Author has written 8 stories for Harry Potter.
Hi there. I'm ladia2287, but you can just call me ladia if you want. Well, I suppose this is where you've all come if you want to know a bit more about me, so here are a few random facts.
Fact #1: I'm officially crazy. Not over-the-top 'I'm-going-to-kill-you' crazy. I just have a super wierd sense of humour. I'm one of those geeky people who make jokes that have most people thinking 'Was I supposed to laugh at that?'. But it's okay if you don't get it, I know my sense of humour is pretty rare.
Fact #2: I'm a musician. I have studied music since I was seven years old, and I play the clarinet, piano, guitar and violin. Woo!
Fact #3: I'm a bookworm. One of my favourite things to do on a lazy afternoon is read.
Fact #4: I don't bite. I'm actually a pretty friendly and easy-going girl, most of the time.
Fact #5: I am living proof that it is possible for nerds to be popular before they graduate from High School. I'm still pretty popular out in the 'real' world, too. Maybe Fact #4 has something to do with it...
Fact #6: This may be stating the blatantly obvious, but I LOVE WRITING! I have done since, well, forever. I daresay all that reading and music has triggered some kind of 'creativity/imagination' switch. I don't think I could live without writing; I'd go insane and probably end up having a nervous breakdown! (BTW, that was one of those 'Was that meant to be funny?' jokes I was talking about before :P )
List twelve of your favourite characters, in no particular order.
5: Barty Crouch Jnr
7: Lily (Evans)
1-Have you ever read a Six/Eleven fic? Do you want to?
Uh, no. That’d be kinda weird…
2-Do you think Four is hot? How Hot?
Definitely not my type. I prefer men who don’t have an obsession with trying to rule the entire world. Besides, he doesn’t even have a nose!
3-What would happen if Twelve got Eight pregnant?
I would be very afraid if that occurred…
4-Can you recall any fics about Nine?
Are you kidding? There are millions of them! (Mostly seeming to be about Lucius/Hermione. Yuck!)
5-Would Two and Six make a good couple?
I think they’d make an adorable couple, even if slash isn’t your kind of thing.
6-Five/Nine or Five/Ten? Why?
Erm, neither. Too creepy…
7-What would happen if Seven walked in on Two and Twelve having sex?
Poor Lily… most likely she would have been permanently traumatised and committed to St Mungo’s Permanent Residents Ward.
8-Make up a summary for a Three/Ten fic.
Umm… They had nothing in common. Nothing, apart from the fact that they were both in Voldemort’s ranks, and both were trying their utmost to bring him down.
9-Is there any such thing as One/Eight Fluff?
Oh yes. I have seen a great deal of it in my time
10-Suggest a title for a Seven/Twelve hurt/comfort fic.
This is the best I could come up with… Misunderstood and Underestimated
11-Does anyone on your friends list read Three yet?
I’m pretty sure most of them do, actually
12-Does anyone on your friends list write or draw Eleven?
Not that I’m aware of…
13-Would anyone on your friends list write Two/Four/Five?
I highly doubt it…
14-If your wrote a Song-fic about Eight, what song would you choose?
The Howling, by Within Temptation. I think that would be rather appropriate.
15-If you wrote a One/Six/Twelve fic, what would the warning be?
Be afraid. Be very afraid…
16-When was the last time you read a fic about Five?
I don’t think I ever have, actually, unless you count the original?
17-“1 and 7 are in a happy relationship until 9 runs off with 4. 1, brokenhearted, has a hot one-night stand with 11 and a brief unhappy affair with 12, then follows the wise advice of 5 and finds true love with three.”
“Hermione and Lily are in a happy relationship until Lucius runs off with Voldemort. Hermione, brokenhearted, has a hot one-night stand with Rabastan and a brief unhappy affair with Merope, then follows the wise advice of Barty Jnr and finds true love with Severus.”
What title would you give this fic?
Is this a Parallel Universe?
18-How would you feel if Seven/Eight was canon?
I’d say Remus deserves Lily far more than James did. Sorry, but it’s true!
Now, on to the good stuff. If you're kind of new to the world of fanfiction, here are a few useful tips :)
Rule #1: Always plan your story. I know it seems a bit wierd, but you'll find your story much easier to write if you know exactly where it is going, so I would actually recommend jotting down some notes on how you want the story to end before you even think about writing it. Once you've done that, you'll be surprised at how easily the ideas for the rest of the story will come.
