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Mar 31With the Merger coming up soon, we have created an official steam group for the combined sites. It can be found at http://steamcommunity.com/groups/PonychanSteam

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126772 No. 126772 [View]
#Discussion

I figure that I'd come over here and see this site, since I have some free time and I've been hearing a lot of different things from it.

Pretty much, I'm a writer myself, but I come from 4chan. I usually post over in one of the threads over there and have some good times posting some silly fics to more in depth ones. I'm curious as to what is posted here, along with what goes on over in this site in general I suppose. How do you go about collecting stories? Are there threads for specific types? What is your view on 4chan?

And seeing as this is also a thread on fanfics, I suppose I should tell you what I write. It's mostly HiE type of stuff that's comedic, slice of life, and adventurous, but with a twist of realism involved or what I would view to how a human would go about living there. Do you people have any good stories like that? Or do you not care for written stories involving humans?
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>> No. 126874
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After taking some time to think about it, I wouldn't mind seeing someone critique my work. I'm curious as to what others think, and I usually only get "Love It" or "Hate It" posts all the time. It's too bad there isn't story threads, but I'll get over it. I'm mostly curious what anyone here has to say about my work, maybe seeing if there's anything wrong with it so I can fix future writings in the future.

So how do I go about asking for critiques of my work? I have three one-shots and one long story. I doubt anyone wants to go over my very long story, even though I think it's good, but my one-shots are much shorter.
>> No. 126879
>>126874
Check the submission guide in >>126497.
>> No. 127244
>>126776
Are you a AiE writer? Because I love reading that thread, and I would love to see some of your work


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127227 No. 127227 [View]
#Collection #Contest #Minifics

Oh hey what's up. Happy April Fools' Day! I don't have a joke for you, but I do have a surprise. I thought I'd go ahead and run a write-off. The submission period is from midnight GMT on Friday until midnight GMT on Sunday.

600 word maximum. On your honor for your chosen word processor's word count method. No maximum number of entries. Prompt submission is happening NOW.

This is gonna be FUN!

Check the other thread for full details, but feel free to ask questions and submit prompts here on Ponychan.

http://mlpchan.net/fic/res/4977.html

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127217 No. 127217 [View]
#Single fic #Sad

Synopsis: Fluttershy is hospitalized with a virus of some kind. Rainbow Dash remembers back to the time before she and Fluttershy came to Ponyville, of their previous town, and especially of a pony she lived with briefly.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B3ozDpCZhlUYAfsRoXi6PHK9cJ8pXwJSfWDVlbXRQsg/edit?pli=1

I've only ever written one fan-fiction before and it was pretty terrible. I never planned to write another, but I woke up with an idea in my mind and decided to write it down. I was going to post it to EQD, but apparently 1700 words is too short for a one-off now, so I'll just post it here.

This is the only place and the only time I'll ever post it, so please read it if you can and enjoy it if you do. It won't let me post without a picture, and the only picture I have saved is Jeff Bridges.
>> No. 127219
>>127217
I'm not sure that your choice of a frame was the best idea in the use of this story. Meaning, here, you've got a two-level story—a story within a story. Unfortunately, what happened here is that I don't think enough care was given to either story for either one to have much of an emotional impact.

For example, you've got Rainbow Dash writing a letter and explaining everything past-tense, but you don't really present Dash's motives or any real emotional struggle from her—despite her best friend being hospitalized, possibly dying. I mean, you say some stuff in the letter, true, but if you want any impact from the story outside the letter—the one with Fluttershy being hospitalized because of a virus—you need to bring it to the forefront more.

Another example would be the lesson that Fluttershy learns at the end of this story, or how I think it's diluted. I mean, there's obviously the parallel between her disease bringing about a cure and her mentor's* cottage becoming a garden, but how does that improve Fluttershy as a whole? Does she use it to finally overcome her grief? Is "repressed grief" really something that can be drawn from Fluttershy's actions in the show?

*Also, it wasn't really clear what Fluttershy's relationship to this pony was.

Finally, writing-wise, this story needs a good deal of work. You've got grammatical errors such as comma splices, stylistic errors such as prose that doesn't flow, and

>"The ponies spoke as follows:"


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111060 No. 111060 [View] [Last 50 posts]
#Discussion
Some of you may have been frequenting the IRC lately (specifically, the night of Friday the 13th of July, 2012). What has come up as a topic of contention is a recently-proposed dilemma.

