Articles by Therese Ptak

About Therese Ptak (5 Articles)
Therese Ptak got her start writing fanfiction thirteen years ago. With two creative pieces published and a full-length novel in the works, Therese knows how to keep herself busy but can be bribed away from her writing with a glass of port and some chocolate.

Creating Non-Canon Characters that People Will Actually Like

March 26, 2016 // 1 Comment

Poorly written non-canon characters (aka OCs or original characters) account for 99% of all the heavy sighs and eye rolls for lovers of fanfiction. Why is this? Usually these characters are used as insufferable know-it-alls or hyper over-powered panacea characters designed to solve all of the canon characters’ problems (aka make any story instantaneously boring). In the worst case, they are the equivalent of fanfiction booty calls, with about as much depth, personality or consistency. Despite //

Sword Art Online: When Bad Story Arcs Happen To Good Anime

December 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers. With two seasons on the books and a highly anticipated third season almost guaranteed, Sword Art Online has been taking the anime world by storm for the better part of two years. A number of my regular sources for all that’s hip and happening repeatedly and emphatically raved about the anime, and after enough poking and prodding, I finally watched the first 13 episodes on Netflix. What I found was all the makings of an incredible anime. A //

Hey JK Rowling, You Should Be Able to Do Whatever the Hell You Want

December 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dear JK Rowling, Because you care about your fandom and take time out of your very busy schedule to drop knowledge on us about the Potterverse, I want to send you this very important message: you do whatever the hell you want with your characters. If that means crushing fan theories on Twitter, you do that. If it means you have one, two, three, or even forty sequels only available to those lucky bastards in London (I’m looking at you, Cursed Child), you do that. And don’t you ever feel like //

Top 15 Must-Have Books For Fanfiction Writers

November 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

For many first-time or beginner fanfiction writers, there is often an overwhelming passion to write but sometimes an equally overwhelming feeling of, “How do I do this?” or even “There seems to be so much to this whole writing thing, where do I start?” While jumping right in is often the first impulse, taking some time to assemble some solid writing resources will result in a higher quality initial draft and greater overall satisfaction with your initial attempts. Even if you’ve been //

How Writing Fanfiction Changed My Life

October 20, 2015 // 5 Comments

It’s hard to even know where to start. I can tell you with all sincerity that I would not be sitting here as a professional writer without fanfiction. To say that it merely influenced my life would be a drastic understatement. Writing fanfiction changed my life. It helped me realize an identity that was already waiting for me, the role of wordsmith. I didn’t have much going for me when I first started writing. I was homeschooled after being bullied out of my last school. I was lonely, a bit //