What the Bleep Am I Doing?! Rebel Fae’s Guide To: Writing Fan Fiction

Hey everyone and welcome to this week’s What the Bleep Am I Doing?! A Rebel’s Guide To…This week I’ll be talking about how to write an awesome Fan Fic! These kinds of stories are pretty common in the world of the nerd, but I’ve noticed quite a few people that want to write these types of stories and not knowing how in the world to start or what to write in general. But worry not my friend! I am here to guide you! So, let’s get started, shall we?

What exactly is a fanfic?

My absolute favorite question to answer! To put it simply, it’s a story that is based in the same universe or uses the same characters as a book, movie, anime, or any fictional world you absolutely love. The fanfic is a perfect way to make a fan’s dreams happen or if they didn’t like how a certain part went they can change it through their story. The possibilities are truly endless!

The different types

In the world of writing fanfic, there are so many different types of ways you can go. But I’ll just cover the main ones that you see in the fanfic world.

  • Canon: Your story goes along near perfectly with the storyline of the universe you’re creating the fanfic for. For example, if you were writing a Harry Potter Fic, you would follow the seven books.
  • Alternate Universe: Instead of following canonically, you would put the characters in a different role and/or universe. Like putting My Hero Academia characters in the world of pirates or mafia.
  • Reader Inserts: My favorite type of fanfiction to write personally. It’s where you write in the second person and basically, you write as if your reader is the main character of the story instead of a regular character or an original character. Usually, these are written as romances. But it just depends on what you want to write. With these, you can make it canon or put it in an AU. The possibilities are endless!
For example, my current reader insert for Shadow from Sk8 the Infinity! (Not a shameless plug, not at all…)

Know your genre

What I mean by this is pretty simple thankfully. It’s simply: don’t mix up things like horror and rom-com or sci-fi and historical fiction. Well, unless you really want to it may give you a really interesting story. But, if you’re just starting out, I suggest staying in one genre for now.

Know the “fandom”

This one is rather simple too. All you really have to do here is make sure you know the traits of the characters, their morals—how they think and feel about things, what the world around them is like, stuff like that. And if you are trying to be canon, I highly suggest watching or reading whatever you are creating a fanfiction of a few times. Just so you can really get a feel for what’s going on. This even sometimes helps with AUs, and reader inserts as well!

How do you want your characters to react?

This in itself is probably one of the most important things to consider when writing your fanfiction. It’s really easy, but also not at the same time. When writing, you have to consider whether or not you want your characters to act exactly as they do in their medium.

Because this will most definitely make a big difference in your story. No matter what it will end up great, but this changes the way your story will go. For example, if the villain of the medium is sadistic and cold-hearted—for example Sukuna from the anime Jujutsu Kaisen, but you want to write a rom-com you’re probably going to want to make him less cold-hearted and more of a Tsundere. This will drastically change how readers will see the character, but in the long run, it’s worth it as an author since it is your story, to begin with.

Welp, that’s it for this What the Bleep Am I Doing?! A Rebel’s Guide To… I hope this was helpful in some way. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’d love to help out and answer any of your questions. Or if you just wanna talk about fanfics in general That would be fun too!

That’s all for now…

Rebel Fae out!

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