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
A Guide to FanfictionFanfiction and Fanfiction.net: A GuideA Guide to Fanfiction7 years ago in Writing More Like This
This tutorial to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Since you are reading this, I am going to assume the following:
1. You have a fanfiction.net account
2. You write fanfiction.
3. You plan to write fanfiction in the future.
If not, then this probably isnt the guide for you. Go somewhere else. Go on, shoo!
The aim of this guide is to help you write better fanfiction and get it read by a wider audience, and to make fanfiction.net a nicer, less frustrating place to be. You don't have to do a thing I say- but consider it. Most of this is just common sense, but you know what they say about common sense...
...It's not that common.
Now, throughout this guide, I am going to assume that you are a fanfiction writer for a made-up TV show/Film/Anime/Manga/Book/whatever, purely for convenience. This TV show/Film/Anime/Manga/Book/whatever will be called "Mr Happy Octopus". Why? Well, why not?
Now, lets get
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 Traits3 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.
Character design: ClothingWhen creating an OC the personality and backstory are the most important aspects. But how will s/he be recognized if her/his hair, face and whole body looks just like an other one's OC?Character design: Clothing4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The answer is simply: her/his clothing! Most people choose their clothing on their own. And not everybody buys the same shirt or shoes.
The choice of clothing is the best way to get recognized because a lot of matters are involved when you choose your new shirt. You consider age, attitude, gender, environment, hobbies, personality and profession (even when you're unemployed).
But let me show you step by step:
This aspect is quite simple:
A baby or toddler will just wear clothes like romper suits and so on. But remember that the one responable for their clothing may also consider the kid's so far shown personality and all the other things I'm going to talk about later.
When the kid gets older, it's a bit different. Parents or people in charge will still be the one buyin
Essay Writing for StudentsEssay Writing for StudentsEssay Writing for Students4 years ago in Writing More Like This
First off, this is informal, meaning this is how I do my essay plans, not what some academic that lives under a rock has handed out for use. It’s a rough skeleton or framework that you can use to plan for the contents of your academic essay without having to write a proper, full draft. Drafting a complete essay isn’t always an option for in-class essays where the question is given to you on the day or you simply lack the time. If you know your material well then this will be all you need to pump out a nice A grade for your in-class essay. For assignment type essays, it can be used for the initial planning stages of your essay, but in that case a full draft will still be required for editing and handing in purposes (naturally). Think of it a shorthand prompt guide for your essay which you only have to expand on come exam day. If your memory is terrible like mine, then this method will be your best friend. I’ll attempt
Desperate- ZaDrDesperateDesperate- ZaDr4 years ago in Drama More Like This
He stood there in front of me, nothing but crazed, lonely, desperation in his eyes. Once vibrant green skin had paled more than I thought possible. Now he just looked plain sickly. Bright ruby eyes had faded and lost all of their wide-eyed wonder and spark. Antennas were drooped so low, they grazed his shoulders when he made the slightest movement.
Zim had no doubt walked all the way here out of his disguise. But no one turned their head at the "crazy foreign kid disguised as an alien". How backwards they had it . And they would never know.
I didn't know for sure why Zim was here. But I did know why he looked so wrong. Like an abandoned puppy that had been kicked out of a moving vehicle. This time he hadn't been able to hit the ground running.
Two weeks ago I had watched his Tallest, his species' leaders, tell him he was a 'defect'. An outcast, a waste of space, an idiot, an annoyance. Not an Irken. As I watched throu
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
Finding Your VoiceHow do you find your voice? Be yourself. Be open. Listen. Play. Experiment. Soon your voice will be leading you. Try some of these exercises:Finding Your Voice8 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Then write without stopping until the time is up. Write as fast as you can. Write freely, putting down whatever comes to mind. What you write can be nonsense. It can be repetitive. It doesn't have to be important. The important thing is to keep writing. Don't worry about grammar or spelling. Don't stop to organize or understand what you have written, just write. Try the exercise for longer periods of time.
2. Open your senses to your surroundings. Go to the mall and listen to the sounds of shoppers, sales people, and machines. Attend sports events and experience the smells tastes and feelings of the scene. At church, observe the pastor or the band playing. Watch the people singing. Afterwards write about what you heard smelled, tasted, felt, or saw.
3. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Daydream out
ZADF Summer TruceZADF Summer Truce4 years ago in Humor More Like This
Lazy Summer Truce
When summer struck Dib's hometown, it did so with relish, sweeping over the town and choking everyone in it with a smothering blanket of heat and humidity. Anyone with half a brain stem was inside, soaking up man-made breezes from their air conditioners.
Dib, though in full possession of a fully formed (and completely functional, thank you very much!) brain, was not so lucky. Gaz and her evil stuffed animals had taken up residence in the only room in their house with a decent air conditioner (well, aside from their father's basement lab, but not even a sighting of Bigfoot could make him go down THERE!) thus leaving the teen to find relief elsewhere.
