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* '''Summarize''': Most fanfiction sites display a summary of your story on the index page - think up a good one! [[ISuckAtSummaries Tell somebody you're bad at summaries]], and why should they believe you'll be any good at writing a story? (If you're really, really stuck, go through the fic and -if you've got a short passage that could give the reader a reasonably good idea of the story's basics- use ''that'' as your summary. That can work well, especially if it's got lines in it that you like. Also, be aware that "summarize" is a bit of a misnomer - you want to intrigue the reader, not provide a soundbite version of your fic, so go for outlining the premise rather than the plot.

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* '''Summarize''': Most fanfiction sites display a summary of your story on the index page - think up a good one! [[ISuckAtSummaries Tell somebody you're bad at summaries]], summaries, and why should they believe you'll be any good at writing a story? (If you're really, really stuck, go through the fic and -if you've got a short passage that could give the reader a reasonably good idea of the story's basics- use ''that'' as your summary. That can work well, especially if it's got lines in it that you like. Also, be aware that "summarize" is a bit of a misnomer - you want to intrigue the reader, not provide a soundbite version of your fic, so go for outlining the premise rather than the plot. See more at SoYouWantTo.WriteAGoodSummary.


* 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.
** [=SMWCentral=] allows Mario works of all types, but has strict quality control standards.

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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 Fandom-specific archives]] - Perhaps you'd want to post your friend.
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* '''DayInTheLimeLight''': Maybe you aren't interested in writing more about the hero, and would rather explore the motivations of the EnsembleDarkHorse, or the wacky escapades of the resident TerribleTrio. If so, go ahead and give them their own story; even the AlphaBitch has ''some'' fans, and a little CharacterDevelopment never hurt anyone. For the daring, you could even try [[{{Spinoff}} seperating them from the main cast]], and replace them with an OriginalGeneration supporting cast. The biggest problem though, is that if you like your character too much, they may be at risk of becoming a PossessionSue, especially if they end up gaining superpowers or something. And even if you avoid that, your AlternateCharacterInterpretation may rub some readers the wrong way if it's too divergent from Canon.

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* '''DayInTheLimeLight''': Maybe you aren't interested in writing more about the hero, and would rather explore the motivations of the EnsembleDarkHorse, or the wacky escapades of the resident TerribleTrio. If so, go ahead and give them their own story; even the AlphaBitch has ''some'' fans, and a little CharacterDevelopment never hurt anyone. For the daring, you could even try [[{{Spinoff}} seperating separating them from the main cast]], and replace them with an OriginalGeneration supporting cast. The biggest problem though, is that if you like your character too much, they may be at risk of becoming a PossessionSue, especially if they end up gaining superpowers or something. And even if you avoid that, your AlternateCharacterInterpretation may rub some readers the wrong way if it's too divergent from Canon.

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** [=SMWCentral=] allows Mario works of all types, but has strict quality control standards.


Before anything else of course you choose your '''Work of Fiction'''. If you look for example at Website/FanFictionDotNet, you will find that people have written fanfics for any genre, any medium, from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's works to the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series to ''Literature/BridgetJones'' to ''TheTransformers''.

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Before anything else of course you choose your '''Work of Fiction'''. If you look for example at Website/FanFictionDotNet, you will find that people have written fanfics for any genre, any medium, from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's works to the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series to ''Literature/BridgetJones'' to ''TheTransformers''.
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Before anything else of course you choose your '''Work of Fiction'''. If you look for example at FanfictionDotNet, you will find that people have written fanfics for any genre, any medium, from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's works to the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series to ''Literature/BridgetJones'' to ''TheTransformers''.

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Before anything else of course you choose your '''Work of Fiction'''. If you look for example at FanfictionDotNet, Website/FanFictionDotNet, you will find that people have written fanfics for any genre, any medium, from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's works to the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series to ''Literature/BridgetJones'' to ''TheTransformers''.

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* '''ROM Hack''': Popular in video game fandoms, this format uses source code modification to create your story.


* '''Alternate Universe''': The inverse of Elsewhere, this involves taking existing characters and 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 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.[[http://ppc.wikia.com/wiki/Character_Replacement In Name-Only]]. If writing an AU fic, remember to stay true to the characters' personalities and gimmicks despite their new setting.


* '''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.


** '''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.


* '''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.


* [[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]].


* [[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]].

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* Website/DeviantArt - Despite being mainly for graphic art, it includes a Literature section, which itself features a fanfiction section.


* 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]].

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