Author has written 8 stories for Kingdom Hearts, Harry Potter, Avatar: Last Airbender, Ranma, and Chronicles of Narnia.
“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress,” – Phillip Roth
About me: I’m a twenty something female who writes when she can, whether that’s original or fanfiction depends entirely on my mood. I’m a big fan of fantasy and I absolutely love AUs, specifically because often they’re so unique. I’m not much of a romance writer and I rarely try. Most of my stories have some kind of family orientated spin and I especially like trying my hand at rewriting stories into AU versions of the canon. I don’t remember how I picked my pen name, but I’m too lazy to change it now.
Some general thoughts I’ve picked up on fanfiction writing so far…
On summaries: I immediately skim over stories that have ‘I suck at summaries’ or ‘read it, its good’ or ‘better than it sounds’ to some effect within them. It generally puts me off. I appreciate writers who at least try.
On character bashing: I don’t believe in it. There’s a difference between writing a flawed character and one that is completely two-dimensional. I also find it incredibly boring and find that perhaps the worst part of this type of story is that the main character becomes some kind of faultless saint. I’ve only read a couple of stories (and these were specifically meant to be character bashing stories) where it has worked. But really, if they’re part of your story, they deserve more than lazy bashing.
“Respect your characters, even the minor ones. In art, as in life, everyone is the hero of their own particular story; it is worth thinking about what your minor characters' stories are, even though they may intersect only slightly with your protagonist's.” – Sarah Waters
On writing for the audience: I was guilty of this one when I first started writing. Asking the readers how they want the story to turn out. There’s nothing wrong with it per say, but I find nowadays I care more about the story I want to tell.
On reviews and criticism: You’re putting yourself on display a little bit when you post a story and I find that the majority of reviewers are helpful and even inspiring at times. Some criticism is good and really, isn’t that part of the fun of posting on here? To improve your writing? Its easy to be discouraged sometimes, but I find most ‘flames’ circulate around three things; they don’t like the direction you’ve taken with the story, the don’t like a certain character you’ve decided not to vilify or bash to pieces or they have issues with the pairing you’ve chosen. It’s your story, accept the advice that helps you improve and move on.
UPDATE: Where We Only Cry From Joy is currently being revised, updates should be coming soon!
In the mean time, I've created a playlist for Where We Cry From Joy, you can listen here.