There are multiple ways to add Fan Fiction to the website. You can either click the My Content icon in the top header bar, which has links to your main content, and then click ‘My Fan Fiction’.
This will take you to your own ‘My Fan Fiction’ page. Once there, you’ll see a button at the top – ‘Add New Fan Fiction’. Click this to open a modal with the form to add a new Fan Fiction post.
The second way is to add new Fan Fiction from the main Fan Fiction Archive page. This is where all the Fan Fiction on the site is listed. As with the My Fan Fiction page, there is a button at the top of the page which will bring up the form for adding a new Fan Fiction post.
The final method is while adding or editing a Writer post. On the ‘Content’ tab on the Writer form, there is a selection box to select Fan Fiction to be assigned to the Writer. At the bottom-right of this box, there is a ‘Add New Fan Fiction’ button.
This will open up a modal-within-a-modal, and when you fill in the form for the Fan Fiction and submit it, that Fan Fiction will automatically be added to the selected Fan Fiction in the Fan Fiction box for that Writer.
The Add Fan Fiction Form
Now we’ll show you the ‘Add Fan Fiction’ form and break down each element.
Fan Fiction Title – This is the title of the Fan Fiction. Make sure to give it an appropriate title. If you’re uploading the Fan Fiction post, but you’re not the Writer, make sure to use the same title that they did when they posted it at the original source. If they didn’t title it, choose a title that you think fits best. ‘Untitled 82737’ isn’t really a great title and giving it a suitable title will make it easier to find for Fans using the search and filter options.
Fan Fiction Summary – This is a brief summary of the Fan Fiction, like a short synopsis to entice readers into giving it a try. If you’re uploading the Fan Fiction, but you’re not the Writer, you should generally use the description they did at the original source. If there is no summary, you should create your own based on what you know about the Fan Ficiton.
Fan Fiction Image – This is the image file that represents the Fan Fiction itself. Since the majority of Fan Fiction won’t have dedicated featured images associated with them, there is a default image already assigned. If you do have a relevant image to be used as the featured image for the Fan Fiction, then you can click the ‘X’ icon on the default image.
Then click the ‘Add Image’ button to upload the different image from your computer or mobile device.
Another modal will pop up, where you can either select an existing image you’ve uploaded before, or upload a new one by clicking the ‘Upload Files’ tab:
If uploading a new image file, you can either drag it into the upload box or click the ‘Select Files’ button to select the image file from your computer:
The minimum Width and Height for Fan Fiction image files is 600px. This is because that is the cropped thumbnail size for the main listings on the site and the layout of those pages would not look optimal otherwise. The maximum file size has also been set at 3MB. This is to save on resources. We are hosting all media on Life Is Strange Fans on an Amazon S3 bucket and we’re paying a monthly charge for hosting those files as well as each time they’re requested by users visiting the site. There are lots of resources for reducing the file size of images without noticeably sacrificing quality, but we highly recommend Tiny JPG or Tiny PNG.
Writer/s – This is where you assign the Writer or Writers for this Fan Fiction. You should always first use the search box to see if the Writer already exists on the site.
If they appear in the list in the box on the left, simply click their name to add them to the box on the right. If you want to remove a Writer from the box on the right, hover over it and click the minus icon. If the Writer doesn’t already exist on the site, then you must add them now. You can use the ‘Add New Writer’ button on the bottom-right. This will open a new modal-within-a-modal, where you can add the Writer.
After filling out the ‘Add Writer’ form and clicking Submit, that Writer will automatically be added to the box on the right and you can continue with the rest of the form.
One-Shot Check – Check this box if the Fan Fiction you’re adding is a single-chapter Fan Fiction. This will allow Fans to use a filter on the Fan Fiction Archive page to show only One-Shots or exclude them.
Add Chapters/One-Shot Content – This is where you’ll add each Chapter or, if you’re adding a One-Shot Fan Fiction, the main content of the One-Shot. If you’ve already added the Chapters/One-Shot to the site previously, use the search to find them and click the name of each one to add them to the box on the right. If you need to add a new Chapter/One-Shot, click the ‘Add New Chapter/One-Shot’ button on the bottom-right. This will open a new modal-within-a-modal, where you can add the Chapter details.
Here’s a breakdown of the ‘Add A Chapter’ form:
Chapter/One-Shot Title – This is the title of the Chapter or the One-Shot. As with the main Fan Fiction title, make sure to give it an appropriate title. If you’re adding the Chapter, but you’re not the Writer, make sure to use the same Chapter title that they did when they posted it at the original source. If they didn’t title it, choose a title that you think fits best.
Chapter/One-Shot Content – This is where you add the meat of the Fan Fiction post because it’s the actual content that Fans came to read. The area to write in allows for some formatting using the toolbar at the top, however space is perhaps more limited than you might be used to writing in. We highly recommend writing the content in the word processor of your choice and simply copy and pasting it here. Similarly, if the Fan Fiction is already added to another site, just copy and paste it from there and all the formatting should come along with it.
Featured Image – As with the main Fan Fiction post, there is a default image attached to Chapter/One-Shot posts. If there is an image such as commissioned Fan Art that can be used as the Featured Image for the Chapter/One-Shot, you can remove the default image by clicking the ‘X’ icon and then upload your own.
If there is no relevant image to upload, please keep the default image attached.
