Frightening Writing

You’ve got all these ideas in your head, but, oh, no! You’re too scared to do anything about it!

Now, I know that this doesn’t apply to many people on here, but don’t worry, other points in this article may do! If not, please read it anyway, because it may help another person you know. 😉

It’s common to be scared of your writing, especially when it’s written – the fear of ‘what now?’ So, what can you do before you start?

  • Ask around, for other writers. They can give you encouragement, helpful hints, and get you through the tough times with writing. Also, they’ll help you improve, and give you the opportunity to say, ‘hey, they can do it – I can do it, too!’
  • Brush up on grammar and spelling. There’s nothing more disheartening when you’ve finished writing and see that it’s covered in errors that you don’t know how to fix. Also, before you start writing, it might help you to know the best way to write.
  • Make sure you have the materials to write. Otherwise, you might be on a roll, and then…you run out of paper/laptop power/ink. You do not want to be doing that, believe me – you might lose your muse! Disaster!

And then, whilst you’re writing: 

  • Just keep writing, don’t stop. There’s no point in stopping, otherwise you might not start again!
  • Don’t look back, don’t edit. You’ll never finish. Once you’re done, you can go back and revise, but not before then!
  • Don’t think about how bad it might be. It’s a first draft, it’s practically compulsory for it to be crap!

Finally, once you’re done: 

  • Edit, edit, edit! Make sure it’s perfect, so you have something to be proud of.
  • Don’t hide it away. Share your writing online, or with friends and family if you’re not ready for strangers to see it.
  • Enter it into..things. Competitions, online writing communities, you know what.
  • Put it online. Don’t be afraid about copyright laws – it’s yours. No one can take it.

Don’t be afraid of writing – it’s a wonderful thing!


And I’m starting a new thing, called ‘random GIF of the week’, so here’s the first!

FIRST RANDOM GIF OF THE WEEK
FIRST RANDOM GIF OF THE WEEK

 

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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Others in the ‘series’:

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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That Awful Blanking Feeling

You know how it is. You’re sat in front of a computer screen, blank page in front of you, and you can’t think of a word to write. So, what do you do?

Answer: I have no idea, but here are a few options.

  1. Go and write something else, something completely different. Before I started writing this post, I had no idea what I was doing for my story. So I started writing this instead, and I’m hoping it will work when I go back to it.
  2. Go do something completely different. Take a bath, go for a walk, do a few cartwheels, do a backflip. Take your mind off writing, thinking about writing or talking about writing. Clear your head.
  3. I’m  not entirely sure what three is.
  4. Go listen to some music.
  5. Watch a funny video. ‘I can make you laugh in 3 seconds’ with the Labrador is a brilliant one.
  6. Jump around a bit.
  7. Go to the loo. It works wonders.
  8. Have something to eat.
  9. Watch a TV show. I recommend Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, Atlantis, Merlin or Miranda.
  10. Watch a film. Like Harry Potter, or Nativity, or Avengers Assemble, or Star Trek.
  11. Read something. Like Harry Potter, or Heartland or see my post about 7 books I think you should read.
  12. Make stupid lists, like this one.
  13. I don’t have a number 13, but it’s my lucky number so I wanted to get there.

Hope those helped.

Oh, and if anyone can actually tell me what the song was that the title is based off of, I will love you, because I wrote it thinking it was about a song; I just can’t remember what song it is…

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Why Are Titles So Hard, Dammit

As much as I like titles – when they come to me – I’m finding them pretty much impossible to think up at the moment.

I mean, how hard can it be to think up a title, right?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Wrong.

I’ve been trying for, ooh, just over a month to come up with a title for my original fiction horse story. I thought it would be easy – turns out I was wrong. And don’t even get me started on my Teen Wolf one, jesus.

So… What makes a good title?

  • Catchy – something that sticks in your mind. For example, Peter Pan.
  • Hints at the plot – for example, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is about Sirius Black – the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Something people like, or makes it memorable – eg The Fault in Our Stars
  • And if it’s shortened, it doesn’t make something weird or rude. For example – the initials don’t spell something like FUCK, or it doesn’t mean something else – eg Flight for Freedom (made up title) would go to FF – fanfiction.net, a well known fanfiction site.

Dammit I hate titles. The list I have at the moment… Well, they are all, admittedly, good titles (yeah, I asked people for help), but none of them really fit the stories I’m writing.

How do you do titles? Do they come to you easily, or are they a last-minute job?

– Hannah 😀

Oh, and my NaNoWriMo word count, which I will update at the end of the day so this will disappear later, currently stands at 1386. 🙂

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How On Earth Do You Pronounce THAT?!

