So I haven't posted anything like I promised BECAUSE I went to Vans Warped Tour '13 and the Del Mar Fair.
Anyway, I'd like to talk about stuff that fan-fiction writers commonly forget to write in their fan-fictions.
Most likely a writer will forget a drive, a purpose, a reason why there is a story. For example: Ben is a young, attractive teen who runs away from home to find his lost dog. Ben going out to find his dog is a drive, thus what the whole story is about. So remember aspiring writers, always have a drive and make the plot focus on that drive, I promise your story will make SO much more sense.
2. Character Flaws
Ooh... I think everyone has created a Mary Sue in their life, me included. The reason why there are Mary Sues is because writers often forget to give the characters some flaws. And no, being "aggressive" (when the character gets to hit the other characters to send them flying) is not a flaw. Flaws are on our faces, our souls, and our minds, otherwise we would not be human. If you believe that your character with shiny, soft hair that glistens in the sun and has the strength weighing over the strongest character in the anime/book/movie, good for you. The thing is, if you want people to read it, you're going to have to cut down on the perfection. Nobody needs to read the same kind of fan fiction over and over again.
So I have some pretty good examples for flaws.
- Physical flaws: easy enough, just don't shove the character's perfection in the reader's face. (Ex: Amy's beautiful golden amber eyes sparkled in the moonlight, her gorgeous silky black hair sitting gently over her amazing bare tender shoulders.) I mean it's always good to add detail for imagery, but try not to add beautiful, gorgeous, amazing, etc..
- Personality flaws: the character can't always be brave and strong, everyone has weaknesses, you and I have those very vital weaknesses *cough* spiders *cough*. The reader will soon realize there's no change in the character if he/she is a Mary Sue, and so will you. If the character is always brave, strong, and heroic you'll begin to run out of ideas and plots to write about, sounds impossible for you but it really is. Also, the character can't always be nice, sweet, caring, dependable etc.. Face it, you are probably at least NOT one of those traits. Oh and me? I know when I am hungry as ********, I will turn into the most meanest jerk you could ever meet. I'm not like "Oh, I can wait four more hours for food, don't worry about me." I'm more like "I am so ******** hungry, I will literally cannibalize all of you."
-Social flaws: Not everyone in the book has to like your character, your character obviously doesn't like some other characters, (probably the antagonists) so why should they like you? And yes, not all stories are like that, I mean opposing the original antagonists. I'm talking about opposing some good guys, they have flaws too, and your character might not like them as much as you, the writer, wants them to. Same with the other characters. Just remember, always add flaws, that's what makes your character believable.
I hope you enjoyed this talk.
Have a delightful day my lovelies