How to write a dope summary Jul 1, 2018 12:50:47 GMT -5
Post by 😍#f7786b❤ on Jul 1, 2018 12:50:47 GMT -5
- Even if you are just starting to write your story, it is not too early to think about your summary. Once your story is complete, read it again and try to determine your main theme. Any major pairings, battles or dilemmas should be included in the summary if possible.
- Type properly. If someone reads a summary with several misspellings or incorrect grammar, they will assume that the fan fiction is also typed in a similar way and not even bother to check out the story. Therefore you should keep it to proper English. Make sure you do not type in all caps.
- Add warnings if your fan fiction qualifies for a warning, such as with stories that feature abuse. That way your readers won't get any nasty surprises. It is much better to use ten characters in a brief warning than to get a flame the next day. If you cannot list a warning in the summary, you should list it in the first chapter. There is no excuse for posting triggering material without warning. Warnings include "AU" (meaning "alternate universe"), "Abuse", and things of that nature.
- Limit your summary to one paragraph at most. If you've ever turned a book over, it only has about half a page of a summary. Remember that the average book is usually much longer and deeper than the average fan fiction. Therefore, the summary for a fan fiction should be shorter than that of a book. An average is about 150 to 277 characters. Some websites, such as Fanfiction.net, will not let you go over that amount of characters.
- Give a preview if you have the space, such as a brief quote from your story. Often people will want to read it more if they actually see a bit of your writing! You may also have a quote that sums up the whole story well. If you do, use it, as such quotes can make great summaries.
- Add a photo if space permits that depicts what kind of story they will be reading. Seen on many fiction based forums and sites like WattPad, a visual aid helps really draw in your target audience.
- Watch your written dialect for international readers. This goes back to tip 2 and writing properly instead of using sticky caps or incorrectly spelling words in your story. This may become difficult for people whose first language may not be English or translators to correctly translate your story. Ultimately, when you are spelling words correctly in your stories, it makes it easier for EVERYONE to tap into your story. Also, think of the word of mouth that your story will garner when its easily read? You would be doing yourself a disservice if you intentionally leave grammar and spelling typos.