My purported fan fiction story will come from the pretend novel called Wizard’s Mists written by F. J. Simms. Keep in mind that this is all pretend, as I’m going to demonstrate how to build a fan fiction that will make you want to actually read fan fiction.
- Part 1 deals with coming up with an original idea for your fan fiction story. For that, I went to Springhole.com and found this plot that I will be using: The story is about a shy woman who must break a curse, defeat a tyrant, and evade an unwanted lover to slay a monster. Things are complicated by the villain kidnapping the main character‘s brother.
- Part 2 deals with choosing your characters. In order to avoid the dreaded and cliched “golden trio“, I recommend choosing five characters instead of three. The characters who will go into my story will be Flora Ware, Nathanial Perry, Jaime Leon, Julie Holden, and Eric Franklin.
- Part 3 deals with use the characters that the author has provided for the fandom and not making up your own and adding them to the story. Even though I am very good at creating original characters and weaving them into the story, I feel kind of upset because now, I might not be able to do it this time. But that’s CountOmer’s rules, and I guess I’ll have to follow them. His rules are as follows: use the background characters only; don’t create your own.
- Part 4…well, there wasn’t much for us to go on with part 4, since the novel in question is fictional.
- Part 5 deals with alternative timelines, which is a problem because the novel in question doesn’t exist. (plus, I hate this rule)
- Part 6 deals with editing. Nuff said.
Now we are on part 7, which deals with fandoms. As we all know, Harry Potter is the dominating fandom on FanFiction.Net (I know, because I once wrote fan fiction for that particular fandom). But what does CountOmer have to say about this? He says plainly: Love that unloved fandom! There are already too many Harry Potter fan fiction stories out there and most of them are poorly written. So if you’re solely a Harry Potter fan, you really need to expand your horizons, so to speak. Find other books that run along the same subject as Harry Potter, and then write fan fiction for them. The tiny fandom with the fewest stories will win out in the end, not the biggest fandom.
Well, I say that it’s time for us to find a different fandom to write for, especially if we’re becoming disillusioned by the Harry Potter fandom. To be honest, I don’t see how this is going to help with this fan fiction story at all. So that can be logged away until needed.
CountOmer’s advice: try to write for a fandom that is NOT Harry Potter.
Well, this is a bit discriminatory against Harry Potter fans, but who are we to judge?
Part 8 will be out next week.
- Big Name Fan(fiction) (themillions.com)