05-14-2012 08:32 PM
okay this is some advice on how to write a fan fic where a char becomes a parent
i'm gonna go over three basic points
okay this one is simple enough just have a story that makes sense and does not feel retarded.
in my time i've seen some pretty stupid reasons for chars to have kids...like one time i read a fic where one char just got turned into a kid for no reason other than to have it happen, the correct way to do it would be to have a viable excuse. like for example take a look at this one---http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4319822/1/Hitsugayas_H
the first chapter gives us an honest reason for this to happen and it does not feel like it was slapped together because the author wanted it to happen. if it is written correctly it will feel like this could actually happen in the show which brings me to my next point
#2-KEEP YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS IN CHARACTER-I cannot stress eough how much it annoys me when a main character acts nothing like he would. if you're writing think for a moment would he/she actually do this? how would they feel? don't just say ''he does this because its cool or cute. making the story feel like it is part of the show goes a long way in bringing in readers who would be turned off otherwise
#3-balance is key-fluff and action are two very different things. if you give the reader too much action then the story will feel like an excuse for your char to save someone and if you give them too much fluff then they will be turned away because the story will taste like diabetes. balancing both helps the reader know that you char is attached enough to care while still giving out a dose of action.
if done correctly a fanfiction can feel like a lost episode or season.
these tips can help make a good story even better
05-14-2012 10:46 PM
I don't understand what you're trying to say. Is this supposed to be about if your main characters are adults but the fan fic is about them as children? Or if they are having children?
Characters when theya re children CAN be written OOC, because people as adults are not who they were as children. Their life experiences change them and people are constantly evolving. Some basic things may be the same, like the like or dislike of a color or type of food, whether their personality is generally goofy or generally serious. But a little OOC should be expected. If you're writing them AS children, it can take place pre series. Just put that in your author notes so people aren't expecting to read a canon story when the fic is set before the canon timeline. And regarding characters who become parents: Having children changes EVERYTHING. I'm not even kidding. I found this out first hand 2 years ago. I used to be aid back and lazy and hardly ever going out of the hosue, not much of a people person, etc. Because I'm a mom now, I am all over town on any given day, I find myself being friendly and outgoing in an effort to encourage my son to be friendly and outgoing, I hardly ever get a chance to just sit and watch anime and be lazy anymore... OOC to some extent is expected when a child enters the picture. There is a little wiggle room, though an all out re-casting of the character is definitely a no-no. I'll use Sesshomaru from InuYasha as an example. Before he meets Rin, a little human girl he picks up after getting injured, he's cold, callous, has a huge chip on his shoulder about everything and all because Daddy didn't leave him the more powerful of 2 swords when he died. As his time with Rin goes on, his personality softens (if only in her direction, though it is seen that over time he even relents toward his hated brother and his friends). He is gentler with her than anyone else he knows or comes in contact with. That is canon and it's a realistic evolution of his character because of the introduction of a child in his life.
I disagree with you completely on #3. You can have fluff with your action, and you can have a little action with your fluff, and you can have ALL fluff or ALL action. You can't impose your ideas about genre on an author. Authors are artists and genres are like colors. If they want to paint an all red story they can. Now if you mean an author is writing a multichapter fic and every chapter is all full out action, it's gonna get boring (at least to me) But if that's what they wanna write, that's what they should be encouraged to write. You can't make art fit into a nice little box. The whole idea is to go beyond the boundaries and make something you want to share with the world.
05-14-2012 11:15 PM
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