Fanfiction Links and Resources

chezanne
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June 23rd, 2011, 2:05 pm #1

Welcome to the Fanfiction thread, part of the links database @ neloo.com!

As noted in this thread's title, this is where we post the links to fanfiction-related websites, which feature stories, "resources" for the writer, etc.

Feel free to add relevant links. (Note that as always, replies deemed as spam - typically those selling something or for a business - or replies that are deemed not relevant will be removed as soon as I see them.)

Or, if you don't care to leave a link, why not check out some of the sites that are listed here?

the links database @ neloo.com
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June 23rd, 2011, 2:07 pm #2

Fanfic Reader Pet Peeves

Having just read a large number of fanfics while applying a new layout at one of my sites, I feel compelled to share a few of the more common pitfalls that I noticed.

Just consider this a bit of friendly advice from a beta reader. 

1. Bad Characterization
The whole concept of fanfiction is that you’re writing characters that have already been introduced. So for me, the biggest thing that ruins a story is having a character speak or act in a way they never have before, especially if no explanation for said behavior is offered.

2. Unfinished Stories
Don’t take advantage of the kind webmistress who agrees to post your story in parts; there’s an understanding that it *will* actually conclude at some point. An unfinished story also shows a blatant lack of regard for your readers’ time.

3. Original Characters are Red Flags
Yes, there are examples of well-written original characters that are critical to some well-written original plots. Unfortunately those are so few and far between that the author might just as well introduce their character as Mary/Gary Sue, especially if the new character is a) not a villain and b) plays more than a tiny part in the story.

4. Lack of Plot/Continuity
I can forgive an overall lack of vision if a story provides at least a few entertaining moments. However a senseless (or missing) plot is seldom a fic’s only vice, and the result is a mess to be avoided at all costs. Don’t get a reputation as this kind of writer! Try outlining key events before starting the story.

5. Repeated Spelling and Grammar Errors
Sure, we all slip up once in a while, but mistakes in every other line pull me right out of the story.

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See also:
http://www.deathdogs.net/mag7petpeeves.html

http://web.archive.org/web/200803081053 ... /tips.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/articl ... eeves.html

Could you be writing a (gasp!) Mary Sue? Take the Mary Sue Litmus Test:
http://www.ponylandpress.com/ms-test.html
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June 23rd, 2011, 2:16 pm #3

If you want to read fanfiction, check out:
http://www.fanfiction.net/

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Below are several links to articles with tips for good writing.

HOW TO WRITE ALMOST READABLE FAN FICTION
http://littlecalamity.tripod.com/HowTo2.html

http://ljconstantine.com/column3.htm

http://www.ramblingsandthoughts.com/fanfic-tips/

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Below are several sites with links to more fanfic resources.

http://buffyforums.net/forums/showthread.php?t=251

http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resour ... n_Fiction/

http://www.google.com/Top/Arts/Writers_ ... n_Fiction/

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Some tips for writing fanfiction are:

* If you have not watched/read the original work recently, do so. Re-read the book you wanted to write about. Watch the movie over again and watch a few episodes of that TV show. Remember, people read fanfiction because they are fans of the original work. Your fanfiction should have the same general feel of the original work, and the characters should be **in character**. They should act like themselves, unless you plan to write a parody.

* A good way to create a plot is to ask yourself a what-if question. For example, it could be: "What if ____ hadn't died?" Or "What if ______ and ______ had gotten married?"

* Don't put yourself in a story. It sounds obvious, but it's an easy mistake, especially with new writers. Self-insertion and Mary-Sue-isms (where you've made up a character who is painfully perfect and has few or no flaws) are, as a rule, loathed. Don't get a reputation for them.

* Readers hate inconsistencies and continuity errors. Make sure that your fiction is consistent with what is already known about the universe for which you are writing.


