This page is a list of instructions and tips on writing fan fiction in this wiki.
Users who are inexperienced with wikicode are expected to abide to the quality of writing upheld by the wiki and must follow all rules stated in this policy. While those who have wikicode experience may propose a different way of showing their fanon to the community by altering the Manual of Style (MoS), but they may only do so after receiving an approval from an admin.
Failure to abide may result to redirection of the said entry to the writer's user space. This policy is to keep appearance uniformity and quality of all fan fictions written in this wiki. Despite this, inexperienced newbies should ask administrators on how to upkeep their fanons. For other policies, kindly refer to Survivor Wiki's policy page.
Tips for a Successful Fan Fiction
- Decide your season outcome beforehand, from the twists, storyline and order of elimination. Continue to make revisions until you are satisfied. Thinking of the storyline as you go is cumbersome. Not only there is a tendency for you to forget on things when you reach let's say, halfway through the season, it can cause inconsistencies and loopholes in your storyline. Create your complete voting history chart, with all the vote breakdowns and think about how this boot list came to be.
- Always be keen on character development. Not necessarily make "victimized" characters, creating "flawed" characters are also encouraged.
- Whereas the canon series have the tendency to neglect certain contestants over season noisemakers in terms of air time, authors are encouraged to introduce every single contestant, such that, the readers get an idea on who your contestants really are. Have an idea on their personality, both inside and outside of the game.
- When depicting scenes, describe the scenario as vivid as possible.
- When using contestants from the canon series, give them justice by getting a feel on how the contestant would act and think. Continue to set their personality (or "edit") from the real show.
- Capture the mood! Make your stories as realistic as possible. Give your readers an illusion that they are actually reading the real dea. After all, this site is an emporium of fan-made stories from a reality television program.
- Proofread! Nobody is attracted to fictions that are poorly written.
- When stumped due to wikicoding issues, never be shy submitting your queries to the admins. They are here to help you, not to nag you to do the right thing. Though admins are willing to help whenever they can, you are encouraged to study basic wikicode so you can do it yourself.
Policy Proper/Manual of Style
In order to be qualified as a fanon writer, a user must be a registered Wikia user. Anonymous users (users that has no username, and is only identified by an IP address) may only make edits where they seem fit, such as grammar fixes. This is to easily monitor current fanon entries and to properly document them with categories.
Naming your fanon
Similar to the real show, users may name their season after a location or a major twist that will be employed in that season. Naming a season after a real TV season is not allowed, for it may be grounds for copyright infringement. We do not want CBS or SEG becoming litigious at us, so please bear with this limitation. Furthermore, users may only use viable locations (i.e. desolate, dangerous and exotic locations). If a user wants to reuse a former location (canon or otherwise) they may be creative in making a new title.
Setting Your Tribe Names and Tribe Colors
Register your tribe names in Template:Tribename, then send your tribe colors (in hex code, but without the "#" sign) to Template:Tribecolor and follow the existing format. These are to help you when you use the confessional templates and to help you recall your colors if in case you forgot them.
Setting up your Fanon
To set up your fan fiction, you must follow these steps to avoid receiving memos from the admins.
At the Survivor Fanon Wiki page, type in Survivor: (name of your season). Click the "add fan fiction" button to your right and edit away. An example:
Similar to pages dedicated for canon seasons seen in the Survivor Wiki, this page will be dedicated to introduce your season, where it was "filmed," challenge wins and voting history chart. To make a season page, copy the format template from this link.
As the Fanon Wiki adheres to a high quality style of writing, the author is also expected to have a realistic-looking fan fiction, worthy of acclaim.
After making your season pages, you may now put up your contestant pages. The format template can be copied from this link.
It is advised to have unique characters, not just some caricature of a contestant from the canon series. Each fanon must have no less than 16 contestants, and no more than 24 for the sake of realism.
No Cast Profiles, No Fanon Policy
ALL fanons must now have contestant profiles added prior to the season starting. The backstory must be, at minimum, a 50-word paragraph talking about who the castaway is. Many writers choose do do their profiles in an interview-style format. It is up to you how you want to create your cast's profiles, so have fun with it.
If you don't feel like doing individual pages for each contestant, you can instead do sub-pages for each tribe. As long as you get these profiles completed, it is up to you how you do so.