Rule #2: Don't upload unless you are completely happy. We've all been there. Gone and uploaded a chapter, and then cringed afterwards, because we're not happy with it. It doesn't matter how many times you edit something (Some of my chapters were basically erased and re-written from scratch more times than I could count). And remember, if it feels right to you, it probably is.
Rule #3: Don't be disheartened if nobody seems to like your fic at first. Some people decide they want to see where a story is going before they comment, but don't take their silence as disapproval. And if someone does review your story, but doesn't appear to like it, don't take it to heart. Just keep writing, because you'll find the best reviews usually come from those of us who decide to hold off until a bit later.
Rule #4: When suffering from writer's block, don't despair. I know as well as anyone how frustrating writer's block can be, but don't panic. Take yourself away from the story for a while, and find an activity that will take your mind elsewhere. Some ideas include listening to music (or playing, if you happen to be a musician), going for a walk, shopping (hey, a little retail therapy might just be what you need). And if you happen to get an idea for your story while you're doing that, don't rush straight back to your computer or pad and pen. Turn the idea over in your head for a bit, and finish what you are doing before you go back to writing. This way, even if that initial idea doesn't work out, you've probably thought of a couple of back-up plans by then.
Rule #5: Don't be put off by such labels as 'Mary-Sue'. The first fanfic I ever wrote was from the POV of an OC, and that OC was quickly labelled as a Mary-Sue. Once I had learnt what this term actually meant, I was devastated, because I felt that it was an unfair judgement. However, many others said they liked the character and thought her 'Mary-Sueish' tendencies helped the story to make sense. I now ignore such labelling, and focus on the positive feedback. And by positive, I don't mean 'arse-kissing'. I mean those who can present their thoughts diplomatically.
Harry Potter writers who are concerned about the potential for OCs to turn into Mary Sues can try this litmus test. It's pretty easy and you might be surprised at the result. And to all you people out there who love posting 'Your OC is a stupid Mary Sue' comments, perhaps you should give it a try before you leap to judgement.
Here is the link.
Rule #6: If you're not sure how a particular character would behave in a certain situation, put yourself in their shoes. No doubt many people out there will hound me for giving this advice. Self-insertion is a tricky area of fanfiction, and should be treated with caution. However, imagining yourself to be the character in question for a few minutes can help you come up with a logical and sensible answer to what can sometimes be a very tricky problem. And if you use this particular piece of advice wisely, you'll find many more people will appreciate your writing, because it will become more realistic.
Rule #7: When writing AU fics, remember that your readers don't necessarily know what differences (if any) exist between your fic and the canon. One trick my Mum taught me when I was much younger was to pretend the first person ever to read a given story would be from Mars. Make sure any differences between your fic and the canon are well-explained (this includes little details such as age-differences, appearances, relationships to other characters, etc), so that your readers can follow what is going on.
Rule #8: ALWAYS CHECK SPELLING AND GRAMMAR! I cannot stress this enough. Don't just rely on your computer's spell-checker, as I have actually found it to be quite unreliable. Read the story out aloud; you'll be surprised how many mistakes you pick up on with this simple technique. And then, where possible, have your work beta-read (think: proof-read) by someone else. Preferably someone whose command of spelling and literal structure is at least equal with your own, if not better.
Rule #9: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort-zone. One of my most recent fics was a Romance, which I have always thought I was terrible at writing. However, the fic in question is officially the most popular fanfic I have ever written.
Rule #10: At the end of the day, it's your story, so let your imagination run wild and have fun writing it. Remember that you are the author, so make sure the story you are writing is the one you want to tell.
There. I hope that helps a few budding writers to become authors of some wonderful fanfics. If you're still struggling, feel free to check out a couple of my own stories (might I recommend Unforgivable or If No One Will Listen?).
Due to being extremely embarrassed by my own writing, I have pulled down Lady Voldemort and All My Love, Isabelle. I was very new to fanfiction when I wrote these, and looking back, they were, to be frank, shockingly bad pieces of writing on my part. I know I am capable of so much better. Sorry if you actually liked either of those stories, but I assure you that the works I have published on this site since then are of far superior quality and much more enjoyable.
However, due to several requests to continue Beaten Flower, I am considering how best to puff it out into a full-length story ;)
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