How To Write Fanfiction

How to write fanfiction; with ideas for FF, too!


2. HTWFF: Coming Up w/ Ideas

Fanfiction Ideas
You sit there aimlessly, staring at your device. Has that ever happened to you? If so, consider reading this chapter of HTWFF.

Now, coming up with story ideas isn't always a situation we all want to be in. You'll consider looking up this: "Fanfiction Idea Store" and finding nothing. I have a trick that'll help you a lot when you're contemplating whether or not you should look up FF Idea shops.

Step 1: Think about what's going on in your life right now.

-Thinking about things in your life can help you get inspiration for stories.

-If nothing exciting is going on in your life right now, that's why it's called FanFiction. You're allowed to exaggerate a little bit.

Step 2: Jot down ideas.

-If you're like me, you'll probably get ideas for FF in the weirdest places, like during class, at your brother's football game, at Applebee's with your brother's football team, all sorts of places.

-Have a pencil and paper handy. If you're like me and you don't wear any clothing items that have pockets, jot your ideas down on your phone if you have it. If you don't have anything handy, try to keep your outrageously amazing ideas in your head until you find something to write them down on.

Step 3: Make an "Idea Wall".

-If you're like me and you have a whole wall full of nothing, you can make that boring, empty wall fun and crowded in a couple weeks or so.

-"Well, what's an idea wall?" you ask. An Idea Wall is where you take a note card and write one of your FF ideas on there. Then you take a piece of tape and put it on the wall you want to be your "Idea Wall".

-Once your wall is full of ideas, you take a while to read all the fabulous ideas you have on there. Plan each idea out in your head. Once you've planned one out, keep it on the wall if you like it, take it down if you don't. Repeat until there is only one note card left. Take that note card and put it somewhere you'll remember where it is and where it's safe. You don't want to lose that idea.

-Put all the other note cards back on the wall if you want to. It's optional, you can either use all the ideas you had already (discluding the one you had as a good idea) or you can make a bunch of new ones. It's your choice.

Step 4: Set up your "Story Mountain".

-"Now what's a story mountain?" Well, a story mountain is a mountain that is about to save about 6 hours of your life.

-"'Story Mountain?' That sounds lame." Uh, sorry, what? A story mountain isn't lame. It's about the best thing that will happen to you while writing your story. A story mountain looks like this:

-As shown, you will be starting with the beginning.

-Beginning Definition:

*The beginning is where you introduce the characters and tell about their past lives. You tell the readers the relationships of the characters. You tell the readers how they see things. You tell the readers if they have anything wrong about them. You tell the readers the characters personalities. You basically rat the characters out.

-Setting Definition:

*The setting is where you tell the readers about where the characters live, what year it is, what season it is. You tell the readers everything about the character's living place and time.

-Action Definition:

*Now that we're done with the introductions, to have an interesting story, you need to have action. Action is where you show vs. tell the readers about something exciting. Action can be like a fight scene, a yell-off, a cat-fight, or anything interesting and exciting that catches the reader's eye.

-Climax Definition:

*The climax is where you tell the readers about the major point in the story. The major point could be about the main character or any character in the story. It can also be about the whole world or a total stranger to the main character in the story. It can be anything your mind can wander to, it just has to have high-loaded action, many conflicts, and a lot of things that catches the reader's eye. You'll see that this is the highest point on the mountain, the peak. Reach the peak of your imagination and go wild.

-Conflicts Definition:

*Conflicts, conflicts, conflicts. I don't usually see these in many stories, because the author thinks to have a good story, the main character has to be absolutely, positively perfect. Well sister, that's wrong. The reader wants something to relate to in their life and they don't want to just see someone having a perfect life, because then they get jealous too easily. And like Hannah Montana said, "Nobody's Perfect".

*To create conflicts, think of problems you've had in your life. I assure you, even if you think you don't have problems in your life, you do. Don't lie to yourself. Also, don't go with the cliche "someone important died" or "someone important is depressed". Go for a more complex route, it will be more interesting to see someone have more unique conflicts than the regular, boring stories with the cliche conflicts I talked about.

-Resolution Definition:

*Every good story also has a resolution. You can't end off on a depressing note: people will think it's still continued and will expect you to update soon. The readers want something to let them know that the story is over. And I'm not saying write an author's note at the end saying the book is over. I encourage you not to do that anymore and go on the street that I'm telling you to go on. Instead of writing an author's note (you can do that too, but make sure you don't just write that to tell your readers the book is over) you can end the book on a happy note. You can also end it by saying the title of the book in a sentence. You can also end it (and this is for books with a sequel) by saying the title of the sequel  in a sentence. These are all ways I encourage you to go instead of taking the "Author's Note: End of Book!" path.

-Show vs. Tell Definition

*I mentioned "show vs. tell" in the Action definition, and you're probably still wondering what it means. Showing vs. Telling is where you don't just tell the reader what the main character saw or what the main character heard or anything like that. That's telling. I encourage you to try your best to show the readers what happened to the main character. Showing uses your Five Senses: see, hear, feel, smell, and taste. I know you can't regularly show taste, but you can definitely try. Use your five senses to make the reader really feel like he/she is in the book standing right next to the main character or is the main character. Make it like a movie- except in book format. I know you can do it. It's tough at first, but that's why "editing" is a word.


So that's it! First chapter is out! I hope you guys will use these methods to help you write your bestselling FanFiction! If you do use these methods, comment that you did on this story or on my wall! Thanks! Have an awesome day.


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