How to Write a Good Fanfiction

A lot of people may think that writing fanfiction stories are really easy, which is actually false. Writing fanfictions are not that easy. Writing a good one is even harder.

There are stories that we like to read and shows that we like to watch. After reading and or watching them, we often imagine of scenarios that are not canon in our minds. These non-canon scenarios are what we call "fanfiction".

𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏?

Fanfiction, or fanfic, or FF, is a fictional type of story where a fan writes a story based on the original fiction.

Genres often associated with fanfictions are angst, alternate universe (AU), canon divergence, crossover, soulmate AU, time travel AU, reaction fic, darkfic, fix-it fic, fluff, hurt/comfort, self-insert, multicross self-insert, recursive/meta/fan-verse, songfic, uberfic, and vent.

How come writing fanfics are hard? Although we already have the scenarios in our heads, just like in writing original stories, putting it into words is not simple.

𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒂 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒇𝒂𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏?

As a fanfic writer myself, I know how hard it is to write good fanfictions. Now, how do you write a good fanfiction story? Here are some tips in writing a good fanfic:

𝟭.) 𝗜𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘀

After you read or watch the original fictions, you can start imagining scenarios that you want to happen. You do not need to read or watch the entire thing just to imagine. Even a few chapters or episodes will do.

For example, Harry Potter novel series where you only read until the Order of the Phoenix. Naruto anime where you only watched until the Invasion of Sound to the Leaf Village Arc. For Solo Leveling manhwa (Korean comics), until the Jeju Island Raid Arc.

There are so many fictions you can imagine scenarios without reading or watching the entire story/show. Just pick the right part and you can start from there.

𝟮.) 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁

Once you already have the scenario, start writing your draft. Put into words your imagination.

Think of a good title for your fanfic. Also, think of the genres and tags related to your fanfic. Write them down.

Do not edit your work until you finish writing the draft. At least one chapter will do. If it is a one-shot, finish writing the entire plot first.

Some good and famous websites where you can write and publish your fanfics are 𝑓𝑎𝑛𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.𝑛𝑒𝑡 (𝐹𝑎𝑛𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.𝑛𝑒𝑡), 𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑜𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑛.𝑜𝑟𝑔 (𝐴𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑂𝑓 𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑂𝑤𝑛/𝐴𝑂3), and 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑝𝑎𝑑.𝑐𝑜𝑚 (𝑊𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑝𝑎𝑑). There are others but these three are the most famous ones. You can write your drafts from among these websites.

𝟯.) 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵

There may be times where you can get stuck in writing and you do not know how to proceed. You might forget the name of the place, name of the characters, or how the event take place.

Do a research by either rereading the fiction, rewatching that part of the show, or research it in their respective wikis.

Once you find the right information, write it down in the draft.

𝟰.) 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸

Once you finish writing the entire chapter or one-shot draft, edit your work. Correct the wrong grammars and spellings.

𝟱.) 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵

Publish your work work after you finalize it.

𝟲.) 𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸

After publishing your work, there will be some readers who will give feedback on your story. Consider their opinions. It will help you improve your fanfic on the long run.

You can also engage with your readers by replying to their feedbacks. This can help you tell if your fanfic is a good one or not.

These are some of the tips I give to you as a fellow fanfic writer. If you also write original stories, some of these tips can also help you as well.

 

𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬:

– https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_fiction

– https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fan%20fiction

– https://www.dictionary.com/e/pop-culture/fanfiction/

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