I’M GONNA DO IT!

Just a quick post because I have to go out: LAST POST OF NABLOPOMO! I’ve done it! 😀 Yay!

I am, actually, rather proud of myself; it’s been a lot harder than I expected.

And, NaNoWriMo: I DID THAT, TOO! With 20,063 words.

Very proud of myself.

Thanks guys; hope you all did brilliantly! 🙂

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Yay! :)

Yay! 🙂

To Draw or Not To Draw…?

Hallo! Who here is a good artist/likes to draw?

Because I would absolutely love to be able to draw all of my characters!

So, what’s my challenge for Christmas day? Be able to draw my characters with a pretty good degree of skill! Ha! This is gonna be a heck of a challenge. 😀

But, you know, I’m looking forward to it.

And I think that my main challenge is going to be the hardest: I want to be able to draw Matt Smith before, or on, Christmas Day with pretty good skill for a ‘Goodbye Eleven’ for Doctor Who!

Can’t wait.

Keep writing – NaNoWriMo finishes tomorrow! How are you guys going for it?

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I Had a Topic, I Swear….

Ok guys, honestly, I swear I had a topic for today.

But you know what? Eh, heh, I forgot it.

Whoops.

*Holds hands up in defeat*

Basically, that’s what your writing ideas do. You have them, they’re brilliant, awesome; and then, if you don’t write them down, well, you forget them. And, believe me, they don’t come back.

So what do you do?

Always carry something to write with, and something to write onSeriously, even next to your bed when you’re sleeping; so you can do it whilst you’re in the bath or shower; and at your school or work place. Just make sure that you can capture your idea in a word or two, at the very least, so you can remember it later!

But what do I do if I really forget it?” 

Well, why not go back to where you were when you had the idea? Maybe that’ll help you remember it. Or listen to a song that you think may remind you of it; perhaps ask someone, and see if you told them.

Also, if you have an idea, think it aloud. You have no idea how well it’ll help you remember it! Why not tell someone it, too – then, if you do forget it, you can just ask them and hope that they know what on earth you’re on about.

Basically, this post summed up in a sentence: don’t forget your ideas!

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Meeting Ali Sparkes!

The entertaining and funny Ali Sparkes!

The entertaining and funny Ali Sparkes!

Hi Guys! So, today, at my school library which was having its official opening, Ali Sparkes – author of ‘The Shapeshifter’ series and the ‘Unleashed’ series – came along to officially open it!

After having about 15 minutes of talking – in which I bought my first two Ali Sparkes books (the first in The Shapeshifter series and the first in the Unleashed series) – we settled down to hear Ali give a talk about how important libraries were and why she loved them (clue: it’s something to do with the Famous Five!) and then she gave us a going-through of her first ever novel (which was rather hilarious).

Then, we had fun asking some questions and Ali read an extract from ‘Frozen in Time’ with was rather funny (especially with the voices).

And I got my books signed by her after cutting the ribbon to open it! 🙂

Great night overall. 🙂

Books and signed card. :)

Books and signed card. 🙂

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First Printed Article!

Wow, ok. So, I got home today to find our district’s ‘Parish News’ on the counter. I sent in an article about my Explorer Troop (Phoenix) a while ago – and it got printed!

So yes, this is my first ever printed article in a magazine. 🙂 It had two of my pictures in in the actual article – and then one in colour on the back!

I was very pleased. ^_^

Anyone here been printed?

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Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry – they were taken on my phone.

The article :)

The article 🙂First ever article colour photo

 

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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