How Not to write Bad FanficHow Not to Write Bad FanfictionHow Not to write Bad Fanfic6 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
Guide to Writing FanfictionEmpressTuiLa’s Guide to Writing FanfictionGuide to Writing Fanfiction6 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