History SoYouWantTo / WriteAFanfic

28th Feb '17 6:02:06 PM nombretomado
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* '''Title''': Make it short and simple, unless you have good reason for doing otherwise. Obscure poetry lines do not make good titles; they are difficult to remember and make the author sound pretentious. Neither do sentences like; "[Character A] gets fucked". Awkward titles- even if they're [[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle intentional]]- make the fic difficult to recommend to others. For example, every time it's listed on a trope page, people with no knowledge of the fic will skim by it, think, 'That sounds silly' and quickly forget about it. [[note]] You cannot rely on BileFascination to get you an audience. [[/note]] Every time someone recommends it on their LiveJournal, they'll have to spend time explaining, 'It's better than it sounds, ''really''!' A fic can become popular if it has a boring title and a good story, but not the other way around.

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* '''Title''': Make it short and simple, unless you have good reason for doing otherwise. Obscure poetry lines do not make good titles; they are difficult to remember and make the author sound pretentious. Neither do sentences like; "[Character A] gets fucked". Awkward titles- even if they're [[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle intentional]]- make the fic difficult to recommend to others. For example, every time it's listed on a trope page, people with no knowledge of the fic will skim by it, think, 'That sounds silly' and quickly forget about it. [[note]] You cannot rely on BileFascination to get you an audience. [[/note]] Every time someone recommends it on their LiveJournal, Website/LiveJournal, they'll have to spend time explaining, 'It's better than it sounds, ''really''!' A fic can become popular if it has a boring title and a good story, but not the other way around.



* Website/LiveJournal - Doesn't have the same stigma as Fanfiction.net, and a lot more pleasant and intuitive to use, as well as a lot more customizable and much better for talking to people. However, it was designed as a blog site first and foremost, and thus there isn't really one large archive of fic the way there is on other sites. However, it is possible to find fandom, character, or pairing-specific communities and post your fic, or links to it, there, which can help it reach a much wider audience - just don't spam! LiveJournal is also notable for playing host to a lot of {{Kink Meme}}s, competitions, fests (occasions where people create fanworks in line with a theme,) and the like, although its popularity is dwindling slightly.

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* Website/LiveJournal - Doesn't have the same stigma as Fanfiction.net, and a lot more pleasant and intuitive to use, as well as a lot more customizable and much better for talking to people. However, it was designed as a blog site first and foremost, and thus there isn't really one large archive of fic the way there is on other sites. However, it is possible to find fandom, character, or pairing-specific communities and post your fic, or links to it, there, which can help it reach a much wider audience - just don't spam! LiveJournal [=LiveJournal=] is also notable for playing host to a lot of {{Kink Meme}}s, competitions, fests (occasions where people create fanworks in line with a theme,) and the like, although its popularity is dwindling slightly.



* Website/DreamWidth, Website/InsaneJournal, etc - Essentially LiveJournal clones, although navigation and terminology differ.

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* Website/DreamWidth, Website/InsaneJournal, etc - Essentially LiveJournal [=LiveJournal=] clones, although navigation and terminology differ.
12th Feb '17 1:56:18 PM Wyldchyld
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** '''Fetish Station''': Simply a fanfic that was written to involve characters as the meter maids when you need to refill your FetishFuel tank. Often a subgenre of romance. ExcusePlot, NoPlotNoProblem and PornWithoutPlot can be included in this.

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** '''Fetish Station''': Simply a fanfic that was written to involve characters as the meter maids when you need to refill your FetishFuel fetish fuel tank. Often a subgenre of romance. ExcusePlot, NoPlotNoProblem and PornWithoutPlot can be included in this.
22nd Dec '16 6:31:56 AM YpsiFang
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* '''Continuation''': A story that takes the existing canon and goes further in its same style. This could include filling in details that weren't shown in the original work (e.g. an off-screen character's struggles that were only alluded on-screen). This is one's best bet for a wide audience, but it requires a decent understanding of the entire work.

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* '''Continuation''': A story that takes the existing canon and goes further in its same style. This could include filling in details that weren't shown in the original work (e.g. an off-screen character's struggles that were only alluded to on-screen). This is one's best bet for a wide audience, but it requires a decent understanding of the entire work.



* '''Alternate Universe''': The inverse of Elsewhere, this involves taking existing characters and just casting them in entirely different roles and often a whole different setting. Different from Divergence in that it completely discards the main plot in the process. This is a fairly controversial format due to the tendency of the characters being InNameOnly. If writing an AU fic, remember to stay true to the characters' personalities and gimmicks despite their new setting.

