Showing when writing: Emotions [part 1]
hiding their face in their hands
crossing their arms around their body
shifting their weight from side to side
nervous quirks appear such as picking at their nails, playing with their hair, and rocking on their heels.
avoiding eye contact
glancing or staring at random objects
scratching the back of their head or neck.
wetting their lips
harsh or erratic breathing
covering their mouth with their hands
stutters or stammers
Tilting back head and yelling out
fist pumping in the air
Stabbing with finger
Slamming fist against something
Jutting out their chin
Eyebrows lowered or furrowed
wrapping their arms around themselves
repeatedly folding and unfolding their arms
clutching at themselves, their hip/shoulder/stomach
drawn in/furrowed brows
avoiding eye contact
no appetite or nervous eating so a bigger appetite
toying with things
rubbing at their face
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What’s your take on canon divergent fanfic’s ability to become publishable original fiction?
It's dangerous territory, in my opinion. But not impossible, if you're willing to put in the effort.
FANFICTION 101- Canon Divergence to Original Work
Especially in the cases of fantasy fiction, canon divergent implies that you are using the author's original world and characters, and writing it into a different plot. Which is fine if it's kept contained to fanfiction spaces.
But when you start talking about publishing, you're also talking about mass-distributing for your own profit, something copyright law protects against.
I. WHAT TO CHANGE
The only way I can see someone reasonably pulling this off is if they write their canon divergent fanfiction, then, in the second draft (where the fic is the first draft), they change fundamental aspects of that world.
Let's take, for example, a Marvel canon divergence.
Instead of superheroes vs. villains, change it to pirates vs. petticoats. Crime syndicate vs. the powers that be. The Capulets vs. the Montagues (which, btw, are totally in the public domain so feel free to go ham with that one).
Essentially, here, you would be using the events of your canon divergent fic and turning it into an AU.
You could change the superpowers of every single one of the characters, as well as their backstories and any significant plot events that might happen in the Marvel version, but keep the idea of the fic relatively similar.
For this one, you'd also have to make sure that no part of your story takes place in recognisable Marvel trademark places. If it does, you're going to have to change the name of the place, as well as its concept.
This option is essentially: Rework everything about your fic to the point where it is nearly unrecognisable from canon.
What do I mean by unrecognisable? I'm so glad you asked.
Take, for example, the maximum security prison in Guardians of the Galaxy. In your work, it is no longer called The Kyln. It's called The Graveyard. It's no longer set in space, but deep in the bowels of some unplumbed underwater trench on a planet in the outer reaches of a far away galaxy.
See what I mean?
II. SOURCE MATERIAL VS. CANON
Since we know that authors often draw inspiration from–or straight up use–folklore and mythology to inform their work, there are also things to consider about your fanfiction and what counts as part of the author's Original World(TM).
Take Thor, for example. He is part of the Norse Mythological Canon. Marvel uses Thor, and many aspects of Thor's world, to inform their fictional world.
This means that Thor, Loki, Oden, Valhalla, etc. are not Marvel(TM). They are part of a larger pantheon that has its own lore, and is generally open to the public domain without risk of being sued.
However, and this is a big however...
Marvel changes quite a bit about Thor, too–even if some of the base elements remain similar to Norse legend. Thor's personality in the films, for example, is something that is trademark Marvel.
I'm no expert on Marvel or Norse Mythology, so this is where you, the author of a canon-divergent-soon-to-be-original work, come in.
It is your job to research as much of Norse Mythology (or whatever source material your canon text might use) as you possibly can. Immerse yourself in it. Really absorb it. Not only is this what any other author does (or should do) at the start of a project, but it's also to inform you what aspects of the source material canon uses, and what it doesn't use.
Where the canon text differs from its source material is what is considered under Copyright Protection. These differences are considered the intellectual property of someone who is still alive and earning a living off of that property.
Say, for instance, in the Marvel films, Thor's signature apparel includes rainbow striped suspenders. This would be a Marvel(TM) trait of Thor, since we know Norse Legend Thor does not wear rainbow striped suspenders.
Therefore, your work should not include rainbow striped suspenders in Thor's regular attire. You could maybe include rainbow striped suspenders once, for a special occasion, as a nod to the canon you are writing from. But I would go so far as to scrap, not just rainbow striped, but any suspenders from Thor's look in your work.
This is all to say that it's possible to turn Canon Divergent Fanfiction into Original Publishable Work–but not without an abundance of time and effort. which is the sacrifice most authors must make, whether they're starting from fic or scratch.
If I were you, I would begin by thinking of your fanfiction as the skeleton of your original story. Use it to improve your style of writing, dialogue, tone. Use it to figure out which scenes enhance your narrative and which scenes work against your narrative. Use it as a framework or map for your original story.
And when it comes time to write that second draft where you must change things about the canon world, here is a list of resources I often use for my original work when I feel stuck:
Nameberry -> this is one of my favourite name sites because you can type in a name and it'll give you, not only the origin and meaning, but also a list of names that have a similar ~vibe~ about them.
Fantasy Name Generator -> this is a site dedicated to helping you come up with names for elements of your fantasy world. It has everything from people names to castle names to poison names to pub names. There are even options that will help you come up with a concept/description for places, animal species, armies, etc.
Reedsy -> plot generator
Theoi -> Greek Mythology Database
norse-mythology.org -> Norse Mythology Database
Mythopedia -> Celtic Mythology Database (they also have Greek on here too, I believe)
Pantheon.org -> World Mythology Encyclopaedia
I hope this helps you on your journey to authorship. If you have any other questions, please feel free to shoot them in my inbox, and I will get to them as soon as I can. Happy writing! ✍️📖
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Bad Liar (ls)
"Con mis sentimientos en llamas, supongo que soy un mal mentiroso"
Harry es el escritor del periódico escolar y siempre escribe sobre Louis, el líder del grupo de porristas, con su sonrisa coqueta y movimientos delicados. El rizado intenta hacerlo quedar bien en el diario, pero al siempre recibir información errónea frente a sus ojos o por personas al azar, siempre lo deja quedando mal.
"¡Te voy a matar, Styles!" decía Louis enojado caminando hasta Harry que solo podía borrar su sonrisa comenzando a correr.
Words: 2255, Chapters: 5/?, Language: Español
Fandoms: One Direction, Louis Tomlinson - Fandom, Harry Styles - Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles
Relationships: Harry Styles/Louis Tomlinson
Additional Tags: soft, High School, Fluffy
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Eight Days a Week
In a ploy to get more free time for themselves, Katniss and Peeta work together to set up their workaholic bosses.
Loosely based on the film Set It Up.
Words: 11911, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
Fandoms: Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Haymitch Abernathy, Effie Trinket
Relationships: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark, Haymitch Abernathy/Effie Trinket
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting
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