3. Keep the characters in-character. If the story really needs
one or more of them to behave radically differently from canon, explain how they got there.
4. Don't make up an OC just to have an OC. In fact, only make up an OC when there is no canon character who could reasonably fill the intended role. Some readers may appreciate OCs, but that's not why they came to the archive.
5. Don't repeat jokes from the source material unless it's an established Running Gag
. If you can't think of a new
in-character joke to fit the situation, don't put a joke there.
5a. Likewise, don't confuse verbatim transcription with novelization. Novelizations can be cool, but they need to offer something that the original TV show/movie/game/comic/etc. didn't.
edited 18th Jul '12 6:15:22 AM by Karalora