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* '''Alternate Universe''': The inverse of Elsewhere, this involves taking existing characters and just casting them in entirely different roles and often a whole different setting. Different from Divergence in that it completely discards the main plot in the process. This is a fairly controversial format due to the tendency of the characters being InNameOnly. If writing an AU fic, remember to stay true to the characters' personalities and gimmicks despite their new setting.
28th Dec '15 1:01:26 PM AriaEnoshima
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* [[http://www.www.wattpad.com Wattpad]]- is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have [[http://www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests fanfiction writing contests]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].

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* [[http://www.www.wattpad.com Wattpad]]- is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have [[http://www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests fanfiction writing contests]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].
28th Dec '15 1:00:45 PM AriaEnoshima
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* [[http://www.www.wattpad.com Wattpad]]- is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have [[http://www.www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests fanfiction writing contests]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].

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* [[http://www.www.wattpad.com Wattpad]]- is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have [[http://www.www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests fanfiction writing contests]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].
19th Oct '15 10:04:43 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* Website/DeviantArt - Despite being mainly for graphic art, it includes a Literature section, which itself features a fanfiction section.
15th Jun '15 8:04:32 AM mailyng
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* Website/Wattpad - is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have fanfiction writing contests [[http://www.www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests ]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].

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* Website/Wattpad - [[http://www.www.wattpad.com Wattpad]]- is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have fanfiction writing contests [[http://www.www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests ]] fanfiction writing contests]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].
15th Jun '15 8:02:38 AM mailyng
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* Fandom-specific archives - These are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. We at TV Tropes have links to several of them [[NotableFanfictionArchives here]], and until WikiMagic compiles a full list of the best-known, Google is once again your friend.

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*Website/Wattpad - is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Originally started as a place for original fiction, the amount of fanfiction has grown over the years. The site encourages fanfiction as equivalent to original fiction in its contests and popularity ratings. They have fanfiction writing contests [[http://www.www.wattpad.com/go/writing-contests ]] and fanfiction challenges like [[http://www.wattpad.com/takethepledge #JustWriteIt]].
* Fandom-specific archives - These are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. We at TV Tropes have links to several of them [[NotableFanfictionArchives here]], and until WikiMagic compiles a full list of the best-known, Google is once again your friend.
2nd Mar '15 5:33:36 AM SeptimusHeap
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* '''ElsewhereFic''': Using the setting minus the main cast of characters as a backdrop for some new characters and their adventures. Video games, TabletopGames, and especially {{MMORPG}}s lend themselves very well towards this. Many games like ''DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and ''CityOfHeroes'' are almost exclusively designed just for this purpose. One still has to follow the established rules of the universe, though.

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* '''ElsewhereFic''': Using the setting minus the main cast of characters as a backdrop for some new characters and their adventures. Video games, TabletopGames, and especially {{MMORPG}}s lend themselves very well towards this. Many games like ''DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and ''CityOfHeroes'' ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' are almost exclusively designed just for this purpose. One still has to follow the established rules of the universe, though.
26th Dec '14 6:19:27 PM Korval
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* [[http://www.archiveofourown.org Archive Of Our Own]] - Similar to Fanfiction.net above, but far easier to use and has a much, ''much'' more versatile tagging and archiving system, and offers the user a very great deal more freedom in general. It also features pages and coding to make some of the above fests easier to run (and hosts the well-known [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Remix_Redux_6#We_Invented_The_Remix_Redux Remix_Redux]] and [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Yuletide Yuletide]], among many others), and unlike Fanfiction.Net, allows the user to create a category for a particular canon if it doesn't already exist. It also has a reputation for quality. However, it's noted for low comment rates (although it does have a Kudos function, similar to "likes" on Website/YouTube or Facebook but with more impact) and something of a dearth of anime and manga fandoms, and currently requires invite codes to get an account (although they're not necessarily too hard to find, with a bit of Googling.)

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* [[http://www.archiveofourown.org [[{{Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn}} Archive Of Our of our Own]] - Similar to Fanfiction.net above, but far easier to use and has a much, ''much'' more versatile tagging and archiving system, and offers the user a very great deal more freedom in general. It also features pages and coding to make some of the above fests easier to run (and hosts the well-known [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Remix_Redux_6#We_Invented_The_Remix_Redux Remix_Redux]] and [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Yuletide Yuletide]], among many others), and unlike Fanfiction.Net, allows the user to create a category for a particular canon if it doesn't already exist. It also has a reputation for quality. However, it's noted for low comment rates (although it does have a Kudos function, similar to "likes" on Website/YouTube or Facebook but with more impact) and something of a dearth of anime and manga fandoms, and currently requires invite codes to get an account (although they're not necessarily too hard to find, with a bit of Googling.)
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