Any writers or readers of fan fiction that can point me in the right direction to deciphering the lingo (beta? Canon?) I'm lost.
I have been inspired to start a story and it's kind of run away with me and the ideas keep coming. Somehow it's much easier to write when the 'characters' (real people in this case) actually exist.
There is little current fan fiction around these people so far and it's pretty frequently requested so hopefully my ramblings will be of interest to some!
I have zero writing experience which probably doesn't help (although even I can spot really badly written fanfic!)
A beta is someone who reads through your work and corrects whatever it needs - grammar, spelling, plot holes and, if you ask, checks that your characters stay in character according.
Canon is basically something that has happened in the show/book. So, for example, if your fandom is Harry Potter, Harry and Ginny getting together is canon whereas Harry and Hermione is not.
Ahh, excellent. Thank you
I'm not entirely sure I actually want anyone I know to read what Ive written! I had read an explanation of canon but couldn't get my head around it, why the heck they didn't just explain it like you I don't know!
Fanfic is fun! It's like writing with stabilisers.
Probably the best place to post is Archive of our Own, which is a massive site, quite easy to use, and covers pretty much any book/film possible. Things like Fanfictionet are a nightmare to post to (formatting etc).
Some acronyms are specific to a particular series, e.g. EWE in Harry Potter means 'Ending, what ending?' and means that the whole Deathly Hallows epilogue is ignored.
PWP means, er, porn without plot, or plot, what plot?
There are various acronyms for reader age, and there may be guidance as to what should be listed as 12, 15, 18 etc... Play it safe, you don't want little kids stumbling across your PWP!
A 'ship' is a relationship and those in the relationship are usually marked e.g. harry/ginny.
Slash is where the writer does a relationship between two male characters who are (generally) not in a relationship in the canon (original material).
RPF is real person fic, and some sites won't take it as it leaves them open to legal action.
AU = alternate universe, imagine Harry as a muggle wizarding policeman.
OOC = out of character, and is where a known person/character is made to act in ways that don't fit at all with their canon character. Hard to pull off.
OC = original character. If you're reading fanfic then a few original minor characters is ok, even good, but a lead OC is often a 'mary sue', a fictionalised version of the writer in idealised form. Often excruciatingly bad writing. e.g. Harry leaves Ginny and whilst on the run meets an unbelievable gorgeous teenager called Alice, which just happens to be the writer's name, and she's very clever, has super powers, and Harry falls in love with her. Wish fulfilment, basically.
Oh that excellent info, thank you. I'm liking the writing with stabilisers analogy - that's exactly what it feels like.
I've requested to join AO3, the fic I'm writing is real people but there is already some stories on there about them so hopefully that means it'll be ok. Although I did see one of them refer to canon on a video so now I'm a bit worried they might actually be reading - that wouldn't be the plan at all!
I'll definitely be rating it as adult content if it ever sees the light of day
Ooh writing fanfic story too and trying to stop the mary sueness...
'Real people' - do you mean famous people? If you are writing about your mum, your best mate or your DC then change the names and identifying details before you post it anywhere.
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