Generally speaking, your readers will have fewer preconceptions about your characters than they will about your world. When it comes to a world, a reader will assume it’s like the Earth they know, unless it’s explicitly described otherwise. Continue reading
Worldbuilding and action fics have some less-obvious labels. The Blanket Scenario, for one. Continue reading
If you’re just getting into fanfic, especially if you’ve just stumbled into a big site like Fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer variety out there. It’s like walking into Disney’s Fantasia. Sure, you recognize general categories from regular fiction, like romance and action and SF, but what are all these other tags? Continue reading
Much of fanfic becomes clearer when you’re familiar with the trope, Up To Eleven. I.e., taking one thing and amping it up beyond the impossible. In fanfic, this is often specific character traits.
Edward Elric of Full Metal Alchemist being sensitive about his height Continue reading
I’m far from the first to point out the mutual attraction Americans and Japanese have for stories of the Old West and wandering ronin. To the point that stories have been used for inspiration back and forth; Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven being one of the best-known pairs of examples. But there are also stories of cowboys and samurai. Continue reading
One interesting subcategory of fanfic is that of the For Want of a Nail story basis. Basically, keep all the canon background and characterization except for one small detail. Continue reading
So what do cultivators do in the zombie apocalypse? Continue reading
Characters, plot, world. All three are essential to build a story. A lot of us as writers have weak points in at least one of these, Continue reading
Luck is no substitute for a good plan.
I have a hard time writing, or sympathizing with, characters who blithely trust in the universe to take care of them Continue reading