Should this community move? If so, why?

And if that why seems reasonable, how many will move? Is it enough to justify it?


These may seem as sudden questions to many of you. The truth is that, while they are, /fic/ evidently has a long and cluttered past; one involving fights with mods, discontent among visiting anons, and, for some, a sense of disorganization. As such, a series of proposals has emerged to solve these possible problems.

Two possible media have emerged as alternatives to the /fic/ of Ponychan as it currently exists: MLPchan (an imageboard) and a program that, reportedly, would streamline the reviewing process).

To make matters clear, a move to MLPchan (the link to which can be found here: http://mlpchan.net/site/res/343.html) would involve nothing more than a cosmetic change in link, a new place for EqD to send aspiring writers, and an abandonment of Ponychan's own boards, and any contentious relationships that /fic/ may have with its mods. Some of the things resulting from a new board may include new, more involved mods, a new formatting for some topics, and other things (though not all would be necessary). The primary topic, then, to focus on is whether Ponychan remains a good place for the /fic/ community to continue to live.
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>> No. 127117
>>127115
True, it's not just intelligent ponies. unicorns need earth ponies to garden for them. Can't stand dirt.
>> No. 127122
>>127110
Actually, most of the time when EqD recommends /fic/, we link to both sites.
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>>127107
Spambots don't count.

>>127108
Have you tried talking to him recently about them?


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#Discussion ##discussion

Hey'all. I rainbow_venom, and I'm not so new here. Not so new 'coz I've been a lurker, snooping around the forums for a while (I know it sounds creepy). I've always wanted to try writing fanfic, but it seems like my literary capabilities are down the drain :(

So before anything, I wanna hear how you got into fan fiction. What motivates you to write, whether it be positive or negative - So awesome it inspires you, or you're just generally dissatisfied with something. Or maybe you just wanna prove you can make better stories :D

Either way, I wanna hear it :D What fuels you passion, what inspires you to write :D The fond experiences and the bitter realities you've experience or whatnot.

I hope this thread isn't doubling anything, I can't search all 47 pages of this board to find a thread that's similar. If a thread exists - can someone redirect mo to it or something :D


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127025 No. 127025 [View]
#Discussion

How many of you have used Free Indirect Discourse/ Speech in your fanfics? Would I get crucified for attempting to use it?
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>> No. 127034
>>127028
>>127031
Thanks guys! I think I'm going to go ahead and try it. I just hope that people don't think that I'm doing anything wrong grammatically or structurally.
>> No. 127038
>>127034
The key to that is consistency. If you consistently use a tool, then the reader will become comfortable with that tool.

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>> No. 127039
I do this all the time, I didn't even realize it was a "thing." I find it works best in third-person limited, as it colors the narration with the character's personality and thoughts.


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#Discussion #Sad #Grimdark

Directly below Canterlot's towers, a company of changelings marched up the mountain and toward the invisible shield. Alongside the changelings, making up less than a quarter of the wave, was a race of half-bloods... These mongrel offspring were the byproduct of a changeling physically draining the love from a pegasus or a unicorn. In most divisions of the Changeling Army, any living member of this hybrid species was a walking act of heresy. Other settlements that were further from Queen Chrysalis reluctantly accepted the bastardized race only as less-than-pony.

Silently approaching the gardens behind Canterlot, the company ceased movement and steadily prepared to blast down the castle entrance door. "This is it, you curs. Tonight, you sacrifice yourselves in battle for the Queen." Several commanding officers narrowed their heads, and began directing a linear extension of the bright ember which originated at the tip of their horns, continuously shooting forward in the direction it was pointed - - that direction being into the large doors. While taking turns at scorching their obstacle, the company began shifting their appearance to match that of a standard Royal Guard... Something a half-blood could not do. After several moments, there was a direct passage into the castle, and the commanders stepped back as the other changelings galloped in. After every last changeling made their way inside, the commanding units followed closely behind.

