i need a tag that is more descriptive than my writing because it was originally just fic but now all kinds of my things go there

PS FUCKING A PEOPLE

Alright listen up guys because I am really pissed off right now and I have something that needs to be said. 

Everyone’s always talking about how fucking horrible it is to have art stolen and reposted and that if you repost art you are a shitty person and the scum of the earth. Now, while I agree that reposting art is a pretty shitty thing to do, there is something else that people tend to overlook a lot that is just as bad, if not ten times worse.

Writers are constantly thrown under the bus. People fawn over fanart and commission people for prints and worship fanartists and get so fucking pissed when their favorite artists’ work is reposted. But writers don’t get that kind of attention. Writers slave for weeks and months and years to write long and intricate stories that will get 1,000 views IF THEY’RE LUCKY. They’ll get a few comments IF THEY’RE LUCKY. No one wants to pay for fanfiction. Only a select few writers are worshipped for their fics that are known throughout the entire fandom. Writers are so under-appreciated, and unfortunately, that means that their problems get swept under the rug as well. 

Writers have their work stolen too. I know three people including myself who have been plagiarized within the past year or so. People copy fanfiction. They copy/paste fics from one site to another or sometimes they copy someone’s fanfic idea exactly and only change the dialogue and descriptions slightly so that it looks vaguely different. Let me tell you something. One of my best friends was plagiarized recently, and she has also had art reposted before. She said having her writing plagiarized hurts a lot worse than having art reposted. 

A lot of times, when art is reposted, it’s an honest mistake by the person who reposted it. They didn’t know they were supposed to ask permission before reposting. A lot of times, people are very apologetic when reposting art and take it down if it is asked of them. I’m not saying that this is the case in EVERY situation, but the majority of the time, it is. 

With plagiarism, THERE ARE NO FUCKING HONEST MISTAKES. TO PLAGIARIZE SOMEONE, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE THE TIME TO COPY/PASTE SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK AND CHANGE IT SLIGHTLY IN HOPES THAT YOU WON’T GET CAUGHT, AND PASS IT OFF AS YOUR OWN ORIGINAL WORK. THAT IS NOT FUCKING OKAY. YOU DON’T TO THAT TO SOMEONE, DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH OF A SHITTY PERSON THAT MAKES YOU!?

Plagiarism is a lot harder to deal with than reposted art is. It’s easy to prove that you are the artist of your drawing if it gets stolen because most likely you will have other art pieces with the same style, and you’ll have a watermark on it. Those things prove that the art belongs to you, and if someone isn’t cooperative in taking the reposted art down, it’s easy to report it or have a swarm of people sending comments to take it down.

With plagiarism, it is a lot harder to get that sorted out. Writing styles are so different even when it comes to one author. It is very rare that you can tell who an author is just by reading their writing. I’ve read some fics that are so good and in character, you’d think the author of the original book wrote it. Most people reading a plagiarized fanfic won’t even know that it’s been stolen. I’ve actually been accused of having plagiarized my own story before, just because someone had read the copied fic before they read my original fic!! Whats worse, a lot of plagiarists will defend themselves to the death and try to make themselves look like the victim!!!

And it’s harder to find plagiarized fics, especially for me, because I don’t check the tags on ao3 and every other fanfic site to see if my work has been stolen. I don’t have the time to go through every fanfic in every tag for every shp that I’ve ever written for every day to make sure that my work wasn’t copied!!!

Do you even understand how stressful it is, how upsetting, to have your writing stolen!? To have spent days and weeks on writing something, only to have someone else post a fic that’s almost exactly the same!? Especially if it ends up getting more views or comments or kudos than yours!? It’s one of the most horrible experiences that I’d ever been through! 

When I was plagiarized, I didn’t want to write anything for weeks. I was so afraid that it would happen again. To this day, I am still afraid that it will happen. I am so, so afraid. I don’t know what I would do if I found out that one of my series was being copied. My fic that was plagiarized was a oneshot. If I had an entire series stolen, I may never write a fanfic again. 

Please don’t act like this isn’t a big deal, or something that doesn’t happen often, because it does, and it hurts a lot. Please give fic writers the credit they deserve and please, for the love of God and all that is good in this world, DO NOT EVER STEAL SOMEONE ELSE’S WRITING. AND IF YOU SEE A FIC THAT YOU THINK IS BEING PLAGIARIZED, GET ALL THE FACTS FIRST. FIND OUT WHICH FIC WAS POSTED FIRST. TELL THE ORIGINAL POSTER THAT THEIR WORK IS BEING COPIED. HELP THEM REPORT IT. DON’T JUST LET IT SLIDE.

