Head-y Headcanons

Hello, readers! 

So, headcanons!

First offs: what are headcanons?

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Well, according to Urban Dictionary, headcanons are:

“An idea, belief, or aspect of a story that is not mentioned in the media itself, but is accepted by either the reader themselves or the fandom in general. If it is confirmed by the author of the story, it becomes canon.”

So, basically, a headcanon is a little thing that fans make up.

“But, why are you making a post about this?” Because, my friend, of the deadly disease of the writer: writer’s block.

If you’re suffering from writer’s block, why not write a few headcanons? They aren’t long enough to make a story, but they aren’t short enough to make them impossible. Furthermore, if they’re about your own characters, then guess what: you can make them canon!

I often say that you should try and write something every single damn day – so, if you don’t want to add a bit more to your story because you’re so tired, or you can’t bear to start a new one/start editing just yet, then why not make up a few little headcanons?

“But how do you write a headcanon?” 

Well, have a look around you. Think up something completely random! Maybe it’s something like “____ loves the colour blue.” Really, it can be about anything! It doesn’t have to be perfect, remember – not all headcanons are. They just add in extra information about the book or thing you’re writing about.

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Does that persuade you to write a headcanon/inform you about it? I hope so! Any questions? Shoot!

Oh, and also: ‘headcanon’ can be abbreviated to ‘HC’ – just something to watch out for!

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How To Write Good Fanfiction – Last Tips and Why To Write It!

Hi guys! I realised that it wasn’t the greatest idea to have a ‘titles’ one, because I have already done one on titles. So today is last writing tips and, finally, why to write it!

Some last tips/must-do’s/know’s for you fanfictional writers out there:

  • Make sure you know the characters as well as you can, unless they’re a minor character in the story! If, in the original story/TV program/etc, they are a background character – well, then you can feel free to make it up.
  • Make sure your OCs aren’t perfect people – One Direction writers, I’m looking at you!
  • Make sure the plot is an original one.
  • If your writing a oneshot, make sure you tell the whole story – though, don’t drag it on.
  • If you’re writing a longer story, then tell the whole story and make it satisfying – but, again, don’t drag it on.

So, finally, why should you write fanfiction?

Fanfictional writers are fans – clue is in the name. They love what they’re writing about (obviously) and tend to write because they have lots more ideas that just aren’t canon (in line with the story the author has written).

Writers of fanfiction love what they’ve written – especially if it’s a long one, as it’s like creating a whole new episode/book. So when you’re reviewing a story make sure you take that into account!

But, most of all, make sure you write fanfiction – and original fiction, I guess – because you enjoy it. 

Questions? Shoot. 🙂

HAVE FUN!

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How To Write Good Fanfiction – Longer Works

Well hey. Wasn’t Doctor Who just absolutely amazing?! EEEK! I saw it at the cinema and… wow. Anyway, on to today – longer works for fanfictions – although,  I guess these apply to fictions, too. 🙂 In fact, many of these do [apply to fiction]!

So, first off, when I mean ‘longer works’, I mean, you know, longer pieces of writing. Like, book length at the most – and more than, say, 3 chapters.  

A lot of people think they can write a book – but can they? To write a longer work, you need perseverance, a knack for taking criticism both lightly and to heart and, most of all, an awesome story line.

So let’s start with perseverance. Don’t start unless you think you can do it – you’ll just disappoint yourself, and, if you publish it along the way, your readers, too. If you don’t think you can do a huge story just yet, then why not try a oneshot (see below)? Or perhaps a two- or three-shot (when it’s two or three chapters instead). Make sure you stick with it; right ’til the end.

Step two: make sure you have a good plot. And, when you put it all together, make sure that most parts of every chapter contribute to the story in some way, be it character development, moving the plot forward or setting the scene. Oh, and if it’s fanfiction, make sure that you’re not just writing out a scene from the TV, cause that’s really not original. If it’s an alternate ending, then make sure you say that – but don’t repeat the scene before hand (unless it’s really really important to that plot).

