Hi, I like to read Harry Potter fan-fiction, My favorite ship is Draco/Hermione. I beta for one writer, and I am working up the nerve to start a story of my own, I leave reviews for writers that I think show creativity, so if I have added you as a favorite story and/or writer it means I really enjoy your story. Sometimes I will leave grammar suggestions, but as I have a spelling disability, if I leave a review and mention spell check it is pretty bad. I hope to encourage writers continue writing; I do not like to leave flames. I will just stop reading the story. Do you know the difference between board/bored, aloud/allowed, dose/does, no/know, and bare/bear so many of you use the first when you mean the second. Next "the two of us are going to the store too often,"( so many get them wrong.)
I feel a writer needs to work at their craft by painting a picture with words. Hopefully causing the reader to rethink preconceived ideas, step away from reality for a short period, and feel the emotions of the characters in the story. The use of swear words unless it is to express an intense emotion is a waste of space. It has been said that use of swear words in every day conversation is the sign of an uneducated mind. It was called Forbidden Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and no one has been able to show me where JKR ever used the word in any one of her books. Review/feedback edit it out if some one uses it. If it fits the story line and how you have shown the character under great stress fine. If not, I can only give the advice of one of my teachers, "If the removal of a word does not change the meaning of a sentence, or add to the personality of a character then remove it." There are so many wonderful word try to learn new ones. Some of the best writers in fan-fiction send me to my dictionary, and two professional writers that I know read their dictionary's to learn new words: as words are how they earn their living.
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