Stepping halfway into an empty courtyard, the faux-royal guards emphatically paused. Some cocked their heads, while others ducked in anticipation of a flanking. In this angle, some rays of sunlight made their way through the narrow openings of their legs and hooves. Their light blue eyes frantically searched the area, some flipping their sharp ears downward. More and more poured into the courtyard and were now inside Shining Armor's inescapable dome, and they slowly learned of this. A bright flash of light exploded in the middle of the courtyard, and a fraction of the leading wave
>> No. 127037
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>If you could give that some review and criticism, I'd be thankful.

Welcome to /fic/! You should probably take this to >>123480, which is the Training Grounds. On /fic/, you don't post your reviews on the board--you post your stories to review threads. (Doing that is like walking into a school and asking teachers to teach you instead of going to class.) You can find review threads by their #Reviewer tag. No reviewers really review stories that take their own threads unless you're shortskirtsandexplosions.

Also, this is kind of against the posting rules. Before you do anything else, you should read the sticky at >>112263. It's at the top of the board in flashy rainbow text. Pretty hard to miss. Read it yet? No? I'll wait.

...

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...


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126972 No. 126972 [View]
#Event

Sister thread: http://mlpchan.net/fic/res/4506.html
Accolades: http://writeoff.rogerdodger.me/scoreboard
All anthologies: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/fic+Write+Off
Current list of participants: http://goo.gl/DMUWc

Hey, buddy. Psst. Come over here. I got somethin' for ya. You see those folks over there talkin' about writing and "plot" and "character" and all that baloney? Yeah, well there's this place, right, where they all hang out one weekend, and they write stories like a bunch of mad baboons with half-broken typewriters. We give them fake medals when they win, too. It's a riot. You can join in too, as long as you can make words from those pretty little fingers o' yours. So if you want a chance to get into the big leagues, I got all there information you need right here...

– Participants write stories over a 72 hour period
– The stories are written from a prompt decided at the event’s onset
– Participants submit their work to an anonymous anthology
– Readers then rate the stories
>> No. 126996
You have my Interdast. (For name just have "Filly the Kid")
>> No. 127020
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127020
Writing starts now!

The prompt is Good Intentions.

Good luck, everyone!


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126952 No. 126952 [View]
I suggested the idea of a /fic/ thread in /oat/ before, and I plan to make one soon, but I'm hoping to gather some support from my fellow a/fic/ionados. The thread would be a mostly hangout thread, most likely weekly, where we would engage in shenanigans with posters from /oat/ such as random chatter or story threads or whatever. The purpose being to form a tie between /fic/ and other boards, in an effort to increase traffic.

Now, while traffic increase may be the underlying goal, it should never surface. The main objective should be to simply interact with other users in a fun and engaging way. I dislike the look of /fic/ as a dark corner of the site and possibly the fandom. I'd like to change that, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't actually be that hard, with enough patience and understanding. Come to think of it, the whole world would be better off if we all had a little more patience and understanding. But anyway, the best and easiest way I've ever found for building ties, is by making friends.

Come on, everypony! Let's go say hi to /oat/.


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126924 No. 126924 [View]

Hello /fic/. Excuse my up-coming long question, please...

I am planning on writing a shipfic and while the plot could work even without MLP inserted in, I want to try and insert MLP in so that I can also contribute something to this amazing fandom.

However, the female I would be shipping the protagonist together with doesn't have a nature that's much like any of the mane 6; I don't want to create any second natures for background ponies either, as I dislike that intensely. This leads me to ask:

are OC/OC ships acceptable - and if they are, then under what conditions?

Also, do I need to stick on some kind of alternate universe tag if I pretend that Twilicorn didn't exist?

Finally, if I posted this to the wrong place, please tell me next time, where I should post; I'm new here.
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OC X OC ships are acceptable... but they're not really that popular. I dunno, it's your story; write what you want.

If you want to get advice or ask questions, the #fic IRC room is probably a better place. http://derpy.me/sQjFd
>> No. 126931
>>126924
Thanks :) I'll be sure to check.


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126895 No. 126895 [View]

Need help finding a fic! It's something about a boy who's down on his luck and he dreams about the ponies telling him not to give up and to live his life. Anypony know which one I'm talkn about? Much appreciated.
>> No. 126908
>>126895
Methinks you need to be more specific.
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>>126895
There are two stories like that that I remember, but this is the only one I could find.


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126855 No. 126855 [View]
#Discussion

Hello /Fic/!

How are you doing?

