Reply to topic  [ 104 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3
Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines 
Author Message
laughing maniacally
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:42 pm
Posts: 20751
Location: an invisible, flying volcano over Virginia
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
generally speaking, a spinoff is usually only used to refer to when the work in question is official in some capacity. Fan fiction is written by fans, spin offs are developed by people involved with the original work or at least endorsed by the original creator. Torchwood was a spin-off of Doctor Who. fan fiction about the Doctor is not a spin off.

So Rick's Housepets: An Infinitesimally Brief History of the World is a spin off. anything in the fan projects section is not, unless it was written as a spin off of another fan project.

_________________
Paradigm Shift by me
I do not actually believe any of what I'm saying.
RP character sheets


Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:57 pm
Profile
Devil Skirrl
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:42 pm
Posts: 8653
Images: 0
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Argent Wrote:
Are y'all sure that "PG" is what you mean?

We moved away from a movie-style rating and the current version of forum rules is more based on the concept of "family friendliness," if you will. Actually, even if it is in direct contravention of your will, this is still the case. *chuckles* Basically, keep in mind we do have children (some of whom are fewer than 10 years old) on the forums. We're happy to answer any questions you have regarding the appropriateness of material you'd like to post, but frown on blindly pushing limits.

_________________
rickgriffin Wrote:
Diss is literally the Devil


Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:20 am
Profile WWW
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU
User avatar

Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:00 am
Posts: 1689
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
And by frown, he means i'll do bad things to you with my stick.


Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:36 pm
Profile ICQ YIM
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:34 pm
Posts: 5325
Location: Noonkkot <32,64,51>
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Image

_________________
Cinnamon "Sixtoes" Walton (M Pine Marten #B06060) @
Pitchpipe (F Jackrabbit #808060) @


Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:53 pm
Profile WWW
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:53 pm
Posts: 728
Location: The magical land of "Tomorrow"
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Um, so may I ask some questions?

1. What would you consider "inappropriate content"? (for PG)

2. And would it still be acceptable if the said inappropriate content is talked about in the fan fic but not really shown?

_________________
Heellooooooooo!! Anyone who wants to talk to me, please do. I get lonely sometimes and I get scared whenever I talk first...
Avatar done by the wonderful kurowolfe!
I also have an FA account now. Sooo... check it out.


Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:45 am
Profile WWW
Smiley McSmiles
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:56 pm
Posts: 2394
Location: The Housepets Forum ^^
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Depends on what topic you're looking at.

Death and violence are real parts of life and may appear in your fic, but you don't really need to go into all the gory details just to tell us what happened.
Relationships can be very sweet, but they don't need to get creepy.
Basically, we want you to enjoy writing a story, and we also want others to enjoy reading it.
By the time you're going over rating, you should probably be aware that you're treading the line.

If you have any specific questions, you can always PM a mod to get confirmation.

_________________
Image


Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:26 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:36 am
Posts: 12
Location: Mexico
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
I search a little of information about PG-13, and I found that some books that I read are rated this way like:

The Hunger Games = A lot of people die and one gets tortured by mutants dogs before get killed just by mercy.
Looking For Alaska = Use of alcohol, a little scene with ***** and another whit a *****, use of the private body parts and some swear words.
Divergent = Use of weapons and guns, fights until KO, the fears scenes where one this is going to die drowned or incinerated.

Can I use this examples as the line that stops PG-13 to become R/M rated?
I mean that if I can use this as an example of how far I can go at writing and still be PG-13 rated.


