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Rule 1. Follow the naming laws.
A small but important rule, while its not officially put in the Warrior Code, however the clans do normally follow it, just like the other rules. Except Skyclan in some cases, So what's this rule?

DO NOT. Call your cat...

anything Moon. (Moonfur, Brightmoon etc)

Anything star UNLESS a leader. (Starwing, etc)

Anything that is a human item. (Hammerclaw, Bulletwind, Silverbarrel etc)

Clan words at the front of their names. (Unless that is a founder of a brand new clan, it shouldn't be there). (Thunderfoot. Windstorm Skywing)

When this has been broken: Windflight, Moonflower Skyheart. mistakes Vicky apologised for. Only exception to this was Skywatcher.

Quote from one of the Erin's about the moon name "...So the moon has significance, mystery, beauty, but not actual power, if you see what I mean. Early on, we decided that the name "moon" shouldn't be used by Clan cats not because it would insult StarClan, but because it would imply that a particular cat had more beauty and significance than its Clanmates. In fact (Warriors trivia coming up!) Bluestar was originally called Moonstone! "

What they said about human names/items in the main clans. "Cat names are meant to only come from natural sources, and are meant to only consist of words that a wild cat would know. "
Fun fact! Tigerclaw/stars original name was Hammerclaw! But Vicky changed it because wild cats don't understand our Two-leg things.

DO

Use natural colours for names. (Grayspots, Blackpelt, Tawnyfur etc)

Use types of trees/plants for names. (Willowtail, Timberclaw etc.)

Name your warrior after landmarks and food. (Milksplash, Shrewnose, Runningcreek etc)

Avoid chucking random words together to make a name. Apparently this doesn't have to be followed in Skyclan. I mean Bouncefire? Harveymoon? Billystorm? Yes I understand the kittypets wanted to keep their names, they still sound stupid however. (Good examples of these failed names  are Waterblaze, Snailwing, Firecreek, Hutchwhisker, Blacklight etc)

If you are aiming to be original with names, but not sure on what, look up birds, look up tree types, anything that belongs to nature! Or just ask me, I'd be fine helping! (Elmpelt, Cedartail, Lilypatch Thriftpetal Ducknose.)


Rule 2. USE THE WARRIOR CODE!

Probably the most obvious, but mostly ignored rule. Why? I have no idea. For those hazy on all the official rules of the warrior code, I shall list them right now for you!

1. Defend your own clan with your life. You are allowed Friendships with other clans, but your main loyalty must be to your clan.

2. Do not hunt on another territory, or trespass.

3. All Elders, Queens Medicine-cat and kits are always fed before the Leader, Deputy, Warriors or Apprentices. Only exceptions are if the warrior or apprentice leader or deputy is ill. Or if they have permission from the leader or deputy.

4. prey is killed for food, show thanks to Starclan/ancestors by burying the remains when you are finished.

5. A kitten must be six moons/months before being apprenticed.

6. New warriors will sit vigil the first night they are made a warrior.

7. A cat can't be a deputy unless having mentored one Apprentice

8. The deputy of the clan becomes leader once leader is dead, or retired.

9. Once there is a new leader, or the old deputy is deceased/gone. The leader must choose a new deputy before moon-high

10. A gathering is held every full moon, there is no fighting during this time, as a full moon is the sign of a truce.

11. Boundaries are patrolled daily

12. No warrior must ignore a kit in danger, pain or lost, even if it is from another clan.

13. You listen to the leader of your clan like it is the rules of the warrior code. In other words, not to be ignored

14. A warrior does not need to kill to win a fight, unless a last resort or the rogue/loner is dangerous to the whole clan.

15. A warrior despises and rejects the soft life of a kittypet.

And the additional rules!

No gender medicine cat can take a mate or kits. Only exception is if they had kits, and they died (most of the time) or if they had a mate, but the mate left the clan, hates them  stops being their mate, or their mate dies.

Kits must stay in camp unless apprenticed, or hunt unless given permission and under strict super vision by the deputy or leader.

