Author has written 5 stories for Eyeshield 21, Bleach, Saiyuki, and Trigun.
Fanart for Definitely Different:
Anime/manga I'm familiar with:
I'm a huge OC fan. Sure, I support canon character pairings, too, but when it comes to actually reading about them, I'd prefer OC.
I am a beta reader and have a beta profile.
Friendly advice/pet-peeves (for me) commonly found in fanfictions:
2. Conventions. They teach this in school, use it. You can have the best damn ideas, plot-line, story, etc. in the world, but if you can't write well nobody will understand what's going on. Conventions includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. And yes, it really does matter; people that are looking for stories to read judge partially off of how well it's written; poor conventions implies that the author didn't put any thought or effort into the writing and pretty much just threw up on the page and decided to show it to the world.
3. Don't publish anything if you're gonna be a sensitive crybaby. The reviews aren't JUST for people to gush things like "Omg that was awesome!" and "Ur a awesome writer!" Believe it or not, reviews are for constructive feedback on an author's stories that is meant to help. SO, if you get someone who points out that, hey, spell-check might be something to invest in, or that your writing is unorganized and hard to follow, don't pitch a fit and send them a PM b*ing at them about how you can't please everyone and that they complain too much or something. First of all, it's rude on YOUR part; they were trying to help, and as much as it may suck to realize, you're not perfect. Second, it's immature. If you don't understand why the person said it, ask them to clarify what they're talking about.
4. Keep your story summaries relevant Don't include pointless crap such as "this is my first ever fanfic, please R&R!", "I suck at summaries, just read it" or anything like that. Seriously, I see a lot of stories that have one sentence written in the summary box, and almost always that sentence is one of the two listed above and half of it's stating that the author sucks at summaries. Honestly, readers don't give a rip how many other stories you've written; we want to know if it's worth our time to try one out. Give as much pertinent, STORY-RELATED information as you can in the summary. If there is going to be a pairing, you might want to include that info. Also, a decent summary will encourage the potential reader to actually give your story a shot because it shows you actually tried.
5. Make sure the characters you tag are the right ones.For example, if you're doing a Fairy Tail fanfic with a Grey/OC pairing, you probably shouldn't tag any other characters. Reason being, when scanning through butt-tons of stories, a lot of people aren't going to read every single summary, so they're going to look at the following: Title, genre, and characters. Tagging two characters in a story that has a pairing (they normally have "Romance" as one of their genre tags) implies that the pairing is going to be between two cannon characters. So, in this case, keep the character tag to just "Grey Fullblaster".
6. Keep it to one language as a general rule. Simply put, don't write a dialogue between two characters in mostly English and then randomly switch to, say, Japanese or something. If your character is native to Japan, us English readers all assume that they're speaking Japanese; making half of the dialogue non-understandable doesn't really make it sound cool, it's just a pain in the ass to read and will likely cause readers to move on to another story if they're having to translate a large portion of the story. I read a Rorouni Kenshin story that was great, except for the fact that the author would suddenly have a whole sentence or two of Japanese dialogue, and it just doesn't work well. Yeah, it's cool if you're studying a second language, kudos to you and all that, but don't try to sounds smart by slapping it in random places in the story.
7. Avoid repetitive sentence beginnings. If you're writing the character in first person, don't start every sentence "I". Example:
I walked outside and looked around. I didn't really see anything unusual, but something just didn't feel right. I walked a few steps away from the door. I was getting more and more nervous with each passing second. I...
See how it gets really old, really fast? Try switching things up.
This same rule applies if you're writing in third person or second person as well.
8. Wtf is the point in OCxOC pairings? Seriously, I don't really get it.
Tips on Finding Good Fanfiction
'Cause I'm super picky about what I read. XD
1. Know what you're looking for. There are tons of anime/manga out there with literally tens of thousands of fanfictions written about them, so using this sites filters is a really good idea. As an example, this is how I go about it:
2. Pay attention to the number of chapters there are in relation to the word count. I aim for a 1,000 words per chapter minimum average. Generally, the fewer words there are, the less detailed and thought out the chapter, and consequently the whole story, is.
3. Note the number of followers to the story. This is something I just started paying attention to rather recently, but a higher number of followers per chapter is another sign that the story is a good one. Nobody follows stories they don't like.
4. Look for stories with ACTUAL summaries. Sure, the character tags can be important, but checking out every story that has your favorite character in it can take a lot of time. Summaries can/should tell you a lot about the author's writing style just as much as it should about the story. A lot of the time, stories with one-liner summaries aren't all that great. However, I often refer to tips 2 and 3 with these, just to make sure, because every once in a while it's a good story with an author that really just doesn't know how to summarize it in the word limit.
Commonly used acronyms and other terms for Fanfiction
Because there's a bunch of them out there.
"Alternate Universe" - This means that something usually pretty major about the original plot and/or setting that the fanfiction is based on has been altered. For example, a Naruto fanfic with a modern day high school setting would be AU.
CC:"Canon Character" - A canon character is one that comes from the original reference material that the fanfic is based on. For example, in a Supernatural fic, Dean Winchester would be a CC.
OC: "Original Character" - An original character is one that the author has made up themselves and inserted into the fanfiction.
OOC: "Out Of Character" - This is almost always in relation to canon characters, and means that the authors depiction of them may not seem to accuratelt represent how the character would normally act.
Mpreg: "Male Pregnancy" - Exactly what it sounds like. I don't read these myself, but I've noticed this is often hand-in-hand with the yaoi tag.
POV: "Point Of View" - This is the perspective the story is written in. First, second, or third person POV, or, alternatively, a certain character's perspective or POV.
R&R: "Rate And Review" - Usually found in the authors' notes and sometimes in crappy summaries, this is the author asking people to rate their stories and leave them reviews.
Crackfic: This usually means that is wildly off from just about everything the fanfic was based on. These normally have CC's that are very out of character, often times in an AU setting, and are also often meant to just be funny.
Yaoi: Means the fanfic focuses on a male/male pairing.
Yuri: Means the fanfic focuses on a female/female pairing. Seemingly not nearly as common as yaois.
Lemon: Used in the summary, this term warns the reader of sexual content. Guaranteed to be an "M" rated story.
Lime: Used in the summary, this term warns the reader of content that isn't quite as bad as a lemon. Limes can be "T" rated, whether it's just from characters being intimate (like kissing or snuggling) or a mentioning of sex without it actually being written in the scene.
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