Author has written 2 stories for Lion King.
Update 1-2016It's 2016 and we are still waiting for the apocalypse. I am disappointed it is taking so long to get here. I have started writing again and will hopefully be posting a new story soon.
Update 6-2014: Finally over 32,000 hits! Honestly, I don't know when I'll be back. I've graduated from high school and I'm now working a full-time construction job plus two side-jobs to pay for college and living expenses. I still sit down for a couple hours and write every now and then but it's not an every night thing for me like it used to be.
Update 12-2013: Well, NaNoWriMo is over. I do not have a completed novel in my hands, but I did reach the 50,000 word mark. I am currently working on finishing my novel. I will let it sit for awhile before I go back and edit again. I cannot give a date for when I think it will be finished, but I can tell you that it is a great improvement over my original version. I feel like the characters are better developed and the story makes more sense. I can't wait to finish so I can see what you guys think of it, but I am also going to wait until I am completely satisfied with the entire story before I upload anything.
Update 3-2013: I just uploaded a tribute to my favorite artist, Goldenwolf. She is one of the world's best anthro/furry artists in my opinion. I garuntee it will absolutely blow you away. Makes me depressed that I will never live in her alternate reality. Please check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR0L5Kzj4NU
Update 12-2012: So glad to see I've still got a steady stream of traffic going on here. I never thought I'd get 25000 hits. Thank you to everyone who read my stuff. It really means a lot. Looking back on it now, I think it's really corny. I might have to re-write Brainwashed. There's so many other stories I really want to write but the words just haven't been flowing if you know what I mean. Anyway, I'm not gone for good. I hope I'll be able to pull something together in the next few months.
Where I live: Somewhere in Virginia
Personality: I'm either in my imagination, or on the internet. It's really hard to find space in-between. I'm gripped by ever increasing cycles of depression and anxiety that got me kicked out of a high school and fired from two jobs. Having a smartphone and a laptop has ruined my chances of ever having a social life.
Favorite music: Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Skillet, Techno, Hollywood Undead, Bullet for my Valentine, Eminem
Favorite movies: Zeitgest, Requiem for a Dream, The Truman Show, Divergent, Anything Disney, Avatar, Harry Potter, The Day Before Disclosure
Favorite books: The God Delusion, The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, The Satanic Bible, The Hunger Games, The City of Ember series, Harry Potter, The Screwtape Letters, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Kite Runner
Interests: internet, the truth movement, writing, piano playing, art, architecture, business, Minecraft, the furry fandom, cannabis, psychedelics, religion, spirituality
Personal Facebook page. If you add me, please tell me who you are on fanfiction. http://www.facebook.com/matthew.mcconnelee
Brainwashed: the ultimate TLK2 anthro parody- You'll never see it the same way again! This fast-paced, fun story brings The Lion King plot and characters back on a teenage level. There are tons of original, hilarious plot twists and a big surprise ending! The anthro world allows for more relationship to the real world, and hopefully characters we can all relate to on a personal level. Finally complete with deleted scenes!
Of Rednecks and Rich Folks: a short funny story based in the world of Brainwashed. Nuka and his best friend Rob take a road trip to the mall to pick up girls and basically fuck shit up. Cultural discrepancies between trailer park riff-raff and the suburban aristocracy soon get them kicked out, but they aren't stopped so easily.
Running Away: Sequel to Brainwashed: What if Kovu and Kiara did run away together?
Zira's Story: I'm actually 50 pages into this one. It's still nowhere near completion, but it's farther along than the others. This three-part series follows Zira, the character everyone's dying to know more about, from her teenage years to her suicide.
All of my stories, regardless of genre or category will somehow involve religion, politics, philosophy, and worldview. I can't stand stories with no meaning. Reading them is like eating sawdust.
My personal advice to other fanfiction writers:
I'm no professional at writing. I'm just a 18 year old guy who's only been writing avidly for about five years. Here are some tips anyway.
First off, I know a trick that will put you at an advantage over 99% of fanfiction writers. Guaranteed. That is, don't post the first chapter until you have finished the last. I don't mean you should just have a good idea of where your story's going. I mean you need to have a completed book on your computer; spell checked, edited, proofread. It takes patience, but it's worth it. Brainwashed took me about six months to write, and all that time I was tempted to post it. I'm very glad I waited. Even now I have the beginnings of several potentially good stories on my computer, but I'm not going to post them until I'm done. Holding off on posting will help you out in two ways. First of all, your finished product will be so much better if you write it all out. Secondly, your readers will not have to wait for you to write. You can post a new chapter every day. I know it seems to go against logic, but you will get more reviews if you post every day than if you only post once a week or once a month. Keeping the story to yourself until you are happy with it will give you the freedom to edit all you want (and you probably will want to edit) Once you get to the middle, you may realize you need to change something at the beginning to make it work out.