More tips for writing fanfiction:
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Fanfiction

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Other tips for fanfic plot/storylines:

* borrow plots from movies, other shows, or books

* rewrite a current episode

* expand a current episode {a scene we weren't shown, for example}

* base the story on a song

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You writers - and wannabe writers - know what it's like: you're itching to write a story but you lack inspiration. Happily, there are many on-line resources to help free you from that writer's block:

* This one introduces characters, a setting, and an ending for the piece. {Plus, the site offers many other generators.}
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate. ... e=storygen

* Simple Plot and Random Story Generator: with a brief outline suggesting characters and plot development
http://www.school-for-champions.com/fic ... _story.cfm

* "All stories boil down to just 36 dramatic situations and takeoffs of those situations."
http://www.sff.net/people/julia.west/CA ... eagen2.htm

* Short Story Starter
http://www.gotpoetry.com/Sections/op=vi ... id=39.html

* The Fiction Generator presents characters, setting, and a plot, plus a title for the work.
http://fictiongen.boxofjunk.ws/

* Regency Romance Plot Generator. Jane Austen would've loved it. 
http://www.ugoi.net/nonsense/plot.html

* Plot Twist Generator: offers one plot line at a time; use as many as you need.
http://nine.frenchboys.net/plottwist.php

* "Rescuing Your Plot" presents a list of storylines
http://www.nanofimo.org/files/d100-plot1.pdf

* Links to More Plot Generators
http://www.fiction-writers-mentor.com/r ... rator.html

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If you're stuck for names for your characters, there are multiple sites that can offer suggestions on that as well.

* Character Name Generator
http://www.languageisavirus.com/charact ... rator.html

* "English or European" Character Name Generator
http://www.jimwegryn.com/Names/FictionNames.htm

* Character Name Generator (Other offerings at GeneratorLand.com include generators for personal bio and blog post ideas.)
http://www.generatorland.com/glgenerator.aspx?id=44

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Note that this is not even all of the generators that are available: there are more specific ones for scifi, romance, etc. Just give it a Google.
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November 16th, 2011, 5:02 pm #4

If you've ever suffered from writers' block - or if you think you ever might - check out this article:

The 10 Types of Writers’ Block (and How to Overcome Them)
http://io9.com/5844988/

It breaks down that nebulous term "Writers' Block" into various cases - and offers some ideas for how to handle them.
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January 27th, 2012, 4:00 pm #5

