How to Write a Good FanfictionHow to Write a Good, Proper Fanfiction
By: Jennifer Gay
1) About Myself
2) About this Article
B) Getting Started
1) Picking the Subject(s)
2) Having an Idea
3) Planning Out What You Want
C) Proper Spelling and Grammar Rules
D) Layout of the Story
1) Paragraphing and Formats
2) When to End the Chapter/Start another Chapter
E) Copyrighting Laws and You
F) Notes Section
G) Thank You Section
1) About Myself
Hello, my name is Jen
Beating the BlockBeating the Block4 years ago in Writing More Like This
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Please read this list slowly and carefully, considering not only the individual prompt but ways to bend it. You'll get much more out of it. (Thinking about specific characters and/or listening to your book's theme music while you read may help.)
This list is designed mainly to give ideas for characterization-related scenes. If your issue is more along the lines of "I don't know where I'm going," then this may not be as helpful. While you can read this anyway, meditation and logic are usually the things that work best.
If this gives you an idea, write it down! It's a long list, so you don't want to risk forgetting anything.
Not all of these thoughts and ideas will apply to your story, but perhaps one can give you an idea! I encourage you to modify the ideas below to better fit your characters' unique situation. This is just meant to get the ideas flowing. Let's get started!
Two characters are stuck under a br
Tips for Writing Writers 2Tips for Writing Writers 27 years ago in Writing More Like This
Step One: Coming Up With a Plot line
Ever wanted to write a story but have not known where to start? Or have you had to write one for class and been completely lost of words? Well than here is a few tips that might help you.
1. Think of one thing.
Just one simple thing. That thing could be a large final battle, it could be a dragon, or a clue to a murder, or even just a lamp glowing in an abandoned house. Whatever it is, once you have that one thing, you have to think of reasons why that one thing is so important. Maybe that lamp keeps the monsters of the house locked up for so long as it is on, maybe that dragon is stealing treasure from all the nearby kingdoms for the purpose of buying back her child, or maybe that clue is the murdered mans DNA that proves he never really died.
What ever that thing is, expand on it. Even if you just look around your house you might find it. Remove that "Oh, that's a stupid idea" mental block; in fact, blow up that bloc
Writing Lesson: Character TraitsIt's come to my attention as of late that there are a few traits that people give their characters for no other reason than making their character unique. I thought I would just ignore it, but then they started popping up everywhere. I mean everywhere. I looked through the deviations in a group yesterday and saw reoccurring "traits" that make me want to tear my hair out. So this handy guide is here to tell you what's been done to death and when (if ever) it's still okay to use it. I am by no means a professional, but I certainly hope you'll take some of this to heart.Writing Lesson: Character Traits2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Please keep in mind that these are all just opinions, really. I am not telling you that you can't do these things! (Not that I have the authority to do that anyway). More than anything, these are just things to take into consideration when creating a character for a novel.
Heterochromia. This is the condition where one's eyes are two different colors.
Fluffy ZADRDib sat leaned against the tree, reading his "Crop Circles" magazine, as usual. Zim came up and sat right next to him. He did that every day sinceFluffy ZADR8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
they became friends. "Hey, Zim." said Dib, looking up from his magazine and smiling at his best friend. "Hullo, Dib. Ugh, I'm exhausted!" Zim said,
throwing his head down on his chest. "Finals suck, don't they?" Dib asked with a smirk. "Mmhmm." Zim lifted his head up for a second, then
plopped it down on Dib's shoulder. "Hmm, maybe I'll take a nap." Dib blushed a little, but let Zim stay there as he read his magazine. Dib felt a
sudden pinch at his side and let out a tiny yelp. He looked down at Zim. "What did you do that for?" Zim laughed. "Because your squishy and
ticklish. It's funny." Dib smiled. "How the heck is that funny?" Zim pulled his head up and looked at Dib. "Because, when you poke at a human's
belly, they squirm and laugh, and gasp for breath. I find it very amusing." Dib sat strait up, rubbing the part of his stomach that Zim
ZADR RPChapter 1 Unexpected Turn of EventsZADR RP8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Invader Zim (c) Jhonen Vasquez
Zim huffed as he picked himself off the floor having zoned out and fallen as the bell rang. "Stoopid humans."
A pair of black boots appeared in Zim's view. "What's wrong alien scum. Afraid of a little noise?"
Zim growled and dusted himself off. "Zim was only practicing for his latest plan of AMAZINGNESS!"
Dib huffs out a laugh. "Hah, what pathetic plan have you come up with this time? Tripping people so they fall to worship your stupidness."
Zim smiled and walked away. "You will see Dib-stink, you will see."
Dib lets out a growl. "I do not stink! And I don't want to know your stupid plan. Humph." ('I wonder if reverse psychology will work?')
Zim turned around with a grin on his face and... pressed his lips to the human's. "Good human."
A weird jumble of sounds comes from our poor hero who's brain seems to have broken at the moment. "wha da ha who jesh (etc.)"
