How Not to write Bad FanficHow Not to Write Bad FanfictionHow Not to write Bad Fanfic7 years ago in Writing More Like This
A collection of pet peeves and lessons learned the hard way.
There's a lot of bad fanfiction out there. Everybody knows it. But that doesn't mean that fanfiction is inherently bad. I've written my share of fanfics. I've written horrid Mary Sues, left good ideas unplotted until they snowballed and avalanched away into terribleness, and forgotten plots entirely and so had to abandon fics. In writing them, I've learned a lot. I've grown as . storyteller. I've learned how to plot, how to portray characters consistenly, and I've improved in my basic language skills. So now, I'm going to record those lessons here so you won't have to make them yourself before you start cranking out the good stuff. Needless to say, these are simply a list of guidelines that I've found work for me.
Lesson 1) Your readers read fanfiction for the official characters.
People read fanfic for much the same reason they write it: they like a show. They w