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 – 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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