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Author has written 17 stories for Spy vs Spy, Zoids, Inuyasha, Queen's Blade/クイーンズブレイド, Star Wars, Code Geass, Yu-Gi-Oh, Dog Days/ドッグデイズ, Strike Witches, Touhou Project, X-overs, and Duke Nukem.
Zoids Fanatic's tips on writing fanfiction and being on Fanfiction.net
I've been writing fan fiction for over fifteen years now and have been on this site for about three years now (trust me, you don't want to see the eleven-plus years of horrid writing I had). While I'm not by any stretch a master of writing or anything, I do know a few tips that have helped me over the years. Figured I'll share some of them. Remember, though, that these are tips. Not a guide. In no way am I telling you to do anything listed. All I'm asking is if you could read it.
Read the rules: Really, read them. I know the top of the screen reads "Unleash your imagination". But it lies. It should say "Unleash your imagination so long as it follows our guidelines". See, Fanfiction.net has guidelines and rules so they can not get their asses sued off by everyone. So, if you want to write about yourself boning whatever person passes for music now-an-days, post it somewhere else. Let's save ourselves some trouble now.
Don't follow the crowd: Lets make it clear. There are some character and story ideas that have been done to death. The classic "orphan adopted by abusive family saved by cool guy", the "born in a wealthy household but abused and saved by cool guy", and the "fell from the sky and had no clue about their past but get to bone cool guy" types. If you like them, that's fine. But before you write, think. Does the Naruto section really need another story like that? Does Sora from Kingdom Hearts really need to bone another orphan?
If you answered yes, well, I can't make choices for you. But maybe you could, I dunno, shake it up a bit? Maybe that orphan was adopted by a nice family. Maybe the person didn't forget their memory and was just pretending to have amnesia. A bit of originality isn't bad. Which reminds me,
Originality can be bad: Notice I said "a bit" not a lot of originality.Look, I love seeing different characters rather then the done-to-death-cookie-cutter characters, but some times originality isn't always a good thing. I mean, sure having a T-Rex teabag Master Chief while the Ponies fart the national anthem of Switzerland and an OC and Buffy make out under a Ent is cool and earns you many points for originality, but is anyone going to read it? Or for that matter, even take it serious?
See, the non-avid readers (we'll get to that in a minute) you'll encounter will likely read the stories you have that follow a simpler plot. You know, Good Guys beat Bad Guys, twist ending the good guy was bad. Those sort of stories. But if you suddenly dive off the board into world of twists and turns at every corner, you'll find less people reading that story. Now, I'm not saying being original is bad, but just remember that saying it's "original" won't mean everyone will love it. Speaking of love.
No one will like your stories at first: Let's me be honest here. If you're a first time writer, second time writer, what have you will get some hate. Everything from how your story ruins the OTP to how it sucks. Now, understand that Fanfiction.net is a place for many first-time writers to publish their stories. Because of that, you will have many new first time users. Young first time users who believe that the world revolves around them (great job, parents) and that your story somehow harms their way of life. Likewise, you'll get many older users who will criticize anything wrong with your story. And then you get people who just figured out that they really like Jacob from Twilight without his shirt on. But let's pass that subject up.
Anyhow, the main key is to not give up (*insert some inspirational music*). See, what sets you apart, my dear reader, from many new users is that you decided to stick around and continue writing. And you know the old saying "practice makes perfect"? Well, it's true. No one, I repeat, no one is perfect at writing. We all got some stumbling blocks, and blah blah. Inspiration speech over. Point is, the more you write and the more your active, the more people will come to like your writing.
You and your readers: Being on the site and regularly updating means you'll soon acquire your own little army of readers (or avid readers for those that read all your stories). These are the core people who will read and review your stories (or just put you on their favorite and never actually read any of your stories, but just like the concept of your writing). So, this is a good thing. It means you're doing something right. Right? Well, yes and no. While you have perked your readers taste, that doesn't mean everyone will like your story (so please, never say "well such and such likes my stories, so they must be good". No, it means such and such like your stories. No one ever said anything about it being "good"). So, what do you do? Should you just write to feed your core readers or write to feed another audience? That is up to you, and I can't help you with it. While it's good to have new readers, that doesn't mean you have to change constantly. Stick with what you know. Oh, that reminds me.
