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  1. When I was young, I didn’t appreciate just how much of adult life would be taken up with trying to answer the eternal question of “Is this shirt still damp or just cold?”. I can’t pretend to not be disappointed.
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  2. Wishing the very happiest of birthdays to @WillowDarkling All the best to my Neko-baby! Love you!
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  3. Hi, Deadman and all. Generally, you should use the name of a character to clarify identities where they might otherwise be confused. Remember, unlike a [visual production of any kind,] your reader only has your writing to help them picture the scene. As for how you address the character’s identity “outside of quotation marks,” you should generally stick to a single unambiguous name for the character in third-person perfect or unidentified third-person imperfect. In identified third person imperfect or first person, your labeling of a particular character is that supplied by your “viewpoint” character. As a rule, you must be consistent in third-person perfect, and you should be consistent in other tenses. However, deliberate changes can indicate changes in opinion by the viewpoint character or observer. Inside of quotation marks, the character themselves will govern how the particular character is identified or addressed. Cheers!
    3 points
  4. InvidiaRed

    How does one find an editor?

    How does one find an editor?
    2 points
  5. To start a new story, finish one of the many WIP, or clean. Hmmmmmm.
    2 points
  6. Eww… yeah, that’s not the right name for those parents! IIRC, it was “Linda” and “Charles” in mine, the origin eludes me ATM. Though, I did make use of Radcliffe, Watson, & Grint names in a scene where Harry, Ron, & Hermione were getting piles upon piles of hate mail, so some of that was misaddressed to the actors too
    2 points
  7. Hi, all. I’m a bit late to this, but I decided to add my thoughts. I would generally have to agree with you on bringing “real life people” into a fictional story. B is right out. For “C,” I might bring a “personality trait” into the mix. But while I’ve seen the trait or behavior in real life, neither you nor even the person themselves will realize that I “copied” the trait, and only that trait, from them. There lies the way to lawsuits. My “A” is only slightly more expansive than yours. Since I’m using a real-life set of locations, I also need to be very careful with people holding real-life positions. In fact, my disclaimer explicitly disclaims non-historic actions by historic or public figures. I have one celebrity help the main protagonists in one story. That celebrity’s actions were entirely consistent with how he would have behaved in real life under the same circumstances, and were entirely favorable without any potential slight. That celebrity might be joined by one or two more under the exact same circumstances. None of the “celebrities” know anything about the more “interesting” details of the protagonists’ lives. I’ve also named two different famous local politicians as “background” characters. Their indirectly mentioned conduct is entirely consistent with the “non-criticized” portions of their publicly reported actions and behavior during the time-frames mentioned. In the case of one of the politicians, I invented entirely fictitious additional members of their family who did not exist in real life. I’ve also replaced scores of real-life people with entirely fictitious counterparts even when the behavior of the “replaced” persons appearing in my story were entirely honest, honorable, skillful, consistent with real-life, and beyond any reproach. It’s just easier to do things that way then it is to try (and almost certainly fail) to describe an “almost famous” person I never met from forty years ago without getting sued. I do “reference” the occasional real life villain here and there. In those cases, their real-life villainy was well-known, as in front-page headlines, and followed up by felony convictions. Any non-historical villainy they get up to is entirely consistent with their real-life behavior at the times and places where it takes place. That will also hold true for my Harry Potter fanfiction. Since I’m using a real time-frame for the stories, and since I’m using real-life locations, using historical people (gently) is nearly unavoidable, as well as using real-life positions filled with fictional replacements. The most annoying “reference” I see in HP fanfiction, and I see it all the time, is using the first names of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson as the first names for Hermione Granger’s parents. JKR never even named those two characters, much less had them appear directly; so I get that you have to call them something. But using the names of the actors who play Harry and Hermione in the movies to (not so subtly) claim that Harry and Hermione were only right to date or marry each other is just too heavy-handed for me. Plenty of great fanfiction authors do this in great stories. Plenty of not so great fanfiction authors do this, too. In the case where I had to give the Grangers names, I used the first names of the actors who played them in the movies, and there were actors who played the Granger parents to a sufficient degree that they had to be named and credited. Ian Kelly and Michelle Fairley played the Grangers in Deathly Hallows Part One. Tom Knight and Heather Bleasdale from CoS would also work. Cheers!
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  8. Trust me, we have a great many obscure fandoms floating around in the archive. But point taken. So let’s stick with Misc TV Shows and just note the fandom in the summary somewhere.
