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Storylover Vodhr- Dux Ducis

This is a topic for all you members that aren't really experienced with writing. Hope it helps.

6/30/2011 #1
P3MF Alpha 3-Richter

I guess I should start with FF.net's official rules. These are somewhat out of view, so not everyone sees them. It doesn't matter if "everyone" does an illegal fic, it will get taken down eventually. Please take it up with FF.net administers if you have a problem/question with this. Thank you.

FanFiction.Net does not filter content and is an open system that trusts the writer's judgement. However, there is an inherent responsibility that falls to writers as a result. Here is a list of conducts that should always be observed:

Spell check all story and poetry. There is no excuse for not performing this duty. If you do not have a word processor that has the spell checking feature, use a search engine such as Google.com to find one.

Proofread all entries for grammar and other aspects of writing before submission. 'Hot off the press' content is often riddled with errors. No one is perfect but it is the duty of the writer to perform to the best of his/her ability.

Respect the reviewers. Not all reviews will strictly praise the work. If someone rightfully criticizes a portion of the writing, take it as a compliment that the reviewer has opted to spend his/her valuable time to help improve your writing. Everyone here is an aspiring writer.

Respect your fellow members and lend a helping a hand when they need it. Like many things, the path to becoming a better writer is often a two way street.Use proper textual formatting. For example: using only capital letters in the story title, summary, or content is not only incorrect but also a disregard for the language itself.

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One or two liners.

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Entry title and summary must be rated K for all audience. No exceptions.Entry must be given the proper rating. No exceptions.Entry must be placed in proper category. No exceptions. Chapters of the same story are not allowed to be submitted as separate entries. All chapters/segments must be grouped together using the 'edit/upload chapter' feature in the left menu.

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There. Official rules as proclaimed by site's owners.

7/3/2011 . Edited 7/3/2011 #2
Storylover Vodhr- Dux Ducis

Here is my input.

When you are writing a story, You must remember one thing. Search your heart for a story idea, not your mind. If you truely feel the story, it will not be a chore writing a chapter, it will be a pleasure. it will be easier to write, as well as much more enjoyable. the story, if truely felt, will flow, without any stops. You will have no problems writing a chapter. Never allow anyone to tell you that you aren't good enough, do not daunter. If you feel it, then, it is Your story.

Always try to add extra detail when neccisary. While the original chapter or story may be good, more detail will can make the chapter reach it's full potiental. You do not have to change the plot, or the direction of the chapter, but you can always add cosmetic details. Emotional details. body language, expressions, noises.

Try adding more conversations. While some points of the story are better with little to no words, times with conversation can be expanded. Also, always make sure you are clear with Who is talking. Unless that is your point of the conversation.

7/14/2011 #3
P3MF Alpha 3-Richter

(Written by http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2391712/SugarPesticide)

1. Yaoi/yuri is explicit homosexuality. No, by explicit I don't mean two guys/girls kissing in public. If you mean slash/femslash, say it. Otherwise there'll be a lot more K+ fics floating around with yaoi/yuri sitting there in the summary, which is going to raise a lot of eyebrows - nobody will take you seriously if you advertise a kid-friendly fic as having a lemon. Which brings us to the next point ...

2. Lemons. For the love of Arceus, people, know what the word means before you use it! A lemon is a fic involving graphic, explicit sex. Its cousin, the lime, is highly suggestive and even erotic, but not explicit. Look at the guidelines: even the M-rating calls for "strong but non-explicit adult themes". So why are there T-rated fics bragging about containing lemons? Honestly.

3. "What will happen?" See those words on a fic summary often? Gets annoying fast, doesn't it? And that's aside from the fact that it's completely redundant, since finding out what happens is the entire point of reading the fic in the first place. Really, people.

4. There's something about songfics that begs scrutiny. A song and a fanfic can pack a lot of punch separately, but they're two completely different media. It's really, really hard to convey emotion through typed words that look like they were pulled out of a goth kid's journal, especially when said words are surrounded by a scenario that's only marginally related, or when the reader has never heard the song in his/her life. And let's not get started on the copyright issues.

5. Originality is good. Nonsensicality is not. Combine them and you get a mess, or worse, a Mary-Sue. Remember the canon, guys; you don't have to cling to it like an obsessive fanboy, but you do need to keep the source material in mind. Even the crackiest of the crack contains a grain of "truth".

6. Humor is not the same thing as parody. Humor makes the audience laugh (or at least, attempts to), while parody pokes fun at something else. While mocking something often causes laughter, it doesn't always - I've read parodies that are pretty depressing, and humor pieces that didn't even reference anything else. Learn your genres, please.

