I have spent the last two years trying to write a horror novel. I spent the last two weeks working on a new poly romance chick lit novel.
I’ve written more for the latter in two weeks than I wrote for the former in two YEARS.
What does this tell you?
I generally feel bad when I say people ‘shouldn’t’ do something in fanfiction, since I feel like fanfiction is a beautiful world where you can follow your own fancy to the end of your proverbial rainbow. However, if you are trying to improve as a writer, if you are trying to write works that will engage the fandom, if you are trying to make sense… Please consider my suggestions.
Today I will discuss the ever popular songfic
and offer up my suggestions so that you do not drive your readers into fits of painful laughter intermixed with the urge to vomit.
You have the capacity for change.
There’s a trend I’ve noticed, well I say noticed, but really its been around for the last decade or so. It boils down to this idea that we should all be perfectly happy the way we are, that the way we are is perfect and that the world as a whole is evil for telling us that we’re not good enough.
It seems, in essence, to be a highly defensive response to the media inundating us every day with images telling us we won’t be good enough if we don’t have this bag/makeup/car/lifestyle/weight.
While I have previously stated that I love bad!fanfiction and that you should write it as often as possible, that does NOT mean that I believe we (both you and I) should stop trying to improve.
So, to promote improvement in writing, I will be writing articles about writing and how to improve your writing (This is where we enter some kind of Inception level writer-scape).
To those of you who have been here before, this will be an expansion of my topic ‘Writing Erotica’ except without the Erotica.
While there are many sources to help you with grammar and spelling (Best Options: use your spellchecker and consider getting a Beta reader), I will mainly be focussing on themes, story construction, characterization, and plot. My main focus will be on fanfiction, however I will address original work as well.
So stick around for Tips, Tricks, and Hilarity.
(Writing on Writing sounds like some kind of violent after school special….or a porno)
I’m going to preface this post by saying that I enjoy reading bad fanfiction.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE good fanfiction. I salivate and adore. I worship upon its alter. I make offerings to the Fanfiction Muses (and their pet Bunnies). I am, to quote a rather overwrought novel, ‘deeply and irrevocably in love’ with Fanfiction.
But on top of that. I also read BAD fanfiction. By bad, I mean terrible plots, awful characterizations, hilarious misspellings and mutilated grammar. Fanfiction with Mary-Sues and self inserts and poorly constructed dialogue.
The Ancient Egyptians were an extremely organized and advanced society. It is believed that they existed, as a cohesive society, for around 3,000 years from around 3100 BCE to 30BC when they were taken over by the Romans. They built pyramids, had one of the first recorded writing systems, and left us some of the most inspiring historical remnants. To sum it all up, they were awesome. Using the original definition of the word Awesome. Awe inspiring.
They didn’t have air conditioners, did they? Unless we’ve missed some HUGE hidden deposit of historical electronic devices, the Ancient Egyptians didn’t have air conditioners. They had fans, sure. And lots of people to wave said fans. But they did not have air conditioners as we know them today.
Trigger Warning: Discussion of Rape, Politics, and Republicans
It’s come to my attention that the GOP doesn’t live in the same reality as the rest of us. Certain members, although the party itself is quite implicit, seem to be completely detached from our consensus reality. I was thinking about this while washing my face this evening and I have come to a startling conclusion.
Religious Conservatives don’t like to believe that bad things happen. Continue reading