Writing

1000 Words Per Day: How to Become a “Real” Writer

October 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

This article is based on a post by Reddit-user moebius23 in /r/Writing, who describes what they learned after committing to writing 1000 words per day for a year. Here is the link to the original post by moebius23. Malcolm Gladwell says you can master a craft if you practice it for at least 10,000 hours. For writers, it is often difficult to quantify our output in terms of duration. So what would happen if we chose a more measurable target? If we committed to writing 1000 words per day for //

Héloïse and Abélard: Star-Crossed Lovers in the Real World

September 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Flamboyant But Forgotten will be a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel will highlight some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. It was Shakespeare who coined the now hackneyed “star-crossed lovers” in Romeo and Juliet.  The stars did not like those two, so both Romeo and Juliet died. Which sounds pretty bad. Until you find out what happened to the lovers //

Flash Fic Festival: The Winning Cursed Child Fanfiction

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

On September 1st, we held our very first Flash Fic Festival. Participants had 24 hours to create, write, and edit a ficlet based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Although the spirit of the challenge was to build community and encourage writers, we promised to award our favourite fic with a beta-edit, a PDF compilation, and a lovely fan art postcard. After much deliberation, we’ve selected By the Emerald Fire’s Light by quilldust as our winning fic! Congratulations to everyone //

Jeanne de Clisson: Lioness of Brittany and Female Privateer

September 1, 2016 // 3 Comments

Flamboyant But Forgotten will be a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel will highlight some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. Since this is my first column about a historical figure who happens to be a woman (and a very interesting woman, at that), I can’t resist an introduction. It is a common (and unfortunate) view that women did not get to play //

Fanfiction Writer firethesound on Slytherin Ambition, Fan Communities, and Drarry

August 29, 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 very first interview, I talked to one of my absolutely favourite Harry Potter fanfiction writers, firethesound, whose fic All Our Secrets Laid Bare is one of the must-reads in the Drarry fandom. In the following interview, we discussed Slytherin ambition, writing by the seat of your pants, and what’s so compelling about the Draco/Harry pairing. //

Plotter vs Pantser: Which Method is Best for Fanfiction Writing?

August 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

If you’ve ever participated in NaNoWriMo, the annual National Novel Writing Month, you’re no doubt familiar with the self-affixing badges you can award yourself depending on your preferred method of storytelling: Pantsing or Plotting. Pantsers are spontaneous beings who like to fly by the seat of their pants. They don’t waste precious writing time crafting a story structure. They just write. Pantsers like to get everything out on the page and figure out the story as they go. //

Flash Fic Festival: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Welcome to the 2016 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Flash Fic Festival! You’ve read the script-book. You’ve seen the play. You’ve debated with Internet friends about what’s canon. Now, it’s time for imagination. With all the different reactions to The Cursed Child, we at FAN/FIC Magazine want to create a community-based challenge to revisit, rewrite, or reclaim the eighth instalment. If you could add or change any scene in the play, what would it be? With the //

Flamboyant But Forgotten: Underrated Historical Figures for Fanfiction Writing

August 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

Flamboyant But Forgotten will be a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel will highlight some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. As a fic writer, you inhabit the world of the story you have set out to tell. But that novel is set in some world as well, is it not? Very, very little on this Earth comes fully formed and unique out of the heads of its creators. Even //

The Creative Benefits of Fanfiction Writing

August 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

This article is based on a comment by Reddit-user phantomcat, who published a post in the /r/Writing subreddit describing what they’d learned after writing over 400,000 words. In response to a question, phantomcat outlined how writing fanfiction has benefited their original fiction writing. Here are the links to the original post and phantomcat’s fanfiction comment. We’ve heard the scoffs, seen the eyerolls, and felt the skepticism from friends and family. But we shrug it all off. Because //

How to Write a Horatio Hornblower Fanfic

July 27, 2016 // 2 Comments

You start at work. In the morning meeting. Right opposite you sits Derek. Derek is nice. Bakes a cake for every office function, cuts you an extra-large piece, whether you want it or not, and then keeps checking your plate until you quietly feed its contents to the office plant. Still, if you lifted his slightly crumpled shirt, you would see the coagulated extra twenty pounds of “Who needs the gym? I take the stairs. Twice last month,” and not the adorable vertical depressions of //