Trois: I know, I know, although you want to get to the action and get your story out because it’s bubbling in your head, but spread it out. Don’t info dump everything in the first chapter – leave hints, and don’t make each of your chapters book length, either. Ending on a cliffhanger is good, too! Think of a book or good fanfiction that you’ve read, and note how the author manages to spread it out.

Quatre: bear in mind when you’re writing a fanfiction, the people reading it know and love the characters like their friends. So make sure that you write them well. If you’re not, and you know that they’re not going to be like the characters, make sure you notify them by putting ‘OOCness’ or something like that – which means Out Of Character-ness. Also see OC’s, below.

And then, finally, you’re at the end of your work – congratulations! Now, make sure that you end your story with a satisfactory ending for your readers. For example, if the Doctor has saved the day, you could leave it saying, ‘He flipped a switch on the TARDIS console, with a quiet muttering of, “Allons-y!”‘ Or, if you’re evil/whatever, you could leave it on a cliffhanger; such as, ‘The Doctor turned to the TARDIS. As he stepped over the threshold, where his foot had been, the ground bubbled.’ Now, this could be a cliffhanger – or simply marshy ground. Sometimes, it’s nice to let your readers decide. 🙂

Hope that helped! Questions? Do you like this ‘series’? Ask away! 🙂

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How To Write Good Fanfiction – Oneshots

THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR~! I AM VERY VERY EXCITED!! 😀 ARE YOU?!

*Cough* anyway, back to the post: which, today, is on oneshots!

Oneshots are basically very short stories, that tend to be about 5000 words at the most. Some are as short as 100 words, though, and some as long as 10,000 – so it can differ greatly!

So, what makes a good oneshot?

  • Tells a good story – unless it’s PWP (look it up if you’re brave enough) or ‘fluff’. Or a ‘drabble’, which is basically just a few words telling a really really short story. One of my favourites is ‘The Bestest’ by lovelyapper on Fanfiction.net
  • Shows off the characters well – oneshots don’t tend to be AUs (Alternative Universes) so they tend to be really good with the characters. Make sure you know them well!
  • Has a good ending that satisfies readers – unless you’re like me, and like to end on a really annoying cliffhanger. 😀
  • Is engaging and tells the whole story – there’s no point in a boring oneshot, and it would be really annoying if it didn’t tell the whole story (see above) or left gaping plot holes.

If you do write a oneshot, make sure the summary is short. Maybe the summary could just be a quote from the story? It’s up to you.

So, I hope that helped. I really have to go now, so I’ll probably delete this later, and update it.

Questions? Shoot. 🙂

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How To Write Good Fanfiction – Own Characters/OCs

Wahayyyy!! Time to put the ‘fun’ into ‘fanfiction’ (…that didn’t exactly work as well as I hoped).

OWN CHARACTERS! Basically, making your own characters to put into the story! Great fun. But, your readers will only like them – and you’ll, most importantly, only really get good reviews – if they’re relatable, interesting and actually add to the story.

So, what makes own characters (I’m now gonna call them ‘OCs’) good? Well, here’s a few ways to do that:

  • Make them relatable. Give them a problem you can relate to – for example, if they were in the Harry Potter universe, perhaps they’re having boy trouble, or their brother has been kidnapped by Voldemort or something.
  • Make them interesting. Don’t make them shallow. Give them character. Let them have quirks. Maybe they swish their fringe every few minutes or so. Maybe they have a twitchy eye.
  • Make them have flawsYou have no idea how boring it is to read a story where the character can perfectly read every single language, or perfectly can do the awesome martial art kick to knock out the bad guy. Even if their main flaw is that their dyslexic, and perhaps they’re trying to enter a spelling bee.
  • Make them add to the storyThere’s no point in having a character if they’re just a love interest for the character you like because they don’t have one/you don’t like their canon.
  • Make them have history. There’s no point in a character with no background.
  • Make them interact with the canon characters. It’s not the ‘OC’ show. The characters matter too – especially as, though you know your OC, your readers don’t. They know the canon characters, and that’s who they’re reading for. Not the random OC.

