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Fanfic Writing Meme #16

I found myself thinking last night about pairings, and while, as I've noted, I don't write romance and don't find any of the canon romances interesting to write about anyway, I did realize that I do have a non-canon pairing that I really like. It's Doctor/Jack, probably specifically Ten/Jack. (Note that I haven't seen Torchwood yet, so I'm considering DW Jack here.) We already know that Jack has a thing for the Doctor. From the other side, Jack is the one person that we know of who will live as long as the Doctor (and outlive him), giving the him at least one respite from his loneliness. Jack may not be a Time Lord, but the Doctor mostly has never gotten along with his own people on a personal level (except for Romana), so maybe a human would be better for him. Jack is an evolved human, and has a much better understanding of time and the universe than modern humans, and he has a similar moral compass to the Doctor. And lastly, Jack is fiercely independent while also reliable (and constant when he commits himself). He seems to be the perfect mate for the Doctor. And then, of course, from the audience point of view, the Doctor (both Nine and Ten) and Jack worked together so well (I wish Mr. Barrowman had been available for "A Good Man Goes to War" so that we could have seen him with Eleven). So there. I guess if I had to choose an OTP, it would be Doctor/Jack.

16. Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?



Ah, summaries. I have a love/hate relationship with them. I hate them because it's difficult to write a good summary and it seems to be a lot of work just to end up with thirty words. How do you put together words that make your work sound interesting without giving away the whole point?

On the other hand, I love summaries as a reader because, well, they can tell you a lot about a fic without having to open them up and look at them. For example:


  • Does the author have a good grasp of grammar? (Omg spelling errors in a summary is a deal-breaker right there.)
  • A good summary tells me that the author took the trouble to really think about the work and try to tell me about it.
  • Some summaries show you how the work feels. A funny summary of a funny work is the best.


The summary is what makes me decide to open the fic or not, and because, like all humans, I think that other people feel the same way as I do, I try to take some time to write a good summary so that other people can make their judgments on my fics.

I don't really feel I'm very good at writing summaries, mostly because I'm very matter-of-fact about it (I don't know how to pique interest), and because I'm afraid of giving too much away. For example, my summary for Mistaken Identity is

"Doctor Who/Harry Potter crossover: The Tenth Doctor and Donna fly through a crack in the walls of the universe and land in a world where humans can perform magic. Getting mixed up in the cold war between the Death Eaters, the Ministry of Magic, and the Order of the Phoenix, all sides want the Doctor dead!"

It really doesn't tell you much. The "all sides want the Doctor dead" part was added to give a taste of excitement to the summary, but it's a bit misleading. Without it, though, it's really not very exciting. I also felt it was important to shy away from the fact that Harry does not appear in fic, because I think a majority of readers would pass over a Harry Potter fic with no Harry Potter. How to make it enticing? I really don't know. I also just noticed that there's a grammar error in the summary, so I guess I wouldn't read this fic either. ;)

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a_phoenixdragon
Jul. 13th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
Aww, bless, bb!! *Cuddles you* I'm horrible with summaries and I rather suck with them, but I do enjoy yours.

Personally, spelling and grammar don't matter, but the content. If a summary grabs me, I'm in, but there are times when the summary can be 'perfect' and it's just not the fic for me.

*HUGS*
shivver13
Jul. 13th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
It's my grammar nazi nature, but usually if the summary has bad spelling or grammar, it tells me that the story will also have bad spelling and grammar, and I just can't get into reading a fic when I have to mentally fix everything. It's one of the few things I'm really obsessive about.
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