Names are the weirdest things, aren’t they?

I mean, it’s like, “So, I’m going to call you this jumble of weird sounds for the rest of your life.”

But what’s worse is when they are ‘odd’ names. And even worse than that, is when you have no idea how to pronounce them. And, if it’s in a book, you have no one to correct you when you mess up badly every single time.

For example, for NaNo, in one of the stories I’m writing (my Teen Wolf fic) my main character (well, one of them – my other main character is Peter Hale who is one of Teen Wolf’s, and I’m really getting off track, sorry) is called Quinn Saharé Flax. 

“What on earth is that middle name?!” I hear you ask. In answer: I don’t know, I just added the accent on the e to make it sound like I wanted it to. My friend is called Quinn and it is one of my favourite names, so don’t you dare put that one down…

I remember before I moved house, I had never heard the name ‘Amelia’ – when I moved down and heard it, I thought it was one of the weirdest names ever. Not gonna lie.

And then you get names like ‘Hannah’ (my name, so clearly the best!) that are palindromes – they read the same back to front. Or acronym names, like my friends – his spells ‘JET’ when his initials are stuck together.

I love names, and I love choosing them. It’s so special.

How do you choose your character’s names? Is it a chore, or a joy? Or do you just pick a random name and hope that it works (that’s always a good way, I guess…)?

Cheerio,

– Hannah 

Why Am I Doing This… Again.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH.

Phew.

Ok, now we’ve got that out of the way, we can get onto the main topic of today’s discussion: National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo.

Last November was my first NaNo, and I managed to pump out 40,000 words (I took part in the YWP) and win. In June (I think) I failed to complete the Camp – seriously, though, when did I think a talking Sylvanian Family was going to be a good idea?!

So anyway, this year, I am participating in the 2013 NaNo, with an annoyingly low word count of 20,000 (I might boost it up, who knows). ‘Why so low?’ I hear you ask – well, I also have my GCSE mocks in November, too! Yippity-yay. Obviously  I cannot wait.

So, in between going for A’s and A*’s in my mocks, I am also going to try and hit my word count. If I do not post for a while, you will know I have drowned in the sea of words.

Last year, I was the only one out of two other friends who tried for NaNoWriMo to even make it to Day 2. This year, I’m probably the only one stupid enough to attempt it.

So what am I writing? Well, I’m rebelling again – I have an original fiction novel planned, as well as a Teen Wolf (yay!) fanfiction planned. Can’t wait to get both of them started, I honestly can’t. Can’t wait to get both of them finished, too…

So whilst I am currently stressing out over planning and revision, and will be hyperactive due to no sleep and the stress of exams soon enough, are you guys attempting NaNoWriMo? Why? Why ever not, if you aren’t!?

Add me on NaNoWriMo YWP – MidnightBeast1098. 

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Names…

Now, I don’t know about you, but I really really really have a thing for names.

Since I first heard it when I must’ve been about 5, my all time favourite name was ‘Sam’ (for boys anyway; girls is ‘Alice’). I even named my teddy bear ‘Sam’ (although this got awkward when I moved house and started fancying a guy called Sam. BOOM, everyone thinks I named by teddy bear after him…).

But what about meanings for people names. Do the names you use mean anything? I like mine to mean things, but if I see the perfect name, I will bloomin’ well use it.

For example, though, I am planning for a Teen Wolf fanfiction (happy face!). I want my MC to be called ‘Quinn’, which is the name of one of my American friends, and also means ‘smart’, which I would like my character to be. Another name I want to use for a boy, who I am likely going to kill, is ‘Enos’, which means ‘mortal’.

Gods, I feel so evil sometimes.

But what really made me write this post was trying to think up place names. I ended up using a generator today, because after failing to find inspiration in my living room, I gave up. I think place names are much much harder than character names, mainly because you can name someone ‘James’ and no one will think anything of it. But if you call a small village ‘London’, people will think you’re a bit odd.

I own a baby name book (no, I’m not pregnant) with 60,001+ names; it is my savior. For another work in progress, I used the place name ‘Haute’, which I later looked up in my book (it gives meanings, too). If I can’t think of any names, I use the book. If I can’t think up surnames, I use the book, because some of the names are a bit weird and suit surnames instead. Normally, if I can’t think up any place names, I’ll have a look in the book (I just really could not be bothered to get up and get it today. Tells you how tired I am, really).

So yes, I’m not really sure what the purpose of this was. Just go and get yourself a baby name book, and you’ll never ever look back. Trust me. I’m the Doctor.

(Well, not really, but could you imagine?!)