Characterization

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 //

How to Strengthen an Established Character Through Fanfiction

December 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

It’s happened to all of us at some point or another. You stumble upon that perfect new fandom where everything is shiny and chrome except for that one character. Whether he or she is poorly acted, underwritten, or jarringly clichéd, the appearance of this character instantly poisons whatever scene he or she features in—what’s even worse, sometimes he or she is the main character. But maybe you kind of like this character regardless of the fan community railing against them. Maybe //

Show, Don’t Tell: Why Action Speaks Louder Than Words in Fiction Writing

October 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

book with birds flying out
Far and away, the most common piece of writing advice given to budding authors is “show, don’t tell.” Don’t just tell the reader about the setting, the characters, or the story, show it to them. After all, in fiction writing, actions speak louder than words. It’s solid advice. Seeing something is more fun than just being told them about it, but it fails to answer the next logical question: what does “showing” even mean? This is the roadblock that most beginning writers get //