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  9. I’m a dedicated pantser. I do have an idea of the basic story, but characters tend to get away from time to time.
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  10. For me, absolutely. I have certain characters I truly enjoy writing for, and a large part of the editing process for me is making sure I’m not giving other characters short shrift.
    2 points
  11. Deadman

    Spiked

    Much appreciated. Now on to new things.
    1 point
  12. “Itch Versus Scratch” is now complete! Chapter 4: Unattainable
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  13. Thank you for speaking up for the story while I was taking a break. It’s weird to think I started this fic in 2016 and it’s been 8 years. I must admit it fell off the back burner sometime in late 2021 yet here we are, three years later, and I’m fighting with the 19th chapter while the 20th is already planned. Speaking as a reader, writers returning to their fics after years of hiatus makes my day, and there are several fics last updated before 2018 that I still hope will have a new chapter someday. Life happens.
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  14. Which fandoms will you NOT write or read?
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  15. All right, everyone, double header! First, I’ve just posted the final chapter of “Casino Night.” Chapter 3: The Grand Prize Second, I’ve just posted chapter 1 of a brand-new story. Augmented2 Sequel to “Augmented.” Hiro is confused but delighted when the world of his fantasies starts manifesting in reality. Located : +1 through F > Big Hero 6 Content Tags : 3Plus Anal Bi Bond Inc MF Minor1 Minor2 Oral Preg Chapter 1: Cute-topia
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  16. pittwitch

    Snarry USA

    The formatting is an issue on older stories after an upgrade. Slowly been fixing my own. How Severus Spends His Summer Hols is a great story!
    1 point
  17. It was all @DemonGoddess!
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  18. Honestly, I have no clue what’s going on. Hopefully @manta2g or @DemonGoddess can figure it out.
    1 point
  19. The Edit Story Info option is not working at the moment. @manta2g is aware of the issue, and is working to resolve it as she has time. In the meantime, if you want to provide the missing tag information and updated description to me, I can actually edit that for you.
    1 point
  20. Either way works. It’s mostly to alert potential readers at this point, but should the fandom ever wind up with a category of its own, it’ll be easier to spot your story and move it if you put the fandom name first, as in your first example.
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  21. If this is a show you’ll write more stories for, I can always create a category for it. Otherwise, you might want to name the fandom in the summary field, jut so people are aware of it in advance.
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  22. Hmm, that’s interesting. I usually focus on making sure the story is worked out. Most of them are about whatever the characters need to know to push things forward. Although this doesn’t always apply in a more… adult context.
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  23. I’m in the middle of writing something and I noticed that I have been very unstructured in how I refer to a particular character. They’re the mayor of a town and in canon we know their full name. But when I write about them I often use just a piece of their name. For instance: “Mayor John Smith says” “Mayor Smith declares” “Mayor John suggests” “says John Smith” Part of me worries that while I have established their full name within the context, if I’m constantly switching like that, I might confuse the audience. How do you go about figuring out this problem? Or do you not worry about it?
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  24. I definitely will on some level. I already technically did. I had the idea for the spin-off before I posted Chapter 10. So I added an author’s note mentioning it in the chapter itself. But it’s good to know it wouldn’t technically violate the rules.
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  25. As I understand it, the one-shot is a single chapter in the multi-chapter Scooby Gang Time story. If that’s the case, I’m going to say that the site rules wouldn’t prohibit taking that single chapter and using it to start the spinoff story. I would just ask that you stick a little note somewhere, even as a footnote author’s note to the chapter, that this was originally a one-shot in Scooby Gang Time, and it took on a life of its own. You can add a link to the original story as well.
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  26. I think it largely depends on whether or not referring back to the one-shot chapter would be sufficient to bring readers up to speed. There’s also the question of new readers, who might not have read your Scooby Gang Time story.
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  27. So, the corgi who owns me, She Who Is an Agent of Chaos, decided to scare the life out of me this weekend with a marathon of vomiting followed by some bloody stool. She decided to do this at the lake, and only because the daft one was called into work, and left with the car. Cue Elderspawn who rode to the rescue on Sunday morning, drove up to collect me, the ailing corgi, and Youngerspawn, so we could camp out at the 24-hour emergency vet for three hours only to be told the vet had to leave, and wouldn’t be able to see us. I am, at this point, in tears. We realize our regular vet is now open, because the gods are kind, and so we head there, manage to get seen without an appointment, and head home with meds to await the results of tests today. Of course, we are told not to feed the corgi, which is apparently an Unforgiveable Sin and results in nonstop side-eye and much deep sighing. Your kids grow up and are able to do things like drive to your rescue. Your furbabies will be toddlers forever. This morning, I was able to feed the corgi. The bottomless pit cleverly disguised as an adorable fluffbutt picked at her breakfast, a meal normally devoured in 3.7 seconds. I’m going to be making chicken and rice for her this afternoon. I know my place.
