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
Is she Mary Sue? Clarifying Mary SueIs she Mary Sue?3 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
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 Story2 years 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
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
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
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
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
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
Things Everyone Should Know About WritingThings Everyone Should Know About Writing3 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:
If you would like to quickly jump to a topic, press F3 on your keyboard and type in one of the preceding topics you wish to learn about.
I would like to point out that it IS possible for you to view this piece of writing with proper indenting. Just press the ¶ button in the top right corner then read away~
Points of View
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
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
15 Writing Prompts15 Writing Prompts15 Writing Prompts5 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. The sky was darkening when two young girls started to dance. Peoples jointed then and others started to sing. He then started to sing along.
2. I couldnt believe I was finally there; that all this time spent traveling to that city had come to and end. Of course I was happy, but it was Not what I excepted. Slowly, I realized that I was disappointed.
3. Death is a weird thing, life is even weirder. They both inspire a question who is simple and complex at the same time: Why?
4. I want to save you but I dont think I can, so Ill try until the last hope has faded away.
5. Kat started to unpack her things as I was studying her. She didnt look like the girl that I remembered. In my memories, she had blond hair but hers was brown. Kat had changed, but I was happy to see her again anyway.
6. The fire alarm was screaming, men were running but the two teens couldnt stop themselves from staring at each other. The girl took a deep bre
Writing Prompts For YouFun and Creative Writing PromptsWriting Prompts For You4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Now what I like to do with these is take characters from my most treasured stories I've written and use them in these situations, to help me get closer to them and understand their personalities better. Because believe it or not, once you've created a character and brought it to life in a story, their personality comes out on their own; you don't create it.
For example, one of my characters is Jenny. She was originally made as a joke character with a goth-demeanor, made to be all emo and lame. But when I decided to make her a main character in my story, she turned into a rather fashionable, in-depth, philosophical woman with a bit of an attitude. I didn't plan for it, it just turned out that way as the story went on.
So go ahead. Take your most treasured characters that you think you know SO well, and write them into these situations. See what you learn about your character. (And get some always-helpful writing practice in along the way, as well!)
The Mary Sue and YouAs some of you are probably aware, a "Sue War" is stirring in the DP fandom. Since I've got some free timeThe Mary Sue and You4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
and have a horrible case of writer's block, I figured I would write a little something up concerning Mary Sues.
The Mary Sue
Many people in fandom have heard the term Mary Sue, but few know the actual definition of a Sue. In short, a Mary Sue is a character that is unbelievably perfect. They have skills or traits that are either unexplained or impossible. The Mary Sue often dominates the entire story, and overshadows other main characters, the only exception being the love interest. Essentially, a Mary Sue is the author's idea of a perfect character, and is often a self insert. Note:This does not mean that all self inserts are Mary Sues, although instances of this are extremely rare.
Most Mary Sues have extraordinary powers that are either uncommon or unheard of in the story universe. In the DP fandom, a telltale sign of a Mary Sue is when he/she is
Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character Your character's name is one of the most important decisions you have to make when writing a story. There are tons of resources for naming your characters (baby name websites being my personal favorite) but there are also many things you should take into consideration. Here are some do's and don'ts in no particular order.Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character1 year ago in Writing More Like This
Similar names for twins I read an article on names recently that expressly forbid the use of matching or similar twin names because it was "overdone". While yes, naming your twins Jayden and Kayden can be a bit tacky sounding, the truth is that people do it. A lot. I've personally met a pair of identical twins named Kirsten and Kristen. Do I think their parents are crazy? A little, but when you're choosing names for your twins, it's hard not to look for rhyming or alliteration. For writers, my only suggestion is to make them visually different enough that readers can tell them apart. Jace and Jackson are easy tw
Writing Tips - Getting StartedWriting Tips - Getting Started5 years ago in Writing More Like This
You want to write a story. Great! But the problem is that you're stuck before you've ever even managed to get the first word down on the page. You're just being taunted by the white page (or screen, as the case may be) in front of you.
