Author has written 7 stories for Naruto, Harry Potter, Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人, and Walking Dead.
Bio: Yo! I'm Blake, a recent HS grad, who writes fanfiction. I like reading Fanfiction, playing video games, and driving around town with my friends. If you're here wanting to know when an update for one of my stories is, feel free to PM me. I usually update within a few weeks, give or take. If anyone is interested in a beta, feel free to message me. If I like the idea of your story, I may just comb through it and get it ready for posting!
What to avoid when writing fan-fiction:
Time Travel Tropes- Need your protagonist back in the past? Great! Plan on sending them there via a deity's intervention? Okay, that'll work. Is said deity doing this because 'too many lives were lost', 'your life wasn't as good as it was supposed to be', or 'you were suppose to do this'? Stop! That's dumb! Too many lives lost? But all previous tragedies got this omnipotent being's seal of approval? 'Fate' or whoever just wants you to have a more enjoyable life? How insignificant a thing can a deity really care about? And the worst, you were meant to do this (defeat Voldemort, bring peace, fall in love, blah-blah-blah)? If you fail to do something, then by definition, you were not destined to do it. There is no such thing as an unfulfilled prophecy, only what was said and what happened. If they don't line up, then they weren't meant to.
Telling, instead of Showing- Is your main character feeling angry? Really? How do you let your readers know? Do you say, "Blank was angry at Blank for doing blank." Or, do you write, "Blank's fists balled and shook of their own accord the second Blank walked in, still incensed from earlier." You can tell me that your main character is angry, or you can write the signs, and I can come to the conclusion myself. By doing the latter, you draw the reader in far more, and the empathy between character and reader grows by leaps and bounds.
He said, She said, Everybody said-said- Just finished typing out some slick dialogue? Great, getting your character to talk to others is entertainment at its most pure, and good ol' conversations are the bread and butter of almost all character interactions. However, no matter what you are having them say, if every break in dialogue ends with, he/she said, every single time, then you're not going to get the most out of your meticulously crafted dialogue. How did they say it? Was their voice husky with lust, or thick with anger, or high with panic? What were they doing while speaking, and what did they do immediately after they finished? Did they snort after mocking an adversary? Maybe they shrugged with an unsure look on their face- cluing us in to the fact that they aren't confident in what they've just said. "I hate you," Harry said lowly, angrily blinking away tears of frustration. OR "I hate you," Harry said. Which one draws you in more?
Hated Story Types
Some Twin Fics- I hate it when I read a wrong-boy-who-lived HP fic and Lilly and James are shit parents to Harry but shower the other twin with love, with no believable reason provided. The main reason this irks me? I love Harry's parents. James and Lilly sacrifice themselves for their fifteen month old son in cannon, but these stories write them as assholes. The Santi's Harry Potter and the Boy Who Lived is a wonderful example of how you can make a WBWL twin fic believable.
HPLV Slash- Harry Potter was born when Voldemort was fifty four. By the time Harry is sixteen, Tom is already SEVENTY YEARS OLD. Enough said. Also, remember when he murdered Harry's parents?
HPLM or HPSS Slash- Snape is twenty years older. Lucius is twenty six years older. Honestly though, this is more of me never finding either of those two characters enjoyable to read about.
Evil!Harry- I don't want to read a fic about Harry torturing innocent people or joining Voldemort to fight Dumbledore. I'm not a sick fuck so it's impossible for me to empathize with an evil main character. Would YOU be friends with someone who killed both of your parents and tried to kill you? And Dumbledore bashing is honestly very simple minded and childish. WHAT! You left me with my remaining family after my parents were killed, their friends either dead, incarcerated, or not legally able to take care of me?! You should have at least checked up on me! Somehow, as headmaster of a school and holder of two government positions, my childhood was your responsibility. As was Sirius' lack of a trial. Not the DMLE, the Department of Magical Law ENFORCEMENT, you. See what I mean? Braindead.