Zim smiled and licked Dib's lips. "Shut up and be
The True Meaning of FriendshipTrue Meaning of FriendshipThe True Meaning of Friendship5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Disclaimer: Invader Zim is owned by Jhonen Vasquez, who hates my guts
Summary: One-shot ZADR in Dib's POV.
Somehow, I always knew that I loved Zim. It was hard for me to admit it at first, but I always knew. It all started a little while ago; roughly 6 months ago, when Zim had received the most horrible news he had ever heard in his life.
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN I'M NOT AN INVADER?" I remember hearing him scream at the monitor before him. Sure, I wasn't supposed to be there, eves dropping like that, but I had been concerned about him for quite a few weeks by then. He had been acting strangely. Well, more so than usual at least. Zim had his quirks but, this was a little bit different. Okay, I lied. It was WAY different. He had been really quiet. I mean SUPER quiet. Not a word for days on end. So, I decided to sneak into his base and do some, to put it softly, spying, on my Irken nemesis.
He had been on the communi
'No telling'Amy?'No telling'8 years ago in General More Like This
The pink-furred hedgehog turned her head towards a male of the same species. Her body remained facing the same direction, sitting on a wall overlooking the ocean. A baby blue summer dress covered her, leaving the pale skin of her shoulders bare. Emerald eyes lit up at the sight of him and a smile crossed her lips.
What is it Shadow?
The guy paused, a flash of uncertainty showing in his ruby irises, but was soon replaced with the usual emotionless stare. Strolling over to Amy, Shadow sat next to her, shoes dangling next to her bare feet. He felt the warmth flowing from her body from how close he was and started cursing silently at himself.
Why are you sitting alone out here?
The question caught her off guard and a trace of fright crossed her face. It soon was gone, but Shadow still caught it. He knew perfectly well why Amy was spending her time alone, away from the rest of the gang in the house.
I I just got tired of all the
TF2: ColdfrontThere was no doubt about it: He hated the cold. He truly despised it.TF2: Coldfront4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He hated everything about it. From the physical sensation like goosebumps, breath freezing in front of your face, the numbing feeling, the white snow, which hurt in your eyes after a while to the psychical feelings it could give you. Something like the need to rely on others and the feeling of complete isolation.
And this hellhole was made of pure, unforgiving cold. The snow was everywhere. Slowly melting and creeping inside the bases, freezing again and blocking the heat system.
Their Engineer wasn't busy building sentries and teleporters, he was busy fixing everything in that freaking place which could somehow provide heat.
Being snowed in was regular and the computers crashing due to the cold was nothing uncommon.
It almost seemed like someone was trying to cut them off from the outside world.
Noone shall know your there, noone will know your there. Isolation again.
Goddamn it, he didn't even know if there was a p
Crazy Talk Chp 4Crazy Talk Chp 49 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After Dib had arrived home, he had tried his best to forget about what had just occurred with ZIM. He had tried his best to rationalize, no, not rationalize - make sense of the situation. Nothing about it seemed to make sense. Why was ZIM's house green? Why was his "dog" green? Why was he green?
Ok, Dib thought, sitting down on the couch and staring forward blankly, Ok so maybe ZIM has a skin condition. That makes sense but – but there's no way his dog does! Dib paused, scratching his chin thoughtfully, Well, maybe, maybe it's not a dog! Maybe it's a…
Dib squirmed back into the couch, What could that thing be? It was so frustrating! Angrily, he rubbed his face, trying to see all the possibilities for that weird dog of ZIM's. Wasn't it "GIR" or something? he continued, That wasn't very dog-like. In fact it kind of sounded like the name he had given to that robot he had built a few years ago…
Wait! That was it! That little thing was a robot! Just like ZIM's parents! Dib concluded, gettin
How to Accept A CritiqueFirst, there's a common misconception that I want to address before I even begin. I've heard way too many people try to claim that they don't write for an audience or that they only write for themselves. In my mind, this usually translates to something like, "You or someone else gave me a critique I don't agree with, so I'm trying to justify why I'm going to ignore it." You're going to have a hard time convincing me that you don't care about anyone else's opinion of your work if you PUBLICALLY SUBMIT IT ONLINE.How to Accept A Critique7 years ago in Writing More Like This
I don't know if you've noticed, but dA (and any other site like it) is essentially structured to be used for peer review. That's the main point of the ability to leave comments in the first place. If you're really only writing for yourself, you would keep your stories in a shoe-box hidden under your bed. And, no, the "I was posting it so my very bestest friend Mary Sue could read it" excuse doesn't fly either.
Crazy Talk Chp 2Crazy Talk Chp 29 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
You may want to read the notes first! But, hey, what do I know? XD
The days following ZIM's arrival were, quite possibly, the strangest Dib had ever experienced. After the first day, Dib thought there was something extremely weird about ZIM, but, after spending a week in the same classroom as the green boy, he knew. He knew that there was something incredibly wrong with that kid. There had been...incidents.
For example, on the second day after ZIM had joined the confines of his wretched skool, he had noticed that he was asking some very strange questions to Ms. Bitters like "How prepared would earth be for a full scale alien invasion?" or "What's particularly toxic to you filthy worm babies?" Certainly that alone would be enough to prove that ZIM was certifiably freakish, but there was more.