7. High school fics? Really? There are whole worlds full of crazy magic and science and adventure out there, just waiting to be explored to their fullest potential ... and you decide to ignore all that in favor of sticking your favorite characters in high school. Um, what. Drama, romance and angst can take place anywhere, not just in a school. It's true that sometimes there's a good backstory to justify a high school AU, but otherwise it's just an excuse to plug your best-loved shipping(s). They're way,wayoverdone.

7a. High school is hell. There, I said it. If you really must write something with high school in it, remember that it's not fun and games at all. Now I know many of you are fourteen- or fifteen-year-olds simply glad to be out of junior high (which is admittedly worse), or else you've never been there at all and are only familiar with it via High School Musical. Sure, your friends are there and once in a while there's a club full of decent people who don't make you want to curl up in a ball in the corner of the room. But you can't forget the mental and psychological stress, the sadist teachers, having the last of one's innocence destroyed, etc.; and simply showing these as cliched stereotypes is not endearingat all. You know when your parents go on about how high school was the best time of their lives? They're talking about college. Believe me.

8. Shipping names are mixed up oh so much, which can really confuse newbies and annoy veterans. OldRivalShipping, for example, is Green Oak/manga!Blue,notGreen Oak/Leaf (MidoriShipping), Gary/Leaf (LeafGreenShipping), game!Blue/Leaf (ConflictingShipping), game!Blue/manga!Blue (unnamed so far), or Gary/manga!Blue (also unnamed).

9. Quit saying that your summary sucks. Nobody's going to take you seriously if you do.

10. The word is "okay", not "ok".

11. If you're writing something to do with adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, tragedy, comedy, or pretty much any genre at all besides romance, then remember to follow the golden rule: never, ever, ever, ever, EVER derail your story with romance. This is not to say you can't use romance at all; by all means, add a romantic subplot if you want. Just remember that if it's not an actual shipping fic, that subplot has to remain a subplot. Otherwise it completely takes over the story, becoming what is known as a romantic plot tumor. And only diehards for the ship you're writing for will continue following, though that's less due to the story and more due to their like of the pairing.

12. If you can't write, don't write. A simple enough rule, it's amazing how many people don't follow it.

13. Finish what you start. There's probably at least 8,000 incomplete fics in the Pokemon archive that haven't been updated in over a year. Annoying is an understatement here: not only does it clutter up the archive, it brings all the action in the story itself to a screeching halt when readers reach the end of the last chapter that's been posted. Don't just put up one chapter and then drop the entire thing. When you come up with an idea, write out the first couple chapters of your fic beforehand, to see if you're actually interested what's going on. If you are interested, by all means keep working on it; if not, think of what you really want to write about instead, and stick with that.

14. "Accepting OC submissions!" No. Just ... no. There isn't a high enough number to describe how many things are wrong with this. For starters, it indicates a lazy writer who a) can't be bothered using canon characters in those same roles, which would make a lot more sense considering we're actually familiar with them and can believe what they're doing for the most part; and b) can't be bothered to think up a character by themselves. It's less of a quality thing and more of a popularity thing: if youweren'taccepting OCs, then people wouldn't bother reading it, reviewing it, or putting it on their Favorites list unless they like cliched romances or crappy high school fics for whatever ungodly reason. Then there's the whole inevitable Mary-Sue thing. Even if the OC doesn't fit the mold of the traditional sparkly Mary-Sue, there's an extremely high chance that he/she still counts as a Sue/Stu. Person owns a Pikachu/Eeveelution/Gardevoir/Dragonite/legendary? Check. Long-winded, unbelievable backstory? Check. Cute, gorgeous, or attractive in some dark way? Check. Personality that doesn't fit with the mood of the story? Check. Under the age of twenty? Check. Shows up pretty much out of nowhere for a random battle or unrelated story arc, and then disappears forever? Check. I could go on and on and on about this, but I don't want to break the world record for longest web page ever, so I'll leave it at that.

15. Spelling and punctuation. Learn how they work. For the love of Arceus,learn how they work.Or els yur stori's luk lyk dis n onli idoit's wont notise it cuz dere idoit's an dey'res somtin rong wit de're heds lol. Seriously, it isn't hard to spell-check; MS Word will be quite pleased to tell you that you spelled that three-letter word wrong. If English isn't your native language, don't use that as an excuse for not putting in any effort to look legible. Just write it in your native language, for crying out loud. Anything to keep from running into misspellings of words like "romance," "summary," and "is"(?!).

16. Don't randomly save your characters from a seemingly unsolvable problem. Or randomly screw them out of a happy ending at the last second, for that matter. Resolutions have to come logically, because unless you're saving/ruining the situation to be funny (assuming you can pull that off), it shows us how lazy the writing has become.

