Author has written 7 stories for Phantom Stallion, and Protector of the Small Quartet.
I am currently in college and a huge procrastinator. I’m more of a reader than writer.
Lately, I’ve been making a conscious effort to review more. The ultimate goal is a 1,001 reviews by 8/3/16.
My regular fandoms are Phantom Stallion, Darkest Powers and Protector of the Small Quartet. None of these are super active. I spend a lot of time on this site so I usually visit 1 or 2 of the larger fandoms. These fandoms change sporadically and have included Vampire Academy, Mortal Instruments, Song of the Lioness, Twilight and Fairytales. Recently, I ventured out of book fanfiction and started reading stories for the movie(s) How to Train Your Dragon.
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Prompts and challenges
1. Random word - use a random word generator (just Google it)to get a list of one word prompts or phrases. The dictionary flip is the same idea. Get a dictionary with your eyes closed flip to a random page and point to a random word.
2. Ipod shuffle challenge - I've found various versions of this. Basically you predetermine the amount of songs (normally its 5 or 10) and then just put your ipod on shuffle and write a one shot for each song. Some of the more daring writers make a story arc out of them. Another restriction I've heard is all has to be the same couple though you could really make up or throw out any rules you want, nobody would know. Though I will admit this make for some interesting songfics, because you often end up with some songs you wouldn't normally associate with the characters or series and have to get creative. (you can use a radio station if you don't have an ipod or ipod-like device.
3. Alphabet, similar to random word just with more structure. One shots based on one word starting with every letter of the alphabet, you can you random words or chose the words
4. Alternate points of views - take scenes from the books (or blog/novellas) and write it from a different pov. It's normally in the love interest for lack of a better word (words), but it could be anybody. A couple warnings though, its just the nature of this kind of fanfiction, but you're flirting with plagiarism. If you're using any of the author’s original work (ex. dialogue) make sure it is clearly labeled. Also beware being too similar to the original, not only could it be considered plagiarism, but it can be really boring for your reader. They've read the book too. I can't tell how many times I read an alternate pov, and for that to be my first thought on it (I also read the book). A little side note doing an alternate pov isn't a terribly, original idea, so nobody can really have "dibs" on it, but be aware of what others have posted. Other fanfiction authors can be touchy if they perceive another story as copying or stealing their idea.
5. ABC sentences – write a story 26 sentence long story where the first letter of each sentence follows the alphabet. Ex. Adam ran down the street trying to beat the mob. Big booms echoed through the town. Cats, dogs, and other animals had fled long before it began; only humans had been foolish enough to stay. (I think this was original a Tamora Pierce Experiment's Prompt)
6. Take the last sentence of a novel and make it the first of your story.