Author has written 6 stories for Harry Potter, and Sherlock.
About me: I'm 40-something, married, no kids (unless you count furkids), and I write advertising copy for a living. I love so many different books of so many different genres that I couldn’t name just a few, and if I started trying to name any I’d be going on forever. I hope to publish my own original stuff someday, and in the meantime I find fan fiction (along with my journal) a great way to practice honing my technique.
I got my moniker, Fang's Fawn, from a very minor character in a VERY wonderful book called Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. If you haven't read it, do!
Status of "Tightrope." I get a fair amount of people asking after the status of my story, "Tightrope." I hate doing this because I have a few stories I'm following myself that I love and that haven't been updated for years, but I can't promise when or if I will continue it. Although I know where the story is going and how it ends, 1. I've had a lot of trouble with chapter 11 and, after attempting several times to rewrite it, decided I needed to take a step back; 2. my latest position as an advertising writer is very high-stress and high-output, and because it's actually quite difficult (for me, anyway) to be writing creatively all day at work and then come home to work on a long, intense, involved story, I've really only felt up to one-shots lately; 3. my enthusiasm for HP has waned somewhat (it's not that I no longer love it; more that I've moved on to other interests). So – in a nutshell, yes, I hope to continue "Tightrope" someday, but no, I don't know when or if that will happen. My sincerest apologies if you've read it up to this point; if you haven't started reading it, you may prefer not to until I've done something more with it.
Fawn's Fanfiction Pet Peeves:
•Authors who don't proofread. I'm talking about proofreading, not editing. I know it's a learning process, we all makes mistakes, and things fall through the cracks. I also know that fanfiction writing is recreational for most people (me included). But when I see a story with no caps, all caps, or misspellings that could have been caught by a spell checker, I feel like the author couldn't even do the bare minimum to give me an enjoyable reading experience. It's disrespectful, and also the reason why I always go back and fix any errors readers point out to me.
•Chapters shorter than the time it takes to open them with a single click. There's short, and then there's one-paragraph-short. If you need to do a super-short chapter for stylistic reasons (as for a prologue or similar), don't release the tiny little chapter unless you have a longer one ready to release at the same time. Otherwise, you're just wasting your readers' time.
•Authors who hold chapters "hostage" in exchange for a certain number of reviews. At best, this sounds whiny. At worst, it sounds arrogant. Either way, it always sounds self-gratuitous, and I solemnly swear to never, ever do this to my readers.
•Summaries where the author says, "Better than it sounds" or "I suck at summaries." Word of advice: even if both those things are true, for Pete's sake don't say it! It's the literary equivalent of saying to a date, "I'm not good enough for you." It makes me want to say, "You know what? You're right." When I see stories with one of those two statements prefaced in the summary (or worse yet, both!), I don't bother to read it at all.
•"Anyways." "Anyways" is not a word. The word is "anyway." "Anyways" sounds like something an ignorant, 13-year-old kid would say. If you have a full-grown character or a character who is careful with his or her language say "anyways," I am instantly kicked out of the story (as my old writing professor used to say).
• "Compliment/complement." Don't say "compliment" when you mean "complement." For instance, if you say, "Those two compliment one another," then what you're implying is that they say nice things about each other. If what you mean is, "Those two work very well together, stronger somehow for their differences," then the word you want is "complement" (no "i").
• "Lay/lie." I know this one can be a bit tricky, but you'll sound like you know what you're doing more if you can master it. If you exclude the meaning "to tell an untruth" and just focus on the setting/reclining meaning of lay and lie, then the important distinction is that "lay" requires a direct object and "lie" does not. So you lie down on the sofa (no direct object), but you lay the book down on the table (the book is the direct object). *HarnGrin shared a little gem with me that she uses to help her own children remember when to use "lay" and when to use "lie" – "Chickens lay eggs; people lie down!" :-) Thanks, HarnGrin!
•"Bare/bear." I'm surprised by how many people seem confused by this one. "Bare" means to uncover something, either literally ("The dog bared it's teeth at him") or figuratively ("She bared her soul when she sang"). "Bear" (not the animal) means to carry, support, produce or endure something ("Americans have the right to bear arms;" "he came bearing a tray of drinks;" "the footbridge could not bear the weight of a car;" "that tree bears delicious fruit;" "she can bear pain in silence.").
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