Writer/s – Next you’ll add the Writer (or Writers if there is more than 1 Writer). It may seem strange to add the Writer/s again when you’ve just added them to the Fan Fiction post, but consider collaborative Fan Fiction, where each Chapter may be written by different Writers – an anthology for example. Add the Writer/s in the same way as before, searching for existing Writers, clicking their name to add them to the box on the right, or adding a new Writer using the ‘Add New Writer’ button on the bottom-right.
Link To Fan Fiction – This will link the Chapter/One-Shot to the main Fan Fiction post. But since we’re adding the Chapter/One-Shot from the ‘Add Fan Fiction’ form , you can ignore this as the field is bi-directional and the Chapter/One-Shot will automatically be added after you submit this form.
Link To Character Page (Chapter/One-Shot) – Search for the relevant Characters that appear in this Chapter/One-Shot and simply click their name to add them to the box on the right. We’ve already added the main characters from all Life Is Strange games as well as some side characters, but if a Character in a Fan Fiction you want to upload is missing in this list, please contact us and let us know.
Trigger Warnings – It’s important to give a heads-up to potential readers about subject matter and themes that they might be sensitive to in this Chapter/One-Shot. The Trigger Warnings in the selection box are the same Trigger Warnings for the main Fan Fiction posts. However, it’s a good idea to add Trigger Warnings for individual Chapters so that readers can be prepared.
Once you’ve finished filing out the Chapter/One-Shot form, click Submit and the Chapter/One-Shot will automatically be added to the box on the right in the ‘Add Chapters/One Shot Content’ field. If you need to add more Chapters you can just click the ‘Add New Chapter/One Shot Content’ button on the bottom-right and keep adding Chapters until you’re done.
If you need to, you can also reorder the Chapters by simply clicking and dragging on the Chapter and releasing when it’s where you want it to be.
Link To Character Page (Fan Fiction) – The same as the section on the ‘Add Chapter/One-Shot’ form, but this is for the whole Fan Fiction now rather than individual Chapters.
Connected Fan Art – If this Fan Fiction had any Fan Art commissioned for it – for example, to use as a cover for the overall Fan Fiction or for use in individual Chapters – you should add it here. Use the search box to find the relevant Fan Art if it’s already uploaded and click the name to add it to the box on the right, or click the ‘Add New Fan Art’ button to add a new Fan Art now. A modal-within-a-modal will open up. Fill in the form and click submit to add the Fan Art. It will automatically be added into the box on the right of the ‘Connected Fan Art’ field.
The rest of the fields are selection fields, requiring you to select existing values or add new ones where available.
Featured Characters – Start typing in the field to find Characters and click to add them. Select any Characters that are featured in the Fan Fiction, even if they are only mentioned in the story.
Unlike the ‘Link to Character Page’ option, this field is used for filtering, allowing Fans to quickly find any other Fan Fiction featuring these Characters.
Tags – Start typing in the field to find any relevant Tags and click to add them.
If you want to add any new Tags, click the ‘Add New Tag’ button and in the popup box, enter the name of the Tag and click ‘Add Tag’. The Tag will be added to this Fan Fiction post automatically, but will appear in the choices when adding any new Fan Fiction posts in the future.
If the Tag already exists you’ll be notified. Search for that Tag in the field instead to add it to the Fan Fiction.
Please note that in order to help Fans find the content they want, adding Tags is mandatory (denoted by the red asterisk). Consider the Characters featured in the Fan Fiction, the location, the mood, the themes or anything else that is significant about the story. Tags such as ‘Alt Timeline’, ‘fluff’, ‘romance’, or ‘Max’ are all relevant, useful Tags.
Locations – Click the selection box to find any relevant Locations and click to add them. Start typing in the field to search for existing Locations. If you want to add any new Locations, click the ‘Add New Location’ button and in the popup box, enter the name of the Location and click ‘Add Location’. The Location will be added to this Fan Fiction post automatically but will appear in the choices when adding any new Fan Fiction posts in the future.
Tip: For all of the above fields, hold CRTL/CMD to keep the selection box open and add multiple selections quickly.
Games – Click the selection box and then click any Game that is relevant to the Fan Fiction to add it. You may choose more than 1 Game if appropriate (for example, it’s a crossover Fan Fiction that features Characters from more than 1 Game).
Episodes – Click the selection box and then click any Episode that is relevant to the Fan Fiction to add it. You may choose more than 1 Episode if appropriate (for example, it’s a retelling of one of the games featuring scenes from multiple Episodes).
Trigger Warnings – As with the Chapter/One-Shot Trigger Warnings mentioned above, it’s important to give a heads-up to potential readers about subject matter and themes that they might be sensitive to in this Fan Fiction. Either search for and select existing Trigger Warnings or use the button to add new ones.
View Fan Fiction On Other Sites – Every Fan Fiction has an original source. You must select at least one by checking the relevant box. For each box you check, a new field will appear where you can copy and paste the full URL that links to the Fan Fiction as it appears on that network.
We’ve added the most popular Fan Fiction sites, but if the Fan Fiction you want to upload appears on a source not listed here, please contact us to let us know.
Submit – Finally, once you’ve filled in all relevant fields, click the Submit button to add the Fan Fiction to the site. If you’re on a Fan Fiction Archive page or your ‘My Fan Fiction’ page, the page will refresh and your Fan Fiction will now appear in the listings.