The Art of Fan Fiction-izing
Hello! I’m Kat, and as some of you may know, I love to write Warriors Fan Fictions!
Ever since I have been on the blog, I took an interest into writing. I really wasn’t big on it before hand, although I had some small, odd stories that I lightly touched on but never completed. When I read and learned about Fan Fictions, I realized how fun it is to fill in gaps in the Warriors series, think about hints that were dropped as to secret relationships, hidden battles, or even silent rivalries.
After all of my time, I have found ways to get more people into the stories that I write. I would like to share what I’ve learned with you all.
I have discovered that the way that you present Fan Fictions has a big impact on the feedback you receive. If you have proper captitalization, grammar, and spelling, you will often not get comments such as “You spelled ‘grass’ wrong” or “This and that are not the same thing.” Why is that? If you read a paragraph that is beautifully written but too many errors, it is extremely distracting. It turns fascination into boredom.
Word overuse is very common in writers. When I write fan fictions, I keep a mental list of how often I use a word. Especially after quotes. If I write “Hollypaw meowed” once after a quote then say “Jaypaw meowed” in the next quote, it looks repetitive and lazy. When I read things, word overuse drives me insane. The word repeats in my head over and over again…besides, it is boring. Clipping an adverb onto it such as “happily,” will not help if you’ve already used a verb forty times in two paragraphs. I suggest adverbs, but not every single quote.
Last but not least in the presentation catergory, paragraphing and indents. You might not know, but to make things look neat, there can only be one person saying any amount of quotes per paragraph. For example:
<i>Lionblaze passed a wary gaze over Jayfeather and Dovewing. “What are we supposed to do now, that the Dark Forest is gone?” he demanded. “Simply ignore them?”</i>
See? Now, since it is implying that Lionblaze is saying the quoted words in the paragraph, you don’t have to add “Lionblaze said” after every quote. If someone else is saying something, start a new paragraph and indent it. If a story is spaced out equally and not clumped together, it is more pleasing to read because it isn’t jumbled. To paragraph, press enter. If it is still clumped together when you post it on the blog, you have to press enter twice when you write on a program.
2. Where to find inspiration
The first place to find inspiration is <i>always</i> a book. But remember, inspiration just gets your mind creative, thinking of new ideas, heartrending events to include, etc. The right book is important too, and if you can’t find one, I have an alternate way:
Music. When I listen to music I love on iTunes, or dabbling in songs played on the radio, I find inspiration. I don’t often love the songs on the radio, but even if they are simply horrible, I connect on how the song was written and which personalities they would match for a character. For example, the song “Heart of Life” by John Mayer made me think of a secret relationship between Littlecloud and Cinderpelt. Here are some of the lyrics:
“Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No it won’t all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good.”
Why did that inspire, and what did you think of?
I realized how Cinderpelt would feel so crushed on the night Sandstorm and Firestar’s kits were born. Those were supposed to be she and Firestar’s. So what if she turned to her friend Littlecloud, and he talked to her about how she’ll be hurt, but love will turn it around? What if she thinks that he is accepting her love for Firestar, but in reality he is musing on a relationship between each other? How would <i>Littlecloud</i> feel?
The questions made me think of answers. She would most likely feel that he is only being a great friend–and perhaps wants her to love Firestar instead of him–then never learns what he really meant. Littlecloud would feel horrible. He would feel guilt for himself. He would feel angry that his mouth slipped. I can’t answer anymore without making a Fan Fiction about it!
See how it will work out for you?
3. How the story progresses
I am rewriting an after The Last Hope Fan Fiction (I know Bramblestar’s Storm will come out and make all of my book invalid, but it’s a fun hobby anyway) called The New Sun. When I originally wrote it, I reached seventeen chapters. Those chapters got attention among a few people, but I was thrilled that people were reading it and feeling sympathetic for characters, curious about characters, angry at characters.
The reason it happened was mainly because I kept posting. Earlier, no one commented. But I didn’t let that stop me. I later found out that people were reading, but simply not replying. So if you don’t get comments, don’t automatically assume no one saw it, because we did, and we LOVED IT!
The main focus of Fan Fictions is that you have fun. What else is it for? To be on the pathway to an amazing writer, try to look through writing styles and stories by our amazing writers, specifically Kate Cary, and make what you feel should be in theWarriors series!