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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