I’m a huge lover of fanfiction stories. Reading them, most definitely. But moreover, I love writing them even more. There are tons of films and series that I truly love, and I even made a Wattpad account to share all my fanfiction stories. But for now: let me give you some tips on how to write your own fanfiction!
- Remember that the characters already exist elsewhere. You can put them in a new situation or setting, but you can’t change their past. You can’t bring certain characters back to life, unless you write something that happened before their death.
- Know your character’s voice. Don’t try to write about a famous character you’ve never read, seen or studied. Teach them. Become an expert. Fans will know if a certain character literally speaks out of character. And that’s not a good thing when it comes to writing fanfiction.
- Study your environment/setting. Not only the layout, but also the feeling, the atmosphere of the environment/setting. Don’t make something that would literally be impossible to happen within the world of what you’re writing a fanfiction of.
- When writing fanfiction, try to stick to the existing style. Don’t make serious drama based on characters from a comedy. That’s not the kind of fiction the fans are looking for. Keep it in the same genre, keep it in the same style. Otherwise it feels like it belongs to a different fandom.
- Add something, just a little bit. Despite what I said in step 4, you have to add a little touch of your own style to the piece. Otherwise, readers may as well stick to the original text. You want them to be intrigued, to be touched. And to know you writing style.
- Share! There will be fans who will get a lot of fun reading about their favourite characters. Moreover if a certain show ended or if a film only has one part.
- Beware. Die-hard fans may love your job, but some will hate it for daring to play with their beloved characters. Don’t take it personally. It’s really them, not you.
- Name the original work. Be open and let people know who you stole your characters from. Don’t take credit for someone else’s work or it won’t be fanfiction, but sneaky plagiarism. Some people like to use a disclaimer, and I made an example for you: This is a work of fanfiction using characters from the (insert name of film/series) world, which is trademarked by (insert author). All characters are created and owned by (insert author), and I do not claim any ownership over them or the world of (insert name of film/series). The story I tell here is my own invention, and it is not purported or believed to be part of (insert author) story canon. This story is for entertainment only and is not part of the official story line.
- If it’s erotic fanfiction, warn the reader. And if you’re using characters from a children’s novel for erotic fiction, be very careful. You can anger the original author (or their lawyers). Parody is legal, but it can still be tricky.
- Have fun! Writing fanfiction is for fun. Don’t try to live up to the original author or prove yourself better, just have fun while strengthening your writing skills.
Love, Deem/Skye Lewis ❤
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