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Old January 23 2013, 09:15 PM   #3
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Re: Some questions about fan fiction

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1 - do people find it easier to write using established characters or better to create their own - i want to start writing a story using new characters and even new species but is that considered uncool (in terms of possibly getting published cos fans don't wanna read about characters they've never heard of)
I prefer to write with new characters as you can do anything you want to them, they can have whatever backstory you choose and whatever ambitions you set for them. So long as they are well conceived and written consistently, I think people get behind newly created characters. As for species, make sure they sensible and believable within the Trek universe.

However, in terms of getting published I think that whoever publishes Treklit need established main characters. But if you're just looking to do fanfic as opposed to a published novel, get it posted here or at Ad Astra, you'll get lots of advice, encouragement and feedback.

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2 - if i did want to get something published, how would that happen....what do most people do with their fan fiction (how did that woman who wrote 50 shades of grey go from twilight fan fiction to published author....what was the process....lets assume for the sake of this that my fan fiction is profoundly brilliant and not just self indulgent crap....what could i realistically do to get it published)
You need an agent, a thick skin and patience. Go looking online for details on how to get work published in your area. If its Trek you want to get published under there are a few rules you have to stick to. Check out the website of whoever holds the rights for it.

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3 - If people write using established characters, do most people set it after the events of the shows or in between episodes (does that require knowing star dates so that the story makes sense happening between events seen in the shows)
Again if its just fanfic, then you can set it whenever you want. But if using established crews, etc, remember the timeline you're writing in and don't screw up continuity (Jem'Hadar attacks in 2366, etc).

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4 - Does my knowledge of techno babble need to be consistent with what's been seen in the shows or can i just make it up......"modify the quantum deflector tubes and use a tachyon beam to neutralise the polaron reactors so we can by-pass the tetryon radiation array"...just how important is that stuff to the reader
Tell a good story about the people in your universe. Use technobabble only where needed and don't make your work all about whatever deus ex machina will get them out of the situation in the nick of time. Technobabble would only be of use if you're writting about an SCE crew or science ship. Stick with what we've seen in canon and take it from there, too many techie words crammed together in a sentence will probably annoy quite a few people and make them switch off.

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5 - any other advice would be welcome
I hope this helps. My advice, get writing and post stuff here for feedback, see what you do well and what needs strengthening up. Whether its original or established, 2266 or 2662, have good characters and a good story and people will come back for more.
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