I was looking for inspiration for some fan fiction plots for shows that are action-adventure-y with maybe a mystery to solve. I searched through the episode descriptions of some old TV shows, and I collected the following list, sorted by source. (Needless to say, any of the details can be changed to fit your fandom’s situation: if he’s not a detective, it wouldn’t be a case that gets him into the given plot but maybe his work, or his friend/neighbor.)
1a. The Silent Partner - To avoid being arrested for fraud, a country western singer frames his chauffeur for the murder of his ghost writer.
1b. The Meek Shall Inherit Rhonda - Milton Bach is a computer hacker who ripped off the bank and ran. His wife, Rhonda, and friend Jerry stole the money and went to Mexico. He wants her back.
1c. Olympic Quest - [Hero]'s sister inadvertently tapes a kidnapping at the [Olympics or Other Event]. [Hero] comes to her assistance when she is threatened by two thugs who want the tape.
1d. The San Francisco Caper - A bored teen-aged girl stows away in [Hero]'s truck while he is searching for a diamond thief
1e. Dead Bounty - [Hero] has to leave his prisoner in the care of the local sheriff and finds that, during the night, his prisoner has been severely beaten and is in a coma. The sheriff accuses [Hero] of brutality and [Hero] becomes a fugitive.
1f. Terror U. - [Hero] hides in a frat house from hit men, after he picks up his latest case, who was turning state's evidence in a money laundering case.
2a. The Dog Who Knew Too Much - [Hero(es)] are stalked by dangerous industrial spies after they are entrusted with a dog that happens to be carrying a valuable biogenetic formula
2b. Death Set - [Hero(es)] are caught up in a tangled scheme when a wealthy playboy attempts to take over the family fortune using his brother's wife as his unknowing pawn.
2c. Night Horrors - The [Hero(es)] are invited to a unique, off-beat party -- a treasure hunt at a haunted house. When another guest is murdered, [Hero(es)] race against time to find the murderer before someone else becomes victim.
2d. Cop Out - An article written by [Hero] leads a prostitute to ask for her help and the [Hero(es)] go under cover to bait a killer who is murdering prostitutes.
2e. Slow Boat to Murder - Chief accountant of [Hero’s Company] is set up to take a murder wrap after an evening on the town. In an attempt to clear him, the [Hero(es)] retrace his steps (and act as singles) which leads them to discover a gambling ring using the Nightlife as a cover.
2f. Murder is a Drag - At the opera, [Hero] is mistaken for a hitman and is given an envelope containing $100,000 for the job. When the messenger is murdered, [Hero] poses as the hitman in an attempt to save the victim's life.
2g. The Shooting - [Hero] takes on a glamorous modeling assignment, not knowing that the camera is rigged with an explosive device, as [Someone Else] races to stop the deadly scheme concocted by a vengeful man from her past.
2h. Hearts Held Hostage - [Hero] fears for [Someone Else]'s life when ruthless jewel thieves take him hostage during a robbery while he's on a business trip in Paris.
2i. You Made Me Kill Me - A deranged woman who works for [Company or Organization] has an obsession for [Someone or Hero]. She sees [Hero’s love interest or co-worker] as a threat to her fantasies of love and finds it essential to eliminate her.
2j. This Lady is Murder - [Hero] is mistaken for her look-alike, Dominique, and is kidnapped by ruthless killers. With the help of an unscrupulous columnist, the police, and the real Dominique, [Someone Else] devises his plan to save [Hero].
2k. Double Jeopardy - [Hero] returns from a case to find that [place] is being used by a film team to shoot a new movie, and his being roped into being a stuntman soon turns into a new case when a prop gun fires real bullets, leaving the star hanging on for his life.
2l. Ghost Writer - [Hero] is hired by an attractive "ghost writer" who is writing a biography of eccentric millionaire Harold Farber whom she has never met in person, communicating only via phone when all her notes on Farber are stolen, in an attempt to stop the book ever being written.
3a. On Face Value - [Hero] is left guilt-ridden after he returns gunfire during a high-speed chase, only for it cause another car to crash and severely injure the young woman driving it.
3b. Ms. Jones - A reluctant [Hero] is hired by Ms. Jones—the clerk at the Hall of Records who often aggravates him with excessive red tape—to help her find her husband, Ray, an expert computer programmer who has disappeared after completing work on a valuable new artificial intelligence formula.
3c. Murder101 - At the urging of the students in the private investigation class that [Hero] is teaching at a local college, he takes on the investigation into the disappearance of a student's fiancé as the class' field work.
3d. Kapu - Injured while helping rescue a young girl who witnessed a murder, [Hero] wakes up on a remote island with only a hazy memory of what transpired.
3e. The Black Orchid - [Hero] is hired to participate in a rich woman's theatrical fantasy game, but things become complicated when her disapproving husband gets involved and the game turns deadly.
4a. The Javelin Catcher - While investigating a gang shootout, [Hero] discovers that the weapon used for the job is the Army's recently disappeared man-portable, anti-tank system: The Javelin.
4b. Lady Killer - [Someone Connected to Hero] is accused of killing a high-class call girl. Only [Hero] can help him find out who framed him for murder.
4c. Live Shot - While drinking with a young biker couple, [Hero]'s drink is spiked with LSD at the same time Geraldo Rivera comes to interview him and Joe.
4d. Blackout - [Hero], on the verge of closing a case, narrowly avoids getting killed in an explosion, losing a week's worth of memory as a result. With Joe's help, he has to retrace his steps, resolve the case, and deal with the various personal snafus resulting from his memory loss.
4e. Boomtown - A sleep-deprived [Hero] must track down an ingenious bomber targeting a corporation he feels has wronged him.
4f. Kill Switch - A juror becomes a vigilante avenging murder victims.
4g. TITLE- [Someone or Hero] finds an apartment, only to be mistaken for the previous renter who has stolen money from drug dealers.
4h. Blood Bots - [Hero] goes up against a gang of ruthless techno-geeks who are designing robots to perform robberies.
4i. Something Borrowed - [Hero]'s former lover forges his name on a marriage license and claims to be married to him in order to protect herself from a thug out to kill her.
Sources:
1. THE FALL GUY
2. HART TO HART
3. MAGNUM PI
4. NASH BRIDGES
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