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  28. Apologies for not noticing this sooner. I’d suggest keeping it consistent and in context. If you’ve got a (real) friend of the mayor, they go fishing, might be like… > “That’s a beauty.” John pointed at the large striped bass beneath the water. Or in the speech, especially if it’s multiparagraph, you might not need to overly annotate either. > Mayor John Smith spoke. » I’m not a man prone to superstition, therefore, we’ll go ahead with paving over the Indian burial grounds for a Walmart. » This strikes way for progress! Though, suppose in slander, could be “The Mayor’s office has gone to the John”
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  29. I’ve moved this post to a more appropriate thread. Now to the question. The first thing is to identify the best websites for your content. For example, certain sites have content restrictions. Here on AFF, our Terms of Service and Content Guidelines are pretty clear, and spell out what we do and don’t allow. But if a site doesn’t allow, for example, fiction based on actual persons or celebrities, posting a story about a real person or celebrity isn’t going to go over well. Once you’ve figured out what site or sites best suit your content, you need to make sure your story is going to attract readers and hold their attention. If you are able to post a summary, make it catchy. Spend a bit of time reading book summaries and blurbs to see what the professionals do. PROOFREAD AND FORMAT your story. Nothing is a bigger turn-off than typos, misused words, missing punctuation, poor grammar (unless it’s required for a piece of dialogue), and walls of text. I’ve put down published books that I paid for, and refused to finish reading them because of poor editing. You might be posting something online for free, but I truly think you still need to polish your story. Some sites, like AFF, have forums or community boards where you can promote your story. If that’s available, use it. Include the catchy blurb, story tags, and all the other things that might catch a reader’s attention. AFF does not support cover images in the archive, and we don’t allow images in the forum that are NSFW, but some sites do allow cover images. We use our forums to allow readers to engage with authors, while other sites let you reply to reviews directly. That’s what comes to mind for now.
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  30. The other night I was working on one of my many, (probably too many), short stories. I decided to move a folder that held the scene I was working on, and then attempted to save the document the scene was in. The document acted strangely and then I realized I had just moved the file itself, I double checked the file and found the thirteen hundred word scene I had just finished, had not been saved. Luckily, I keep scenes, completely separate, while I write, so I only lost one scene. Of course, being the surly, impatient person, I am, I decided to end my writing session for the evening. But this made think, it has to happen to other writers now and then, right? So tell me, what's the highest word count you've ever lost, when your work wasn't saved? The highest word count I've ever lost, was one thousand eight hundred words. I'm sure that's not much for the more prolific among you, but it's a lot for a featherweight like me.
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  31. Somehow, I’m intrigued to the details… maybe I’ve got a dirty mind, but it could be like one toxic review/spam-advert I received on FF.net that was… NUKE, NUKE, NUKE, not only the review, but also wiped out the notification email too. (And normally I let the notification emails linger.)
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  32. Suppose the soft line here is a) real person is already a public figure, on a “stage”, consistent to their public behavior, and it’s incidental to your story, vs b) main-character back at the hotel room, vs c) somebody you knew back in high school. For B/C, even if I base it on a real person, the name’s being changed, with enough details tweaked to avoid doxxing. For groups, I’ll typically do a rename too.
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  33. After a rather disturbing moment in archive cleaning, I can most honest say that I will not be telling anyone how to get to Sesame Street.
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  34. Yeah, mine is that the character is watching the actor speak about their appearance in Playboy (which is a real thing that happened with the actor), and my fictional character suggests that they were hot and how they sorta looked like their fictional character.
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  35. I could imagine a historical rally/speech, or a fictional character getting an autograph at a convention. I do have a generic… “the Queen’s motorcade drove past my characters near Buckingham Palace” in my potter fanfic. So, this is why I can’t say never, never. Within my originals, it’s near future, not today, so I can make up new shows & celebrities
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  36. You’re right, never say never but I can’t imagine a scenario in which I would. The closest that I’ve come is mentioning real people in my fics. For instance, in one of my fics, I had a character watching TV and they were watching a celebrity interview with an actor who was actually an actor in the show. It’s more of a throw away line. I’ve also done things like named OC characters after the actors that I like, whether they’re part of the fandom I’m writing about.