TREAT PLAGIARISM THE SAME WAY YOU WOULD TREAT REPOSTED ART, BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM ARE EQUALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND WRITERS DON’T DESERVE TO BE SLIGHTED LIKE THIS WHILE THEIR ARTIST FRIENDS ARE PROTECTED

anonymous asked:

hiiii idk why i'm so nervous but i really really wanna start writing fanfiction. ljke full out "woah this makes me feel stuff" fanfiction and i thought you'd be the best place to come for pointers because you're literally amazing but anyways do ylu have any suggestions as to 1. where to write it 2. starting tips 3. what not to do?? thanks!! i really really want to but i'm little scared to

OOOH, I WAS RECENTLY GIVING THE SAME ADVICE TO MEG BONNEY ON TWITTER. Okay, here we go. Let’s do this. 

How To Start Writing Fanfic for Beginners: 

  • Okay, so, the first thing we usually do is have a beta reader– someone who looks over stories and checks for writing flow, typos, and, most importantly in the case of fanfiction, characterization. You find one before you start writing so that you have a cheerleader who can talk about ideas with you and push you through when you feel like you wanna quit. This is a formality, though, and can be skipped. My one-shots usually are in the 20k+ range so I like to have three or four people look over them, but if I’m writing a 6k one shot, for example, I only have one beta reader.
    • I’m actually pretty sure that the origination of this practice actually came from everyone trying to figure out how to make friends in fandom. If you’re the beta reader on someone’s story, you’re automatically buddies. Google docs has made this way easier, though– it used to be long email chains. *shudders*
  • Step two, decide which host sites you’re going to post your fic on. Different fandoms are more popular on different fic sites. The most popular fanfic sites are http://fanfiction.net , http://archiveofourown.org (AO3, we call it), and sometimes tumblr, depending on the length of the fic! 
    • So, for example, the Percy Jackson fandom is really really into http://fanfiction.net (or at least was when I was writing for it?) That’s where you get the most reviews/comments and the most hits for that fandom. In the case of Teen Wolf/Stydia the most popular site is AO3, easily. But if the piece you wrote is a drabble (in the 1k range), you can also plop it on tumblr. If it’s in the 2k range, it’s acceptable to put it on tumblr under a “read more.”
    • For all these sites, you need an account, but AO3 is technically in beta mode (idk why; it’s been like that for multiple years?) and therefore you sign up and then have to wait for an invite. But it’s worth it because once you have an account, you can view the history of the fics you’ve read, bookmark faves, leave comments, and, of course, publish fics.
    • Unlike ffnet, AO3 also categorizes fics into fandoms, which is really really helpful if you write for multiple fandoms. Their sorting system is really good and really specific, which is why people use it. I think that, at this point, AO3 is undoubtedly the most diversely enjoyed site.
  • Here’s some things you definitely need to know about posting on AO3: 
    • (This is SUPER important), it’s considered REAL bad manners to tag characters/ships that aren’t the centric pairing. So, the fic is gonna ask you for characters and the ship. If you’re writing a fic where Stiles and Lydia are the centric pairing, you’re gonna fill in Lydia Martin, Stiles Stilinski, and then Lydia Martin/Stiles Stilinski. But say your story also has a few scenes with Scott? Either don’t mention Scott, or do “Scott McCall- Side.”
    • The reader should be able to clearly tell what type of fic it is by your tags. (Unless you don’t want them to know). You can create your own tags or you can use the site’s already established ones. AO3 tags can get slightly obnoxious but nobody’s going to call you out for that so enjoy. 
    • If your fic takes place within the bounds of the series, you tag it "Canon Compliant.” If it not only fits with the plot of the series but also takes place literally during the series, tag it “Missing Moments.” If it diverges from the plot line of the series, you tag it “Canon Divergent.” If it is after the series is over, tag it “Post-Canon." 
    • If it’s AU, tag the kind of AU it is. “Coffee Shop AU” “AU– The Hunger Games” “AU– Everyone Lives” “AU– Stiles is Olaf from Frozen and gets it on with Anna who is Lydia.” (Spoilers for my next fic.) (Just kidding.) 
    • ALSO when you’re posting, it’s a huge struggle because AO3 either requires HTML coded stuff (for italics, etc) or rich text. My suggestion would be either putting your fic on tumblr and copy and pasting the rich text from the finished post, or getting an account on ffnet and using their document uploader to c+p your fic into, then save it and copy and paste it into the rich text part of the fic loader on AO3
  • So now, ratings. 
    • Here’s what you’ve got: G,T, M, E. 
    •  G is like… no swearing, no mention of sex, you could read it as a bed time story to a 6 year old.
    • T is swearing, acknowledgment that sex exists, maybe some kissing (but you’re getting to shaky territory as soon as you venture anywhere remotely past second base) light, non-descriptive violence (there’s also a tag for violence under "archive warnings” because some people get triggered by it.)
    • M is lighter sex scenes (I would say anything that doesn’t describe genitalia? Idk, this is a real fine line. I think you’ll feel it in your bones. Or, bone, in the case of smut. 
      • Nailed that joke. 
      • HA GEDDIT. I did it again.
    • E is like, you’re going to hell for writing this, enjoy hanging out with satan in the fiery pits, I hope it’s worth it.
  • If you post on tumblr, tag appropriately. Tumblr tagging is different from ao3– you just tag to sort things, and so that the right people see your work. So, like, if you wrote a Stydia fic, obviously don’t tag it Sterek or Sciles because you’ll get hate, lmao. You can tag character names, but I would suggest you don’t tag “Stiles Stilinski” or “Lydia Martin” because the Sterk/Mrrish/Stlia shippers tend to attack you. Also, only the first five tags count.

