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Good FanFics Anonymous 5924

Any recommendations. One-shot, FoE ,Longer than Long Dick Johnson's Penis, doesn't matter.Just something really good. Its hard finding things on FimFic that aren't on the featured page that are good.

Anonymous 5926

In the interest of saving this thread from an untimely relocation or deletion, I'd like to give it a more useful purpose.

What general techniques can one use to find "good" fics?

I have heard it said that some people form small circles of friends with similar tastes and interests, and keep each other informed about what stories are good. I imagine these circles–if they exist–must be pretty quiet and introspective, and not in any hurry to advertise themselves.

Is there any truth to this rumor? How does one go about joining/finding/forming/leeching off of such a circle? Does anyone have any experience with this sort of phenomenon?

Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5927

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All of my fics!

Tactical 5928

>>5927

Oh screw you for beating me to this joke.

Standard answers to this question are… Ask somepony else, I haven't read most of the standard answers and so can't remember what they are. Cold in Gardez and his nonsense is a start.

For not-standard ones, I personally liked Romance Reports. It's not without flaws, but it’s the quintessential erotic soap opera, full of melodrama and such.

Then there's One Terrible Writer's work but he nuked his fics and idk where to find them. He writes… Let's call them "transgressive humor" shorts.

Blueshift is awesome. Serously he's a great writer. He writes comedies, fun lighthearted things.

You will eventually hear someone talk about Short Skirts and Explosions. He's ass-tighteningly prolific. Not everyone likes all of his stuff, but he is good at what he does and he has written a few shorts that are of from his usual. He's even explored genres, a bit.

Amit has written some interesting things. He's also an interesting person. His blog is as interesting as his stories, maybe more so.

If you're around me for long enough, you'll hear me talk about Applejinx. He's quite unique. I like him because he has wierdly deep characters, and because he will defend his stuff as being meticulously in touch with pony-canon despite… Well… Maybe don't read his stuff. It's not for everyone.
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Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5940

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Seriously, though. My fics.

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http://www.fimfiction.net/user/RazedRainbow

This guy's stories are really good, especially his Scootaloo adventure fic "Not All Who Wander Are Lost." He's one of the few authors in this fandom—besides who >>5928 mentioned—who I would buy original fiction from, official or self-published, in a heartbeat.

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The first story that comes to mind is the "Banana" story by TheBandBrony. It's pretty funny. I can't think of anything else because it's late / early. Also look at his other stuff.

>>5940
>dat adorableness

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>>5928
>One Terrible Writer's work but he nuked his fics

Dang, that sucks! Didn't know that…

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 5951

>>5940

NO READ MINE

5955

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>>5940
I need to read FHFH and EfD sometime…

Poke me over the summer.

5957

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>>5951
>>5940
What's that, someone wants to read Onyx Origins and the Orb of Omnipotence?!

Anonymous 5959

>>5957
>>5957
That one unfinished story with the asshole for a character?

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>>5959
That one unfinished story with the asshole for a character that was funny, you mean to say :).

Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5967

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>>5961
It's a self insert, Ion. We all know it.

Anonymous 5971

my all time fav fic is this:
http://pastebin.com/59RkUCH4
its AiE (HiE for plebs) about a thief, who is also a werewolf which in this case is kinda like shizophrenia

Anonymous 6267

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>>5924
I wrote this and people want me to write more chapters for it so I guess it's not terrible.
It's clop though
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Anonymous ## Mod 6268

No clop in sfw threads, please.

Anonymous 6281

>>6268
Wait, anonymous mod? What the hell?

Anonymous 6361

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>>6281
Your nightmare

Anonymous 6364

>>6361
Or bullshit claims by the administration. Take your pic.

patachu!LULZISTwQI 6387

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i like gore and dark stories, but the only thing that disappoint me in Cheerilee's Garden is the repetitiveness of the killings, but the ending was way better. i would of course write a more in-deep and more advanced critique but i keep this for the breakfast.

Anonymous 6400

This guy is one of my favorite authors. He has some of the best romance I've ever seen.
http://www.fimfiction.net/user/MaxBeezy
Read 'A Guard for The Queen', then 'A Guard for The Princess'.

I'll be surprised if you haven't heard of Razorbeam. If you haven't, read the Visionary series. Start with http://www.fimfiction.net/story/24343/visionary His romance is enjoyable, but his adventure is what I really like.

