How to Start Writing Fanfiction on Tumblr

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Last Updated on September 16, 2022

There are many ways to get started writing fanfiction on Tumblr, but what’s the best way to get your work seen? The biggest benefit is having a community of fans that can cheer you on. Writing in a genre you love will help you get exposure and make friends, but a lot of people struggle with this. Don’t give up! Listed below are some tips to help you get started writing.

Write fics that already exist

It’s tempting to write fanfiction inspired by fanfics that already exist, but the truth is that there are a lot of pitfalls in that strategy. As a beginner writer, you might feel embarrassed or intimidated by BNFs, but don’t let this put you off – you’ll soon see that fics aren’t as difficult as you might think.

First of all, you should avoid popular summary tropes. These won’t set your fic apart from others, and readers will assume they’ve already read it. Readers aren’t stupid. They know the endings of the stories that they read, so instead of giving them away, build a sense of mystery. This way, readers won’t know that their favorite fics are based on the same plot line.

You can avoid the common pitfalls of fanfiction and other works by sticking to original characters. Try to get a beta reader for your fanfictions and remember that people will continue to read your work if you respect their source. Similarly, if you follow the same rules for the original work, you’ll be rewarded by loyal readers. So, if you want to make your fanfic a success, stick to the original characters!

While there are many reasons why you might want to write fanfic, it can be very easy to get discouraged when you’re not seeing the results you’re looking for. In some cases, it can be even easier to write fanfiction based on an existing fic. In such cases, it’s not a bad idea to post it as a work-in-progress.

Find a beta reader

Before you begin writing fanfiction, find a beta reader. This is particularly important if you’re writing about someone you really admire. Because it can be very easy to misrepresent a character or an entire genre by writing about them as if they are real. Because of this, you should be sure to get feedback from someone who identifies with the characters or genre that you’re writing about.

When you find a beta reader on Tumblr, try to find someone who is within your target age range. This way, you’ll get the most honest feedback from someone who knows the fandom you’re writing about. Because Tumblr is popular with teens and young adults, you’re more likely to find someone who shares your interests. In addition to being a good source for beta readers, you’ll also find a community of readers for your story.

Once you’ve compiled your list of potential beta readers, you’ll need to tag them. If your fandom involves vampires, for example, include ‘vampire’ in your tags. This will attract beta readers who like vampire stories. Once you’ve chosen your beta readers, you’ll need to reach out to them and ask them for feedback. To find such a reader, you can do a search for ‘beta readers’ and click on the hashtag ‘betareaders’. Choose some people to contact and ask them for beta reading your work.

When looking for beta readers, the easiest way to find them is to write a post asking for one. Just write a short text post requesting a beta reader, indicating the word count, genre, and brief synopsis of your work. Tag the post with ‘beta readers’ and “beta reader” and people who are interested will contact you.

Avoid critiquing other fics

While some writers may ask for constructive criticism, it is generally not appropriate to write critiquing comments without first asking permission. After all, you are writing fanfiction to escape reality and provide an outlet for anxiety or depression. If you find a fic that you dislike, don’t be the first to give it a troll review. Instead, focus on promoting your own work.

Another mistake to avoid is commenting on other fanfics. While it’s natural to comment on other people’s writing, avoid making personal attacks on them. Attempting to disseminate these comments may cause your own work to suffer. Moreover, they may be detrimental for the author’s self-esteem and motivation to keep writing. Readers should respect author’s wishes, and don’t criticize a story just because a few people disliked it.

If you find yourself tempted to do so, remember that the reader of your fanfic is not your competition. You don’t know how hard other fans worked to make your story. Also, you don’t know if anyone will read your critique. So, don’t be the one to judge. Just focus on your own work and keep writing! You’ll be surprised at how much feedback you can gain from other authors.

Another mistake is criticizing other fanfics. Remember that the authors of fanfics are not professional writers, nor are they super popular or famous. They write fanfic for enjoyment, and that means you should respect their work and be supportive rather than judgmental. If you’re not able to find beta readers, be patient and polite. Do not make it worse by putting “concrit welcome” in your author notes.

Avoid criticizing tropes

In this video, I discuss my experiences writing fic and the influence it had on my career. I talk about how fandom influences my writing, how I changed my writing style, and how fanfic has become a part of my life. In the intro music, I play “Awel” by stefsax. I also share some tips for writing fanfiction on Tumblr, including avoiding the pitfalls of blaming others for using the source material in your fanfiction.

One of the main reasons that writers avoid getting negative feedback from their fans is because they don’t have a way to communicate with their readers. For instance, if a reader leaves short comments, they are afraid they will be rejected. In response, authors respond that it’s okay to use emojis, and they offer some advice on how to give concrit.

Be aware of fandom size

While fandoms vary, some have more followers than others. In smaller fandoms, new faces tend to get noticed and can add to the content pool. On the other hand, people who have been following the same author for a while may recognize familiar urls. The number of followers and comments on a fanfiction does not always reflect quality. If you’re writing fanfiction for a new fandom, take note of the following of readers in this fandom.

Remember that smaller fandoms will naturally have smaller followers. As a result, you’ll need to scale your expectations accordingly. Be sure to choose a fandom that you love, or at least a small subset of it. This way, you’ll be less likely to be bombarded by haters or trolls who want to destroy your writing.

Be aware of the size of your fandom when writing fanfiction on Tumblr. While there’s no single size of fandoms, many sites have different size limits. If you want to write a story that will be popular in a large fandom, try to stay within a niche. However, if you want to write fanfic for a smaller fandom, you can always limit the number of posts.

About The Author

Tess Mack is a social media expert who has fallen down more times than she can count. But that hasn't stopped her from becoming one of the most well-known Twitter advocates in the world. She's also a web nerd and proud travel maven, and is considered to be one of the foremost experts on hipster-friendly social media. Tess loves sharing interesting facts with her followers, and believes that laughter is the best way to connect with people.