Don't speak Latin in front of the books, Xander.

Back to Essay Index

Extensive Summaries

Some fanfic is prefaced by extensive explanation. If you find yourself writing a large introduction, here are some things to consider:

  • If at all possible, incorporate the ideas of the introduction into the story.

  • Consider whether you're doing too much telling and not enough showing.

  • If you're changing canon, a short note so your readers aren't confused can be helpful. For example, if in your universe, Spike was never chipped, it would be difficult to show that in the story, but it's something important for the audience to know.

  • If you need a long explanation for this story to make sense, you may want to write the backstory as its own piece of fic first.

by J Calanthe

Many thanks to Lori J and BB for their ideas on the subject.

Back to essay index
Back to main