Author has written 3 stories for Naruto, Harry Potter, and Assassin's Creed.
Hello fellow fanfiction readers and welcome to my profile! In case any of you are wondering, I myself have been perusing this magnificent website for close to a decade now, and have been writing my own stories for nearly as long. I hope you enjoy them.
Just so you know, my stories will be primarily based off the Harry Potter and Naruto Universes, though I will certainly venture into others should the inspiration strike me.
Disclaimer: Any posted story on this website or any other that is based off another author's creation is, obviously, fanfiction and, as such, is not being used for any purposes like profit, marketing, etc., except for my own entertainment and creative imagination.
How to Write a Quality Story
(For those of you looking for advice and guidance)
Spelling/Grammar: By far the leading reason why stories fail or get ignored is incorrect spelling and grammar. You may have an excellent plot, great characters, and mind bending ideas, but none of that will come through if you can't express it in proper text. Every sentence should flow together and most, if not all, words should be correctly spelled (You're on the bloody internet for crying out loud! If you don't know how to spell it, look it up on a dictionary!). Further more, don't be afraid to expand your vocabulary. I personally believe that certain words simply cannot be used more than once in a single sentence... It drives me insane!
Length: In my opinion, there are far too many stories out there that are less than a thousand words and I despise them. Why? Because there's no substance. Those "stories" are more ramblings than anything else in my personal opinion (If that offends any of you reading this, then I sincerely apologize, but that is my take of it). Anyways, my personal policy requires each chapter to be a minimum of 8-10 pages before I even consider posting it. Usually, I end up with 15 to 20 pages.
Detail: Funnily enough, while I have always been detailed oriented, the best explanation I have ever found in regards to why detail is needed was in a story on this very website. I don't remember the exact wording, but it basically boiled down to the fact that while you, the author, may have the whole story in your head with all its minute details, the reader does not have access to that and, as such, will probably only get less than 25% of your actual story unless you convey an appropriate amount of detail and emotional content.
For example, if you have a fight scene, don't make it a single three lined paragraph. That just makes it sound rushed and one side ridiculously overpowered. Expand and give it context. Make it seem like a struggle. Make the reader feel like they're right there, in the story, watching the fight with their own eyes. To pull that off, you need detail and style!
Diversity: Make your story interesting. Make it different. There are tens of thousands of authors on this site and, unfortunately, many of them have written the exact same plot/ideas. This means that even if you've written an incredible story, readers will likely disregard it since they've read something similar before! Every quality story on this website with 1000 reviews did something unique. Something that hasn't been seen before and practically demands the reader to stick with it to the end. So, when you're trying to write an awesome story, stop and think for a moment... What can you contribute to this community that no one else has seen before? What will make your story stand out above the rest?
Emotional Content: By far one of the best ways of hooking a reader to a story is its emotional content. A story that pulls us into its world and has us live in it... These stories are the ones that make you cry when the Main Character (MC) has his/her heart broken. These are the stories that are so silly, you can't help but laugh the entire time you're reading them. These are the stories that make your heart race when a fight is happening! And these scenes happen because we, as authors, try to put ourselves in the character's shoes and go through it ourselves.
I am sure all of you have heard the saying "Put your heart into it." Well, it applies here too, but in a more wholesome manner. You must feel the emotions of a scene to properly write it. If you're not feeling like punching something when you're writing a battle, then your readers won't connect with the story in that scene and it'll likely fall flat. You, as a person, have your own unique experiences that led to a plethora of emotions... So put yourself back in those times when you write and I promise you... you'll have a fantastic story.
As a rule, I understand that fanfiction is the borrowing of the original author's characters, world, situations, etc. As such, if someone wishes to use my ideas for their own work, I give them my wholehearted approval. However, the keyword there is ideas! If one copies word for word certain aspects, that requires an actual request for usage. So, if someone wants to use my techniques, characters, etc., then please ask me for permission!
Fanfiction Pet Peeves
Harems: I understand that most authors subconsciously envision ourselves in the shoes of the Main Character (MC). It is likely because of that that there are so many MC/Harem stories and, for the most part, I cannot stand them. To me, it is a sign of blatant disrespect to the gender making up the harem. In addition, the idea that the MC can "love everyone equally" is simply stupid and unrealistic. There will always be one person you like more and there will always be jealously within the harem for that person receiving more attention. Its human! The ONLY time I can accept reading a story that has a Harem incorporated is (1) if its a bloody fantastic read or (2) if they're small and the attraction is mutual in all directions (meaning that the individuals making up the harem are also attracted to each other).
A good example would be Partially Kissed Hero by Perfect Lionheart... Harry, the MC, has a harem of over a hundred women... All of them physically perfect in every way... That's unrealistic. The only reason why I like the story is because of all the crazy ideas he's thrown together connecting magic with history/myths.
Wealth: Another feature that almost always ruins a story for me is the Main Character's wealth and this primarily focuses on the Harry Potter Universe. Far too often, authors have the MC (Harry, generally) be the richest person in the world with a fortune that amounts in the billions! That is ridiculous! If he was really that wealthy, then Harry should do exactly what was done in No Hurry at All by Robst and offer a massive bounty for Voldemort's head! Its fine if you want to have Harry reasonably wealthy enough that he could live comfortably for a few years, but to be so wealthy that his many-times great grandson won't have a work a day in his life is just ridiculous.
Power: Like with the wealth, power is another problem often seen in the Fanfiction Universe. Authors often times make Harry the most powerful wizard in history... Okay, if that's the case, have the guy use a simple Summoning Charm on Voldemort's head and finish it for God's sake! For Naruto, I see him commonly capable of taking on S-Rank shinobi due to some kind of bloodline (I am semi-guilty of this and it is something I greatly regret and detest). If you want to elevate the MC's power, fine... but make it so its, at most, on par with the Main Antagonist.
Rationality/Logic/Common Sense: I'm a guy who likes details and explanations. I like things that make logical sense. I like seeing at least some intelligence... I can't stand, however, a lack of all of the above. Stupid Naruto... Ugh, it makes me feel like my IQ is lowering by double digits. Having him ignorant is fine... Having him stupid despite the identity of his parents and the resources around him is just wrong.
Lack of Balance: When one side is winning in every conceivable way possible without the opposing side capable of putting up a fighting chance, that's not a good story. There are too many Harry Potter stories like this with Dumbledore as a manipulative mastermind. Often times, it goes with Harry realizing how much of a bastard the old man is and then soundly beating him without Dumbledore being able to fight back. If the Headmaster really had been in control for that long, he would've undoubtedly had dozens, if not hundreds of contingency plans in case such a disaster occurred. I want to see the Antagonist fight back and win at least a little... It makes the story all the better.
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