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July 25, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Writing Engaging Fan Fiction

So you love playing MMOs and roleplaying adventures for your online character, but did you ever wish that there was more to the story?  Writing your own fan fiction can be a way to invent new adventures with your game character with no restrictions or limits to your imagination.  Once you’ve decided to venture into the world of game fan fiction, there are some techniques you can employ to make your stories stand out and engage your readers.

Help Us Picture Your Character

One advantage of writing fan fiction is that the environment is already created.  For example, if you’re writing about Wizard101 or Pirate101 then you’re automatically writing about the Spiral – a land where your readers will be familiar with.  What we’re not familiar with however, is your character.  What do they look like?  What are their dreams?  Who is their enemy?  Take a look at the two paragraphs below to see what I mean:

I am Lauren SparkleWeaver, a myth Wizard questing day by day in Wizard City.  One day I aim to rid the Spiral of Malistaire’s evil.

I blew a strand of long blonde hair out of my eyes, and tightened my grasp on the worn wooden handle of my magic Myth staff.  “I am Lauren Sparkleweaver,” I hissed as I cut my eyes across the pond in Wizard City, “and one day I’m going to rid the Spiral of Malistaire’s evil.” 

With any kind of writing, the big rule is show, don’t tell.  In your fan fiction, show us your character by lots of description!

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Create a Dynamic Intro

The best writing grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning!  Open your fan fiction story with compelling content like beautiful description, an interesting problem that needs solving, or fun dialogue.  Check out samples from these two stories from KingsIsle players for an example of how to nicely introduce a fan fiction story.

The duel finally ended with a solid touch to the left shoulder. “Good! Very good.” Morgan Lafitte stood back, regarding her student with a pleased eye. Anne Radcliffe beamed at the praise, only somewhat tempered by the knowledge that she was sweaty and winded from the bout, while Morgan was not even breathing hard. Still, she had managed to get past her teacher’s formidable guard, not an easy feat at all.

By Virtuous Anne Radcliffe, a Pirate101 Player (read the entire story)

Something totally unexpected happened to me today. This was stranger than anything I’d ever witnessed before. It was even more surprising then the time that John couldn’t move anymore because I’d glared at him, or the time that the snowman came to life because I’d been thinking about Frosty. It was even stranger then the day that the public swimming pool turned into an ice skating rink because I had wished for it. No, it was even more astonishing than all those things combined. Well, to start, have you ever heard of Ravenwood School? ….. No? Well then, maybe I should start from the beginning.

By Sierra Winterbreeze, a Wizard101 Player (read the entire story)

Keep Your Dialogue Clear and Interesting

  • When a new person speaks, you need to start a new paragraph.
    • Even if they only say “Ok!” you still need to create a new paragraph every time a different person speaks.
  • Break up long strands of dialogue with description
  • Use verbs instead of “he said”
    • He replied
    • He laughed
    • He screamed
    • He sneered

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Divide Your Story Into Appropriate Sections

It is a trend in a lot of fan fiction to create stories with multiple parts or chapters, and in a lot of ways that can be the right thing to do.  It leaves your reader wanting more, breaks up the story into readable chunks, and gives the story an epic feel.  What you don’t want to do though, is have each part/chapter be extremely short.  Make sure your story has enough “meat” in each segment to introduce/remind your readers of the conflict, describe your character(s) and develop the plot.

Have a Friend Review Your Work

Nobody can create beautiful art all by themselves!  Having a friend or family member read your story before publishing is a great way to get someone else’s opinion on your work as well as have a second pair of eyes look for spelling and grammatical errors.  Spell check helps too!

Have Fun With It!

Even though writing good fan fiction can be a difficult challenge, it’s also a lot of fun!  The game worlds that we have created are now in your control, and you can do whatever you want with them.  Maybe Professor Greyrose is taking everyone on a field trip to Grizzleheim, or your Pirate wants to build their very own Buffaloon stable in Cool Ranch!  Wherever your imagination may take the story, your enjoyment at writing will shine through to your readers.

When you have a finished piece of game fan fiction, you can always submit it to the Wizard101 fan fiction or Pirate101 game fan fiction sections!  We publish a variety of stories per month.  Happy writing players!

Want to read some amazing fan fiction? Check out some of our favorites!

Lauren Mauldin
Marketing Website Producer

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  1. Anonymous / Jul 25 2013 1:17 pm

    Thank You. This will help with one of my stories… One question: Are we allowed to post and update the story as pleased or does it have to be finished before sending? Thank You Kingsisle, those tips helped… I almost forgot the part about dialogue :O

    • KingsIsle Entertainment / Jul 25 2013 1:22 pm

      It’s always best to send us your final story that’s ready to be published!

      • Anonymous / Jul 28 2013 12:13 pm

        alright, thank you

    • Jared Titanrider / Jul 25 2013 2:17 pm

      There are other places where you can send them as well, and most of them, if not all, allow you to publish them by Chapters, or other methods. Notable Websites include, but not limited to: Fanfiction.net (the one I use), and Wattpad. there are bound to be even more out there that I don’t know of, as I stuck to one for reasons of Familiarity. Fanfiction.net is a “go at your own pace, Update at your own pace” Site. You type up a chapter, or two, and post them under a Penname. This Article makes many valid points, many of which I follow myself. One of the reasons I got back into Wizard101 after a few years of no playing, was the fact that I had gone into Fanfiction, and needed some more information. It’s not necessary to know the entire game, just Core elements and NPCs in game. Anything other than that you can effectively modify and change it to your liking. One of the many aspects of Fanfiction that I love.

      • Anonymous / Jul 28 2013 12:14 pm

        Thank you Jared.

  2. Vicki Braun / Jul 26 2013 7:35 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I actually have a pretty cool idea for a Wizard101 fanfiction, so this will be very helpful! ^-^

  3. Destiny Devereaux / Jul 27 2013 10:09 am

    Thank you for featuring my work! The W101 and P101 fan-fiction sections have been inspiration sources of mine for three years. Reading the stories and (since September) writing them have advanced me as a writer in ways unimaginable. Best of luck to anyone submitting for the first time, and fair winds to anyone sending another segment in. YARR!!

    Viva los Piratas!

    D.S. Devereaux

  4. Elizabeth GoldenThistle / Jul 28 2013 2:58 pm

    Are you still accepting Wizard101 fan fiction?

    • Anonymous / Jul 29 2013 3:55 pm

      Just leaving a comment so I can be notified of new posts via e-mail. Sorry but I didn’t know another way to access that option besides commenting. 😛

  5. Nicholas DuneSpear / Jul 31 2013 5:10 pm

    Is submitting fan-fiction still going on? Because I really want to finish mine but it will take a while, haha. 😀

  6. Chogath Lolforever / Aug 2 2013 10:42 pm

    If you’re looking for a good adventure story, with an nice bit of intrigue, consider “Giant Hunters” over at Central – http://www.wizard101central.com/forums/showthread.php?280164-Giant-Hunters

  7. Calamity Crow/ Jane / Aug 6 2013 11:12 am

    how do i summit fan art/ fan fiction?

    • D.S. Devereaux (Destiny) / Aug 20 2013 2:27 pm

      Submit to the e-mail address, community@(pirate101 OR wizard101).com to send in your work. If your art must be sent via snail-mail, appropriate addresses can be found on the game’s respective site. Be sure your work is appropriate and you include your wizard or pirate name. Good luck! 🙂

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