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Author has written 9 stories for Harry Potter, and Medal of Honor.
"There are no coincidences, Delia. Only the illusion of coincidence" -V
"Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Creedy, and ideas are bullet-proof."-V
If you belive in Jesus Christ put this in your profile and don't just ignore this, because in the Bible it says if you deny me, I will deny you in front of my Father in the gates of Heaven.
*Please know, I'm not trying to get people to convert, I'm just expressing my beliefs.*
Ten Steps to a Successful Story
1. Make a commitment. You're not going to get anywhere if you don't commit yourself to transforming an idea into a full-blown story that people will enjoy. When you write without an obligation, you are writing just for fun. Without a commitment to see the story through to the end as the best it can possibly be, you don't have any reason to make it the best or even complete it. Also, you will most likely be left with an unfinished, half-baked story with a lot of loose ends when the stimulation a new idea brings with it runs out and your uncommitted muse isn't focused enough to produce more inspiration to write. The first step to a successful, progressive story is to commit yourself to focusing on that story so others can enjoy it. Then you can start planning the works.
2. Think it through. When a new idea hits, feel free to write whatever comes to your mind, but if you're going to turn that series of paragraphs into a proper story with a beginning, middle, and end, eventually you'll have to put some thought into organizing the whole thing into a good structure. That's not to say you shouldn't write when jumbled ideas flow. You should. But usually, such a tangle of ideas do not make up enough material for a whole story. So when you run out of ideas for your story, you'll have to sort them out to see which ones will go in and which ones won't make the cut. You'll also have to have at least a general idea of specific events that will make your story progress the way you want it to, and knowing how it's going to end is a must, so you can determine which events would best be suited to make that ending happen. An outline is especially useful for organizing longer stories with more comlicated plots. This all comes before you officially begin writing.
3. Write the story. Once you have the basic outline on paper (or in your mind), it's time to start writing. Set aside some time where you concentrate on nothing but writing. Reducing the distractions enables you to get more done in a shorter period. If you're on a deadline (suppose you have readers waiting for a story), start early and give yourself a quota for every time you write. And always make sure you get your facts straight and everything is in tandem (to the best of your ability to make it so). Go back and change some things in what you've already written if necessary. And if your story seems to be taking a different direction from what you originally intended, go with the flow. It's rare to find a good story which hasn't deviated in some way from the path the author had in mind. Never, ever attempt to write more than one story at once. It's better to focus on one at a time, because you're not distracted by the others you have to write, and trying to split your time between two or more stories is definitely distracting and it will reduce your efficiency.
4. Complete the story. This is important. There must be hundreds of fics that have been put on hiatus, discontinued, or have unbearably long update times because the writers failed to complete the story before posting. Unless you're absolutely certain that you can keep up, that you have the time to spare, and that you won't be stricken with writer's block, finish the story before you post. Even then, it's best to wait until your story is complete so you can change things anywhere if necessary without confusing the readers by editing and reposting. If you complete the story first, you also avoid leaving the readers hanging and being pressured to write more chapters to update. No one writes well under pressure.
5. Proofread the story. Ah, yes. The tedious process of proofreading and editing begins. Nevertheless, the fic won't be the best it can possibly be if you don't take the time to read it through once more, making sure that your grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure are all the best you can make it, and that everything clicks together in your story. Your readers will enjoy the story more if they don't have to endure atrocious grammar and badly written sentences. Wouldn't you? (This is why I have BETAs :)
6. Prepare for posting. Once you have proofread your completed story and made the necessary changes, and a final reading through has proved it the best it can be, it's time to reveal your gem of a fic to the world. If you're posting a one-shot, you may post all at once. If, however, you are posting your lengthy story in chapters, copy and paste the content of each chapter onto a separate document, beginning a new document for each chapter. For easy location, label these "chapter docs" with such titles as Story1, Story2, Story3, and so on and so forth. You may create these little documents as you post, or you may do several at a time to save you having to do it just before you post.