The safety of the clan is more important than one single warrior, mate or not.

Clans can not unite to drive out other clans.

Clans can not force another clan to share territory.
Clans can not attack a patrol that is on a mission that is agreed on by all leaders.


I understand that sometimes you must break these rules to make your story more  interesting or liven it up. However I often find a clan barely listening to the code is boring and over done, a truly dedicated clan to the code would be an interesting read if you went into detail why. And if your going to make a "bad" character, make him a saint. Seriously. Them following the code savagely to death then  turning if the code might be hurt. Hence why Hollyleaf was a good character!Or make the "bad" character a believable character, while its possible he could just break the code for fun, actually go into depth as to WHY he hates the code. No being half clan doesn't count. Or a medicine cat. Nice try though. Also don't use the boring abused child route. Or heartbroken, you just make them like Ashfur,


Rule 3. TRY


Be it maybe you don't have much time to write, or "you don't want to write anything serious." I see a lot of pretty poor fan fiction about. It recycling either these story lines OVER and OVER.

A kit (be it tom or she cat) receives a prophecy when it is born, telling them  either about their great destiny, or great evil, they grow up and their parents/sibling/best friend die, so then the tom/she-cat become the clans best warrior/leader of (Insert area and clan here)

A blind cat becomes a warrior (which has been proven impossible) and then slowly deputy and leader. Has a 'hard life' of being sympathized with, not taken seriously and worst of all, laughed at. LEGASP.

Your cat gets super powers from some prophecy just like the Three in the official series. They rebel against the code, their family, clan because 'their power is too great for anyone to understand' either they go bat-shit, or do their destiny shit and are permanently better then every other cat. The end.

A cat always works hard in hopes to get the mate he/she wants. When they don't they become Bat shit insane.  Then kill their enemy/once wanted mate/someone. And continue to live with their angst, hating everyone around them.

Or a combination of all the above. Seriously all because your busy Doesn't mean you can't think outside the box! Take me for example, I'm busy with many things, yet I still sit here and am working hard on the first original warrior cat story there will be in a long time. And actually it isn't about my OC's (well one is, but she isn't a copy of anyone nor is she super powered-awesome-named or abused-sad-depressed psychopath.) And its set in the four clans around the lake. Maybe you should stick around and learn a few things and tips! I'm often about to help so if you actually sat back and said "Hmm what could I do to make this seem better" you can ask me. Seriously I like helping people that's why I wrote this.
Please give feedback, I spent ages writing this.
One of a handful of lists i'm making to help Warriors fans write better fan fictions. Feel free to ask for help if your ever stuck naming a character, or when writing. :)

Next list - Herbs and what they do!
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Ocarinasong Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Hey, um, does the name Silentflight make any sense to you? I was going to make him mute, but I decided to make him blind, instead. His name is Silentflight, because he has the strange ability to walk, run, or jump without making a sound, even if he steps on a dead leaf or a twig. He's the best hunter in ThunderClan because of his special ability. He's also the best fighter in ThunderClan, too, because his blindness makes his other senses a lot sharper. His other senses are even sharper than Jayfeather's! He's also able to pinpoint different scents and single-out one scent from all the others, even during a fast-paced battle when he's surrounded by a lot of other scents, so he always knows exactly where his opponent is.
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DrakynWyrm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I'm going to just play the Devi's Advocate here.)

   Your cat sounds like a Gary Sue. I'm just going to put that out bluntly.

   In a fight, a cat's greatest asset is its eyes. That's why in a fight the pupil widens, so they can see more clearly. And, as we've seen in the first book of The Power of Three, Jaypaw is helpless in a fight against Breezepaw, and it took Lionpawe's help to beat him. And, think about it for a second. Of all our senses, the one that works the fastest, that process information to our brain the fastest, is our eyes. Even if his senses are heightened, his senses won't pick up things fast enough to be able to fight. (And don't say, "Oh, he's better than Jayfeather!" That only makes Silentflight sound even more like a Gary Sue, and impossible, at that.)
   And so, there's no way he'd be the best fighter in ThunderClan. Especially when you've got other cats who train extremely hard to be the best fighters (Like Lionblaze). Silentflight doesn't stand a chance.