If you fail to follow this policy, your fanon is in danger of being deleted.
At the Survivor Fanon Wiki, please observe proper capitalization of words, correct grammar and parallelism.
The Dreams of the Storm
In writing your episodes, the format template can be copied from this link.
If your season features a fan-made or unique game-changing twist not featured in the main U.S. series of Survivor, then a separate page may be dedicated for that twist.
But before you create that page, it has to be run through one of the Wiki's admins, who will decide whether or not that twist deserves its own page. Once you get their approval, you may then create the page. The format template can be copied from this link.
Avatars is a must for every contestant. They may not be used by any other user except the uploader itself. The prescribed avatar creator is faceyourmanga.com. Other avatar creators are also allowed, but their usage must follow US Fair Use Laws. If using canon contestants, creating an avatar for them is encouraged, though utilizing their images from the Survivor Wiki is also allowed.
Each upload must have a distinct file name to avoid being overwritten.
If you try uploading a photo and notice that there is another photo of the same name, you must rename your file. DO NOT override it because it will mess up the pages the original was on.
Other Important Notes
Interactive Fan Fictions
You have the freedom of inviting other users to help you make your fan fictions. You may ask other users to give you contestants, or consult them on how should your story end. Despite this, you should not limit yourself from this. This is still your fan fiction, and how will your story go should be in your discretion. Users may also collaborate in making one fiction.
Collaborative Fan fictions
A fan fiction may be co-created by two or more users, but only with the approval of an admin.
All pages on this wiki must be properly categorized. At the end of each season, contestant, tribe, or episode page. Please kindly refer to this page for the prescribed list of categories.
In order to add categories to your pages, there is a blue button at the bottom of each page labelled "Add Category". After you click that button, type in the name of the category you wish to add, and press "Enter".
Fan Fiction Standards
Similar to how canon articles in the Survivor Wiki should be made, fan fiction must be written in high standards, with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar and correct use of templates. Failure to abide will result to you entry being redirected to your user space and will only be returned as a full-fledged article once the policy is met. All entries deemed of "Empty," "Severely Low Quality," and "Low Quality" are eligible for redirection to the author's userpage if not mended by the author.
Uploaded a page, but with little to no content.
Severely Low Quality
As it can be assumed, articles of this standard are not at all acceptable on this wiki. Entries deemed of low quality contain terrible grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and also are difficult to read and understand fully. An administrator will warn the author to fix all possible mistakes or it may cause deletion. Furthermore, users with entries of such quality will receive little to no help from administrators (assistance for templates and format) after multiple warnings.
- Severely low quality example - jeff called d survivors & tells them to drop their bufs becuz they will be merging as 1 tribe. Yaya shouting: "YAY!!!!!!!"
Articles of this quality will either contain lesser bad grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.
- Low quality example - Jeff called the survivors and tells them to drop their buffs because they will be merging as one tribe. yaya shouted: "YAY!!!!!!!"
Articles which are deemed of High Quality adheres to this policy in all of its aspects, from the format and composition, putting up the correct templates and categories. Deviations from the policy is acceptable, but only when if it still seem fit.
Unless finished, a fanon must have one completed episode within 30 days after his last finished episode, where somebody gets voted out or sent to Redemption Island or, the entire fanon, that is, the season, contestant, episode, and its related articles will be deleted. In addition, if a fanon does not include a storyline while it is being consistently updated (posting challenge and voting results without any story whatsoever), an admin reserves the right to ask the author to post a storyline as soon as possible. If the author does not comply, an admin will delete the fanon, regardless of progress. Furthermore, if an admin deemed a fanon as abandoned, he or she reserves the right to delete it.
If a fanon season will be left on hiatus, or the author cannot attend his writing obligations due to personal life commitments, but is still willing to finish the season, the author must file a leave of absence from an admin. Kindly specify how long the leave will take to effect. If the date has lapsed, and there is no improvements with the fiction, it will be deleted.
If the user is caught in any way violating the "Assuming Good Faith" policy (a policy that all wikis adhere to), their fanon will be deleted and the writer may be blocked depending on the gravity of offense.
Future Fan Fiction
Only Administrators and Bureaucrats can put more than one future fan fiction as they have the privilege of deleting pages. Non-admins may only have one future fanon and must finish their current one before moving on to the next.