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Character challenges

Posted by tera_gram on August 17, 2013 at 3:09
What do you do when a show has introduced a new character?  Do you avoid writing about them until they've build up some canon to go on, or do you jump right in and let your imagination fly, knowing it may all be OOC within weeks?

I write Psych fanfiction, but only get the shows on DVD, so I'm a season behind the broadcast.  As a result, it's tricky for me to feature a new character, like Marlowe, when something that's already aired on tv, but not yet come to DVD, may contradict my portrayal. What would you recommend? Watch spoiler videos on youtube? Read episode summaries? Just figure out how to stream tv?


Posting as you go, or all at once?

Posted by tera_gram on December 23, 2010 at 12:41
Current Location: Chinatown/Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Hello fellow fanfiction writers.

I notice that this community isn't active right now, but I'd like that to change because I need you.  I really do. 

I've been writing fanfiction for 13 months now--specifically, Shawn/Lassiter slash (Psych on the USA Network).  And I feel good about the work I'm producing.  Feedback has been addictive.  I started off crafting the whole story and then posting it in its entirety to LJ, fanfiction.net, adultfanfiction.net, AO3, etc.  The comments poured in and they were like heroin (or what I imagine it to be like, having watched Trainspotting).  Then I posted a short story that was meant to be a one-off ending on a cliffhanger.  Due to the response I later added additional chapters.  And like the Sandpeople of Tatooine, the feedback returned in greater numbers.  Now my desire to produce a thoroughly edited and coherent piece of work is at war with my desire to receive comment love. 

My question is, do you prefer to post chapter by chapter or all at once?  If you post chapter by chapter, how do you maintain continuity?  Do you outline ahead of time?  Do you go back and edited already posted chapters if you need to make a change? 

It's possible that I either need to just suck it up and get better at juggling the storyline, or I need to get the comment monkey off my back and do it for the love of the genre, not the sweet sweet praise.

by Nemislenina

Ten minutes of your time for my thesis?

Posted by noctuabunda on June 18, 2008 at 5:11
Dear fanfic authors,

first of all I’m sorry if OT posting isn’t allowed in this community, but there’s no other way for me to do this; just delete this if it isn’t appropriate.

I’m a fanfic reader and occasional fanfic writer myself, so what did I pick for my thesis in communication sciences? Fan Fiction, of course. I designed a survey to find out more about our writing habits and media use; it takes about 10 minutes to complete.

If you could go here and fill it out, I’d be forever grateful. Of course I’ll publish some of the results at my journal in about a month or two, so you’ll know what happened with your answers.
The survey is completely anonymous; I have no way of finding out who gave which answers.

Please, please help a fellow fan out. It’s only ten minutes for you; it’s a very important part of my work for me.

This has been cross-posted like crazy, and I'm sorry for spamming you guys, I'm just a little desperate, too.

Flattery will get you everywhere

He took a decison vs He made a decision.

Posted by petarpan on June 19, 2006 at 10:33

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Also, is there a secret handshake I need to learn in order to access the lo-oo-ng history of posts you surely are hiding here?

fran knows best
Posted by ville on July 30, 2005 at 5:33
Current Music: "Wings Of A Butterfly" since yesterday.
Even though there is hardly any adult content in this entry, it deals with adult material, among other things. Therefore, people under legal age of consent should not click this link.Collapse )

pleased as punch

Thesaurus and Dictionary

Posted by brn_gamble on July 10, 2005 at 1:35
Current Mood: goodgood
Tags: ,

Sticking with my theme of sharing dictionary links (which I've already done once today), I'll also share a link to ARTFUL's online version of ROGET'S Thesaurus:


Also from ARTFUL is their initial release of the Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus


Brian, moderator

charlie 2012 beige

Common Errors in English

Posted by charliemc on July 10, 2005 at 1:28
Current Mood: impressedimpressed

This is an interesting site, based on Paul Brians' book, "Common Errors in English." The book and site are specifically dedicated to errors in English usage.

I think it's well worth a look!


(Note: There's a link on that page that leads to the ERRORS page, but this is the page the author prefers we link to.)

