Author has written 6 stories for Kim Possible.
Some reflections on the Kim Possible fan fiction universe…Though it's not a great movie, You've Got Mail is one of those films I can watch over and over. A couple of scenes resonate with me, especially in relation to writing KP fan fiction.
"You've got mail." "Yes!" "Three very powerful words." "Yes!"
I've come to appreciate how much we need creative affirmation and encouragement. Those three little words that occasionally appear in my inbox, "FF Review Alert," are very powerful, indeed.
"The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings."
How true! I've had the privilege of meeting many interesting and talented people through reading their stories, their reviews of my stories, their discussion posts, and occasionally, our e-mails sent to each other. I've come to appreciate those interactions and aspire to reciprocate in kind with comments my KP fan fiction colleagues will find encouraging and helpful.
I’m a traditionalist in my approach to writing KP stories—I write narratives that stay within the boundaries of relationships suggested by the cartoon series. But I also try to challenge myself to add some unique dimension to the lives of those in the Kim Possible universe that will surprise me and, I hope, you as well.
Of course, I enjoy reading any KP fan fiction that is creative and well-written. Many of them, I've discovered, are as engaging (if not more so) as the stuff taught in college lit classes. In fact, college writing instructors could learn a thing or two from the fan fiction world.
A number of fiction writing experts recommend that aspiring writers should read, read, read. Here’s a list of authors I admire:
· Peter David’s “King Arthur” series, including One Knight Only and Fall of Knight. They are terrific reads that combine humor with romance and adventure.
· I also admire a western short story writer named Dorothy Johnson. You may be more familiar with the films that were based on her stories, such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “A Man Called Horse.” Johnson was a genius at painting epic scenes on a small canvas.
· A good friend of mine recently introduced me to the imaginative world of Orson Scott Card, famous for his sci-fi Ender universe novels. He also writes wonderful short stories and fairy tales with modern twists.
· I recommend the fiction of Cormac McCarthy (such as The Road and No Country for Old Men) for lessons in how to develop and remain true to one's writing voice.
· This past summer I discovered the emotional power in Julie Anne Peter's novels, particularly one titled Luna.
I try to adhere to Mark Twain’s “nineteen rules governing literary art in the domain of romantic fiction” as set forth in his classic essay, “Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses” (see The old Strunk & White Rule #17 hounds me still, “Omit needless words.”
Hope you enjoy the stories I’ve written so far. Send me a review or e-mail if you find one particularly striking, and feel free to let me know if you’d like a response to your own KP fan fiction.