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because I don't
We worked on our story a little more, and D pointed out that I was being a little on-the-nose when it came to Rin. He was like, Nagisa knows him, so Gou doesn't have to explain all that, so take the things she's thinking and have her say that instead.

And, he's right, but I've gotten used to kind of over-telling stuff, once I learned that people who don't necessarily follow a series will still read fic for it. Characters shouldn't have to tell each other stuff that they and followers of canon already know.

So it's hard to know when you need to explain something, and when you think, hey, a fan should be familiar with all this. I've had to do that in HF, and just assume everybody knows the canon, so I don't have to answer questions like why was Eugenie labeled a traitor, why would Natalia's claim to her father's throne be challenged, who's Asch and why does Luke have his memories, etc. Otherwise you get bogged down in stuff that shouldn't have to be said.

But since I don't know if anyone but us will read our silly little thing, I should clean it up.

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serena_b From: serena_b Date: October 22nd, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, this is a good point. I tend to over-explain stuff in my original work, thinking people don't know the world I've built in my head, and the relationships of the characters, so I feel like I need to have exposition on it. As I've been practicing, I'm starting to get better at *showing* things, rather than *telling* things, if that makes sense.

Fanfic might seem different because it's based on some previous work, and there's an implied expectation that the reader will be familiar with it. So there's really no need for a lot of explanations. Still it doesn't hurt to treat it the same way you would original fic, as if a reader is encountering it for the first time. It's the way you reveal things that make the difference. 'Exposition' vs 'show, don't tell' matters to the overall narrative, the former can take you out of the moment, where the latter tends to be more subtle.

I've read a lot of fanfics of series/manga/tv shows that I haven't read/watched. The well-written ones, I've never had a problem with figuring out what was going on, or who felt what for who.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 22nd, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tell vs show is definitely the rule, and I try to follow it, but it's hard! Sometimes I don't know if I'm telling or showing, sometimes I oversell because I want to be sure I'm not glossing over something too much, it's a balance I always struggle with. I think that's one reason I don't like writing original stuff, because I suck at world building, I want to skip all that and have the hard part done so I can just have the witty banter and flirty teasing and stuff.

The only times I've read for a fandom I don't know is if a friend writes it and wants me to look at it. Plus, I'm at the point where I hardly read for fandoms I write in because I don't want to be influenced too much. I'm weird, I know.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: October 22nd, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, not reading others' stuff is a good rule to live by if you think you might be influenced by it. There's been cases of published authors being accused of stealing ideas from fanfics so....yeah. :)

I find world building and creating characters the most fun part of writing original fic. I'm kind of terrible at long term plotting though, so that's my weak point. (that's pretty terrible....lol)
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