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I am a right-brained person. What does that mean? It means that I am more creative than people who are left-brained, who are typically more analytical and logical. Being right-brained explains why I find myself in endless day dreams while listening to my favorite bands and it explains why I like to write so much.
When I said that word, you either smiled like a dork or you cringed. With fanfic, there is no in-between as to how you feel about it: either you hate it and think its a waste of time, or you adore it and you spend hours trying to find new fanfic to write.
Welcome back to my infamous series that I kind of abandoned! Before you read this, make sure you check out part one and part two! (You’ll need the refresher because of the time gap. Sorry.)
We’ve discussed becoming serious and figuring out specifics of your story and plot, now its time to discuss character development! Characters are tricky because you have to plan out everything and anything about them and write it down, because you never know when something is going to come up in your story that your character will need to have a reaction to. They’re also pretty tricky because while you can make them do whatever you want, you also have to remember that your character needs to stay true to the personality that you made for them. Here is part three, So You Want to Write a Novel But No One is Taking You Seriously: All About Characters!
Last week I talked about organizing your general thoughts and how to get serious about actually writing this novel that you’ve had in your head for ages. The first step I talked about was getting all your thoughts down onto the paper for reference. Now its time to actually get down to business and start figuring out the specifics of your story and laying it out so that as you write, you can refer back to it to make sure that all your key points make sense and connect. Here is the second part of my ‘So You Want to Write a Novel But No One Is Taking You Seriously’ series: Figuring Out the Story.
Its hard being a young person with a creative mind, no one takes you seriously at all. Seriously, I tell people that I want to be a film director and make action, sci-fi, and fantasy movies and nine times out of ten people are like “Yeah, okay.” People often don’t listen much to what teenagers, college students and young adults have to say because they believe that we will change our mind as to what we want to do, while there are people like me who are being absolutely dead serious. Now i’m at the stage where in my spare time I am writing what I am planning to be a novel that was half inspired by Game of Thrones. I kept telling everybody “I’m going to write a novel, just you wait!” and no one believed me – until I shared with them a synopsis and an excerpt of the first chapter. Here’s the first post in what may become a series: So You Want to Write a Novel But No One is Taking You Seriously.
Fanfiction can be a tricky thing to write, depending on the fandom. Fanfiction readers are often very picky people as to what goes into the story and what stays out. Some people can be very judgemental, which is why some writers (like me sometimes) are so afraid to post their stories. But I have learned over the past few years some things that have helped me become more confident in my writing, some that I have seen online and others that I have learned myself. Here are my 7 tips to writing fanfiction.