  Next, I don't care how "good" your cat is, if he's tangible, then he can't step on leaves without making a sound. Especially dead leaves or twigs.

  And, now he's the best hunter too. As I've said before, it's all well and good using your other senses to locate prey. but when you've got it right underneath you, your senses of smell and sound are too general to accurately pinpoint the location of scampering prey. I'm just saying. Also, in that regard, he's competing with Dovewing as the best hunter. There is no way he can beat her.

  In real life, blind cats usually die quickly in the wild. Even if they're "used to it," he won't survive for too long. Because for every lucky mouse he can catch, there's about a hundred he won't.

   So, in short, if you don't want to break the canon, then you should have just kept him mute. Cut out the "he's blind/soundless" junk. Him being mute only makes much more sense, as there are many things he could have done to damage his throat. (Plus, while writing him out, you have a challenge on writing out his personality without using his words. That can make for a much better story than him being a Blind Gary Sue.)
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WarriorCatNadja Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How about Swiftstar mousefeather and ravenwing?
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Ocarinasong Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I think Swiftstar and Ravenwing are great! Although, Mousefeather doesn't really make much sense. You could do Mousepelt, Mousestrike, Mouseblaze, or Falconfeather, Eaglefeather, Fallingfeather, or maybe even Softfeather. Just a few suggestions of names that I like with "mouse" or "feather" in them. You don't have to use them if you don't like them.
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SHALI23 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a cat named Bladekit, mostly because it sounded so badass but after a while I realized cats didn't know what blades are. That is, unless you count blades of grass since that's part of nature. Now that I think of it...I might just keep his name as Bladekit. I wouldn't have the faintest what his warrior name would be though. xD
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TabbyKittyArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i cannot think of anything... but so far i have an idea that the deputy dies and the main character is chosen as deputy but in a battle a few weeks later the leader gets blinded and retires and the main character faces the challenges of being a leader and he finds that the clan doesn't trust him because of his young inexperienced age. then he chooses one cat as a deputy but he takes the opportunity and brings together a gang of rouges to set a trap to kill the main cat in exchange he will give them a spot in the clan. but the main cat manages to escape and gathers his clan to fight back and in the end they win and he finally has gained the trust of his clan. and he gets the girl and then there will be a sequel.

    it sounds horrible..... but yeah....
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DrakynWyrm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want my opinion, if you can write it out well enough, that could make for a decent plot.
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Ocarinasong Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
That sounds pretty good to me! Better than mine...
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VixehKitteh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My story is so lame o^o

An apprentice is driven out of her Clan for not following her ambitious father's orders to murder her sister. She collapses and is found by two cats, which bring her back to their Clan, BerylClan. She wakes up and is asked what happened, and is then invited. A band of rogues suddenly invade and take one of the leader's lives. She becomes part of the Clan and trains blah blah blah
She and other chosen cats then go on a mission, due to the Medicine cat's dream, and find out that Amber's, the cat driven out, original Clan was slaughtered with no traces of who did it-- Other than an unfamiliar scent. More deaths come blah blah blah, Azure becomes deputy and soon leader blah blah blah. And then Amber realizes her love for her friend, Azureclaw, blh blah blah bi shit happens and then Amber becomes a loner because she's tired of Clan life, bla bla bla BerylClan falls, bla bla bla another battle

Then Amber and Azure have kits because logic, and then Amber dies a few moons later. Her last few sentences:

"But, how can I tell if I really am dead? If my whole world is a lie. But I know you aren't, Azure.. I promised you I'd never let anything happen to you... I love you..."

because lesbian cats are legit
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BlazingFireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
Great guide!

Would names like Hawkblaze, Iceburn, Darksplash and Bloodfoot be okay? Bloodfoot has his name because he's pure white, put it looks like his legs are always soaked in blood.
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