Eventually, he had to settle on the hammock--and the scant shade its trees provided--in his backyard. The long-limbed teen flopped into it almost lifelessly, body half-twisted as he got comfortable, one leg half-dangling off the side. As he lay there, lightly swinging himself for the relief of a small breeze in th
Crazy Talk Chp 1Crazy Talk Chp 19 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Light refracted off the tinted windows of the scientist's room. The light seemed to mingle on the window, before flowing towards the center of the small, almost completely white room. Suddenly, a small, oval shaped device let out a loud sharp ringing, which sent what appeared to be a bundle of sheets flying upward. The bundle growled, and hit a button on the top of the object. It immediately silenced its ringing, and the bundle slowly sat up, and proceeded to pull the sheets off of its exceptionally large head. Underneath the sheets, there was a boy.
The boy looked rather tired, and frustrated, no doubt from having his sleep interrupted. He had large amber colored eyes, which were currently squinted. His hair, though obviously slept on all night, still maintained an odd scythe shape. He stumbled awkwardly out of bed, vaguely searching the nightstand for his glasses. Placing them on, he looked out of his window, which was nearly clear from the inside.
"Mmm, gotta set a delay
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
Suicide Is PainlessSuicide Is PainlessSuicide Is Painless10 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It only takes a certain amount of time. A certain amount of failures before a person begins to search for a reason as to why they're failing so much. Then they fail to find a reason for that and then they begin to wonder if they should just give up all together. Perhaps life isn't worth all the trouble. Perhaps one should just a find a way to end all the pain and suffering.
This is where Dib was. He was sitting on his bed, staring out the window. He was so tired of fighting and trying. He glanced down at the pictures and papers that laid on his bed.
"Zim.. I've been trying so long.. to prove that you're an alien. Yet… yet no matter how hard I try… the world is not satisfied. Perhaps they wish to destroy themselves? Perhaps they want to be destroyed? Why should I keep trying? Why should I keep living?" He sighed and swept all the pictures and papers off his bed. He watched as they silently fluttered to the floor. He stood up next and walked acro
+Winter Time+Snow slowly drifted down from the dark, cloudless skies (1), collecting on the ground like a blanket. Faint voices could be heard in the background but they were given no thought. Breathe visible in the chilly air as it escaped him in gentle sighs, the 13 year old (2) scuffed up some snow with one foot.+Winter Time+9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Where are you Zim?" He murmmered, straightening the blue scarf hanging around his neck with hands that were concealed by matching gloves, one of which held a pair of goggles tightly.
It had been nearly a year and a half (3) since the alien had vanished from earth, giving no warning and leaving behind no trace that he had ever existed. The lot he had inhibited was once more empty space, the lab which had been built beneath it now just a bunch of dirt.
He should have been ecstatic (4). He should have been proud that he had finally won the battle they had fought so fiercely; he should have celebrated his victory. Instead all that he felt was a painful emptiness.
At first he tried to convi
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
10 Writing Prompts"The purpose of life is to fight maturity." -Dick Werthimer10 Writing Prompts7 years ago in Writing More Like This
"Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep."-Fran Lebowitz
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."-Carl Jung
"Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn't all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Maybe it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity. "-Henry Bromel
"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love." -Jane Austin
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."-Nelson Mandela
"When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship."
"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends." - Walt Whitman
"It hurts to find out that what you wanted doesn't match what you
Supposed to be DifferentSupposed to be Different10 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After eight years I had accepted the fact that I would never see the one known to me as Mr. Dwicky ever again. It was something disappointment and age had let me bury in the back of my head. I had given up trying to find signals from that strange ship he had taken. I had given up sitting on my roof hoping that the one who lied about believing me would come back sometime soon and apologize for ever doubting me. After awhile I finally had to just tell myself it was hopeless and let the memory from that night die.
Imagine my complete surprise after all of that time, and all of that hope just to find him knocking on my door at three in the morning on a Thursday.
I should have been ecstatic. I should have been jumping around asking him all about space and telling him how I had always hoped he would come back. It wasn't at all like that though. Those days were gone. For some reason I just couldn't feel anything as I stared at him. It was as if he were just another passerby come to sell me us
The Departure I"You're leaving?"The Departure I9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He stared up at the ship, far too familiar with what it was and how it worked from having studied it so much long ago to be baffled by the alien vehicle. It hummed and glowed, waiting patiently to depart.
'To leave this filthy ball of a planet,' He thought bitterly.
His eyes drifted up to the figure that stood on top of the entire thing casually. He wanted to jump up there and knock him off, much like his younger form would have-- but for a different reason completely. He blinked back a blur that had crossed his vision of the scene. The figure was dark for the most, other then the bit of light the cruiser gave to his pointed features above. Not enough to see the entire being, but just enough to know he's there. The figure's eyes blinked lazily, only to reveal an even more alluring pool of burgundy that darted through the other swiftly. He said nothing.
The boy below repeated, desperately wanting an answer, "You're leaving?" It seemed so much more pathetic now then it