LessonsOf all the thingsLessons by MorzansElvenDaughter
I wish I did
I wish my life
I had not hid
Of all the pain
Oh how the need
It had a cost
Oh yes, indeed
My heart, it breaks
Oh how it keens
For my soul rent
It's wound unseen
Fan Fiction Basics: Learning to be a Writer
Recently, I've had some heated discussions with friends who aren't fan fiction authors. One in particular has a vendetta against those of us who write fan literature. I asked him why. His explanation was simple: most fan authors can't write. More than that, they have no desire to improve their writing.
As a fan fiction author, I couldn’t argue. Most people use fan fiction as a stepping stone to original fiction. I’m the other way around. I learned how to write prose long before I ventured into fandom. There are certain skills, habits and facts that escape fan fiction authors because they have never had to deal with them. They have never been placed in a position to learn. And, more importantly, most fan fiction authors haven’t even learned how to learn writing as a skill set.
Some of the necessary skills for writers are bey
The Guide to Writing SettingsThe time and place where a story is set is extremely essential to your story and can even set the tone of the story. Usually, when a writer begins to think of a story, where it takes place is usually one of the first things to pop into mind. But just in case you're the type who has a little trouble in this area, here's a guide to help you!
1. Geographical Area
The where is usually the first stop on this journey, and sometimes even the first thing you write about in your very first chapter. Where does our story begin? A big urban city in a lavish apartment, the slums, or in a quiet suburb, a small town with a lot of issues, a rural farming town, a farm itself, out in the middle of nowhere, the mountains, woods, etc.? If you already have your characters in mind, think about what kind of area they would best fit in. If you have a story that mostly takes place in a high school, would it be likely located in a rural, suburb, or urban area? Maybe you hav
Guide to Writing SummariesThis is to all of my fanfiction.net peeps, and to anyone who wants to learn how to write a quick, less-than-five sentences summary of their fanfiction or story.
1. For the love of all that is good fanfiction/writing, stop writing summaries like this:
A story about a boy and a girl that meet on vacation...Sry I suck at summaries. Plz read. It's good I promise. I am so much better at writing stories than writing summaries. Before you even try to give me an excuse, let me give you a fact. 99.99999999% of readers DO NOT EVEN BOTHER TO READ YOUR STORY BECAUSE OF THAT. I can't tell you how many times I have seen that on FFN and I just keep on scrolling past every story with one of those. You may not intend it, but this is the message you are sending to potential readers:
"I am not going to even try writing a summary because I am not confident at all in my writing abilities. I am a novice please give me a chance please please please!"
...No. Just no.