And now, the Don’ts of fanfiction***

  • Make sure your spacing doesn’t look awful. 
    • It makes people not wanna read it 
    • You should know what regular spacing looks like. If you’re able to correct it so that there’s not eons of space between paragraphs, I would do that. 
  • Don’t say “Sorry for the bad summary I promise it’s better than it sounds” in your summary. 
  • “Their tongues battle for dominance” or other equally cliche dialogue
  • Original characters as main characters
  • Fandom crossovers are almost always rolled their eyes at in the fic community. Like, you can thrust your characters into a different universe, but normally, you can’t use the original characters. So by all means, write a Percy Jackson AU, but don’t make Fitzwilliam Darcy best friends with Annabeth Chase. 
  • POV SWITCHING IN YOUR FIC
    • Okay this is really delicate because some people can do it really well and some people can’t
    • Switching back and forth between character point of view within one section of your fic is really hard for the reader to keep up with and it tends to look clumsy. It’s a no-no. 
    • If you have divides between sections, that’s where you can switch POV. 
    • However, I tend to write almost all of my fics with just one POV. I pick Character 1 or Character 2 no matter how long it is. It’s cleaner that way. 
    • NEVER USE FIRST PERSON IN FANFICTION, IT IS UNIVERSALLY LOATHED. 
    • I need to remember this one– don’t describe clothes too much. You’ll sound like a cheesy YA novel. (I’m a hypocrite, okay?) 
  • Titles matter. Work hard on picking a title. I s2g it actually makes a big difference. Idk why. Titles. 

***Side note: All writing rules are all allowed to be broken. There is truly no such thing as a steadfast writing rule. The more comfortable you get with writing, the more comfortable you could be with breaking these rules. Does that make sense?

A Thorough and Honest Rebuttal of the ‘Apology Post’ by Melody Howler

[Direct quotes from the audio post made by her are in bold, things in brackets are me explaining audio discrepancies, and non-bolded things are my response to those parts]

@melodyhowler13 @druid-for-hire @blackcatarts @bunny-yams


Okay, Look

To all those who know what I did… I know it was wrong and I tried to fix it. but… earlier today I was looking through the notifications I missed while I slept last night, and one thing just sorta caught my eye a little.

It was it was like… not really the best thing they could have said, like, it was something like at the end of this, they said that- they said they called me a cunt and a bitch, and they said I hope I get slapped [slapped or stabbed, I really couldn’t tell] a thousand times.

Fuck… this isn’t, that’s not okay okay? i know what I did wasn’t okay either, but don’t tell people to get slapped a thousand times [murmurs something about crying] I..I  just I don’t know. I’m sorry okay?

You know what? I agree. I told people (at first) to be polite to you in their efforts, however upon the second instance of your theft, I was fed up and completely done with your antics. Also, I remind you that as I am not the only person you have stolen from, I cannot be held directly accountable for the actions taken against you by other parties.

There’s an apology.

There’s the fucking apology you guys all want.

Wow! Over a month late and after you called me a liar! Gee, thank you so much for your never-ending kindness and honesty, which are truly two of your greatest strengths! (please note the sarcasm here) Please ma’am, may I have another?

I took… I’m trying to work on getting a description in that druid-for-hire video or however you pronounce it-don’t really know and…I tried… I took the stolen fics off my page but I-the reason why I didn’t put the link to the post was because at the time I didn’t know how, I didn’t know how to put the individual post there from another person, like, I tried to go onto a page and do it, but I didn’t know you could just click the notes and go to the individual thing, I didn’t know you could do that so ..I… I’m sorry for that.

Oh wow, really? You didn’t look up at the search bar and see the url of the post? All you would have had to do was copy and paste the url, instead of copy+pasting the whole fic. You directly claimed to write the fic, and received compliments for your ‘skill’ without batting an eye. In fact, if you truly just wanted more people to see my work and could think of no other way than posting to AO3 without my permission, then I ask, why didn’t you put in the description that it wasn’t your fic? Furthermore, why didn’t you put it in the notes at the beginning? Or at the end? Or even in the comments, where you were so quick to delete people like @birdietheangel and @badromantics calling you out on your theft? You clearly knew how to add notes, a description, and even reply to comments on AO3, so you can’t say that it was due to a lack of technical knowledge.