==CharlieMC, moderator


Dictionary Link

Posted by brn_gamble on July 10, 2005 at 1:18
Current Mood: soresore
I thought I'd get things started here by sharing a really good Dictionary link that I've used online:


Brian, moderator

BFD Rules & Regs

Posted by b_f_d_mod on July 8, 2005 at 3:20

BFD Rules & Regs

Important Things to Remember:

We are FIRST and FOREMOST a community designed to provide writing resource links and HELPFUL advice for fanfic authors.

We are also a DISCUSSION community for authors, feedbackers and readers of fanfic -- a place to share thoughts and rants in a friendly fashion!

  1. Learn to use the lj-cut tag, please. Seriously, it's not that difficult. (And you'll be able to use it all over LiveJournal, once you know how.)

    Here's the CODE for the lj-cut tag:

    Put lengthy posts (etc.) here!


    <lj-cut text="My Own Text">
    Put lengthy posts (etc.) here!

    (Pretty easy, right?)

  2. This is NOT a place to share your actual fanfic. However, we realize that occasionally you might want to post portions of a fanfic as an example of a given point you're trying to make, etc. This is entirely acceptable.

    Remember that fanfic belongs BEHIND an lj-cut tag, please -- with appropriate WARNINGS attached.

  3. This is an all-age community, so appropriate language is appreciate. That said, this community is moderated by adults and will include mature subject matter. Please put mature posts behind an lj-cut tag and WARN (mature content). If you want to use strong language in your post, do the same.

    Underage members will be expected to AVOID any posts with 'mature content' warnings (and can be banned for ignoring these warnings).

    We prefer to leave the community open to everyone, but we feel it's important not to expose underage individuals to inappropriate content. (Enough said.)

  4. Humor? Humor is a GOOD thing! In fact, we consider it a MUST. It can make things more friendly -- and keep things from being too 'deadly serious.' So share amusing icons you've seen, funny comics, etc.

  5. Sharing images? Totally cool. But all images -- without exception -- must be put behind an lj-cut tag, regardless of size. (It's simply easier to treat all images the same, so there's no question as to the rules.)

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Always (always) CREDIT the creator of any graphic you share, please. (Even if the creator is YOU!) If someone sees an image here that they've created and asks for it to be removed, we will immediately comply. Period.

  6. Need to rant? Sure, why not? That's part of what we'll be doing here -- ranting about problems with fanfic and the fanfic world. Please 'rant' warn if you feel your post is a rant (or leans toward ranting), and place the majority of the content behind an lj-cut tag. That way those who prefer to avoid potentially controversial posts can simply pass on by.

  7. Flaming is bad. (See here.) But we don't buy the concept that having strong opinions -- and sharing them -- means you're flaming. Remember, flaming isn't being honesty about fanfic quality (or lack thereof), rather it's making a personal attack. Don't flame, please. But don't assume anything that's hard to hear is a flame.

  8. Get a thicker skin, PLEASE. If you're an author of fanfic, you need to learn to take the BAD comments (and feedback) along with the GOOD. Even if you're 12 and writing you're first-ever fanfic, we here will be treating you like an ADULT -- meaning we expect you to act like one. (Enough said.)

The MODERATORS reserve the right to change these rules at any time. They will also be given some leeway regarding all rules, in return for their work on the BFD project.

Fandom Definitions -- June, 2005

Posted by b_f_d_mod on July 8, 2005 at 2:44

Fandom Definitions:

Several moderators from Yahoo! Groups (and various blog communities) came together to create this list of fandom definitions. Anyone is welcome to use this at a given public forum (lists, blogs, boards, etc.). We only request one thing in return: PLEASE keep the entire document -- including beginning and ending (where the creators are mentioned) -- intact. Thanks.

We'd also appreciate being contacted if you're going to share it somewhere (but we don't require it): fandom_definitions@yahoo.com

[This version is dated June, 2005.]

Note: Not all fanfic or fandom-related words are included in this list. We welcome additions and corrections for future list versions: fandom_definitions@yahoo.com

[Feel free to share this list with others!]

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