England as a loud, obnoxious
How to Pick a HeroHow to Pick a HeroHow to Pick a Hero5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Believe it or not, there are actually many types of hero's in the world. If you didn't know this my GOD what have you been doing? Moves you to the front of the class immediately.
Assuming for the moment you do know, however, there's an entirely different challenge ahead - picking the right one for your story, video game, movie, or whatever the hell else you're trying.
The Classic Hero - You know them well. The do gooders that do no wrong, always save the day, and look good doing it. Great for cartoons, nooooooot so good for keeping an audience. Sorry, folks, their time has mostly come, and nobody wants to hear about them. They still have uses, though - you can do a kiddy thing, you can set them up as the well meaning, but eternally annoying, rival, or you can even make fun of them! Repeatedly! With pointy sticks! (Or, you know, you can put them in video games, where they're still alive and well! Just look at Mario.)
The Insane Hero - these can be s
A Few More Tips About Writing FanficsSort of a sequel to this:A Few More Tips About Writing Fanfics2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Don't keep using the same words over and over again. Said, said, said, said, it gets sooo dull after a while. Try using thesaurus.com for an alternate to a word you overuse. That isn't to say, however, that you should never use "said." "Said" is my example because it really is overused, but it works well in some cases.
2. When choosing a picture, think. Doesn't it make sense to have a picture that sort of relates to your story? For example, if your story was about Arthur mourning your death, it doesn't exactly make sense to have a preview picture of him as a punk rocker. Maybe find a picture of him crying. And PLEASE don't forget to give credit for your pictures!
3. NEVER EVER EVER use text speak in writing unless the characters are texting/IM-ing. I just read a story where someone said "u" instead of "you"...that's a bit sad.
4. Try to avoid starting reader
She Can't Help But Feel Itshe can't help but feel it, that sensation of despairShe Can't Help But Feel It2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
always creeping beneath the barriers of false cheer
she can't help but feel it, that loathing all for herself
always concealed behind a smile which she's painted on with stealth
she can't help but feel it, that yearning to hate the sound of laughter
always threatening her carefully-crafted walls to completely and utterly shatter
she can't help but feel it, that terror as she gazes upon her reflecton; which is usually the key
always making her say the words over and over again in her mind
"that isn't me"
Things Everyone Should Know About WritingThings Everyone Should Know About Writing2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Things That Everyone Should Know About Writing
Points of View
Things you need to be aware of before reading:
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Recently it has been brought to my attention that a good number of literary works that are lacking in basic skills and the fundamentals of writing. I believe that everyone, regardless of (a reasonable) age and skill level, should at least be aware the topics we will cover. We will discuss different points and simple ways to improve your overall writing skills.
First we will discuss the different narratives that you may choose to write in: first person, second per
Tragic BeautyI remember lying in my hospital bed at the physical rehabilitation facility, far too many years ago, staring at a picture of a little girl. Someone had brought it in for me, though I didn't remember who or why. In the picture she was wearing shorts, and leaning to feed bread to the ducks gathered around her. I stared at the little girl's legs and cried. She was beautiful.Tragic Beauty3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
"I broke you," I whispered to her. "I'm so sorry I broke you. I never meant to. Please, forgive me." And she did, of course. But I'm not sure if that made it better or worse.
There was a poet staying in the room next to me. He was a brain trauma patient, unlike me. For some reason they'd moved me out of the spinal cord injury section of the hospital and into brain trauma. I never actually met the man, and yet some days I can't stop thinking about him. My mother brought me a book of his poems, a little pamphlet made of thick, sturdy paper. She said she thought I would like them. And I did. They were so hopef
Character Tips 5 - DreamsCharacter Creation Dreams and FearsCharacter Tips 5 - Dreams3 years ago in Other More Like This
Absolutely everybody has their dreams for the future and there isn't anybody alive who isn't afraid of something. Giving your character both dreams and fears will help to flesh out your character a little bit.
You probably have dreams for your future, so why shouldn't your character? They don't have to be huge, but it has to be possible to work towards them. Their dream could be to get the job they've always wanted. It could be to recover from an illness that they've had for a long time, or it could be as simple as to just find where they belong.
Whatever the goal is, there has to be something getting in the way. For example, my dream is to become a professional author, but I'm not comfortable showing what I've written to other people. It's the same for your character, achieving a dream shouldn't be so easy.
Of course, no one has just one goal in life, but they will always have one major one. That would be the one you woul
To My Guardian AngelDear guardian angel,To My Guardian Angel2 years ago in Letters More Like This
Don't be too offended by this, but...are you even real? Are you watching me type this out right now, this second, like you should be? Or are you just some entity that is said to exist, but in reality, it's just a lie?
I want to know, if you are real, then why haven't I exactly gotten the guidance I need lately. Why haven't you protected me, like you're said to do, from all the things in my life that make me feel like I'm dying inside?
Why haven't you protected me from myself?
If you have tried, then, well...obviously you haven't tried hard enough for me to realize it or sense it.
Please. Try harder.
If you are truly real, guardian angel, then you know about my beliefs. You know that all those religious ideals that were drilled into me from the first day I could comprehend what the word "God" meant are slowly being replaced by nothing but cynical skeptism. You know that sometimes I would rather put what "faith" I do have in demons as opposed to angels,
INTERNAL CONFLICTINTERNAL CONFLICT4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Note: this is how the professional authors do it. That doesn't mean YOU have to. As with all advice, take what you can use and throw out the rest.
His lips drifted across hers in a warm caress. His hand pressed at waist, the heat of his palm warming her flesh through her corset underlying the deep blood silk gown. His fingers drifted upward, toward her breast.
Desire pulsed within her core, in time with her heart. She wanted to let him tear the red silk from her body, and bury himself in her flesh, but set her palm over his to stop him just below her breast. He was a vampire and she, a mere mortal. The fear in her soul told her to stop, and yet her body begged for his mouth on her flesh. I am overcome, overcome by a desire I know only he can satisfy... He fired her blood more than any other man.
She turned away from his kiss. "Please, I can't."
His gaze narrowed, then he smiled. "
Mary-Sues: Part 1Mary-Sues: Things You Need to Know and What to do if you see ThemMary-Sues: Part 14 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mary-sues, Martha-sues, Marty-stus, Larry-Stus and Gary-Stus, we will all come across them at one point. Most of us have heard of them, some have been violently accused of making them via flaming, and others are still naïve to the terms. While people who have been on writing sites for years absolutely loathe them, most are inconsistent with an all-around definition. A majority claim that Mary-Sues are characters that are absolutely perfect in every shape, form and personality, while others just say that they are characters that are just too powerful, unique, or are so clichéd from past characters, and a few say they are self-inserts no matter how well-developed they are. Some on fan fiction sites even say that all Original Characters or Fan Characters (OCs) who are paired with a canon character or just take the spotlight are Mary-Sues. On the other side of the cr