The approach I always take when writing is to write from the point of view of the characters. So for a story about magical pastel colored ponies, I try and get into the head and narrative voice of a pony with regards to the show. It's not always easy, but it can help a lot with getting the tone right for what you're actually writing about.
Of course Spikes Day Off.txt
was written pretty much entirely as a meta joke, but even then, when writing my parts of that I made careful choices in word usage, description, and dialog to get the desired tone.
When doing Falling From High Places
, the entire idea behind it was to basically write a editorial article from the perspective of a pegasus reporter. The entire POV of the article was designed with that in mind, which is kinda why I used a pseudonym, so as not to ruin the illusion. Also because I wanted to make a new DA for my pony fiction if I ever get around to writing more.
Something I think matches the tone of the show very well, while still being a truly unique and well told story, is Stormy Nights
by our very own VoidChicken.
XX55XX wrote:Yeah, but like you said, MLP: FiM is unique in that it is filled with more crappy fan fiction than any other media franchise whose fan fiction I've laid my eyes on. All of the media franchises I've mentioned (Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, etc.) all have their solid collection of excellent fanfics, even they make up a minority of all of the fanfic written out there for these franchises. That is to be expected.
Part of it is the demographics like nums0ic pointed out, and part of it is the relative age of the fandom, and another part of it is probably related to the fact that 4chan was basically the starting point for a lot of the fandom. I still don't believe that it is filled with any more crap then say, the sonic fandom. There's some law that states 95% of everything is crap, and that applies to everything. It's just that when you've got 60000 fanfics from a fandom that is 10 years old, that 5% looks a lot bigger.
FiM is an ill-defined world. The basic framework is in place to support the show, but the actual canon world building is relatively low. This is a driving force in some of the creative fan works, including fan art, fan fiction, and fan rpgs. We've basically got a shared story universe with a ton of blank spots to fill with our own ideas.
XX55XX wrote:Granted, I'm not the best writer either, so some of my criticism might come off as harsh or hypocritical - I have written quite a bit of MLP: FiM fan fiction myself and have had my work rejected by EQD.
We've got an editing thread
if you want to give that a try. I actually submitted Falling From High Places to EQD and it was auto rejected without being read for being too short.