Mod Edit: Don't just partially star out things. PMing a mod is a good solution when you think what you are talking about is over he forum limit

_________________
We never really grow up... We only learn how to act in public :3

Image


Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:30 pm
Profile
Smiley McSmiles
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:56 pm
Posts: 2394
Location: The Housepets Forum ^^
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
See, this is why we moved away from just using "PG" and "PG13" as our descriptor. Your second example is right out. It has themes beyond what we are going to cover here.
Allow me to quote the forum rules here:
Forum Rules Wrote:
  • Housepets! is a family-friendly comic. Please do not post material that would be inappropriate for children. As an example, pregnancy is fine, but pornography is not. Likewise, graphic violence, politics, religion, drug use, illegal activity, profanity, and other potentially controversial topics are not allowed.
These rules still apply here. We don't want you to feel limited to exactly what the comic does, but we also want you to remember the "family friendly" spirit of the comic. So your first and third examples sound like they would be okay just from what you have mentioned, but depending on how graphic the violence that they describe is, it might push the limits too far. It's a balance of degrees. I think you can usually feel from the comic where about the "grey area" is, and that's a good indicator of when you're toeing the line. But if you are ever uncertain about anything in particular that you are writing, you can always PM a mod for their opinion.

_________________
Image


Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:13 pm
Profile

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:24 am
Posts: 25
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
i'm sorry but i need to ask.. so i can't make like for example peanut and tarot breaking up and paired them with someone else or something like that?


Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:41 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:09 am
Posts: 9780
Location: Wales, a luverrly land with noisy neighbours.
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
AldyBilly Wrote:
i'm sorry but i need to ask.. so i can't make like for example peanut and tarot breaking up and paired them with someone else or something like that?

Of course you can. It's Fan fiction. It happens all the time. it won't make a blind bit of difference to the strip and is 99% certain to be totally irrelevant to how Rick is going to continue his story. He's the only canonical writer for Housepets!

_________________
The avatar is Corp Davidstow, STEELHAVEN's Chief of Security.

Kilo - 2-8-3-9-10-2-5
Kilo
Leslie – 4-6-4-5-6-9-7
Leslie
David Campbell - 7 – 8 – 9 – 5 – 4 – 4 – 6
Corp Davidstow 6 - 6 - 7 - 3 - 6 - 6 - 5 (reactions 7 Combat 9)


Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:01 pm
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:25 am
Posts: 5581
Location: Texas
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
AldyBilly Wrote:
i'm sorry but i need to ask.. so i can't make like for example peanut and tarot breaking up and paired them with someone else or something like that?

Let's see, I recall a one-shot fic where Grape and Max ended up breaking up, one long fic includes Peanut being with Grape instead of Tarot and Joey and Squeak calling it off, and another where it seemed that King meeting Bailey was undone. You can get creative with these things. The main thing to keep in mind is, of course, the family-friendly use of the site. Drama is allowed, explicit content and language is not.

If you feel like making your own fic, keep this in mind, and have fun.

_________________
Faith doesn't change circumstances. Faith changes me.
Image
Image


Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:33 pm
Profile WWW
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:40 am
Posts: 16
Location: Haunted House
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Hey, I posted a fic a long while ago - like, two years, at least - and I don't want it pulled back to the active forum; rather, I want to rewrite a majority of it now that I have much more practice with writing. Can I do that, or do I have to pull back the original thread?


Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:26 pm
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:25 am
Posts: 5581
Location: Texas
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
If you're going to do a major overhaul and not bring up the old one, you can go ahead and make a new thread for it, and I can move the old one to the Abandoned Fics forum when I can. What was it called?

_________________
Faith doesn't change circumstances. Faith changes me.
Image
Image


Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Profile WWW
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:40 am
Posts: 16
Location: Haunted House
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
It's actually been in the Abandoned Fics places for a while now. Don't worry about it.


Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:43 pm
Profile
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:25 am
Posts: 5581
Location: Texas
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Oh. Well that's convenient. :lol:

_________________
Faith doesn't change circumstances. Faith changes me.
Image
Image


Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:09 pm
Profile WWW

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:24 am
Posts: 25
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
uhm sorry i need to ask something... we can't change sexual preference from the original character right?


Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:17 am
Profile
Devil Skirrl
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:42 pm
Posts: 8653
Images: 0
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
That's an interesting question because our views evolved over time. You'd have gotten a different answer a decade ago! Please do as you wish, assuming you keep things family-friendly (if you plan to post or link to it here). Love is, after all, love.

