Author has written 60 stories for Voyagers!, Misc. Movies, Chuck, Cover Up, Incredible Hulk, My Bodyguard, Superboy, Happy Days, Man from Atlantis, CHIPs, and Doctor Who.
I want to leave a big thanks to all my subscribers and those who continue to discover and enjoy my stories and leave positive comments. It really gave me the surefire motivation to keep at it through the years.
A huge Thank you to James D. Parriott, for creating the wonderful television series and concept of 'Voyagers!.' It has allowed us impressionable fan-writers to whet our imaginations and keep history alive and on course with two of the best time-travelers, Phineas Bogg and Jeffrey Jones.
My other account name is: G-Of The Rivers
Are you a fan of Korean Dramas? Honestly, they're mostly amazing and wonderful entertainment and there's something for everyone in all genres. Please visit the blog ~ The Fangirl Verdict ~ and read my section for Dream Dramas. From beginning to end I plot out the Drama stories and they include full cast, poster artwork, pictures and music.
My general advice for what I've learned from Fan Fiction writing (Updated 1/1/2016)
Hey everyone that actually reads Author Profiles! How are ya?
It's been a couple of years but I'm working on writing new Fan-Fiction for this site. I've been reading a lot of stories lately to get the feel of it again. But I'm disturbed by certain author habits and "notes" that clutter chapters. I believe that if you're writing a Fan-Fic, it's because you have more than a "plot bunny" in mind and you genuinely have a story to tell. From beginning to hopefully the end.
Unless some crisis or writer's block just insists you stop. Like it did to me, so I totally understand!
But I think you'll write it because of your love for the show/movie etc. and your desire to add more depth and emotion or even new characters to that "world."
Fan-Fic authors shouldn't be obnoxious and withhold chapters because they aren't getting the reviews they want. It just comes off as petty when I read all the snarky, desperate author comments at the end that threaten their readers and alienate the ones who actually care about the story. If you post a chapter, you post. Don't manipulate your readers, because it's plain cruel.
Trust me, I love reviews and feedback like the next person. But if you think nobody's reading just because you don't see a review - Check your stats. You'll see that's not the case. Some people lurk and don't have accounts, or they're just too lazy to log in. The point is, they're reading. You'll write no matter what, because it's fun and you want to get the idea out of your head and make room for new ones, not because you want praise.
I appreciate all the reviews and advice that fellow fans and readers have given me through the years. The reviews I've gotten in the past really aided me to become a better writer. It's important that my stories honestly capture the original essence of the plot, characters, and unique quality for each TV show I write for, along with my own added brand of humor, adventure, etc.
We all have our own voice, even if we do quirky things to words or grammar that may confuse others or cause them to chide us. If some people spend too much time on these forums, they suddenly become the master of the English language and want to change everything. As long as we have the basics and don't mutilate the English language as some have or still do, we'll be okay.
To the Writers
Don't take it too personal and keep doing what you do best...especially if you've always been confident of your work before and others enjoy it. There's nothing wrong with getting or asking for help, I encourage it, but DON'T LOSE YOUR VOICE in the process and write, write, write! If an error or question about continuity, etc. is brought to your attention, guess what? Fanfic allows you to edit! Ask my readers...you can always edit! ;) That's a writer's prerogative! Don't let pride keep you from improving.
For those who love to 'BETA'
Be kind, patient and helpful. Don't automatically assume a writer even wants your assistance, no matter how wonderful or fantastic you think your changes will be. Hopefully, the writer will understand you are only trying to make them better at their craft and at least apply some if not all of your suggestions. Don't BETA to be glorified.
To the readers
You have every right to expect us writers to churn out a decent story and create worlds familiar to you from your favorite shows and movies. You have the right to expect good grammar and story flow. You, readers, are our writing life blood. Your reviews can make or break us, but, they should ultimately improve our work. A writer strives to be heard. If you enjoy our story, and want to leave us feedback, please leave an honest review. Use more than two words and let your voice be heard. If you truly liked what you read, or have issues, let us know! Try to be specific on the the dialogue and descriptions that grabbed you. Tell us respectfully how you feel about our take on your favorite hero or villain. Your reviews make us want to write more and more. They encourage us to make improvements and it becomes a generous cycle of writing and reviewing. If you feel the absolute need to pick apart our stories like a turkey, then please, use the PM feature! Don't harass, attack or belittle us in the review box.
I believe it's context and content that's very important in writing Fan Fiction. How well do we know our source material? Watching one episode or seeing the movie one time will not make for a good story, no matter how zealous we are to write one. Are we giving the characters we've come to love, our respect? Are we writing them in the way to which we've become accustomed when watching them onscreen? Perhaps even fleshing them out, and stepping in where (GASP!) canon fails? Research your context, your setting, the time period. Get to know the style of dress, talking and manners of the characters and the world in which they live.
A big thing for me and my best advice is to KNOW YOUR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. They are the ones who give the characters their personality, humor and vitality...and make them their own. I tend to notice body language and behaviors that carries with them from film to film or show to show...a roll of the eye, a flick of the hair, a smile, wink..a turn of the hand or phrase. Take note of the sound of their voice and laughter, the way they kiss, cry, get angry, show love and affection, and a host of other qualities that makes us all unique. The same nuances are always present in their performances no matter what character they're playing. Test out my theory and pay close attention. You'll see the actor's real persona emerging through each role. Deep down is the heart and soul of the performer...
Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth. That's Acting 101. Then you start putting layers on top of that." Vincent D'onofrio.
I'm always looking, as an actor, for activities. I think it's far more interesting to watch what people do than what they say. You always want to watch behavior, because the dialogue as written by our illustrious leaders is great. Eminently playable." Adam Baldwin
On a final note...We can all agree that strong OCs can turn a world upside down with excitement, fun, and humor... providing they don't destroy or reduce the canons to underwritten pulps. Us writers know these stories are for enjoyment, and don't expect to be on the New York Times Bestseller's list anytime soon. I find it very disheartening when the Fan-fiction police come along and demand that there be no additional characters. The actual shows do that all the time, it's what makes the episode exciting! It doesn't mean they will be in every episode or story for that matter.
My last bit of advice to all, let's just keep it fun, honest, and dignified!