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  37. Well, flip the tables around and imagine it’s a fanfic with YOU as the central character. It’d be a fictional narrative putting events/actions into your own personal history/future, yeah, that’d be disturbing. (And if it’s derogatory/slanderous, the author opens themselves up to a lawsuit too.) Normally I bend over backwards to NOT associate my stories with real people/buildings/etc. So, I’ll make up town names, or at least scramble the road/street name the homes are on to avoid the Goonies House effect. It’s a fine line, but as a viewer, I know I was irritated when a show like Dead Like Me films in Vancouver BC and tries to pass it off as Seattle… it broke the immersion because I knew it was off.
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  38. Desiderius Price "I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to writing, usually because saying “never would” becomes an inducement to do just that." That's the absolute truth. It's because of that, I try to turn things I dislike, into challenges that broaden my imagination and world view. I also agree that writing about real people, is something that I would probably refrain from. However, with the rise of characters that are fictitious representations of real people, both directly and indirectly, there are even some shows, that I would rather avoid writing about, just because they toe, a palpably, unpopular grey line. For instance, I actually enjoyed the cartoon, The Prince, (I hate myself for admitting that), and I wanted to write a fan-fic to resolve it's cliffhanger ending. But I never wrote one, because I feel, that grey area, is essentially the same as writing about real people. And I'm not alone in the sentiment, that writing about characters who act as fictitious representations of real people, is essentially the same, as writing about those real people. I know that most people agree with me, since the decision to make prince George the main character of that show, was so overwhelmingly controversial, that the show's run, was ended, before the episodes were even aired.
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  39. I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to writing, usually because saying “never would” becomes an inducement to do just that. That said, involving a real person based fanfic would have a certain level of ick to it, likely invite lawsuits depending on what you’re depicting, so probably best avoided. REFERENCING a real person, can be alright though. JKR famously put Rupert’s first name into HBP (when Slughorn was trying to remember Harry’s friend’s name…). I’ve had Harry visit Graceland, so the name of Elvis comes up. Also when I wrote about my Harry getting a flood of hate mail, I put some addressed to the actor’s name with “Who’s …?” I’ve also loosely based some characters on real people before (won’t give names).
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  40. Like it seems most people agree, I don’t go into the real person fic thing. I think I read a couple of them way back when I first started reading fic and it just wasn’t something I was into. I also generally don’t write or read fanfic based on animated characters. The closest I come to that is live action adaptations of comic book characters, like superheroes or Riverdale, things of that nature. Just not into the idea of animated characters having sex. It’s a line I personally draw.
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  41. I’m uncomfortable not only with real-person fanfic but fanfic involving characters played by real people. So I stick with cartoon fandoms. And mostly Western ones, because I’m not a big enough anime fan to have seen a lot of the ones people tend to write about. The only non-cartoon fanfic I’ve ever written was about Adam and Eve, because that’s not a particularly recent fandom.
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  42. I’ve gotten unsolicited requests that try to push me into writing for fandoms that I know nothing about. Guess that’s my hard stop for writing, along with the desire to finish what I’ve already started. And TBH, if I had fallen into the potter universe today, it’s unlikely that I’d even delve into fanfiction.
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  43. Knowing this website, the question will morph with the conversation, and the answer will always remain the same (42).
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  44. I write for a very few fandoms myself, based on what interests me, but I do read outside those fandoms. There are just those few that I will not ever seek out when I have time to read for pleasure. Of course, I also avoid certain tags, but that’s not the question here.
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  45. For me, it’s more on the practical side of where I want to be spending my time, and I prefer spending it on writing my own creations—it’s fun! So, unless I get really motivated, I don’t expect to venture into new fandoms for writing.
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  46. Oh yes, real person fiction is a line I cannot cross either!
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  47. Good question! I’m not a fan of anime in general, but I have to say, I avoid Naruto like the plague itself. I’m also deeply and profoundly disturbed by real person fiction as a whole, and I will never read it for enjoyment, much less write it.
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  48. Left my OC sitting between two naked men in front of a roaring fire. Desperately need to go back there.
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  49. That’s presumptuous. It’s a six year project so far, the muse will ebb and flow, not to mention real life will intrude. Sure, a few months since the last chapter post, but she’s (fairly) recently commented. If it had been years...maybe then consider that label. However, even then, projects have a way of coming back to life. Even my potter fanfic had … trying to remember if it was six or ten YEARS to that hiatus before I returned to it. Know of another that’s resurfaced too after a decade.
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