Shortly before the anniversary of his first week at school (which ZIM made sure to remind everyone in the class of) something happened that Dib just couldn't explain. It had been a usual sko
Memory SparksSometimes, all one needs is a line or topic to start us off to keep our minds and fingers sharp.Memory Sparks7 years ago in Writing More Like This
It would sure be interesting to see what different minds came up with, in their own style and choice, from the same starting line. So if you create something from it, leave a link to your submission here so i may see it, if you want to of course.
Spark number 1-> A hand in the darkness... What does it do? Why is it there?
Spark number 2 -> The snowman is melting... What happens next?
Spark number 3 -> It came without warning... What did, and what happened after it did?
Spark number 4 -> A voice in the wind... What does it say? what do you do?
Spark number 5 -> The sky darkens.
Spark number 6 ->Something brushed up against my foot.
Spark number 7 -> A footprint in the sand...
Spark number 8 -> Snowflakes.
Spark number 9 -> Fireplace
Spark number 10 -> A message in a bottle...
Spark number 11 -> Unleashed
Spark number 12 -> Falling...
Spark number 13 -> I remember... (there's gotta be at leas
I Dub Thee...I Dub Thee...4 years ago in Writing More Like This
On the psychology and choosing of names
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Many authors struggle with names. After coming up with a character who perfectly fits his or her intended role, planning personality traits, clothing, hobbies, and physical descriptions, now you have to sum all of that character's being up in a name!
There is an incredible number of ways to choose a name. Often authors are baffled by the vast array of first names and surnames that could be given to a character, and it's almost impossible to start. Whether you're hoping for a name that could belong to any girl on a street or a fantasy warrior from planet Xyla, there are infinite ways of choosing a name.
The best way to find ordinary names is a list. Sometimes one might choose a name that actually means something, while other times one might hope for an ordinary name with little more meaning than "her mom liked it."
Short StoryThe Short StoryShort Story7 years ago in Writing More Like This
Definition: A short story is a brief narration of a series of carefully arranged and related incidents in such a way that conflict and struggle are involved and resolved.
Structure: (How its put together)
A short story usually has a brief introduction followed by a series of events that leads to a climax and a conclusion. The climax of many short stories comes at the very end of the story.
Characteristics: (what makes it different from other types of writing)
one main character
one main incident
few minor characters
place and time are limited
point of view
In short stories usually one of these elements predominates.
Representation: Damned either wayRepresentation: Damned either way1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
(Disclaimer: The following post concerns discussion of progressivism in video games or other forms of media and may be considered “Social Justice Warrior”. If you do not feel comfortable reading about such things, it is recommended that you read something else.
Also, don’t take anything I say too seriously. I’m the guy who liked all the Bayformer films, Sucker Punch, Green Lantern and the Mass Effect 3 ending.)
Representation: Damned if you do Damned if you don’t
What I’m about to say is very controversial. It may unintentionally push the wrong buttons, offend some people and phrase things the wrong way. If that happens, know that it wasn’t intentional and I apologize in advance. Feel free to call me out if I cross a line or two. Also, be aware that this post may contain logical fallacies and even strawmen. Okay? Okay.
So, when it comes to representation in mass-media, the issue of diversity has become a hot button topic and point
Knock Yourself OutKnock Yourself Out4 years ago in Writing More Like This
How to Write a [Near]-Fainting Experience
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You've probably all read books or seen movies in which a character passes out. The heroine might swoon gracefully and collapse onto the floor or into the hero's arms. People rush to bring water, a doctor, or something to revive her. She then wakes up, rosy-cheeked and a bit distressed, and she fans herself for a while while insisting that she is fine.
Fainting in real life is not nearly so beautiful. Authors, especially ones with no experience, can sometimes fall for such idealized descriptions. I am (un)fortunate enough to have experience in this area, so I will share it here.
Quick Losses of Consciousness
Usually this involves an impact or a sudden pain. The character may have no idea what happened to him or her afterwards, and later results vary depending on the severity of any injuries sustained.
Real-life example: My mom used to work as a waitress during her teenage years, and Aunt Jennifer, her
Character ProfileCharacter Profile for Use in Scroll-SoldiersCharacter Profile7 years ago in Writing More Like This
Please answer the following questions in regard to your character. This profile is intended to help fellow role players better understand your character or characters. This way the role playing is much more enjoyable. If you do not know an answer to a particular question, or the question is not applicable, feel free to skip it. Many thanks in advance.
Character's Physical Appearance
Which gender is your character?
What color are your characters eyes?
What type (ie. curly, straight, wild, silky) of hair does your character have?
What is the color of their hair?
What is you character's body type (ie. long and lanky, wiry, buff, cut, pudgy, skinny, dead sexy)?
Your character's complexion, what is it like?
What sort of clothing does your character wear and or prefer to wear?
How old is your character, or what age do they appear to be?
How does you character carry themselves? (ie