Dr. Merlin’s Guide to Fanfic

This was originally written by Merlin Missy in 1996 and posted to Firefox News in 2007. Some references are now dated but the general advice is very good. It is used with permission. — Cygnet


Hi there. So you want to write fan fiction. Maybe you’ve already written a story or two, posted them to the appropriate newsgroups, and have received feedback, mostly positive. If so, you’re probably feeling pretty good, and thinking to yourself, “I shouldn’t be reading this. I already know how to write this stuff, and it’s easy.” Who knows? Maybe you honestly don’t need it. Continue reading “Dr. Merlin’s Guide to Fanfic”

Mary Sue, Who Are You?

Throughout fanfiction, there is no character so reviled and yet so pervasive as the Mary Sue.

This post was originally written by Merlin Missy in 2007. It is used with permission.


Throughout fanfiction, there is no character so reviled and yet so pervasive as the Mary Sue. Continue reading “Mary Sue, Who Are You?”