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In regards to fanfiction... I try to give advice whether its on the plot or the writing style, but one thing is for sure, I like helping people as much as I can to help them grow as writers, and I like getting the same help also.
Some random advice:
2. This ties in with the advice above, don't use too much detail. Its rather silly reading now a person got up from their chair, walked over to the pencil sharpener, sharpened the pencil, examined it, sharpened it again, examined it again, walked back to their chair, and sat back down. Make it to the point while keeping to what you want to explain.
3. This expands another area of too much detail, if you use three or more different, specific descriptions to describe a person (even if its different people) in every sentence or even every other sentence, its more of a set back. This especially applies when the scene is focused on;
a boy or girl: use he/him and she/her along with the characters names
two or more characters of the same gender: use their names, nicknames, occasionally refer to the relationship they hold with the speaker if the other has dialogue after the other or performs some sort of action, its best if the description is short.
characters of different ages: use a short description to refer to one. This one is much harder to explain in a sort amount of time, I can expand on this if you need me too. Just PM me.
A great example are gossip magazines; they often use too many descriptions, even if its about one person, so if you need a reference as too "too much" read something like STARZ.
4. Remember, you know what is going on in your head, but the reader doesn't. Try writing while keeping that in mind. It will allow you to make sure you don't jump from one detail to another and keep you from making contradictions within your own story. Despite this, make sure you don't go overboard with the details.
5. Play with the wording of some sentences. You'd be surprised how much you can say without actually saying it, or how adding/removing a word can change how things can be said/received. Many times it will give your story a bigger impact.
6. This goes along with the last suggestion; try not to use the same words or phrase too often. Sometimes you just can't avoid it, but try for every 3-4 sentences after you use the word or phrase.
7. There is some stuff I consider cliché, if you don't its all good. Everyone has their own opinion:
To say (insert phrase here) would be an understatement... Not really needed. I've read it once too often and consider it cliché now.
Curse words... Most people don't know how to use them properly and if you want to word your stories well, you'll be able to use different words, hence helpful note #5.
To say the least. Well you probably could use it properly without it being cliché... just be careful.
They (kissed, hugged, looked in each others eyes, ect) for what seemed like forever (hours) but was really only a few minutes. Personally, I find this phrase unnecessary. You don't really have to be so specific, and it kind of kills the romance.
8. Past Tense vs Present Tense. More often than not, writers will switch Tenses during their story. I was (and sometimes still am) a victim of this. It's important to ensure that you stay with a specific tense throughout your story.
Switching Tense: She sat down beside him and says in a cheerful voice...
If you noticed, it switched. It should be "She sat down beside him and said in a cheerful voice..." Or "She sits down beside him and says in a cheerful voice..."
Present tense is as though its currently happening. Past is of course, past.
9. Clothing/Cars/Shoe Brands. Humans have an amazing imagination; even more so when we already know who it is the author is talking about. Mentioning brands can work, but its not really important; many (if not all) readers have an image of the known character in their head and certain brands aren't needed even if the intention is to give them a certain feel in your story; their personality and actions have more of an impact than a brand.
For example, Person 1 thinks a cool sporty look is wearing Nike shoes but Person 2 thinks Puma is better. Rather than limiting yourself by putting these in, just give an outline: He had a black shirt that added to his (sporty/bad-boy/arrogant/charming) look. And remember; how you write them will determine how someone sees the character in that story.
10. Bands. This ties in with the advice above and I'll use my younger sisters as examples (sorry guys): we have a lot of the same tastes, but there are some songs that one of us likes that the other just can't stand. You may think a song is romantic, but maybe another person thinks its corny. Or maybe you think its awesome and another person thinks its stupid. Keep in mind that everyone has their own opinion, so you can ignore this point and the one above. But if you'd like to follow it, keep it generic without being to vague.
11. Word Count, Chapters Summary. Summaries are what capture the eye of the reader; the front line to whether or not someone notices/gives a chance to your story. Grammar and spelling are actually very important here; they're gonna give the reader a preview of your work, so if you write a summary that has a lot of spelling/tense/grammatical errors because your in a hurry but never go back to fix it, the impression it will give is that it's not a well written story. And yes, i realize that a lot of us are amateurs, but thats ok; just give it your very best.
Also, don't feel like you have to apologize that your bad at summaries. We understand. Also i can't tell you how many times my siblings and friends skip over a story (one's i've read before) simply because someone said "Sorry bad summary; give a chance" or along those lines.
Lastly for this point; be careful not to promise an epic adventure of your 20 chapter story that only has 4k words. That means that each chapter consists of about 200 words, which means (more likely than not) the story isn't going to be up to par.
I'll write more advice soon, but keep all of the above in mind! :)
I just finished writing an Invader Zim FanFic, and there's this one scene that requires a pic, so its right here:
Moving on, I haven't really written many fan-fictions, and this is the first time I'm sharing what i write with ppl other than my friends. but hey, I'm giving it my best.