Category Archives: Fan Fiction

Music to My Ears – Using Music to Create Atmosphere in Your Writing

Music is an often underappreciated way to help tell a story. I’ve just finished marathoning the entirety of Nodame Cantabile (Which is partially the reason why this post is a day late), a Japanese Drama set in a university of … Continue reading

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Is Failing to Plan Planning to Fail?

It’s almost the New Year. This means that it’s just about time to start making wild promises to yourself about how you’re going to be a much more efficient, organised and less befuddled person for the next 365 days. It … Continue reading

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Minor Complication: How Derivative Works can Develop and Complicate Minor Characters

I’ve been buried under assignments lately so instead of a shiny new post, I thought I might post an essay I wrote last year about fanfiction and how it develops minor characters.  Warning: Academia. Thar be dragons here. One of … Continue reading

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That’s a nice summary… Wait, the story’s over?

Beginning writers tend to write short stories. No, I don’t mean the narrative form of ‘short story’ as opposed to a ‘novel’, I mean in actual, wordcount length. These are the stories that have chapters of 1000 words or less, … Continue reading

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Where shall we begin?

Beginnings are important. I know I’ve talked about this before but recently it’s been something that has come up repeatedly so I figured I might do a post completely related to beginnings and how to go about them. My roommate … Continue reading

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What Gorgias can teach us about Writing

While I was talking about creating this blog (and procrastinating doing anything that would resemble progress towards creating it) I was also throwing around ideas of perhaps creating a web series based upon the Norton Anthology of Literary Criticism and … Continue reading

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Criticism Hurts. Use it Wisely.

I’ve talked before about how to write a good, critical review. But what about when the boot is on the other foot? Receiving a critical review that points out all of your flaws and shortcomings is one of the most … Continue reading

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