If you haven't already, you may want to look into getting your thoughts organised. Figure out what you're going to write about, before trying to write anything. This may mean anything from making a few notes on a page to writing down every single thing that pops into your head, whether or not it's immediately relevant (my preferred method). With a more general (or even a very concrete) idea of where your story is going to go, the words should hopefully come a little more easily.
If that fails to work, try putting on some music. I tend to find that just putting on any old music will actually be counter-productive. Instead, tr
How to Introduce a CharacterThe classical Movie Introduction Sometimes, you get a hero. Not over time, but right at the start this is your hero. He's confident, he's suave, and he always packs his shaving cream. Somehow he always manages to get that beard just right, despite the fact that you've never seen him trim. Everything about him is admirable, and you just wanna follow him like a little puppy dog because that's how AWESOME he is.How to Introduce a Character4 years ago in Writing More Like This
it might work, but you still shouldn't do it. It's one thing for movies, where you can simply follow someone's action across the screens. In books, you want the closeness that only seeing the character fall on their face time times just to get it right once will bring.
The stumbling introduction - sometimes, your character stumbles into the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or the right thing at the right time, perhaps, but if you want a good story you should probably make sure it ends up worse for them than it would have otherwise.
Oh, sure, things
Interior MonologuesInterior Monologues5 years ago in Writing More Like This
"I was just wondering what you think about interior monologues, long passages of reflection?" -- Curious Kitty
A note on:
-- Interior Monologues
Whether you are considering adding a lengthy monologue to a story, or intend the monologue to be the story itself where the focus of the entire story is on one character's thoughts and feelings with very little action -- from my observations and experimentation, the readers either love them or hate them. There's no in-between.
However, it is notable that the internal monologue stories that are sought out most frequently tend to focus on a profound emotion of some kind: grief, loneliness, heartache... Usually by either those seeking to deal with such an emotion, as a kind of therapy, or by those that have never felt such emotions. (Strong emotional stories are extremely popular among young adults.)
In both cases, not only does the reader seek to submerge the
God and P.e.T.A.And after many of years since He created the world, God heard complaints coming from his beloved man.God and P.e.T.A.9 years ago in Humor More Like This
"God, my neighbor has stolen a calf and is mistreating it," said the man. "I don't want any man to own and mistreat any animal. I will stick with my promise. Smite the Farmer!"
And God went to the Farmer. "Farmer, have you stolen a calf when I have given you plenty the herbs and crops to feed on?"
The Farmer looked up to God and said, "No, I haven't God. My old ox has died and I went to the trader. I saw this young calf with cuts on its barrel and sores on its hooves. I traded half my crops to save this poor animal. In return, when the calf has grown into a healthy ox, the ox will work for me in the field for the same many hours I tend to my crops. It shall be fed and sheltered like myself. And if I ever hurt this beast intentionally, may I be smited."
God understood and with this returned back to heaven.
And then years later, He heard another complaint from his beloved man.
Wolfsbane Part Eleven :wolf!PrussiaXReader: Wolfsbane: Part ElevenWolfsbane Part Eleven :wolf!PrussiaXReader:2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Gilbert seemed to take your silence to his advantage. Suddenly both his hands were cupping your cheeks, pulling your face closer as his leaned in. For one tense moment there was nothing but a couple centimeters of air between both of your lips.
"Ich liebe dich, (name). Ich liebe dich."
And then those centimeters of air were gone and replaced with Gilbert's smooth and confident mouth, and it felt like the entire universe had suddenly exploded.
Shock raced through your veins like mercury, making your limbs feel heavy and your eyes slowly slide shut. Your head tilted slightly, hands quivering as they grasped Gilbert's forearms for support. A small sound emitted from your lips, a somewhat squeak muffled by the barrier of his own meetings yours, and all you could think about was how perfect the moment felt.
I Have Writer's Block!Don't panic. Don't bang your head against the wall. (All you get is a headache... trust me on that.) Writer's block requires a thoughtful, logical approach, so hating yourself will go nowhere.I Have Writer's Block!4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The first thing we tend to do when we have writer's block is to leave the book. We close the file or notebook and say we'll get to it later. Well, sometimes that works, but sometimes we still haven't touched it a week later. Or a month later. At that point things get a little worrisome. That's why I've compiled this list.