_________________
rickgriffin Wrote:
Diss is literally the Devil


Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:32 pm
Profile WWW

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:09 pm
Posts: 1676
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
It would make an interesting self - discovery thread for a character within your plot. You certainly could point to the evolution of Keene and Breel's relationship as one model for depicting such a personal awareness development. Follow Dissension's guidance.


Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:50 pm
Profile

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:24 am
Posts: 25
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
sorry i need to ask again, many writer have many style but there's something that catch my eyes.. for example
King was greeted by a high piece screaming that pierced through his sensitive ears.
"We are such big fans of yours. We love you so much," Lisa said
and this one
King was greeted by a high piece screaming that pierced through his sensitive ears. "We are such big fans of yours. We love you so much," Lisa said
the difference is when the direct and indirect speech become one and the other in the new lines..
which one is better so that the reader could enjoy?
ps.
sorry fenrirblack for using your story...


Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:54 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:09 am
Posts: 9780
Location: Wales, a luverrly land with noisy neighbours.
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
New speaker or new point of view? New line.

The first line is King and he's the focus.

The second, spoken, line is Lisa. The focus has shifted from Kings point of view so a new line is needed. If it was "they greeted King with a scream of such high pitch she could see it pierced his sensitive ears" then it's all her and one line is accepted.

_________________
The avatar is Corp Davidstow, STEELHAVEN's Chief of Security.

Kilo - 2-8-3-9-10-2-5
Kilo
Leslie – 4-6-4-5-6-9-7
Leslie
David Campbell - 7 – 8 – 9 – 5 – 4 – 4 – 6
Corp Davidstow 6 - 6 - 7 - 3 - 6 - 6 - 5 (reactions 7 Combat 9)


Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:04 am
Profile

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:24 am
Posts: 25
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
wha..?!! it was different meaning? rather than writer style?


Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:42 am
Profile
Smiley McSmiles
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:56 pm
Posts: 2394
Location: The Housepets Forum ^^
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
Rather, your second example will likely confuse readers into assuming that King is speaking (until they get to the end and read "Lisa said"). Avoid "styles" that may confuse your reader. If you are changing the speaker or changing the focus character, add a break so that it's easy to understand.

_________________
Image


Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:01 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:09 am
Posts: 9780
Location: Wales, a luverrly land with noisy neighbours.
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
AldyBilly Wrote:
wha..?!! it was different meaning? rather than writer style?

The writer has to help the reader to understand. It just helps make it clearer it's a character switch. I'll include a very short section from the Mark Billingham Crime Novel "the bones beneath" (Sphere books, 2014) as I'm reading it now and it's right here.

<indent for paragraph>

Holland sat back, shaking his head. "Jeez, I know we're talking about people who've done some awful things, but these prisoners do have basic human rights, you know?"
"You're hilarious," Thorne said He was stoney-faced but, in truth, he was enjoying the back and forth. What might be their last chance to laugh for a while.
Holland helped himself to a last biscuit. He put the lid back on the tin and set it down in the footwell. He looked at Thorne.

See how he did it? The change of character focus brings a change of line (and an indent which is trouble to do here which is why we use the break in lines) even if they're not speaking.

Here it is again with the line breaks.

Holland sat back, shaking his head. "Jeez, I know we're talking about people who've done some awful things, but these prisoners do have basic human rights, you know?"

"You're hilarious," Thorne said He was stoney-faced but, in truth, he was enjoying the back and forth. What might be their last chance to laugh for a while.

Holland helped himself to a last biscuit. He put the lid back on the tin and set it down in the footwell. He looked at Thorne.

_________________
The avatar is Corp Davidstow, STEELHAVEN's Chief of Security.

Kilo - 2-8-3-9-10-2-5
Kilo
Leslie – 4-6-4-5-6-9-7
Leslie
David Campbell - 7 – 8 – 9 – 5 – 4 – 4 – 6
Corp Davidstow 6 - 6 - 7 - 3 - 6 - 6 - 5 (reactions 7 Combat 9)


Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:02 am
Profile

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:24 am
Posts: 25
Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
thank you so much !!! Welsh Halfwit and Obbl


Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:49 am
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 104 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by ST Software for PTF.