Fanfic Writing: Some Common Specimens, Part 1

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

Writing Crossovers: Cowboys & Samurai

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