So you want to write fanfictions on the internets

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Title: So you want to write fanfictions on the internets
Creator: CC (traveller)
Date(s): December 11, 2009
Medium: LiveJournal post
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External Links: online here; archive link for page 1
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So you want to write fanfictions on the internets is a 2009 essay by CC (traveller).

"A loosely organized and certainly incomplete manifesto for you, Dear Writer, containing advice, suggestions, tips, positive affirmations, and a great many four letter words."

The post has 287 comments.

The Essay's Main Points

Each one of these points is expanded, see the original essay.

  • You're writing for an enormous built-in audience.
  • You're not as bad as you think you are.
  • You're not as good as you think you are.
  • Fanfiction is predicated on the collective knowledge and experience of the fandom.
  • Nobody cares how much trivia you know.
  • Too much Real in your RPF is creepy.
  • Not all canon is sacred.
  • Stay relevant - too many details kill momentum.
  • Just fucking Google it.
  • That (racial, ethnic, religious, sexual) culture that is not your own is not 'exotic.'
  • Internet and/or fandom catchphrases and memes have no place in fanfic, unless you're writing something very meta or very crack.
  • Don't use epithets.
  • "Said" and "says" are not dirty words.
  • Your readers are adults, treat them that way.
  • Grammar is necessary in narrative, but not in dialogue.
  • Your beta should be willing to do the job right.
  • Your beta should be fluent in the language in which you are writing.
  • It's not an original idea.
  • Even the crackiest premise can sell if you say it like you mean it.
  • It's okay to experiment with style.
  • If people love your fic, the same applies.
  • For every comment that you get, remember that there are ten other lazy fucks who read it, liked it, and didn't say so.
  • The makers of rec lists are not arbiters of quality.
  • Criticism hurts.
  • Don't put yourself down in your author's note.
  • Keep your header information to the minimum necessary.
  • Don't list slash as a warning.
  • A note about posting: Post consistently to one comm in your fandom.
  • Own your mistakes as well as your successes.
  • Read moar.
  • If people hurt you – and they will – don't give up.
  • There'll be another story. The sun will rise tomorrow. Keep writing.

Some Comments at the Post

[trinity clare]:
MOTHERFUCKING WORD. Sorry I don't have anything more constructive to add than that
[jamesinboots]:
If I were a writer, this list would totally be my guideline of choice. *thumbs up!*
[wildmachinery]:
i don't want to be a lazy fuck, so i'm just comment-dropping to say i read this and i want to hug it and buy it a drink.
[tabaqui]:
*pet pet pet pet pet*