1. Try taking a walk or bike ride. Sometimes you just need the time to yourself. I know you've probably heard this before, but that's because it works. Let your mind drift to your characters, and an idea may arrive.
2. Think about your book before you go to sleep. Sometimes you dream about it, which can provide ideas. Sometimes you figure out the answer to your writer's block before you fall asleep. (If you're like me, you'll grab the nearest Post-it, scribble down your ideas, a
Ten Tips for Developing a Writer's Attitude1. Keep a journal or any form of recording device at all times. You never know when those rare moments of inspiration will strike, so you have to record it in some way before you forget. If you have a journal of some kind, or a binder with paper, you can make character sheets and a plot time-line/tree/map so you know where your story will go. While things may change during the act of writing out the story, the profile and the map will help keep the more important facts straight.Ten Tips for Developing a Writer's Attitude2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Other than that, it's just a fashion accessory that makes you look like you don't have writers block ninety percent of the time.
2. When you do write, write realistically, but remember that it's still fiction. There are some things you can get away with, and there are some things that won't be forgotten in the most horrid way possible for generations to come.
In a century your book might be used as an example g
Because...I opened my mouthBecause...2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And made myself a fool
To make you laugh
To make you smile
I danced and twirled about
And broke my self-esteem
All to make you laugh
All to make you look in my direction
I stuck by your side
Even when you pushed me away
Just so that you wouldn't be alone
Just so that you wouldn't forget me
You called me names
And yet I'm still here
Because I love you.
Writing Tips - LanguageWriting Tips - Language5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Accents, Foreign Languages, and Regional Dialects
There are times when your story may have one or more character speaking a different language, or with a different accent than the rest. There are many different ways a writer can go about presenting this to the reader, and before we go any further, I will concede that some of it is a matter of personal taste, and on this particular matter, you wont be able to please everybody. So, consider this bit not so much a lesson, but rather a series of guidelines.
Everyone has one. Even if you think that you dont, theres someone, somewhere in the world who would disagree with you. Some people may have a very faint trace of an accent, whereas with others, you can hardly make out what theyre trying to tell you. But how should you translate these simple speech patterns to text? Well, that depends, really.
Since Ive been listening to the audio books lately, and its the best example I can come up with, let
Clearing some things up (another ''please read'')I've been very busy lately, hence not being on too much. However, a couple of days ago, someone noted me (I will keep this all anonymous, as I have already dealt with the situation) asking for me to write them a GermanyXPrussia lemon.Clearing some things up (another ''please read'')2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First off, I do not write slash of any kind; yaoi, yuri, etc. I don't read or go look for it specifically, either. I will tolerate those who like pairing up same-sex characters with one another, but I'm not into it myself at all--and I am not a homophobic or a hater. I have a cousin who is gay, and I love him to death and am very proud of him for finding an amazing boyfriend. So don't call me out for discriminating.
Secondly, I do not write smut anymore, especially for reader inserts. After the lemon scandal, I realized, "You know...this stuff really is a waste of time, and gets repetitive after awhile." I only read lemons from people I watch, because I know they won't disappoint and can actually write with proper grammar, spelling, and a well-thought-out
The Guide to FancharactersFancharacters. We're all familiar with them. Most of us greatly dislike the majority of them. This is because a large number of them are written by people creating their first characters, who really have no clue how to create an original character in the first place, and don't realize that inserting a new character into an existing work actually requires more attention to balance to be successful, never mind the fact that the authors often have fictional crushes on at least one character in the work they are writing about. For this reason, some of the most frighteningly bad Mary-Sues are often found in fanfiction.The Guide to Fancharacters4 years ago in Writing More Like This
This can be avoided. Some fancharacters can be made extremely well. It isn't fair to count out all fancharacters, especially if they're written into a series that has a new guest every week, or has even been known to pick up new permanent cast when the writers feel like it. If you hope to write a good fancharacter, there are some simple things to bear in mind.