Uhm...I thought it might be nice to do write down some writing tips not only for fanfiction, but also for original fiction: 1. Setting This is what you begin with, wether you like it or not. When using an already existing universe, you are writting a fanfic(unless it's the real world), you won't have to consider to much, since you can find it all in the book/movie/game/whatever. What is adivisble is to join a forum where they discuss about the world.(so for naruto fans, first hang around a month at the theories forum) The people who discuss the possibility of a phenomenom in your canon's world, can provide you with almost limitless information and possebilities... though I can't assure you that you won't be spoiled the rest of the story... When creating a new world, you will need to think well about stuff: What kind of world is it? Are there any gods? Are there any religions? What is so special about this world? how are it's inhabitans? And ofcourse, you'll need to think out the balance, since if dragons are imortal and uber powerful? what stops them from destroying the world? maybe they grow very slow, or they are pacifists... 2. Characters Characters are the most difficult part of writing... How to keep a character in character Well, first of all, you don't give a character some charactaristics and some personal habits and then you let him run of to the unknown...Because if you do this, you character will be a robot. No you begin giving your characters goals and believes, and dreams and hopes. From whatever live philosofie you've gave them, you'll have to work out how they will react to things, and what their habit will be. When writing fanfiction, you might consider to ask others for a psychological view on that character. To give an example of all the above I will use sasuke. Since he's the most ooc written character I've seen. ------------- Sasuke flat discription: A jerk that doesn't say a thing, get all the girls and is a bastard. He wants to kill his brother, and would sell his soul to the devil to accomplish this, he doesn't give a damn about naruto and sakura. Sasuke better discription: Sasuke has seen an illusion of how his brother, who he admirred, killed his family. His brother told him that he's too weak and Itachi will only care for him when he is strong enough to beat itachi. He's not exactly waiting for all those girls to fawn over him, and is indeed prepared to sell his soul for power, thus also redemption. But he would never be able to sell his friends for that... Speaking of which, he tries to deny he likes his teammates, because he's scared that if Itachi would've found out, he would come by to kill them.(which almost happend) He considers Naruto his best friend, but does likes to pick on him a bit.(Which is very normal teenage behavior) an he does like sakura, and I'm positive his apreciation meter would go up, if she stopped fawning over him... --------------- Now if you would take the flat discription, you will get a flat sasuke, however if you would take the better discription your sasuke will have some dept. When creating a character you should not forget about the bad points of that chracter, don't make them to cliche, and don't give them any dissease that should be dangerous enough to put them up in a mental insitute, since otherwise you'll get a mary-sue. Also, when letting your character think, make their thoughts a bit more various instead of: "Oh no, I'm in love" "Oh no, I can't do this"(aka wangst) "Oh no, I'm an uber outcast"(Nobody ever thinks that there are actually people who don't care what others think about them) 3. Spelling A difficult one, spelling is very important, since if you want to atract a large audiance, you won't be using 1337 language, would you? The most important thing you need to do is to check the story through WORD's spell check, to make sure the words you've written down, are actual words. The next thing is to look at the grammar, and the words to look wether you've used the right word. for an example hear and here are confused a lot of times, others are: Their(car) They're(coming) There(it is) Where(is it) were(as in: we were walking) You might also try to read your story alout, to fix some difficulties in a sentence. And the last one is to get a beta tester, he or she can see the mistakes better and faster then you can. Since you're blind for your own mistakes. another thing you have to worry about is the formating: if you don't use enough paragrpahs then the story might become unreadeble... 4. anything else Well, you should be able to see the difference between a flame and constructive critisisme. the main thing you should remember is that a flamer doesn't want to help you, a writer of a constructive critisism does. Another thing is to make your authors note a short as possible, because people hate it to see that the authors note is taking up half a page... don't make the authors note longer than 2 paragraphs in all, and avoid muse talks...they can be annoying like hell, also try to put the an at the beginning and the end, avoid review replies, and make a good signal to show where the chapter begins and ends. These were my tips(I'll add some more later) add some yourself if you like.