BlackZeroDC
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Joined 05-02-07, id: 1270030, Profile Updated: 11-13-10
Author has written 1 story for Advance Wars.

Not a lot to say here. When I get bored and my head fills with ideas, I put them down. When enough of them are written down, I tape and glue them together in to what can loosely be defined as a story. One thing I always strive for is originality. People like to settle into a "familiar rut" when writing. They see a popular idea, or get a lot of praise for something they came up with, and just keep doing it. I think that would get very boring quickly, so I'm always looking for new and interesting takes on familiar ideas. I had some stories posted, but deleted them simply because I was very unhappy with how they were coming along. I didn't have time to sit and actually plan out what I was writing, so it resulted in a bunch of new ideas loosely tied together into one draft. Quite frankly, after looking at them, I realized that it looked like shit and took them down. If I get motivated to redo them, I may. For now, though, I'm going to focus more on ideas that come to me than trying to salvage past failures. Hope you enjoy my writing, and feel free to provide any feedback on it. Depending on my schedule I may be updating slowly for a while. I'm very busy IRL, so I apologize in advance if I take a while to update.

Just some general info on my attitudes towards writing

Things I like:

Originality. It gets very tiresome seeing fifteen different fanfics all of which are the same pairings and the same general ideas. Don't be afraid to experiment. I look more kindly upon failed experiments than recycling popular ideas. At least it's something new and I can see you have some creativity instead of just taking other people's ideas and putting your own stamp on it.

Brevity. I'm not a fan of people who take forever to get to the point. Sure, build up to it, but don't pad your story out to twenty chapters when there's only about twelve chapters of material.

Writing pet peeves:

Bad grammar. It's cliche, I know. Bad grammar really does drag a story down for me though. If I have to take time to decrypt your sentences, it does not motivate me to keep reading. I'm not a grammar Nazi, but I do not like reading a train wreck.

Redundancy and unnecessarily long/complicated sentences. Kinda on the same page as brevity, I don't like unnecessarily complicated sentences. I'm in college: if I want excessive wordiness, I'll open up one of my Islamic Philosophy textbooks. Keep it straight forward, simple, and easy to follow. Also, proof-read your sentences with an eye for what is and is not essential for getting your point across. If you can literally cut your sentence in half and not lose one bit of meaning, please do it. Pretty please?

Last point: proofread! Not just once for spelling errors, either. In GOOD writing, you should actually spend more time revising, editing, and proofreading than you actually do writing. Remember, like any art, writing requires discipline. Get your ideas on paper, then slowly chip away at your prose until you've unveiled the brilliant sculpture within. Don't proof-read once and think you're done. There's more to it than that! The ability to shape and mold your ideas into a clean and solid work is what separates writers from people who write.

Advance Wars: Mindgames reviews
Sonja is tired of reading about the same strategists. What happens when she finds a tactician that history forgot? This is my first fiction, so please be lenient.
Advance Wars - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 15 - Words: 21,754 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/8/2007 - Published: 5/29/2007 - Complete