Author has written 2 stories for Transformers, and Stargate: Atlantis.
April 1, 2013.
I have deleted Flames of No Return. I'm sorry. I (finally) got around to writing more and though it is still not done, I figured deleting it here was a step forward.
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Royal Hunt, Edguy, Kate Ryan, Scorpions.
My name is Queen Mariko, and I started writing fan fiction almost two years ago when I was 13. Back then, my chapters were 500 words and jumped around a lot. Part of me wants to update them, but another part likes them as they are. They are like a way to represent how much I have evolved as a writer. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, for anybody new to my profile and stories, I have deleted them. For the most part, I write for my readers so reviews and follows are greatly appreciated. To be perfectly honest, as much as I love writing, I would have stopped if it weren't for you guys, so thank you and feel special.
When I'm not writing, I am busy studying to ace my IB. I'm a goody-too-shoes that way. I usually talk a lot, so people do not always give what I say importance; neither do I... But I'm cutting down on the author's notes and trying not to drone on in replies to reviews. Yes, I am one of those writers that replies. Sometimes I don't get around to it, I'm sorry. I usually try to review every chapter I read, and it is nice to get replies, so I try.
1) Do not make canon characters act completely out-of-character. The only reason you should do that is if you handle it carefully, it is short term, and you have a very good explanation as to why. Nothing throws a person for a loop like their favourite character acting weird all of a sudden. This also means that you shouldn't treat your least favourite character like they're an idiot just because you hate them. Try to be fair to all the members of the canon, not just those you like. In fact, take it as a challenge to write them well, despite your personal feelings.
2) "There," "their," and "they're" are different words with different meanings. The same goes for "it's" and "its." Learn them and know which one is which. It makes a world of difference in your writing if you use the correct word.
3) Reread and double-check your work. Spell-check is not fool-proof. Sometimes just going over something will help you spot dumb mistakes. I do not really enjoy this one because I do not like reading what I have written. So, I usually leave it for later when I am more likely to forget what I had wanted to say, which gives a more objective view.
4) One word, people: grammar. Do not fear it; love it. Nothing can scare off a reader like horrid grammar in a story. And if they do stick around, chances are they can only barely understand what they're reading. Same goes for layout. There should be a hard return before each character speaks and when changing paragraphs. While this is not the usual format when handwriting, it makes it much easier to understand when typed.
5) When reviewing, try to make a good comment. This usually involves how you feel about the chapter, how it could be improved, and finish up with some compliments. When giving criticism, be sure that it is constructive. Just saying it is bad does not help the author improve their writing. At the same time, just saying the chapter is good is not very helpful; try to elaborate. What is good, what made your emotions change. In saying this, any review is better than none, so a short one just saying 'good job' is always welcome.
6) "Ain't" is not a word. The only reason I will allow it in a story is in dialog. People can say it in conversation, but other than that... NO!
7) Be descriptive in your work. Don't just say "It was a black cat," say "The feline rubbed his midnight fur against her leg, blinking his amber eyes with pleasure." Much more fun to read.
8) There are hundreds of ways to say "said" (yelled, cried, whispered, begged, questioned, wondered, remarked, called, announced, gasped, laughed, smirked, growled, groaned, screamed, smiled, joked, hissed, explained, described, muttered, grinned, wept, panted, sighed, asked, coughed, snarled, shrieked, snapped, chuckled, choked, shouted, giggled, moaned, whined, complained, whimpered, breathed, mumbled, assured, purred, informed, babbled, yelped, lied, suggested, complimented, blabbed, snickered, commented, replied, grumbled, summarized, declared, etc). Use them. They're more descriptive of the tone, volume, style, and emotions of the speaker and really take a good story to a great story. Sometimes, however, it is most appropriate to just say 'said'. Choose carefully.
9) Don't be afraid to try new story ideas. Just think them out first. How many times do you find a fanfiction that is incomplete because a writer doesn't know where to go from there? It helps to have a rough plan for the story of how to get from point A to B. It prevents you from writing yourself into a corner. You can always change it as you go, but it will give you some structure to work with.
10) Original characters are fine to add to a story, just beware of the curse of Mary Sue. Make them believable. This means faults, imperfections, a back story (not a overly sappy one with either too much perfection or too much angst! That's not a back story; that's a soap opera), and real personality. Don't just photocopy yourself in so you can date your favorite character, either. Create an original character, meaning not existing elsewhere (including the real world). In all likelihood, not every canon character will like the same person equally. