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How to write Fic About Issues without it becoming Issuefic June 1, 2011

Posted by Erin Ptah in Meta.

This is a topic I’ve been pondering a lot recently. It’s probably a natural result of following a bunch of Issue-based fandom comms, rec lists, and fests…but honestly, what spurred the post was a bunch of summaries that looked intriguing and thoughtful, leading into fics that were just bad. Cringe-inducingly, hair-tearingly bad.

Issuefic at its worst is didactic, boring, and with cookie-cutter characterization thanks to everything being subsumed by the goal of Making A Point, which is handled with about as much subtlety as a whack-a-mole mallet. (I could go on.)

But for the most part, I don’t think writers set out to lecture. They just set out to write Non Faily Fic about some srs bsns subject or another, and try too hard. And there are a whole lot of srs bsns subjects that I would love more Non Faily But Also Non Sucky Fic about.

So here’s my list of goals to aim for and pitfalls to avoid while writing Fic About Issues. They’re not necessarily things I’ve always written well, but they’re the things I know I like to read.

Link goes to the full post on Dreamwidth, because seriously, their commenting system is so much prettier.



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