17. Titles. They're the first thing someone notices about the fic, so what you want to do is make an impression with them. As opposed to putting in cliched buzzwords in it like everyone else, that is. There are millions of fics out there, and if you want to get readers, you're going to have to come up with a title that people won't just pass over without seeing anything. And really, does something like "The Dark Chronicles of Legend" even mean anything anymore?

18. Don't give your OC a name that's the same as a canon character's. It can be really confusing. The only way it's justified is if a) the OC was named after the canon character, or b) it's a common enough name to be excusable.

7/16/2011 . Edited 8/3/2011 #4
holospartoi258 - Alpha 01

The main purpose of a story is to SUCK the reader into your story and make it almost as if it was REAL [from past experience I've learnt that realism is especially crucial]. So try to make it as real as possible, meaning many things: 1. Make a plot and characters that are real. No, that's too vague, make them as if they existed and are your real life friends/loves/enemies, and create a situation that you would understand experiences in the real world. YANK the reader's attention into your realm of fantasy and make them gasp in awe of the wondrous, tangible image you've conjured. You want a story that the reader can laugh with, cry with and shake fists at. In other words: dramatise your story. 2. You have to put your characters in character with the original creation. If you wish to switch his/her character [like from good to bad] give a good reason as to why he/she became like this. Or if you wish to develop a character make it realistic enough. This is when you introduce a possible situation/problem. 3. Add detail. This is SUPER ESSENTIAL because you want the reader to see, feel and almost touch everything that the characters are facing. You want your story to be almost tangible. Everything that each character feels at any point of time should be properly described.

What you are suggested to do is to add a theme to the story, especially one that people can relate to, to tightly embrace one side and spit on the other. For example: Friendship. Love. The Real World. Stereotypical Society. The list isn't exhaustive. This is only recommended though, but you WANT the reader to relate to your story as much as possible.

Originality and creativity play huge roles too. Invent your own style of writing and sense of humour and take of the world... because you want to express your personal feelings into the story and let the reader see your side of the story to empathise with. For example, everybody has their own take on romance. But what makes each story so different yet so captivating is that the author manages to bring out something in his/her own point of view that is plausible and realistic to the reader, to make him/her agree with you.

Let's conclude: the main purpose of your story is to 'unleash your imagination', and let your heart [not your mind] write the story. Make it real enough to touch and elaborate enough, keep your characters in check, write with every juice of your heart with your own style and your own take of a real theme in life. Your story shouldn't be confined to your computer screen, but something real.

7/27/2011 . Edited 10/13/2011 #5
P3MF Alpha 3-Richter

Two very good sites to help with fanfiction.

http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/writefanfic.htm

http://littlecalamity.tripod.com/HowTo2.html

8/9/2011 #6
Villain84

Hey, I got a question: If you write about a character raping another, is that considered a lemon?

8/21/2011 #7
holospartoi258 - Alpha 01

Yes, Villian. It is. ANY form of sexual intercourse is considered a lemon; highly recommended to be omitted or at the very most hinted.

8/23/2011 #8
1Past and Present1

It is true. And I also believe that lemons should be avoided or toned down. But that's just me.

8/27/2011 #9
ShadowWolf203027

A good website to check out is:

creative-writing-now(dot)come

9/19/2011 #10
olihmajor

This is part of a guide I'm writing on fanfics.

Get your story noticed

Title

A good title will draw readers in, so something cliche will not fly. Cliche titles are usually different with every genre. Cliche example: Adventure - Journeys, The Journey, Journey Across [insert region here], Pokemon Adventures: [insert whatever here], Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: [insert whatever here], etc There are a lot of cliche titles for Adventure, probably because it is one of the most widely written-about topics out there.

You want your title to have something to do with your story. Usually a title in this format [noun/character: etc] is way overused. A creative title can take a long time to come up with, and a solution is to name it something, but say (in the summary/author's note) that the title might change. You can change it as you go along.

Summary

Readers will often look at the summary of your story to determine whether or not they want to read it. An interesting summary describes your story, but does not give anything/too much away.

Don't waste the summary space by saying things like 'Please review!' 'I know the summary sucks but the story is good.' 'This is my first atempt at writng so pleaz read it!!!' That last one is going to be more likely to make people ignore your fic. Plez plez plez plez don't abbreviate or use bad grammar. It sets a bad theme for the rest of the story, which few people will often read because of the poorly written summary.