Will make you d'aww. http://www.fimfiction.net/story/31946/sparkling-cider

Shameless self-advertising for a comedy I did about a month ago. Involves princesses and cake. http://www.fimfiction.net/story/103118/the-flank-war

Now, if you want a guide as to what stories to pick on fimfic, here are my suggestions.

Avoid:
HiE unless the rating is good. There are many good HiE fics, but there are also a LOT of crappy self-inserts.

Stories with cliché descriptions ('an epic tale', 'will my alicorn OC ever find true love?', etc.) And yes, I know that my fic has 'a tale of epic proportions' in the description, but it was meant to be a pun. One that I'm not sure anyone got.

Stories with 4 tags or over. 3 is already pushing it, 4 usually means that the author has no idea what they're doing.

Look for:

Simple, but captivating descriptions.

Cover photos that aren't from General Zaroff's pony creator.


That's all I can think of ATM. Anything else to add on?

Unrailing, Derailing, and Rerailing. 6401

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Alright. >>5926 repurposed this thread so it wasn't redundant with >>79. Any fan-fiction recommendations should be posted in >>79.

Now, as for >>5926, which says:
>What general techniques can one use to find "good" fics?
I'd like to expand this somewhat more.

Ignoring the usual cliquish recommendations, what are some of the outward signs of a good fic? What do you guys look for first when seeing a fic (e.g. its title, rating, characters, tags, synopsis)? Which of these holds the most sway over your choice to read the fic? Will you put a fic down after the first sentence? Paragraph? Chapter? Or would you put one down even later?

When I search for fics, I search by a specific tag, then browse for images and synopses that catch my attention, then check the word count to see if it isn't too long. If it's <6k I'll usually look at the first couple of paragraphs to decide if I want to keep reading. If I don't want to read right then, I'll put it in my Read Later bin.

Though, as far as putting down fics I've started reading, it can be pretty random. Sometimes I lose interest; sometimes I just find better things to do with my time. I personally only read half of It's Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door.

Now, the next question is for the betterment of the authors: How do you make your story engaging and eye-catching so that readers pick them up? Are longer synopses better, or are shorter synopses more effective? How much should the synopsis promise? What should the image say about the fic? Does not having an image at all hurt the fic? Etc., etc.

Tactical 6408

I have never once nailed the lightning strike of a solid success from trying to lure people in with title, picture, and synopsis.

A close-up of Frank N. Furter didn’t do it. A fic called "Sorin and the Magic Bondage Bridle" didn't do it. A picture from The Oatmeal didn't do it. The one thing that ever nailed it was too short for the featured box, which pisses me off because the requirement is entirely undocumented.

The title was "FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN" so I'm sure that helped. Not only has that fic been quoted on wtfponyfanfiction, it got posted in a thread on the Bad Dragon forums.

I hardly read fanfiction. I read this one running thing because I'm sorta committed/dedicated to it.

the only, only, only reasons I have any folks who I count as "my readers" and the only reason I have the view count that I do is because I write clop.

That's hyperbole. I also have a few stories on EQD, and one on Seattle's Angels.

My recommendation is to work on an EQD feature. If you're not up to EQD standards, keep writing and keep learning. Put substandard fics behind you and let yourself grow, and eventually you'll notice a change.

6409

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>>6401
>what are some of the outward signs of a good fic?
The biggest grab for me is honestly a good cover pic, but I guess that only really works for EqD readers though.

>What do you guys look for first when seeing a fic (e.g. its title, rating, characters, tags, synopsis)? Which of these holds the most sway over your choice to read the fic?

I personally never look at the synopsis unless the story is incomplete. With over four-hundred stories on my read it later list, I don't tend to read stories that aren't on EqD unless a friend recommends them or it's by an author that's written something I really liked. But I suppose who's in it and what genre it is has some influence on whether I read right away or drop it in my ever growing read it later list.

>Will you put a fic down after the first sentence? Paragraph? Chapter? Or would you put one down even later?

For older ones, I might put it down after the first paragraph, but for newer ones, I give it about two screens usually.

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>>6409
>With over four-hundred stories on my read it later list
>Pic

6414

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>>6413
Yeah, it wasn't as much of a problem back during Season 3 when I was clearing out almost five stories a day.


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