Allow me to introduce myself. Ghostwriter The Scribe is my chosen moniker. A lot of you probably don't know me (and for those that do and think I'm rather insufferable... please put away the rocket launchers. (hopefully my stories and attitude haven't made anypony that mad.))

Anyhoo, I figured I'd ask everyone still here a small question maybe get a discussion going.

Since most of us here are writers, we must be pretty good at creating characters (or in my case, we try to be). Still I'm sure a lot of us start with a skeleton before we stuff in the squishy organs of back-story and personality.

So my question is this, what kind of character archetypes (might be the wrong word here, hmm...) do you like to use.
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>>126855
I think choosing a formula is the best way to make your story formulaic.
I write my characters based on people I've known. Could they be aligned with an archetype? Perhaps. But picking archetypes and writing a story around them is, in my mind, backwards.
Write the story first. The characters will tell you what needs to be done.
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>>126871
Yeah, I feel archetype might not be the right word for what I meant.

For me, I tend to have an idea of how I want the characters to act before I write, IE a standing skeleton.

To clarify I was just wondering what other writers tend to use as a base.

And you answered that by saying you use people you knew as bases.

Sorry for the possible confusion. I just like the sound of the word archetype
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>>126869
>What exactly does a 'Knight in sour armor' entail?
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KnightInSourArmor

The pic in the article even matches the second part of your post!


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126872 No. 126872 [View]
#Discussion

I was wondering why so many anons I've encountered in the fandom keep telling me not to read Past Sins. I was curious about reading it, but I'm not sure which version to read. I know there is an Original Version and a Revised Version. Is it worth reading despite what the anons are saying to me? the anons are from a different site by the way.
>> No. 126880
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>>126872
I personally got all the Past Sins content I'd every want with the MST'd original edit by /fic/'s own Fan/fic/ Theater 3000 thread: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uJ8FqW1zBIzsYZoe4M1ILS9H8wgk2zjEEGQqmgNsfIg/edit?pli=1 (Main Doc)

Part 1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XbtBN2QrxcwFzUiv416jfjoVqLf-JHmnZDWKeelKWG8/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1
Part 2: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11uNwWDSbPPG_iCimtPIkmrqHvtn1pvMiLBrLLc80WOA/edit?pli=1
Part 3: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YxtaWTQKEUv0nESHDQx96s-DGVH5pC7b7FL3u5cJTPg/edit?pli=1

Never did get that far into it, though... 'twas still kind of... ah... sub-par.
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>>126872
They both suck. The revised version has better mechanics but Pen Stroke did several "Han Shot First Second"-style scene changes that made the plot worse than the original. If your eye twitches at obvious errors and repetitive exposition, go with the revised version.

>>126880
I would suggest this.


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98578 No. 98578 [View] [Last 50 posts]
#Discussion
The Fourth Coltcuddler Thread, bring out the champagne!

Continuing from: http://www.ponychan.net/chan/fic/res/43004.html#61592

List from the old thread:

>Members of the Apple Family marked with an *

01 Hoity Toity
02 Snips
03 Snails
04 Caramel
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Just a little something I wrote up in response to a writing-prompt from BillyColt:

"Silverware"
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/40070/Silverware
>> No. 121153
What's this? The thread still exists! Might as well put a spambot bump to good use. I chanced across this the other day; the author appears to be making good use of developing character and setting the scene before getting to the shipping, which is a relief for me to see. It's not without its flaws, but this one has some promise.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/53324/Desert-Storm
>> No. 126858
Bumpity Bump Bump...

I still need to write more~


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126690 No. 126690 [View]

I think it's been a while since the last one of these, so let's do this again. What are you reading, /fic/? Currently reading, recently finished, fics, novels, textbooks, etc.

Currently reading:
Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke

Recently finished:
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
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>>126764

Interesting. I might give Mogworld a try, but I've actually got quite a bit to read now!


On a whim, I've decided to plunge my arms elbow-deep into a very interesting era of American history. Let's see if anyone can guess which era by my choice of books...

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

The Rise of Silas Lapham, by William Dean Howells
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126824
Finishing up the "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter, and starting "The Enduring Flame" and "Obsidian" trilogies by Mercedes Lackey. Finally.
>> No. 126829
Just read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Pretty amusing cyberpunk story ladled with an unhealthy dose of 80's nerd culture trivia.


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