Author has written 13 stories for Pokémon, Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, Fire Emblem, Zettai Karen Children, Kingdom Hearts, and Kid Icarus.
About myself: I'm a young writer who's been around here a year or two. My updates and uploads are sporadic at best, mainly because I tend to prevent submitting them until I'm completely satisfied with the final result. Unfortunately, I rarely have time to completely devote myself to these projects, and they end up taking something of a backseat in the wake of my real life. I like to think I do my best, though.
Goals as a fanfiction writer: Several, as follows:
1. Keep the feel of characters from the original work as well as their behavior and their personalities. For me, this is a big deal. The fact of the matter is, people here write fanfiction - in other words, we're taking characters somebody else came up with and using them for our own ideas. They're not our own, and it feels weird when I see original characters in any fictional world (unless they mesh really, really well) because the whole point of writing fanfiction is to expand on an idea that was already produced. I feel that the least we can do is respect the creators and try to work with those characters as best we can. If you want to write something original, that's great - just don't do it here. There are other sites you can Google in five seconds for that, where you can project your ideas to others and learn to work with them. Better yet, if you're confident enough, go and make your own site.
2. Use proper English. This includes spelling and grammar. I've heard people say it over and over again, and I still feel it's necessary. No self-respecting person or fan is going to read a work written in leet lingo or which could qualify as a text message and actually enjoy it. I want to put effort into what I write and make it easier to read. Also, trying to slip in slang of other languages (like Japanese) really irks me. I've done it myself in the past, and it's not something I'm proud of, but my stance on this much is firm. If something is written in English, it should stay that way unless you're either someone not familiar with the language or you're writing in a totally different one. As someone who's bilingual, I think I have a right to say that.
3. Attempt to come up with original, creative, and interesting ideas for the readers. This sort of goes with number one. If it's an idea that you see a lot in an archive - take, for example, high school AUs - then chances are I'm not actually going to get anything out of it. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I don't appreciate things like AUs, especially if they're done well, but that's sort of the point; they're usually not. 'Course, if someone wants to recommend me a work, I'll bite. After all, if someone likes it, there has to be a reason. On a personal level, I think I tend to write what has already been done. I might do it better, I might do it worse, but I worry that my pieces just aren't inventive enough.
4. Respect others, and accept constructive criticism with open arms. I don't approve of flames, but I love con crit. I learn something new, improve, and readers get better stories as time goes on. It's a win-win situation.
5. Try to write in genres outside of my comfort zone. This is a goal I've set for myself fairly recently. I normally write romance - which is strange, since in real life, I hate all the drama that comes with it - but now I've been trying to write things like angst, humor, and general fan theories. I want to improve, and I feel that while specializing in one particular genre is okay, the only way to be a writer with any skill is to 'expand my horizons', as the saying goes.
6. Welcome any and all types of pairings. Also a goal I've set recently, after learning how much hate really gets directed at certain forms of love in real life and virally. Sexuality, age, race, species - to me, I don't really care. If love exists between two creatures, let them love one another. I'm not saying love conquers all, because it doesn't, but bothering about every little thing in a relationship can't be healthy regardless of how you look at it. Of course, this is just my opinion, and there are people who claim that these sorts of things are of the utmost importance and I'm an idiot for thinking they won't cause problems, but the way I see it there's only ever a problem because people get bothered by it.
7. Have fun. This is the internet. I have more important things to do in life than get into fights in fandoms, and the way I get away and relax is by having a creative outlet like this. Don't get wound up in flame wars about worlds that don't exist - it's not worth it. I want to enjoy my time here, and I hope that others feel the same way. In the end, that's all that really matters.
And that's it for my ranting. You may notice that I tend to do that a lot, but please, pay it no mind.
"Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavor, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid." - Henry Watson Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
"If it's not found out, a lie becomes the truth." - Rowd, Suikoden II
"Insomnia is my greatest inspiration." - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the other end of a telescope." - Dr. Seuss
"To show my appreciation, I'll only beat them half to death." - Laharl, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs
"OJBECTION!" - Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, Apollo Justice, Klavier Gavin, and assorted others, Ace Attorney series
"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." - Stephen Hawking
"Do you know who you're talking to? I am the Lord of the Dead!" "No wonder no one wants to die." - Auron to Hades, Kingdom Hearts