Author has written 39 stories for Dark Angel, CSI, Supernatural, Firefly, Stargate: Atlantis, A-Team, A-Team, and Walking Dead.
Apparently I go years between updating my profile, so here I am weeding out some of the babble and updating in a marginal manner, oddly similar to the way I approach my CV.
I'm 25 years old, working on a Masters' degree, and I've been writing fan fiction since I was about 15. You can trace my age through the stories, I find. They began with silly humor, continued with sappy love stories and what I now consider to be cheesy action flicks, traced through grand ideas that never panned out, and then became short introspective pieces sketching images of characters' lives.
My first fandom love was Dark Angel - and by my first, I mean the first for which I wrote the stories in my head. A leap of faith, that. Then came . . . oh, what came next? CSI, then Supernatural, then Firefly, etc. - but none of them held interest quite as long or as tightly as Dark Angel. These days my fandom loves come in intense but short bursts of perusing through entire sections of this site.
For anyone reading this who is new to the fan fiction scene, my advice to you is this: Don't be afraid of it. Honestly, writing fan fiction teaches you things about writing that you may never learn without it (I don't really know this, but it's a theory). It teaches you characterization, commitment, interaction with your audience.
Your audience helps you to learn out what works and what doesn't, but you do have to be cautious with reviewers; not because they sometimes tell you things you don't want to hear, but because sometimes they omit the things you don't want to hear. Take positive reviews as encouragement, but never forget who your most critical reader is (who it has to be): yourself. Don't forget your flames, either - sometimes they are angry, useless word vomit, but they can be a very helpful tool too. Read them, close them off for a few days, put them out of your mind, then re-read them - if your work is being flamed, there very well may be a problem. Take a second look. (But of course, sometimes the stories are just good.)
Try not to get too caught up in fan fiction. I am always afraid that I let myself fall back onto it too long. I know I loved it, I know I did write good stories, fandom based or not - but I know that while fan fiction teaches you to stay in the boundaries, it makes it hard for you to design your own as well. Building a character and a story is hard work, and I worry that not building them made it harder. Try AU stories if you want, and original characters (but be vaguely aware of the Mary Sue phenomenon).
Also, if you get a chance, read Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. It's short, it's witty, and it's an excellent guide.
And thanks for reading,
I just realized that I only have two permanent WIPs. This is shocking to me, because I feel guilty enough about them that I thought there had to be more. They are Cargo, and The Only Way Out (and if I'm being honest, that one was going nowhere fast anyway). I'm sorry if any readers are/were left hanging, but it's been over nine years for both of them. I hope you (and I!) can get past it, because they're really not going to be continued.
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