The Same Compartment - orig. by magicwingsforeverThe Same Compartment
Originally written by magicwingsforever
Edited by Indiana
When they first met, James Potter and Sirius Black didn't expect to be lifelong friends. They were just two boys sitting on the Hogwarts Express, shoved into the same compartment by some rowdy fifth years. Each of them kept to himself, and it wasn’t until James spotted Sirius’s broomstick advertisement booklet, tossed carelessly onto the seat, that the two of them began talking.
"What team?" James asked enthusiastically, pointing at the Quidditch players clutching world-class brooms on the cover.
Sirius snorted, glancing at the booklet and then to James. "Chudley Cannons, of course. I just went to see them, they were bloody amazing! You?"
James stared at Sirius, his eyes wide in amazement. "Same, my dad loves to take me to their matches! Gonna try out for the house team?"
Just like that, the two were friends.
When James joined Sirius at the Gryffindor table, they grinned
Tips for Writing Good Fan FictionTips for Writing Good Fan FictionTips for Writing Good Fan Fiction2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Hello! I’m Indy, or Indiana if you prefer the long version, and this is somewhat of a tutorial on what I look for, and find, in good fanfiction. I’ve been writing fanfic my whole life, and I’ve dabbled in many fandoms, most notably of which have been Sonic the Hedgehog and Portal. I’ll offer some insight as to how I write, as well as things I notice inexperienced writers tend to do. Before I start, I’d like to make a disclaimer that I am of course not an expert. Hopefully this is helpful to someone.
Understand Your Characters
This is a very important thing to do if you really want to do a good job. You can write a story without understanding them, of course, but the more deeply you know the character, the deeper the story is going to be. You want the story to be deep. You want the reader to lose themselves in the story, and if something jumps
How to Write Good Fanfiction So, you've come to this article to learn how to improve your fanfiction. That's great- that means you're willing to take some criticism. That's an important part of being a writer.How to Write Good Fanfiction4 years ago in Writing More Like This
If you're not here to take criticism, and you just want to endlessly stroke your ego, well, now's a wonderful time to pop it.
BEFORE WE START.
I am not going to be going over the basics of spelling, grammar, writing concepts, etc. If you don't know how to properly spell, write, punctuate or have a basic grasp of the English language, you have no business writing fanfiction anyways. Get your butt off the computer and learn this stuff before we begin.
You're going to want to know how this sort of thing works, right? I'm assuming you're new to the fanfiction world, so I'm going to introduce you to some basic lingo.
-Fic: It's an abbreviation for fanfiction. Can also be called fanfic or ff.
-FF.net: The Holy Grail of all fanfiction sites. It has thousan
How To Write A Good FanfictionFanfiction is a popular media that has expanded and grown from when it started. As a fanfiction writer myself, I love to read other people's fanfics and write my own. However, it's easy to get lost within writing a fanfic, because of loss of inspiration, doubt about your story, and many other reasons. If you plan on improving on your current skills/starting your first fanfic, consider these tips I recommend to anyone who is interested in writing fanfiction.How To Write A Good Fanfiction2 years ago in Writing More Like This
1.) Make sure you know what you want to write.
This is key to writing a good fanfic. If you know what you're going to write about, then you have a good basic idea that you can work off of. What I recommend is picking one of your favorite fandoms and coming up with a concept that you and yourself are happy with.
DON'T: Constantly switch between ideas.
This is a mistake I've made in the past. If you switch on and off with your ideas over and over again, you'll get lost in your own ideas, and you'll lose motivation on wri
Literary Merit for Fanfiction WritersSo last winter, something amazing happened to me. Well, a lot of amazing things happened to me. I met iammemyself here on dA, and read her stories. They inspired me to start writing again, and I wrote one in particular for her birthday that was really, really good. So good, in fact, that it was selected for a Daily Deviation. Now, at the time, a fanfiction group I didn't know about had a policy of adding fanfiction DDs to their featured folder. They added my piece, and I, intruiged by their premise, joined up. I started doing LiteraryFanFiction's weekly challenges, their Flash Fan Fiction Fridays, writing some of my best work for these weekly exercises. And in the fall, I was invited to pitch in as an administrator. I'm still learning the ropes for approving and denying work there, but my grammar nazi tendencies are not all I have to contribute. I love writing about writing, and I felt like doing that today.Literary Merit for Fanfiction Writers2 years ago in Writing More Like This
I find a lot of confusion about what literary fanfiction is. I
10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing.These are some very basic things for new writers. If you see somebody that could benefit from this, send them a link!10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing.3 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Use correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar everywhere, not just in your writing.
I see a lot of writers that text-talk in conversations, leave out punctuation, don't capitalize words, etc. Even if you're just shooting a message to a friend on Facebook remember those rules! Not only does this create good habits, but I find that it leads to better and more intelligent conversations
2. Learn those tricky rules like "laid/lay" and "effect/affect".
A lot of people slack off on these. Personally, I have to look up things like this all the time because I just don't remember. They're annoying, but learning the differences can help you out in your writing and in real life. Also, the difference between "good" and "well" is a must-know! I hear this used incorrectly every single day.
3. Paragraphs and when to use them.
Obviously your wr
Writers Block and How to Kill ItWith NaNoWriMo coming up soon, I thought I'd finally spit out a writers block help guide. This can be used any time and for any blocks! Let's begin.Writers Block and How to Kill It3 years ago in Writing More Like This
A lot of writers block cases come just from environment. For example, for a long time my computer was a desktop. Not very portable, right? Well, this meant that if I wanted to do any writing, I had to sit down in the same spot every time and write. I had to deal with the same environment, the same clutter, the same chair, the same sitting position, etc. This doesn't help! So consider your environment. (For suggestions that require moving elsewhere, use a laptop or a good old fashioned notebook with a pen or pencil)
Clean up your workspace. Organize it. Rearrange it. Make it different than last time you sat there.Light a candle or incense, or even freshen up your room with an air freshener. Go in another room. So
Writing Guide: Your Character's RelationshipsWriting Guide: Your Character's Relationships2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Hello again! It's been a while, but I'm back with another writer's guide. As always, I should remind you that I'm not a professional and everything here is just my own thoughts and opinions. Please keep that in mind!
As with normal life, stories often have romantic relationships. Sometimes the characters are together before the story even begins, and sometimes the characters get together throughout the course of the story. Either way, here are some tips and notes on your character's relationships!
The Evil Girlfriend-That-Must-Go
Scenario: Mary really wants to go out with Jon, but Jon's evil girlfriend Elizabeth is in the way.
It's really easy to write about how evil Elizabeth is, especially if you're writing from Mary's point of view. Of course she's evil! She's in the way to Mary's happy relationship. Ri