Often summaries that have drawn me into the story are parts of the story itself. I'm sure you've seen fics like that. And admit it, they looked cool! Something you can put in your summary is the ships that will be included. DO NOT use abbreviations (like PS for Pokeshipping). I have seen that too often, and though I can figure it out sometimes, it's still confusing. If you don't have enough space to write in all the ships, include the main ones and list the rest in your author's note. If it's a well known ship (again, like Pokeshipping) you don't have to put AshxMisty. If it's a ship that's not so well known (like Dethklokshipping), you'd better put GiratinaxDialga.

Also, it's a good idea to have the rating in your summary, and the reason for it. Some people will completely avoid a story if it's rated T, just because it's rated T. If you say, however, that it's rated T only for language, then readers who don't care about that might read it.

Genre

Make the genre believable. If it's about a girl going on an adventure and learning the meaning of life, then the genre will not be poetry. Okay, maybe that one is a little Farfetch'd. Hah, see what I did there, see what I did? That's also a bad idea, to make lame puns/jokes that will make people think, 'Wow. Stuuuuupid,' and avoid your story. But if it's an adventure story, do not put the second genre as romance unless there are romance themes along the way.

Rating

Rating, aah, rating. K for anyone, K+ for people a little older, T for teens, and M for adults. Not really. It's up to the reader what they feel comfortable reading. If they do not want to read a bloody, violent fic with a lot of swearing in it (such as T and M) then they'll usually hang around K and K+. If you don't care if your mind gets tainted forever by a lemon, then go for it and read M fics.

T is very popular. Swearing, some romance (nothing too much), violence (like a few punches thrown), injuries (not in too much detail), etc. Think about your story, and what's included in it. If it has violence, swearing, or sexual themes, it's going to be T or M.

Characters

Readers will click on fics that have their favorite characters in them. I should know; every day, I 'monitor' the pages of my favorite characters. If your fic has an OC, then don't put anything for the character, unless there is a CC that plays a major role. So yeah, the character(s) that play the most major role should be the ones you click on.

Now that I've gone over the basic functions, there are other ways to get your story noticed. You can advertise. I know some people who, in forums, put a link to their FanFiction profile/stories in their signature. There are also nice people who will draw fanart, make a YouTube ad, or translate the story.

10/23/2011 . Edited 10/23/2011 #11
olihmajor

Here is a random tip: when writing a sentence with a number in it that is less than 100, write out the number.

Example: 'He went with his 6 brothers to the 2nd movie theater at 3 pm.' This can get annoying very quickly, and it is also incorrect. Instead, write it out as, 'He went with his six brothers to the second movie theater at three pm.'

10/23/2011 #12
bringonthespam

I would like to suggest a writing tactic that I enjoy exercising my brain with, if nothing else. It's called, alliteration.

For those of you who might be wondering what this is, alliteration is the deliberate usage of words in a sequence that have letters and syllables in common with each other. Let me give you an example from one of my own stories, where my usage of alliteration was, admittedly, heavy for an obnoxious comedic effect:

"...deftly dodged a dairy dilemma..."

I mostly use the first syllable or letter to achieve the desired outcome, but other syllables within each word can be used, whether in the middle or the end of each (not in this example, obviously).

Now, alliteration is predominantly more prevalent in poetry, where its rhythmic aspects contribute to the meter more effectively, since most prose is not typically rhythmic in nature. That doesn't mean, however, that it can't be used to great effect in stories as well. Pivotal moments in the plot can be dramatized, and emotion can be expressed more poetically with it. As in my own story, though, if you are writing one with a serious tone, I wouldn't advise overdoing the alliterations, as it can sound tacky, forced, and an annoyance to read (as well as write, as I've discovered) if repeated constantly.

Whenever I need to broaden my vocabulary (I become victim to recycling the same words a lot myself), I try to think up some clever, coherent phrases to alliterate, which can be a fun way to change up the dictionary and thesaurus skims. I think a lot of writers already have a large vocab base in their own minds, but the gears get a little rusty sometimes, so try this next time you have trouble grasping for fresh verbs and nouns in your stories.

7/7/2012 #13
Aronim

Random small thing that surprisingly many should think about. When writing about special abilities, especially from games, don't use the game-name for it and definitely never write it with capitalization.

For instance, if shield bash is an ability in the game, don't write "He Shield Bashed the banshee" (which is also all kinds of wrong). Describe it instead, like "He thrust his shield violently into the foe..." or something like that. Of course, if it has a name with capitalization, then it should be written like that if talked about, but the action should be described.

Also, species and most ordinary tools and things should be written without capitalization, like "orcs" and "blasting rod" not "Orcs" and "Blasting Rod". In real life, we don't use "Human" or "Giraffes", we write "human" and "giraffes".

10/25/2012 #14
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