That the stolen fics… I just had this really bad case of artblock and I didn’t know what I was doing, and I saw those fics and they were really really awesome ones, so there’s a fucking compliment…not gonna make amends not gonna make up for what I did I know. But you you’ve gotta let me try here.

Jam, I’m sorry.

I-I don’t even…but to this one person, blazin-asian-art ..don’t insult me please? I already get enough insults in school, middle school sucks and advanced classes suck, and I already have enough stress going through my mind right now, and I don’t need that okay?

You’re in middle school? You know, when I first heard you say that, I was floored! I had been mad at and making people be mad at a middle schooler

And then I remembered that I’m in middle school, too. Once again, your excuses present themselves to be flimsy after being listened to once.

And I’m sorry for hurting you guys and your friends but back to the explanation to the stolen fics, I’m sorry, I ramble a lot.

I did that because I thought they were really cool, and I just was being fucking stupid, and I-I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…

[sobbing]

I’m sorry - I wanted- I was stupid, and I’m just fucking stupid why am I even in advanced classes in school anyways?  I’m fucking stupid I’m fucking stupid okay?

And here we see you guilt-tripping us! If you were actually embarrassed and upset about this, why the fuck would you post it? What, did you think that since it’s an audio post, people won’t/can’t call you out for what you said? Also, you’re in advanced classes? What the fuck? I have a B- in English. Not advanced English, mind you, normal English class for us plebeians.

I’m sorry I’m gonna stop this here okay?

I’m sorry.

Please, forgive me.

I was stupid, I know.

Here, at this particular point, is where I get really mad. You say you were being stupid, and you know what? You’re almost right! Stealing not just one, but three of the fics I worked so hard to write, and trying to pass them off as your own without even so much as changing the title- that was kind of stupid.

But you aren’t actually sorry, are you? 

If you were sorry, you would have apologized the first time, and taken down the fics.

If you were sorry, you would have deleted the fics instead of orphaning them.

If you were sorry, you wouldn’t have called me a liar.

If you were sorry, you wouldn’t have tried to repost the stolen fics to Wattpad.

“Dear Jam,

What I did was wrong, and the way I reacted to it even more so. Stealing fic is not okay, and I would very much like to accept your offers of writing lessons, as I have written original fanfiction before, and wish to heighten the amount of notes I get due to my own talent and skill. I’m very sorry, and I hope you can forgive me.

Sincerely, Melody Howler.”

You see that? That’s an actual apology, and one I would have readily accepted at any point at all during this drama! Feel free to use it, we already know you don’t have any issue trying to pass off my work as your own.

Love, jamisahivemind

Ladybug Fanfiction Recommendation Masterpost

I’ve been needing to make this for a little while.
I might put things down via tag but obviously I need to do a little better than that.
But if you ever want to go through that it includes more than just the recommendations: Ladybug fanfic recs

But now what you might be more interested in.
These aren’t links to the fanfics themselves..
Well actually…
Well…we’ll get to that later.

These links are to posts I have made about the fanfics, recommending them.
Each post gives links to the authors (if known) and a link to the fics (Either FFN, AO3, or Tumblr… I will not give all links mainly because I’m kind of lazy…sorry!)
They also kind of come with a synopsis of the fic, on what happens or how a person would feel reading it.
Basically why I think people would like the fic and why I think it should be read.

Be aware of when these posts are written.

Some fics started out as oneshots,
Some I recommended early on,
Some I posted with others…
While I stand by all of my recommendations (so far)
Some descriptions might not be completely accurate due to these factors.

I will not stop recommending fics when they’re only a couple chapters in though, because I think it’s better to read while they’re still updating and we can support the writer!

To deal with these issues I have started Noir Fanfiction Recommendations!
These are re-recommendations.
The posts consist of several fanfics,
They are meant to fix this issue by addressing the original recommendation and give a more fitting recommendation for the fics listed!
I still think that the original recommendations are important though.
So both links will be provided!

Explicit fics will be labeled as such…
While light warnings will be given in the recommendations for Mature rated fanfiction.
I advise all of you to make sure to read over tags, summaries, and look at ratings of fanfiction before reading them!

The posts will be listed in chronological order.
And if related to any specific ‘events’ or anything will be listed under such thing.

Sorry about the fics that seem to have gone on permanent hiatus…
But just because they may never continue doesn’t mean they’re not good.
It also doesn’t mean we yell at the writer to write more if they don’t want to…
Be respectful guys…We’re a good fandom!  

Fics that have a <3 are ones that I particularly favorite,
That I’ve gone back to read…
Multiple times.
Click on the heart for a link straight to the fic itself!


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