boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (otter and ferret)
Boundbooks ([personal profile] boundbooks) wrote in [community profile] otterandferret2011-09-19 11:32 pm

Writing Resources & Short Fiction Examples

The following information was written with a broad range of experiences in mind, from someone who is making Otter and Ferret their very first exchange or venture into fanworks, to an experienced exchange participant who just wants to know the details of Otter and Ferret's workings. As someone who was terribly confused by my first exchange sign-up, I decided to err on the side of too much information rather than too little.

Different Ways to Do the HTML Code For Your Entire Fic Extremely Quickly

Some Basic HTML

Emphasized text
Strong text
Text with a line through it



A horizontal line, which is commonly used to separate scenes and/or content



Copy and Paste (will default alight to the left, depending on your style-sheet)

Copy and Paste (will default align to the center)


Free Word Processing Programs

LibreOffice is the replacement for OpenOffice. It is very close to Microsoft Word 2003, in terms of look and layout.
Supported Platforms: Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux

GNU Emacs is "an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing."
Supported Platforms: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and more.

yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes. Works best for long works, with character and item tracking. Spellchecker is dodgy, so may not be the best choice for shorter works.
Supported Platforms: Windows

British Words and Slang

Non-British writers are strongly encouraged to use a britpicker, but it is not required. One can ask for britpicking services at any of the LJ or DW beta communities.

[livejournal.com profile] hp_britglish, a British English Q&A for Harry Potter Fandom
[livejournal.com profile] hp_britglish: Horrid Americanisms
[livejournal.com profile] doomcanary: On the Finer Points of English Swearing
[livejournal.com profile] kubrick_potter's Britpick Reference Guide linked from a LJ post.
The Best of the British: Slang | People | Motoring | Clothing | Around the House | Food & Drink | Odds & Sods

Grammar and Mechanics

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): General Writing Resources

Betas

Writers are strongly encouraged to use a beta reader, but it is not required. One can also ask for britpicking services at any of the LJ or DW beta communities.

Hawthorn & Vine: Beta Readers
Harry Potter Betas' Resource ([livejournal.com profile] hp_betas)
Harry Potter Betas Wanted ([community profile] hp_betas_wanted / [livejournal.com profile] hp_betas_wanted)
[livejournal.com profile] dramione - Post and ask for a beta reader or britpicker.
[community profile] dramione - Post and ask for a beta reader or britpicker.

Cultural Betas

When writing about a culture, ethnicity, language, religion or other identity that is not within your experiences, it can often help to have a cultural beta. A cultural beta is someone who's willing to lend their expertise or experiences in order to help make your work better.

[community profile] dark_agenda offers several cultural beta resource posts. Some are betas are fandom-specific, but other betas are broader: Beta Post 1, Beta Post 2, Beta Mailing List.

Canon

Hawthorn & Vine: Wands | Canon Draco | Canon Hermione | Side-by-Side Hermione and Draco Comparison Table
[tumblr.com profile] pottermorespoilers: Wand Woods | Wand Cores | Wand Lengths and Flexibility
[livejournal.com profile] potterwords: A resource for canonical Harry Potter vocabulary

Short Fiction Examples

The following are some of my personal favorite Dramione fics. A short story can be just as satisfying as a longer work, and Otter and Ferret writers should not feel pressured to produce an epic. Otter and Ferret has a 1,000 word minimum, and it is not a Big Bang. The key phrase is 'quality over quantity,' regardless if the story in question is 350,000 words edited down to 325,000 or 2,000 words edited to 1,000.

Less than 1,000
Words of Love: Diplomatic Relations (359 words) by faviconeevilalice
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Blaise Zabini
Summary: Blaise and the rest of Slytherin House are fed up with Draco's complaints about Hermione. So Blaise takes matters into his own hands.

Detritus (877 words) by faviconvoleuse
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy
Summary: Truth accrues in pieces.

1,000-ish
Hypotheticals (1000 words) by faviconJenwryn
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Draco Malfoy
Summary: Hermione is studying late at night in the library, and finds herself have a very strange conversation with Draco Malfoy. This oneshot is set during one of the later years of their schooling at Hogwarts.

Better (1046 words) by faviconGreenschist
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Summary: Just another full moon morning at Malfoy Manor.

Theobroma (1083 words) by faviconeevilalice
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger
Summary: Hermione's having a rough time of it following a break-up with Ron & with her final year at Hogwarts drawing to a close. Draco awkwardly attempts to lift her spirits. Possible companion piece/sequel to "Draco, Like a Mac and Cheese Virgin."

Ribbon (1100 words) by faviconMusyc
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger
Characters: Draco Malfoy
Summary: He would never give her a second thought, never lie awake fighting to keep his hands out of his pyjamas and off his twitching cock if it hadn't been for her fucking hair. Wild, untamed, uncaged.

Less than 3,000
In Endless Feuding Perish (1280 words) by faviconvoleuse
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy
Summary: I can't hold you and I can't leave you.

Coffee and Cake (1411 words) by faviconMusyc
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger
Summary: Draco is at a loss in Muggle London. Hermione buys him a coffee, for starters.

A Blatant Affair (1516 words) by faviconGorgeous Nerd
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Parvati Patil, Lavender Brown, Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore
Summary: Just how secret is Hermione's secret relationship?

Whispers (1775 words) by faviconMusyc
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger
Summary: He tells her what he's going to do to her.

The Mirror Lied (1844 words) by faviconstripped
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy
Summary: When you've always known you like girls, it's easy to grow up believing you were really meant to be a boy. After all, that's the way the world works, isn't it? Boys like girls. Girls like boys. If you like girls, you must be a boy, especially if you were born with the bits boys have.
Everyone reminded Draco he was a boy as he grew. The first born son. The much awaited and desired son. The son and heir. His masculinity was celebrated.

Which is why it took so long for Draco to realize he wasn’t a man at all.

Prisoners (2140 words) by faviconningloreth
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy, Severus Snape
Summary: When Harry and Ron escape from Malfoy Manor, Hermione’s left behind...

Revenge of Willie the Broom Closet (2162 words) by faviconleopion
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Original Male Character
Summary: Revenge. It isn't his favourite, but they must pay for their crimes. They have ruined the reputation of his fellow broom closets, and now Willie is determined to teach them a lesson they will never forget!

The Marked Man (2848 words) by faviconInspire
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy
Summary: Draco's scars are a map of his world.