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How to Interpret Your AO3 Fanfiction Data using Google Analytics

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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You’ve written the words, you’ve developed the characters, now you’re ready to post your fanfiction online for the world to see. Most fanfic writers are perfectly content using the built-in statistics trackers on fanfiction archives like Fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own (AO3), but what if you want more? In our previous fanfiction data post, we showed you how to track AO3 fanfiction statistics using Google Analytics. But setting up codes to track your statistics //

How to Track AO3 Fanfiction Statistics Using Google Analytics

April 23, 2018 // 7 Comments

We all know the addiction — the insatiable pull of the “Statistics” page as soon as you post a new fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own (AO3). The checking and rechecking and refreshing, hour after hour, day after day. How many people have read my fic? Did anybody give me kudos? Ooh, a comment! Tracking your statistics on AO3 can provide a lot of basic information about how your fic is being received. Indeed, hit counts, kudos, bookmarks, comments, and subscriptions are all well //

How to Find the Best Fanfiction

January 4, 2018 // 4 Comments

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Let’s be honest for a moment. Although there are beautiful, devastating, mind-blowing fanfics out there, it is not a stretch to say that the majority of fanfiction is… mediocre. Fanfiction is not designed to be published professionally and is not held to the same editorial standards that regulate professional writing (nor should it be!). As a result, the majority of fanfiction is marred by spelling mistakes, pronoun overuse, run-on sentences, convoluted plotting, and improper //

10 Sherlock Fics Sadder than “Alone on the Water”

September 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

So, I read a lot of fanfiction. I’ve been reading it since the seventh grade. One time in high school I tried to read it while driving. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience (and therefore a lot of fic recs) under my belt. Some time ago, I was venting on Tumblr about what is usually considered the epitome of Sherlock angst fic, a oneshot called “Alone on the Water” by Mad_Lori. Sherlock gets cancer, his mind deteriorates, John’s there when he dies. It is widely known //

Fanfiction Writer and Literary Agent Leslie E. Owen on Star Trek, Reboots, and How to Write Great Characters

March 30, 2017 // 1 Comment

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our fourth interview, I talked to Leslie E. Owen, a literary agent and lifelong Star Trek fan. In the following interview, we discussed the emotional impact of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, why the J. J. Abrams reboots are “eminently forgettable,” and how talking to people at the fishmonger’s can help you write compelling //

The Last Outpost of All That Is by gekizetsu

March 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

You could look at anyone or anything and know immediately whether it was alive or not, without waiting to see if the chest would expand with air again. The vibration of everything that lived was louder in its absence than in its full, unfurled hysteria. It was subtle from a distance, but terribly obvious all the same. The world, at first glance, was dead. The Last Outpost of All That Is by gekizetsu is a post-apocalyptic fanfiction that follows Supernatural brothers Sam and Dean Winchester //

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

There’s a moment when you realize how deeply embedded the Harry Potter series lies within your soul. That moment when your words cannot express how much the fictional wizarding world – its characters, settings, moods – means to you. It is a moment of reverence, of joy, of love. It is, no doubt, sacred. What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? This is the question Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile attempt to answer in their podcast Harry Potter and the //

Fic and Fan Blog Writer Mr_Picard on Star Trek, Homophobia, and True Love

December 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our third interview, I talked to Alexander (or Mr_Picard), a dedicated fanfiction writer and fan blogger who runs Patrick Stewart News. In the following interview, we discussed the Star Trek fandom, “low key homophobia” in comment sections, and falling in love with a fictional character. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: First of all, you refer //

Our Bodies, Possessed by Light by obstinatrix

December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Surely, Sam would be more agitated if he knew – really knew – what Castiel was thinking. But Sam only smiles, gentles Castiel’s anxiety with a flicker of something warm and reassuring. They learned this soon and easily, the non-verbal communication, little touches to each other’s minds. Castiel wants nothing more than to let himself be gentled, but he is afraid. God help him, but he is afraid. After purging Jimmy Novak’s broken body of millions of soul-sucking Leviathans, //

Bring Up the Deep by beenghosting

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The marks on his back shine red against his sickly pale skin. They look dark and angry, deeper than Dean thought possible with blunt fingernails. The whole cottage smells of fish, and it’s not until Dean’s coming to stand next to Cas that he realizes his hands and arms are streaked with blood, his feet and legs covered in sand. “What the hell did you do?” he asks. Cas blinks at him, slow. “I—” he tries, his voice shaking. “I don’t know.” As a native of Nova Scotia, the ocean //