Wrong Father- I H A T E Hate stories where Lilly is a cheating skank and sleeps with Snape/Tom/etc. and then has Harry who is their son. I just do.
CheckLists- Fics that make one change to the entire canon and only write the scenes where the changes occur. Write a story or don't.
High school Fics- Specifically Naruto ones. A story about a group of teens in school, who ONLY share names with the characters in the show, should not be listed in the Naruto category on this site. It is literally a high school drama that has nothing to do with the show. No ninja, incorrect family, completely different back stories, etc. They're crap.
Bashing!- Stories where the author takes out their frustrations on a character to make themselves feel better. EX: Team 7 bashing. Ugh why won't Kakashi teach me a million cool jutsu!!! Sakura is a twelve year old who likes boys more than the idea of killing!!! Sure, Sasuke's whole family was murdered by someone he loved and trusted, but people were totally passive aggressive towards me!!! Shut. The. Fuck. Up. Another Example would be Weasley bashing. Oh! Look at Molly, being all fucking nice to me like she's my mom or something! And Ron is such an insensitive ELEVEN year old. I hate Ginny because I like Hermione but she got with Ron in the books so I'll make her crush on Harry something horrible! LAME! Humans flew to the damn moon on a rocket and played golf. We can be creative, so there's no excuse not to be.
Unrealistic Abuse- The dreaded Drunken-Naruto-Mob!!! Because in a village full of ninja, an entire mob of drunken people can wander around and beat a child. It's so overdone its not even funny. Just don't, for real.
Harem Fics!- Unless you're just writing a smut fic, there's almost no excuse. It weakens most stories and authors of these stories usually write their characters horribly. Ladies, guys, would any of you be OK with your partner being with multiple other people? I know I wouldn't. And the girls in these stories all, miraculously, are! None of them ever have a problem sharing with other women. Its disgusting, not the polygamy (I honestly don't care about that), but how bad people write relationships in such fics. A good example of a successful harem fic would be kb0's The Accidental Bond. Its not really a choice, and the girls aren't very happy or comfortable with the idea right away. The author doesn't use the polygamy angle to just give his protagonist a bunch of girls, he writes it believably, where finding a way to make the relationships with the girls work is a big part of the story.
Betrayal Fics!- The worst of the worst, stories where the author expects you to swallow the idea that the main character, usually Harry in this situation, has been used, lied to, and manipulated, by everyone around him, and that they never noticed. If you're too lazy to imagine up a real reason your protagonist has snapped, or whatever you were going for, then I'm not going to bother myself with reading your fic. Sorry. In literature, you are literally god, making and taking lives with every keystroke. To bum your way through a story is to disrespect that power.
That's all I can think of, and if you look in my favorites list you'll probably see a few stories that have some of these elements in them. Some authors can work past these issues, and I'll still enjoy the story, so if you randomly happened across this, and felt discouraged, DON'T BE! Take the cliche and overcome it!
Favorite Story Types!
Well Written!- The foundation upon which all great stories are built, an author's grasp of grammar, spelling, and basic mechanics goes a long way. Seriously, writing's bread and butter here.
Original Ideas!- Harry in Bioshock's Rapture? Naruto, as a Ramen Chef? New, or at least rarely used ideas, can be like pools of water in a desert. With the heaps of copy-pastes you'll rifle through in search of a good read, nothing can beat a refreshing take on familiar fandoms.
Alternate Realities/Time Travel- Really? Right after rattling on, bemoaning overused cliches? Yes. With new, or at least previously barely-seen characters surrounding your protagonist, you'll wind up having a difficult time not writing something interesting. Strange deviations on the canon, the multi-layered interactions between characters from different timelines, the perks of these types of stories go on and on. One of the best ways to make a fanfic as interesting as an original story.
That'sabout it for the types of stories I like. As you'll notice, my dislikes tend to be more specific, while the types of stories I'm open to are more general. There aren't many well written stories I'll turn down, and if they go against the grain, all the better. New or altered settings are about as specific as my tastes get.