Fan Fiction Basics: Easy OutliningMore Like This
When it comes to planning a story, you need to have goals in mind. That's true regardless of whether you're working on fan fiction or your first novel. These goals are usually pretty basic - you know what your characters are trying to achieve. You might have a few basic ideas for scenes you want to include. You know some of the situations that might arise from various other things that are happening. And, to get started, that’s all you need to know.
Stories, and therefore outlines, should progress logically from one point to the next. For my example, we’re going to use a character (let’s call him Bob) that is going to go grocery shopping and fix dinner. I know that's a pretty simple concept, but the method I use here works just the same whether you're writing a drabble or an epic chapter story.
So, let's get started with our story planning. Our
Fan Fiction Basics: Canon, Fanon and HeadcanonMore Like This
Fan authors have a completely different set of problems from original fiction authors. One of the things we have to deal with is a different set of vocabulary. While all of the standard things (plot, characters, etc.) still apply, there is one set of terms that original authors never have to deal with: Canon/Fanon/Headcanon.
Since these terms can be confusing, I figured I'd put this together to explain the differences between the three terms. Let's start with the most important one, shall we?
Canon is facts, information and events presented in the source material your story is based on.
In general, to be accepted as canon, the information must either be shown or explicitly told. This can include things like character ages, events that have happened, even the way people dress.
For example, the fact that Seba
#89: Frequently Asked QuestionsOk guys, I think it's time to do a little FAQ, because I read the same questions over and over.More Like This
Let me see if it's useful for somebody.
OMG, what is this?
It's a fractal, baby!
What is a fractal?
It's a really difficult question to answer, but I'll try to keep it as simple as I can. So, fellow fractalists, if you're reading, I won't be that precise in answering.
Wikipedia says: "A fractal is a mathematical set that has a fractal dimension that usually exceeds its topological dimension and may fall between the integers."
Wait, what? I didn't even understand myself.
Ok, a fractal is basically the repetition of a same "image". This image can be repeated with its original dimension or fractal dimension (it can be resized).
For example, let's pick the Romanesco Broccoli (the image is from Wikipedia):
As you can see, it's a repetition of the same "peaks" over and over, each of them with diffe