7. Write a proper summary. This is an important step for a successful story. Your summary is the only thing convincing people to pick your story out of the thousands there are on this site. Therefore, a good summary is invaluable to the fanfiction writer. Decide what you want to go into your summary and arrange it such that your story is satisfactorily summarized within the limit of words you have available. Make sure that your summary leaves potential readers wanting to click on the title of your story. Ensure, too, that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all perfect, because to prospective readers, the quality of your summary reflects the quality of your story. A simple, one sentence summary will not do, either, unless your story is particularly short. Who wants to read a story with a summary that states, "Just some random scribblings", "I just wrote unintentionally", or, "Pure fluff! Read and review!"? I wouldn't.
8. Begin posting. When the desired chapter or story has been isolated into its own document, upload it to your FanFiction account and click on the title. Now, even though you have formerly proofread the entire fic, there is no guarantee that you managed to get everything perfect. Take this opportunity to carefully read your chapter through and edit if/when necessary. Bolding, italicizing, underlining, aligning, removal and/or addition of the chapter title should be checked at this stage, and an author's note(s), if any, may be added. Decide, too, on a fitting chapter title that reflects what is in the chapter. Once you have saved the changes, post it!
9. Remain true to your update time. A regular update time tells readers when to expect the next post, so they aren't left hanging. Regularity establishes familiarity, and the more readers get acquainted with your story, the more successful it will be. If you are, for some reason, unable to update at the set time, update earlier or later with the former or next chapter, being sure to write an author's note to inform your readers of the change. In your author's note(s), you might also like to mention how often you'll be updating, so your readers know when to expect the next chapter. This is where a completed story comes in handy. With the story written and done, you can post every other day - or even daily!
10. Reply reviews. When people review your story, let them know you appreciate it. Send them a short PM, if possible, thanking them for taking the time to leave feedback. Enable the anonymous reviews feature so more people can let you know what they think of your story (disabling that feature is actually quite a silly act. Authors want reviews, but disable the anonymous reviews feature so they can't get reviews from non-members!). You can reply anonymous reviewers by thanking them in your author's notes when you post chapters. Review the stories you like too - remember, do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Even if people don't review, but add your story to Story Alerts or Favourites, send them a message thanking them for doing so and asking politely if they could possibly leave a review. You might be surprised at the results, because when people feel appreciated and gratified, even for adding a story to their favourites and/or subscription list, they tend to leave reviews. Never try to blackmail readers into reviewing with phrases such as, "Unless I get five reviews, I will not post the next chapter", and, "I won't post unless I get reviews", or anything of the sort. You get people annoyed and annoyed people don't feel like reviewing. Peonywink
*The above is from: Peonywinx's profile*
1. Albus Potter & the times of Change--FINISHED
2. Albus Potter & the Curse of Hufflepuff--FINISHED
3. Albus Potter & the Potion Master--ON HOLD
4. A New Life: Ron's Story--FINISHED
5. A New Life: Voldemorts' world--IN PROGRESS
6. End Destination--FINISHED
7. MOH: Rabbits Story--FINISHED
8. MOH: Warfighter--FINISHED
9. The Slytherin Tales: A New Beginning--Finished
A New Life is centered on an AU in which Ron Weasely was orgianally sorted into Slytherin and ends up becoming a Death Eater. This universe is intended to be a trilogy, and the 2'nd story is currently in progress.
My MOH stories are my only one shots, I do not know if I will write a chapter fic or not, we will see. I currently have two stories for this listing.
1. MOH: Rabbits Tale-- is a story that chronicles the supposed person the character is based off of...Niel Roberts.
2. MOH: Warfighter-- is one shot that is set after Rabbits tale, and can be thought of as Voodoo's revenge.
The Slytherin Tales (TST) is a new and improved series following Ron through his Slytherin Days. First story is now complete and the second one is in progress.
5/24/2012--AP&TPM--ON HOLD UNTILL FURHTER NOTICE...NOT ABONDENED!!/ ANL:RS--Only 3 more chapter to go until this book is finished
IMPORTANT NOTICE I am one of the many (there should be more) people that have IAOWHPD or I Am Obsessed with Harry Potter Disorder. Some of the symptoms may include, but do not limit to: blocking out the world when reading Harry Potter, reading Harry Potter over and over again and noticing new fantastic things each time, wishing Hogwarts was real, thinking that at least one character from Harry Potter is hot , comparing everything to Harry Potter or quotes by the characters there in and making your own fantasy life about Harry Potter. If you think you have this disease copy this onto your profile. We don't want to be cured. Support this disease in its up rise to overpower the brains of people and make their lives so much better...
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