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 Fanfiction5 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
An Argument for "Said"Preface:An Argument for "Said"2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before reading this argument, I want to explain that the following principle applies primarily to writings of the English language. Although it may apply to others as well, I have learned through the comments below that at least in German and Russian this principle is reversed. Therefore, this is a principle of culture and linguistics, and unless you are planning to write in English, you should look to writers of your own language before making any decisions on the matter. That being said, on to the argument.
An Argument for "Said:"
When writing dialogue, one of the necessary elements is the use of "dialogue tags," which identify who is speaking (hence their other name, "identifiers"). They're pretty easy to recognize, but just so we're clear, here are a few examples with the tags in bold:
"It's quite sunny today," she said.
"Release her, you fiend!" he roared.
Writing Tutorial - DialogueWhile some authors may talk about how their writing is all talent and a gift from The Powers That Be, the truth is anyone can do a great deal to improve their writing. One effective way is through working on your dialogue.Writing Tutorial - Dialogue5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Fan fiction can be particularly bad about this, but God-awful dialogue can be found just about anywhere, from popular books to comics to television. Bad dialogue often happens when people lose sight of reality and get hung up in the information or message theyre trying to get their character to communicate. Good dialogue is a natural reflection of the characters and the world, is easy on the ears/eyes and moves the plot forward in one way or another.
Tips for Improving Your Dialogue:
Yep, just listen. Next time youre on a bus or waiting at a restaurant, take a moment and listen to the conversations around you. Listen to the rhythm, the accents, the grammar people use in daily life. Good dialogue sounds natural. Bad dialog do
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 Traits11 months 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.
Writing Tips -1Writing TipsWriting Tips -13 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Okay, so writing. Something you are interested in? Well,
lets get to grips with just some of the basics of great writing. These tips
will transform your attitude from "How can I fill this page?" into "How can
I fill this page with good quality writing?"
Part One: Initial Idea
Why is it that finding an idea can be so hard?
Why does everyone else have the power to come up with amazing ideas, and what
are you left with? Nothing... Well, to you, that may be what it seems
like, but I'm sure if you dig deep enough, you don't really lack in
ideas, you just have a hard time bringing them to the surface. Here
are some ways to bring out that buried inspiration:
Base some ideas on real life events
Its probably the easiest way to write, you may have experienced what you are
writing about, this helps the mind describe the situation, it also makes it
sound much more realistic.
Use inspiration from other pieces of writing
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: Clothing3 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 insolved 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
Tips for Writing Writers 2Tips for Writing Writers 25 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. That thing could be a large final battle, a dragon, a clue to a murder, or even a lamp. Once you have that one thing, you have to think of reasons why that one thing is so important. Maybe that lamp is special and can transport you places when you turn it on, maybe that dragon is stealing treasure from all the nearby kingdoms, or maybe that clue is the murdered mans DNA, proving 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 block, then let ideas flow.
2. Come up with a character. Some times thinking up the right character can have the story flow out on its own, all
Story Writing - Tips and TricksStory Writing Tips and TricksStory Writing - Tips and Tricks2 years ago in Other More Like This
So, you're either writing or want to write a story. Here is a list of tips and tricks that will help you on your way to achieving your goal.
1. Write Compelling Characters
Whether your character is human or not, your audience will want to read about a hero/heroine who acts like a real person. This means giving them a well rounded personality with a fairly equal amount of strengths and flaws. Having these flaws means that they have room to grow, or they could have a tragic flaw that becomes their downfall.
Example Tragic Flaw: John Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He is a compelling character with a tragic flaw, he has too much pride. In the end it leads to his death.
Make sure your character fits the setting too. If you are writing a story in a historical realistic setting, let's say 15th century Japan, your character should look Japanese. Research the fashion, the politics, the names and the mann
How to get more from your commenters!If like me you crave critique and feedback, but only ever get "nice work" comments, here are some tips to get what you want!How to get more from your commenters!1 year ago in Other More Like This
First of all, allow me to briefly elaborate on what I mean by critique and feedback.
Critique - Noun, A detailed analysis and assessment of something.
Someone who offers you a critique gifts you with a full evaluation of the good and bad parts of your piece, as well as offering ideas for its improvement.
Feedback - Noun, Information about reactions to a product.
They let you know which parts they like / don't like, and possibly how the piece made them feel.
Comments such as "Great work!" "Awesome" don't fall into either of these categories.
Reply to them with a question.
Asking a question prompts a response. Not only that, but it forces them to take a look at your work again! Below are two screenshots where I have used this technique.
Common questions you could ask in
Language Creation Pt. 1Language Creation Pt. 1: Cultural EmphasisLanguage Creation Pt. 110 months ago in Writing More Like This
All information given in this tutorial is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge but I do not claim to be the “be all, end all” in language creation. Everything I know about language creation was taught to me by my anthropological linguistics professor.
Before we begin I would like to point out that I will not be teaching you how to create your writing system until the very end of the tutorial, if at all. This tutorial will be mostly comprised of the speaking part of a language which always comes before the writing system.
Part 1 Section 1: Introduction
So here you are. You’re a budding author trying to create your own language for the very first time or maybe you already have something in the works and are basing your language around English or whatever your native language happens to be with a few words here and there and a pretty writing system. Well, I’m h
Essay Writing for StudentsEssay Writing for StudentsEssay Writing for Students2 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
I Miss You: Should You Orphan Your Character?I Miss You: Should You Orphan Your Character?2 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
Be warned: this is a really sensitive issue. I really hope that this isn't something that is just taken lightly by an author. This discussion may also be a bit too gruesome for some, so viewer discretion is advised.
Some of the best and worst characters ever put to paper have been orphans. But are you writing Batman or just another Mary Sue?
Parents are key figures in shaping who we are, so you should have a very good reason to off characters with such impact. They can be well-thought out and if done right can provide a compelling insight into the psyche of their child. Maybe a neat-freak had parents who were absolute
Beating the BlockBeating the Block2 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 Voice6 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