Over on FanFiction.Net, the "M" rating section is for...<looks around furtively> <drops voice to whisper> S - E - X. Not just any sex -- the explicit, soft-core/hard-core (within limits) stuff that tends to get raised eyebrows, dropped jaws, and "what the FUCK what did I just read??" Yeah. THAT stuff. As we all know, … Continue reading On Fanfic Writing: Earn Your M Rating!
Description is the heart of all writing. To be able to describe a scene, a character, a setting so believably & vividly that your reader gets a clear mental image is something that sounds easy, yet can be difficult to pull off. Yet there is one simple trick to making your descriptions pop: "KISS" -- … Continue reading On Fanfic: The Purple Prose Descriptive Nuke
One of the things I see over and over on Fanfiction.net is the writer complaining "I can't write good summaries plz read!" -- and worse, they put that line IN their summaries, which doesn't give a reader much confidence that the tale itself will be any good. Seriously, if you can't summarize your story, you're admitting that … Continue reading On Fanfic: Writing a Kickass Summary
This goes for fanfic-writers, too. We write fanfic because a 'verse's characters speak to those parts within us that ARE them.A character isn't just the property of the writer. Once you loose it out there, S/he becomes a part of everyone.
Last entry, I talked about Mary Sues & some general tips for keeping them in control: research, fallibility, consequences. Now it's time to talk about the other big things that annoy people the most about Mary Sues: Relationships.Last time, I talked about the main Big Red Flag for Mary Sue-ness: She Takes Over The 'Verse … Continue reading On Fanfiction: the Mary Sue Counteroffensive, part 2
I've been writing fanfic for well over 20 years now; I've had some short stories published, and the fanfic tales I started on are now real-world published as my own real, unique, original works. I support fanfic! It's a way for writers to play, to learn their craft, to experiment, to create unique works that … Continue reading On Fanfiction: The Mary Sue Counteroffensive
So...we've just passed the halfway point in the posting of my re-take of "Arson & Old Lace" over on Fanfiction.Net. Shall I give you the first scene out of the upcoming "Soul Survivor"? -------------------- New York City: August 1978.Joe was missing.It’d been several years since Frank had been to New York. He and Joe had … Continue reading Teaser for “Soul Survivor”
This was initially posted to the NaNoWriMo Facebook group: I've never understood why fanfic gets so denigrated. There are a lot of really good stories that I've read in various fandoms; I've read a lot of good fanfic writers that can best quite a few "original pros". The only difference between "fanfic" and "media fiction" (ie, … Continue reading About Fanfic
Ahem. Here's the "covers" I've done for my Hardy Boys fanfic. I just love CreateSpace for being able to print copies of these things for my own personal use -- but what's really fried my mind is when I posted them over on Facebook...and Mom and my sister Deb demanded their own copies. And then … Continue reading to REALLY catch up:
The full first section, behind the cut! The Severed Earth will be out on Amazon this week! ________________ His mother was dead, but he hadn’t killed her.Vão stared into the hazy black-speckled sky. Crows circled his parents’ house and spiraled in the updrafts. Dead, gone, broken. Everything had been swept away on the wings of … Continue reading The Severed Earth — teaser/sample chapter!