Stick with what you know: Now, I don't mean to say just write Naruto fanfiction because that's the only anime you know. No, write about whatever you want. However, when it comes to the genera of stories, know what you are and aren't good with. For me, I'm not good at poetry, but I'm good with military fiction. Therefore, I write a bunch of action stories. Now, you may be wondering "Zoids Fanatic, I know this. How the hell does it help".
You'd be surprised, my fictional questioner, about the number of writers who give up because they can't write their favorite type of story or otherwise ruin good stories by trying to change the style. I'm not against a writer growing or trying new things. I encourage it. But when you have a solid stream of romance stories and suddenly decide you want action, you may want to hold off for a bit. You and your readers will be thankful. I'd think.
Don't bite off more then you could chew: Believe it or not, there was a time I had over twenty different stories going on at the same time. Guess what happened to them? Out of the twenty-five, only five of those stories remain. And I never even finished them. Why? Because I wrote so much that I couldn't keep up and just published anything that popped in my brain. It was a mess! But, I gradually pulled myself in and slowly started to work my way through the mess I made.
It's very easy, as new or old writers, to want to write and publish every story that wriggles itself into your brain. And hey, you think, more stories mean a wider audience. And it's true, but that also means you thin yourself out. There is no race for how many stories you have published at the same time. If you got fifty, well good for you. Enjoy the ten years it takes to finish them all off. Rather, only publish and work on the stories you really like and keep all other story ideas written down if you ever want to write them again. Don't make the same mistakes I did, believe me it was not fun.
This 'ere sites big enough for the both of us: Ah, isn't love nice? Course I never experienced it. But isn't the thought of young people in love lovely (I'm being paid five bucks every time I say love)? Look at the Reimu/Sanae pairing of Touhou. Aren't those two lovely? Or how about Naruto and Sakura from Naruto, who are truly, truly in love. Lovely all this love, isn't it love? But wait! What's that over there? Another shipper of the dreaded Reimu/Marsia pairing? Or the Naruto/Ino pairing? How dare they! Why the nerve of them to disagree with your One True Pairing! You should give 'em a piece of your mind!
Though don't. Please don't. Look, I know that this little tip isn't going to stop all the shipping wars going on right now. In fact, I doubt anyone will even read this far. And if you did, congrats! But back on point, Fanfiction.net is a website dedicated to all (allowed by the rules) forms of fanfiction. From slash, to furry, to hetero, to slash again, to wizards and robots. If someone is writing about a pairing you don't like, ignore it (much like how you'll likely ignore this artic... are you sleeping?) and go find some writing on your favorite pairing. Or write it yourself. Point is, don't waste your time writing about why your pairing is better. That what the forums are for.
Where are all the fans: So, you finally completed that world-class-so-good-it'll-knock-em-dead To Heart 2 fanfiction you spent years working on. You post it with a glee in your eye knowing how well you portrayed the characters, and how wel.. the hell is all the other stories? There are only five of them? How could this be? Well, my good friend, let me explain that just because it's popular over in Japan or the internet doesn't mean it's popular on this site (see the Touhou section for more details). I mean, why do you think Duke from Golgo 13 is always frowning? You go nearly fifty years with no one writing about you.
But, in reality, Fanfiction.net can be a curse. With the large amount of Harry Potter, Naruto, Twilight, Inuyasha, Hunger Games, My Little Pony, and other stuff that passes for popular being published on this site, fans of series that aren't those listed about feel that if they publish anything, it will go unnoticed. Others feel the site was taken over by annoying teenagers who can't stop gawking over ninjas and yaoi to actually see a good story. So, with all of this combined, some fans will simply go to fan sites (are there ones for To Heart 2? Likely there is) to publish their stories there, or websites dedicated to one specific topic (like Touhou sites, Gundam sites, Zoids sites, so on and so on).
So, don't be surprised if no fans appear. It doesn't mean they don't exist, just means they don't exist here (Golgo 13 fans, if you are reading this, know that one lives! ONE LIVES!). Best course of action? Go publish it here and on the other site. Nothing in the rules about publishing your story elsewhere (not sure on the other sites though. Read all rules before proceeding).