Here is the proper way to write a good story. I did not make up this list, it's pretty standard kind of like the scientific method.
Plan out your story. Write an outline on paper. Create your world, characters, and circumstances in your head. This step can take weeks, months, or even years.
Write your rough draft. By the way, you do not have to write your story in order from beginning to end. If you don't know where to begin, write a scene from the middle. Choose the one that's most vivid in your mind. You can write the beginning last if you want to. It's really not as confusing as you might think. When writing your rough draft, do not worry about spelling and grammar. You can fix that later. This step can take weeks or months. Take your time. If you feel like writing, write your heart out. If you don't feel like it, take a day off. You have no time constraints.
Do the first edit. Go back and fix spelling and grammar errors. Make sure the story is interesting and makes sense. If it's too short, make it longer. If it's too long, delete scenes.
Have a friend read your story and tell you what they think. This can be a real friend, or a beta reader online. If it's someone you know, make sure they'll give you their honest opinion and not just try to make you feel good. It would be really good if you could get the opinion of more than one other person. Try having both a male and a female read your story. Trust me, guys and girls read things very differently.
After your friend gives you feedback, you might want to make a few more changes based on what they said.
Wait a week or two. This will give your mind some time to clear.
Go back and edit one more time. After a week or two, you will see problems you did not see the day you finished your story. Make sure you are 100% happy with it.
Post your story one chapter a day. On your first posting, if after one day you have no reviews, delete your story, tweak the summary if needed, and post your story again. This will put you back on the top of the list.
Here are a few more of my own tips for writing good fanfiction.
Your summary is probably the most important part of your story. It is what people look at to decide weather or not to click your story. It doesn't matter how good your story is, if your summary sucks, nobody will read it. The following are quotes people use all the time, which you should NEVER use in your summary if you want anyone to actually click your story. My thoughts are written beside each quote:
“I suck at summaries” -then you probably also suck at writing
“Better than it sounds” -yeah right
“Rated T for...” -Why waste summary space on that? You know you can put it in your intro.
“Pleeeeeeease read!!!!” -If you have to beg, it's probably not worth reading
“need hits and reviews” -If your story was any good, it would have hits and reviews.
“I do not own...” -Like, I seriously thought you were J.K. Rowling coming to write a fanfic for your own novel.
“I'm new here so be nice” -Is there a reason for people to be mean to you?
Always take the time to do spelling and grammar checks. You may think it doesn't matter. Well guess what? It does. Yep, people will notice when you make mistakes and it really tears down their view of you as a writer. Even if your story is great, if your English is screwed up, they won't deem your work worth their time.
This may sound harsh, but the truth is, they don't need you for entertainment. You should be thankful to them for even clicking your story. If it isn't captivating entertainment, people will not hesitate to hit that back button and go find a different story. As a reader, I do that all the time. I get on fanfiction a lot. As I scroll down the list, I click about one out of ten stories. Of the ones I click, I only read about a third of them, and out of those I read, I only come back to about a third of those. I have read hundreds of fanfics. Very few of them were really worth my time.
DO NOT beg for reviews. I see it all the time, “I'll only put up chapter two when I get five reviews”...yeah...there's a reason why those people never get any. Don't make speeches about how much you deserve reviews after all the work you put into your writing. You are now in the entertainment business, which means you don't deserve anything. A simple, “please review :)” at the end of each chapter is enough. Don't sound desperate.
READ OTHER FANFICTION AND LEAVE GOOD REVIEWS FOR OTHERS! I've seen many profiles that say, “don't ask me to read your stuff. I don't have time to read fanfiction.” My first thought reading that, “Fine with me, Bitch, I don't have time for yours either...probably sucks anyway.” Really, if you want to get reviews, you have to give reviews. A lot of times, if you are consistent leaving good reviews for others, they'll return the favor. Don't just write, “nice chapter update soon” Tell them exactly what you thought and how you felt. It means the world to other writers. And, not all fanfiction sucks (although most of it does) you will find the occasional fanfic that will literally pull you in like a great novel. They take time to find, but they're out there.
Identify what is great about other writing and apply it to your own.
Identify what sucks about other writing so you know what NOT to do.
