You can presume a little knowledge on your readers' part and spend a little less time describing commonly-known elements. The characters are not your own and you have to work harder to keep them in-character, otherwise people are not going to enjoy the story, But aside from those details, writing a fan fiction is no different from writing an original concept story. All the same technical rules still apply.
Yeah everyone has said everything I could probably say, lols.
I do have some general advice though.
But the best thing to do is know what your writing. If you're writing comedy, you can probably get away with a lot more OOC than other types of fanfiction.
Also, really, just keep in mind of the universe and during what part of the story the fanfiction is being placed in.
I also find it more forgiving to use Japanese words in Japan. If it takes place in Japan (not Japan inspired, mind you)I find the offense totally forgivable. However, I'd still be light on the usage.
Be careful with how you ship characters to, especially if there are storyline pairings. You may need to make up reasons for why the couple didn't really work out or something. However, I really stop giving fucks when it comes to couples, because you can ship anyone, and somebody will find someway to hate you.
Oh, but one word of advice, don't let people ever let you down because you write fanfiction. It isn't something people should really be looking down upon, so ignore people who say you shouldn't write it or that it's bad. That is the best piece of advice I can give you.
Sorry to butt in here but the easiest way I found to write a fanfic is to create you own world with the universe (guidelines) of the mainstream story. It's easier and allows for more freedom as you don't have to worry about maintaining the appearance (personality, etc) of the already established characters. So then it truly does became an original story just within the rules of the ficti0onal world your writing through. Hopefully this helps.
Why do you want to write fan-fictions if you say yo know so little about them and seem to think it's hard to write them?
I think it isn't too far from writing anything original - but you already have the characters, world and everything around it set.
I used to write fan-fictions as a sort of exercise to try to catch the feeling of the series (I think I've only written for TV-series) and the character. I don't know if I succeed, but that was the only use I ever found of writing fan-fictions.
Do your research. One of the worst things you can do is make a fanfic without seeing the original material. Some fandoms are full of this -- the writers read fanfics and think they're canon, when they're not.
Until your writing skill is pretty good, keep the characters within character.
For example, Naruto in canon was never beaten up or abused by the villagers during his childhood. NEVER. And yet a huge chunk, if not every fanfic dealing with Naruto's childhood shows he is abused as a background, usually a reason for him suddenly seeking revenge. Not only is the abuse non-existent, in canon Naruto LOVES his village. He'd likely die first than destroy it.
If you're making a fanfic of a japanese show, please, don't throw in random Japanese phrases. Unless there's ABSOLUTELY no english equivalent, don't use a japanese. Avoid "hai" when "yes" or "yeah" can do. Don't use "sweatdropped". There is no such word.
Personally, I like fanfiction that I can read and appreciate even if I don't know what the original series is. I guess that a good way to start a fanfic -- pretend the person who is reading doesn't have an idea. So, introduce characters and setting like you would as if it were an original fic.
Well, I know I read a lot and I mean a lot of fanfiction. And one of my biggest pet peeves is when the story is going well and it's all on topic and out of no where the main topic is a crappy shipping. I have nothing against shipping characters, but I hate when it doesn't fit into the story at all when I'm not expecting it. It bothers me quite a lot.
"Steven King was still feeling sleepy though he had gotten at least 7 hours. He would have to go make coffee, and begin working. The writer noticed snow was piling up outside but he was in relatively high spirits. He didn't realize that the fans in his basement were writing about him. He didn't realize that their stories were coming true."
CystalBornFeatured By OwnerDec 14, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
I want a challenge. I have written original stories before and now I want to try something different. I want to know what it's like to write a story with characters I know well like Ragna the Bloodedge from BlazeBlue or Canada from Hetalia. I need to get used to writing different stories with different requirements or I will not be flexible later down the line.