How Do I Avoid Twanking?

We’re glad you asked.

  1. Don’t be an asshole.
  2. Be funny.
  3. Laugh.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  6. Remember that fanfiction is a hobby, not a career.
  7. Don’t troll.
  8. If you troll, be really smart about it.
  9. No, really. Be really really smart about it.
  10. Don’t whine about reviews on Twitter, LJ, Blogger, etc etc etc.
  11. Don’t try to publish your fanfiction.
  12. Don’t try to make any profit off your fanfiction.
  13. Don’t insult your readers.
  14. Don’t be a hypocrite. If you complain about authors bashing other stories, don’t let us find you doing the same thing.
  15. Don’t provoke entire known critical communities. It’s funny, but come on. You’re wanking. Admit it.
  16. Don’t be a bigot/racist/sexist. We’ll flame you so fucking hard…
  17. Don’t forget that respect is gained, not given by default, and you always start out at nil.
  18. When you get called on your bullshit and you know it, laugh at yourself. Admit your shortcomings.
  19. Don’t be an asshole.

Inspired by This, because we are so unoriginal.