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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