We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?
Posted on December 7, by fandomwanderers So you watched a fantastic film or read a brilliant book and you found yourself inspired. There are any number of websites which enable you to share your writing but most, if not all, will require you to produce a summary or description of your fanfic.
This may seem like a trivial administrative task to be dispensed with as quickly as possible. Wrong, my dearest Wanderers. Yes, those few lines describing your piece of fanfiction are actually kind of a big deal. Compare it to the blurb on the back of a published book. It is both a wonderful and terrible thing that when you walk into a bookshop or a library, there are simply too many books to choose from.
Now, apply that situation to fanfiction and the sometimes vast numbers of fanfics out there on the web.
Your summary is often the first and sometimes the last opportunity you have to draw readers in. One of the biggest turn offs repetitively cited by readers or other fanfic authors is when the author simply puts in their description: No, no, no wanderers.
There are very few readers who will take that leap of faith. This may appear harsh but bear in mind if you are writing for a particularly large fandom e. Harry Potter or the Avengers then readers have to find some way of narrowing down their choices.
Look at it this way, if you have the energy, passion and writing ability to draft 3, words on an AU where Hermione and Draco fall in love then you can easily spend a few extra minutes on drafting your summary.
Do think carefully about how you want to present your fanfic: This basically involves taking a few minutes to consider the essence of your story. If your fanfic is mostly about the characters having an action-packed adventure then you are hardly going to describe it as a romance.
Perhaps you could use a quote from the content of your story in order to intrigue the reader and make them click on that all important link. In terms of summarising, a useful trick sometimes is to think about how you would describe the plot in just one line to a friend and then build around that framework.
Do apply the usual rules of writing: Just as you would draft something and then review it later for spelling mistakes, basic grammar, sentence construction and repetition you should do this also for your summary. Again, when faced with a large number of choices, readers may use filters such as bad spelling or poor punctuation and overlook your fanfic.
It may be useful to draft a couple of different summaries and then ask a friend or beta to help you select one. Some websites have a limit on the number of characters or words that you may use for a summary.
Pay close attention to these whilst working on your drafts. As one of my lovely colleagues has already explained sometimes it is difficult to balance the demands of surprising your readers and giving appropriate warnings.
The summary provides you with an opportunity, however brief, to explain that your story contains certain themes or events. Conversely, mentioning those particular warnings may also allow readers to select your fanfic as perhaps they would like to read about how a certain character would cope with mental illness or family breakdown.
Preferably, the ones that tell you that you are the most amazing writer to ever have picked up a pen… Well, one can dream.2 The way to write a book is to actually write a book.
A pen is useful, typing is also good. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.
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2, words. er, let me have, to write fanfiction ideas and this particular thread that intrigued me was never finished and kept coming back to me. Voilà! "This better be good," he said.