How to write a proper Let’s Player fanfiction
Hello friends, acquaintances, and random DeviantArtist who clicked on this. I usually do not give advice on a large scale like this, but I feel it is my place to try and rectify some of the poorly written Let’s Player fanfictions I have found while surfing through the various pieces of writing on this site.
Now, this is more or less just an outline for ideas of what to do and what not to do. I cannot just outright say “Do not make the characters Out of Character” because OOC-ness is a good part of writing. So this is merely suggestions on what would be good and what to try and avoid.
Also, I will not cover writings for ProtoConroy, if you want a guide on that, I will link you to Miss NintendoRainbow. This guide is for general Let’s Play fiction. Most of the tips will be things to avoid, but they will include things that are good for writing.
Now, let us begin.
Let’s players are very popular on youtube, we know that. So, it is only natural that people would like to place them in fake settings of our own creation. So let me cover basic things when writing a fanfic.
You need to have good pacing for the story. Now, the pacing is completely dependent on how long you want your fanfiction to be. Generally fans of the LPers write one-shots, or stories that do not have more than one chapter. I will cover both one-shots and multi-chaptered fics for this guide.
One shots are generally much shorter and usually don’t contain more than one major plot device to keep it moving. The pacing for these should be very quick compared to longer chaptered stories. But, while you should be quicker to get to the climax and ending to that story, it shouldn’t be too quick where a lot of details become blurred or missing.
A good example of a one-shot paragraph would be trying to focus on a detail of the story. Let’s give you perspective on how this is. Let’s say your characters are Josh and Jake, and the plot is them meeting for the first time. Now, this story would have to be very quick, it would be a challenge if you tried to even make it more than one chapter of a story. So here is an example of maybe how this story would start.
In a large convention center an older teenage boy walks around. He doesn’t really have much to do here. This is the first time he has ever gone to a Penny Arcade Expo. He looks around the show floor with his hazel colored eyes and sees another man standing in line for a game. He looks equally bored as the first.
While that paragraph is only five sentences, it gives the reader a good idea of where the story takes place and has already introduced the two main characters. It also gives an idea of how old Josh is, since at the real-life equivalent Josh was about eighteen when he met Emile, Tim, and Jon. So, it would make sense that he met Jake in the same time period.
If this story continued in the pattern it started, it would turn into a good fanfic. I have seen fanfics that could have been good if the pacing actually slowed down a bit. Stories take a little time to build up and get to the true idea of the story.
These stories will take a lot longer to get to the point. So, of course the pacing would be much slower and each chapter might have its own minor plotline that ties into the overall idea of the story. A good pacing will keep the reader inclined to come back when the story is updated.
But, the pacing also varies on how long you need a chapter to be. If it’s a major chapter when a lot needs to be said, pace it quicker. If it’s filler, make it take a little time to finish. A good example for a long story paragraph is written below, from a story I’m currently working on.
Later that night Emile is sitting on the hotel bed playing his 3DS to pass the time. Jon is busy on his computer working on something he refuses to let Emile see, and listening to his music. Emile occasionally glances over at the clock to see what time it is. The seconds pass by as the time nears midnight. The only sounds are Emile’s sound effects from the DS and Jon’s occasional yawns. As impatience starts creeping slowly through Emile’s body, the clock finally chimes midnight.
While you really wouldn’t know what’s going on fully until the story is officially released, the story needs to move at a certain pace, otherwise no one would read it.
Now, with the basics down to figure out how to properly pace a story let’s get into some more major ideas that would help eliminate some of the problems that have turned me away from fanfics.
DON’T BE TOO SILLY
This is a big thing I’ve seen with some writings is that the plot is too silly like all the characters ate the mushroom. Silliness is acceptable with these, they are fiction after all, but don’t make the story completely plot-less. I do understand some people will read it, but most might not.
Really, anyone can throw something together that looks like a monkey wrote it. While I can’t really stop people from putting silly things into their story, the entire thing shouldn’t be that way.
Characters do need to have a personality comparable to the real person
This mostly means that we can’t have Jon being overly hyper and Tim being excessively loud for longer than five seconds. Character bending is a fun thing to do, but keep the characters at least recognizable in their personality. I can’t completely dictate how an LPer will be in your story, but choose something fitting. Like, if it’s you meeting Patrick or Lucah for the first time, they won’t be how they are in recording, they will be shy. But Emile and Jon will be friendly and smile.
Nothing really stops you from using anything that you think of. You just need a way to make it work. If you can, write it out, the world becomes your oyster at that point. While creativity is a big key in writing things involving real people, don’t overdo it. If you start throwing in too many creative spikes in shorter story, the story may become too confusing. So leave multi-tiered creative ideas to stories that will have more than two chapters to keep things juicy and interesting.
So, here’s a small idea of what people should do when trying to write an LP fanfiction. There are no set rules for it, so these are merely suggestions. It would be interesting to see an OOC LPer if the story truly fit around that concept, like if it was alternate universe and eventually they have a personality change to what we in our universe know it as. But, if more people stuck to some of the suggestions, we could have a really good fanfic stack that even the LPers might read them.
Anyway, silvazefan4ever, signing off on this.