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. 🙂
Others in the ‘series’:
- How To Write Good Fanfiction – Plot
- How To Write Good Fanfiction – Summary
- How To Write Good Fanfiction – Own Characters/OCs
- How To Write Good Fanfiction – Longer Works
- How To Write Good Fanfiction – Last Tips & Why To Write It