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
How to Pick a HeroHow to Pick a HeroHow to Pick a Hero6 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
Damsel DirectoryAlright, people, welcome to the Damsel Directory. At this point, if you've been following my guides, you know how to make your villain, pick your hero, and even the various types of TG and TF. Now it's time to Make a Maiden.Damsel Directory6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Frankly, in this day and age, we've grown fairly acceptant of the fact that just because they're Damsels in Distress doesn't mean they're helpless - but that doesn't mean that you can simply split them into two groups, of the classic and the new. So here's just some of the types of Damsels you can use.
The Classic Damsel - we're all familiar with this one, I'm sure. If you're not, go read a fairy tail, or play the old Mario games so you can rescue Princess Peach from her tower of tallness, or whatever. Or you could just watch Fiona at the beginning of the Shrek movie, if you really want a more contemporary view. (The first one - she doesn't stay classic for long, thank god.))
Basically, this type of damsel just sits around and waits for her prince to come sav
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