Now, what you’ve got to know about many people is that they don’t like OCs. So you have to make yours really awesome to get them read. And remember you have to have a good story line (see below) in order for it to actually be read.

Hope that helped. Questions? Hit me. 🙂

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How To Write Good Fanfiction – Summary

Writing a good summary – for any story, fanfiction or not – is pretty much one of the only ways to get people interested in it (the other being Title – see below). Note: this article is also good for advice for original fictional stories.

Now, a summary is telling you, in a few short sentences, what your story is about. If it’s a one shot – well, good for you, you only have a few hundred words, perhaps a thousand or two, in your story, so that’s easy. Just pick a basic line to sum it up. For example, for my story ‘Fireworks’ (Harry Potter), which is a oneshot, my summary is, ‘James loves Lily but she refuses to say yes. How does he finally convince her?’ See: easy.

If it’s longer, it’s a bit harder. This applies for original fictional stories, too. So, for a story I’ve written, titled ‘The Bermuda Triangle’ (Doctor Who), my summary is: ‘When Amy and Rory decide to stay at home instead of travel with him, the Doctor is left confused as to what to do; that is, until he gets a May-Day message on his Psychic Paper from the HMAS Bellatrix. When he arrives on the vessel, he discovers that not all is at it seems, and that a young Seaman may be the ship’s last hope.’ I haven’t updated this in yonks, but I have a fair idea of where it’s going. I think.

To get a good summary, you just have to summarise the story. Yeah, I know, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Just pick the most important things. For example, in the one above, the point that gets the Doctor into the meat of the story is receiving a May-Day message on his Psychic Paper. So this gets the ball rolling, as it were. Saying that Amy and Rory don’t want to travel at him makes fans think, ‘Well well well, what’s goin’ on ‘ere then?’ (Though, they might all not be policemen.) So they’re interested. And, finally, the last hook – saying ‘it’s not all as it seems and that a young Seaman may be the ship’s last hope.’ This gets the readers really interested. They want to find out what’s wrong, and why this particular Seaman can help.

So that’s basically it: if you’re really stuck, pick out the three most important things: a hook at the start, a bit of meat that gets the ball rolling, and a final hook at the end if they’re not completely convinced. Remember, you have about 5 seconds when you’re reader clicks on the story to get their attention, so make sure your first line is equally as good as your summary is! Otherwise that little ‘back’ button at the top will become very appetizing to your readers.

I don’t know why I’m making readers sound like fish, but we’ll go with it.

So yes, and this applies for original fictional stories, too.

Questions, thoughts, queries? Shoot. 🙂

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How To Write Good Fanfiction – Plot

So yes, welcome to a new ‘series’ that I decided to do because, well, I don’t really know. Anyway. I had no guidance when I started writing fanfictions, sometimes felt a bit lost, and as a result have only really done one shots. Anyway, hope you enjoy the ‘series’, it’s currently a 7-parter and will be updated daily. 🙂

First up: PLOT.

Obviously, the story you’re writing is a fanfiction, so you already have someone else’s plot to, essentially, feed upon. You just have to make a new, sub plot.

A lot of authors write ‘oneshots’ (see below) where they just do a little plot. For example, in my most recent ‘Fairy Lights‘, Derek, from Teen Wolf, proposes to Stiles (er, also from Teen Wolf). This is just a little plot, and was only a few hundred words, but, obviously, yours can be much bigger – even a series, or longer one (see below)!

Also what a lot of authors do is ‘AU’s’, or alternative universes; I guess what I did above is, technically, an AU, but because it was still in the Teen Wolf universe, it isn’t counted as one. AU’s, in fanfiction terms, tend to be set in different times, places – for example, there was a Merlin fanfiction set in the modern day, with Merlin and Arthur going to high school.

So, for the subplot you’re going to make, all you have to do is think up another idea. If it’s a TV show, think up another demon they could face, or something that could happen – et voila, subplot! Now you’ve just got to write it.