So, there you have it. Some quick tips on fanfiction and FFn. More to follow. Again, remember these are tips and not guidelines. No one is forcing you to actually follow through on any of this (or angrily PM me ranting about how I dissed your favorite series). More tips to (maybe) come!
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Info and what not:
Name (first, not last): Grant
Age: A=TxG where A is Age, T is the number of Touhou games in the PC-98 era and G is the number of times I have a picture (found in my gem gallery on DA) of my yellow sapphire with only other sapphires as of 2.14.2014.
Other usernames: Zoids Fanatic or ZoidsFanatic
Xbox Live tag: SlimmerFrog Man (I rarely play XBL, so don't count on much)
Will I write about favorite colors, personalities, looks, etc: No
Will I ever do a copy/paste thing on my profile: No
Well, I can't really start talking unless I start talking about Zoids.
Zoids, man, do I love these little (and big) guys. I mean, heck, I am a Zoids Fanatic (that's how I got my username). Anyhow, I've been into Zoids sense 2002, when I saw Zoids: Chaotic Century episode 24. Anyhow, since then, I have been a major fan of Zoids. And not just the anime, I'm into Zoids in whole (mostly). I love the models, the mangas, the anime's of course, the Battle Story, the games (kinda, never played one), and, of course, the fandom. I always feel bad for the fandom, it never seems to get any respect. I should note that I am actually not a fan of New Century that much. I just found the whole series to be rather bland with many of issues (actually, I find every anime houses issues).
Now, with the Zoids characters, I should let you know I write a lot about them (most of my stories are Zoid related). My two favorite characters are Van and Fiona right off the bat. Of course, Vareth and Ambient still top the list of my favorite Zoid characters as well.
Also, I have a Zoids comic I'm making, which can be found here:
Well, for me, I enjoy writing crossovers and stories with OC's. Now, I'm not perfect, as I do have some errors within my writing (mostly grammar), so forgive me there. Also, as a heads up the chapters I write generally range from 800-7000 words apiece.
Now, for me, the three main categories you'll see my fics have is Humor, Action, and Romance. I also write in other categories as well, but those three are the main ones. And no, I don't beg for reviews, and rarely bring them up within my stories. Reviews are a privilege, not a right.
Now, as for OC's, I'm one for them all. I have written a good bit about OC's. Only sort of OC's I dislike are Mary Sue's, however, and I generally avoid writing them. Another thing I don't write about is forced homosexuality pairings. Sure, I'll write some Yuri or even Yaoi if it is canon, but I will never change the sexual orientation of a character. Also, I will never break up a canon pairing unless it is for "laughs", and even then don't expect me to.
List of favorite animes/manga :
Zoids (every series but New Century Zero)
Ghost in the Shell
Kill Me Baby
My Bride is a Mermaid
Seitokai no Ichizon
Kamen No Maid Guy
Favorite characters list:
1. Van Flyheight (Zoids)
2. Trip Wire (G.I. Joe)
3. Master Chief (Halo)
4. Isaac Clark (Dead Space)
5. Emile (Halo)
6. Ghost (Call of Duty)
7. Wriggle (Touhou)
8. Night Fox (G.I. Joe)
9. Reisen (Touhou)
10. Nikka (Strike Witches)
Major OC's you'll see pop up in a fair amount of my works,
Entire list of everything Zoid I own (What, I'm a Zoids Fanatic)
Current (model) Collection:
Liger Zero (NAR)
Liger Zero X (NAR)
Command Wolf Irvine (NAR)
Missile Tortoise (NAR)
King Liger (RCZ)
Black Rhimos (NAR)
Blade Liger (NAR)
Blade Liger (NJR)
Geno Saurer (NER)
Blitz Haken (NJR)
Glaive Quama (NJR)
Buster Tortoise (NJR)
D-Style Blade Liger
CP-12 Attack Boosters (NJR)
CP-05 Large-Bore Beam Cannon (NJR)
Hasbro Action Figures:
Liger Zero Jager
Books/DVDs/Games releated to Zoids:
Zoids: Battle World (Book)
Zoids: Chaotic Century Vol 9, G-Files (DVD)
Zoids: Chaotic Century Vol 10, Hope (DVD)
Zoids: Chaotic Century Vol 1 (manga)
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