DO NOT go into great detail about why you chose your rating, or how you don't own the work you are writing off of. Bottom line is, nobody cares. Your disclaimer and rating should be one sentence each. People are very lazy these days. Don't let them get bored with your story before it even starts.
DO NOT make too many OCs. People want to read about the movie characters, not your own characters. It's okay to have a few OCs, but movie characters need to still be prevalent.
DO NOT make your chapters too long. 3000 words is the longest most people really want to read. If it's any longer, readers will be intimidated.
DO NOT make your chapters too short. Every chapter should be no less than 1500 words. 2000 to 2500 is best.
DO NOT make your story M rated until you know you have a loyal group of followers. M rated stories are hidden by default. You should only make your story M rated for explicit sexual content. (screw the ratings guide) Cussing and Violence are okay in T rated stories as long as you give some sort of warning. I kept mine at T up until chapter 35.
DO NOT be afraid to explore deeper issues in your fanfics. Fanfics are typically quite shallow. I don't like that. You should not be afraid to intertwine your religious or political views into your story. It doesn't have to sound cheesy. You can even twist it just a little so that you won't look like you're trying to spread personal propaganda. You can do this and still keep the core of what you believe the same. For me, I couldn't help but do it because religion and politics have always been such a huge part of my life. I know where I stand on both issues and I'm not afraid to share it with others. People actually like this because it gives them a chance to think about the big questions.
DO NOT overdo. I mean, don't overuse coarse language. Don't overdo blood and violence. Don't overuse sex. Which is more bold? A black sheet of paper, or a streak of black on a white sheet of paper. Strong words will have more significance when used sparingly. A well described paper cut can be more painful to read about than a non descriptive blood bath. And a kiss between two well developed characters is more erotic than a million poorly written lemons. In writing, always hold quality above quantity; perfection above repetition. It matters.
DO reply to reviews at the beginning of each chapter. It's a way to connect with your readers. It will keep them coming back, keep them reviewing, and encourage new readers to review. It's also a way to make friends.
DO write author's notes. Readers will begin to care about you as a real person and not just a story. If something big happened to you that day, tell them! If you have followers, they will care about you. Just make sure your author's notes are not too long. Also, be careful how you present yourself. Make sure you aren't whiny. Don't use your fanfiction as a way to rant about how horrible your life is. We know everyone has problems. Don't try to blow yours way out of proportion, even if you do think they are big. Your author's note should never be bigger or better than the actual story. If you want to rant about your life, get a blog.
DO double space between dialogue and long segments of narrative. Nobody wants to read a big block of text. It's intimidating and rather sleep inducing...kind of like reading the Bible...only written by some random middle schooler rather than God.
IF you get writer's block, some things you can do:
-Write a short story involving your characters. It can be anything related or not to your main story. It could even be a lemon.
-Skip the part you're stumped at and pick up at a place you already have planned out. You can always come back later.
-Read a book or fanfic
-Go back an edit what you have already written. Ideally, you should save this step for when you are finished with your rough draft, but if you are stumped, it can help stimulate you.
DO use movie form when writing your fanfic. Think of the most well made movie you have ever seen. Why is it so well made? Your fanfic needs the following, again, this is a standard list, not really my own creation:
-A very compelling beginning. Not just in the first chapter, but in the first paragraph, even the first sentence!
-A steady rise in action. I've seen it so many times: great first chapter, then, the next twenty chapters, absolutely nothing happens. You need to introduce the conflict right away.
-A strong climax. Just like in a great movie. If your story is long, you may have more than one climax, just make sure they're related and part of the plot, not just some random...thing...thrown in.
-Character development. Your main characters must evolve throughout the story. The main character should change for the better, maybe overcome an internal conflict, or learn an important life lesson. Emotional evolution, if written right, is stronger than action.
-A satisfying conclusion. As the writer, you should control your readers. Make them want something really badly, then, make them think it's not going to happen. At the very last minute, surprise the readers by giving them what they want. This is very hard to do just right. I could even use a lot of practice in this area.
-Deeper meaning. Your story should be about something bigger than a bunch of characters doing this and that. It should say something to the reader that can be related to on a personal level. Your story should give the reader stuff to think about. It should explore big questions. Why do people do what they do? Are people responsible for what happens to them? How much would someone sacrifice for a friend? Should we be concerned with morality? Is society, as a whole, good or bad?
Feel free to PM me. I love making friends online. Just don't PM me if you have nothing to say. I'm not good at keeping up a conversation when there's no good subject matter.