To make someone read the plot, make it really good, you are going to have to use some original characters (see below of OCs). So, make sure you incorporate these original characters into your work – otherwise, it won’t happen. And you’re going to have to get these characters right – so make sure you brush up, as much as you can, on their background, habits, likes, dislikes, etc. And please get their names right, there is nothing more annoying. Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there.

Finally, make sure your plot is believable – well, as believable as it can be in the universe you’re writing in, anyway. For example, don’t be writing a, for example, Harry Potter fiction, and make Hagrid have rabbit ears or something (unless that is your plot, in which case, kudos to you). This kinda relates to the point I just made in the paragraph above – your characters are, essentially, your plot, so make sure you get them right, and the plot is sure to follow.

Oh, and make sure your plot is interesting – this applies to all writing. Because even if your characters are the most amazing, most colourful ever created, if the plot sucks, the entire story will collapse.

Hope that helped with ‘plotting’ with fanfictions. Questions? Hit me.

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Back Into The Writing Pool

WOW that was an awful title…

But yes, I am back into the pool of writing and publishing my fanfictional stories onto websites! Yay!

I find a buzz when writing and publishing fanfictional stories on the net, mainly because I tend to get a feedback – from at least one person – and because it’s just seeing your work out there, isn’t it? My original stories – not so much. But fanfiction? Oh, yes.

If you want a good feedback, though, I find that you have to get your fandoms right. For example, if you’re a fan of, I don’t know, Charlotte’s Web – well, sucks to be you, because there are 4 fanfictions of that on fanfiction.net. So, if you do write that sort of fanfiction, no offense, but you’re unlikely to get a readership.

However, if you’re part of the fandom of Harry Potter, for example – we are still reigning supreme on 664k (I admit, I did a little cheer when I read this. We have not been beaten by Twilight yet!). So you’re very likely to get a few readers – providing your summary is good, but that’s for another post.

Any other tips for writing fanfictions? Make sure you know where you’re posting it – some sites, like Archive of our Own, don’t tend to have as many OC (own character) stories, whereas Fanfiction.net does. Fanfiction.net supposedly doesn’t tolerate MA ratings, but AO3 does.

Oh, and make sure you know the characters. If you’re going to have OOCness (out of character-ness) then make sure you warn your readers – cause some don’t like it.

That’s as much as I can think of right now; I am very shattered.

Oh, one last thing – What did I publish?

I published a Teen Wolf fanfiction! 😀 Yay, first one published! You can read it here at fanfiction.net or here on Archive of our Own. 🙂

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Why Am I Doing This… Again.

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Phew.

Ok, now we’ve got that out of the way, we can get onto the main topic of today’s discussion: National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo.

Last November was my first NaNo, and I managed to pump out 40,000 words (I took part in the YWP) and win. In June (I think) I failed to complete the Camp – seriously, though, when did I think a talking Sylvanian Family was going to be a good idea?!

So anyway, this year, I am participating in the 2013 NaNo, with an annoyingly low word count of 20,000 (I might boost it up, who knows). ‘Why so low?’ I hear you ask – well, I also have my GCSE mocks in November, too! Yippity-yay. Obviously  I cannot wait.

So, in between going for A’s and A*’s in my mocks, I am also going to try and hit my word count. If I do not post for a while, you will know I have drowned in the sea of words.

Last year, I was the only one out of two other friends who tried for NaNoWriMo to even make it to Day 2. This year, I’m probably the only one stupid enough to attempt it.

So what am I writing? Well, I’m rebelling again – I have an original fiction novel planned, as well as a Teen Wolf (yay!) fanfiction planned. Can’t wait to get both of them started, I honestly can’t. Can’t wait to get both of them finished, too…

So whilst I am currently stressing out over planning and revision, and will be hyperactive due to no sleep and the stress of exams soon enough, are you guys attempting NaNoWriMo? Why? Why ever not, if you aren’t!?

Add me on NaNoWriMo YWP – MidnightBeast1098. 

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