While one of the most helpful things when writing fanfic is to know your source canon well, while also reading what else is in fandom (especially if cliche-fic is your thing), here are a couple resources that I've found when writing.
* Criminal Minds
*The Criminal Minds Fan Wiki
is an excellently organized website that I used sometimes if I was watching a kind of creepy episode and want to know who did it (because sometimes I'm a big wuss, shut up). However, it is also a nice place to go remind oneself of exactly when Reid thought it was a good idea to invite JJ on a date (season 1, episode 4... around his 24th birthday, cute) or that apparently Prentiss and Morgan both love the same author (Kurt Vonnegut). Hopefully this will prompt me to write more Criminal Minds fic?
* Firefly Pinyin
because it's hard to find the right words for the terrible things that Jayne swears if you don't know Mandarin. Started by phoenixchilde
while RPing at milliways_bar
. This is an excellent resouce to sprinkle your fic with. Just don't go over board, dong ma?
* Firefly Wiki
to help you with planet names, random factoids from the show and movie and other entertaining stuff.
* Harry Potter
* Hopefully you've been to the Harry Potter Lexicon
, because it's the definitive place for random facts and fictions you want to know (or not, as the case may be) about the books. Has lots of JKR's interview "canon" pieces and cool essays about everything from exactly how many students there are at Hogwarts to a fascinating theory trying to make sense of JKR's math in regard to the ages of the Weasley brothers.
* Stargate: Atlantis
* Wikipedia entry on SGA
, which is actually pretty decent. Also helpful because it has links to detailed (especially on the part of John) entries on most of the characters and a list of all the episode arcs. Especially because I came late to the SGA party, I find all this junk useful.
* The Winchester Journals
is a site that takes note of all the info from the show, if you can't remember what the hell the dead guy's name was in "Heart" (Glen) or Dean's alias is "Asylum" (Nigel Tufnell). Counts the comic books as canon info, if that's your thing. Helpful for names, places, demons, etc., and updated through the current episode. Awesome.Reading Fanfic
These are a collection of fanfic websites and journals that I read on a semi-regular basis. Noted if single or multi-fandom.
* BAU Fic: Criminal Minds Fanfiction
is a Livejournal community that has both gen and varied slash pairings in Criminal Minds
. Popular pairings include Hotch/Reid, Reid/Morgan, Hotch/Rossi, and Rossi/Prentiss. Fair warnings: multi-chaptered fics are posted in progress, which can make for a choppy reading experience. Also, quality may vary, as with any fic community. For straight Rossi/Prentiss (no pun intended?), check out Rossi/Prentiss Fans
* Due South Archive (Hexwood)
is, as you might have guess, a soley Due South
fanfic archive. I found this back in high school with capedcrusader92
(when we were wee ickle fangirls) and it was still on Hexwood. Lots of great fic here, het, gen, slash, either Ray, Fraser/Turnbull, you name it, they probably have it. All ratings, which was... my first smut experience in high school. Yay?
* Pretty FBI Boys
is a Without a Trace
archive. I still have a great affection for this show, all its mistakes aside, because I've read some gorgeous fanfic there. And it's how I discovered aesc
, so it's all a win! The site also has icons and screencaps of season 1.
* Unfit for Society Recs
is a journal manned by musesfool
of a large variety of recs from a handful of fandoms. The stories are invariably awesome and each rec comes with a summary and some reason for the rec, which I always find helpful. Also, she gives RemixRedux and Yuletide Recs during the "season".
* While We Tell Of Yuletide Treasure
, otherwise known as Yuletide, is a yearly holiday fic exhange, only it's focus is "obscure fandoms". Wishing there were more Little Women
stories in your life? Wishing you could find an audience for your Eerie, Indiana
slash? (Not that I've written any, and please don't share it with me if you have ;o) ) It's lots of fun to participate in, and even more fun to wander around afterwards and look at the hysterical and lovely fanfics that people come up with.