Author has written 4 stories for Spice and Wolf, Angel Beats!/エンジェルビーツ, Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ, and Card Captor Sakura.
I have been posting my fanfiction on this site for roughly two years. At the beginning, I started wirting fanfiction in order to improve my english. However overtime, it started to become fun, and writing stories is now one of my hobbies. I had never imagined in the beginning that I would write so much text, but now I want to keep writing more. I try to take on a somewhat philosophical approach to my stories because I wanted to express my view and criticism of the world. Therefore, I focus a lot on plot and character interaction within my stories in order to make them seem as real as possible within the limits of my abilities.
Also, I currently perfer the quality over quantity approach to writing stories. Even though I am a first year university student with a part-time job, posting short low quality chapters every 3-4 weeks is absolutely no problem for me. I can easily write a 1000 words within an hour, and then just post them without checking. However, I doubt most people would not want me to do that, and I would feel that I am not using the story to its full potential. Therefore, expect me to post long chapters(5000+ words), but a longer time interveral(usually serveral months) between chapters. Why does it take this long?
Well, first I need to take like 5 or more hours to write the first draft of the chapter. This is the backbone of the chapter, similar to a crude version. Then I go through plot alignment test, which is me checking the plot to see if it makes sense,flows smoothy, and support the overall plot direction and theme. This is where news ideas are added and old ideas changed or deleted in the chapter. This could take the same amount of time and sometimes longer than writing the first draft. After that, I go through a quality test, where I proofread the story for grammar, spelling mistakes, and transition between scenes. This could take 3 hours or more. After that, i go through a final check, which is about 1 hour of me reading the chapter again, and then posting it. So it takes at least 14 hours of my time to write a chapter. Some people say that is not really much, but I think its a lot. I got school work and a job, and sometimes I just don't feel the mood to work on my stories. I'm human, after all.
How do I develop and plan my stories?
1.The idea. A story begins with an idea in your head, and you expand on it.
2. Planning: This is where you think about the plot and how it will be organized. You don't really need to have your ending planned out here because your idea of the ending might change as you write your story.
3. Visualization:I literally just close my eyes for 10 mins, and imagine how the story would look in my head. Are the events resonable and believable, and are the characters behaving appropiately in situations presented to them?
4. Implementation: This is where you start writing and working out your stories and chapters
5. Confirmation: You post your story, and see how it will turn out. This is where reviews and criticisms are important. If your story is an overall success, congratulations and continue writing. If not, look at what people are saying about your story, especially their criticisms. Go back to the planning stage, and rework and fix your story.
Content and Grammar. Which is more important?
I sometimes get this question: What do you think is more important? Content or Grammar?
I personally view them both as important, and one cannot live without the other. If you got an amazing idea or point, but cannot express it to people so that they will understand, then it is pointless. If you got perfect grammar, but your idea just sucks or doesn't make sense, then it is also pointless. However, if I had to choose, I would say content is a bit more important than grammar. A story with a bad plot will always be a bad story even if you have perfect grammer. If a story have a good plot, but lacking in grammar, the story can still be good. Besides, what is easier to fix in a story? The overall plot or the grammar issues? Most people would think the latter, which is why we have beta readers.
General rule of thumb : People read stories for their plot, not to admire a perfect level of grammar.
Wolf and the Treacherous Scheme(Spice and Wolf)- In progress
Embodiment of Hope and Despair(Madoka Magica)- In progress
Memories: Requiem of the Past(Angel Beats)- On permanent hiatus; Possible deletion and rewrite.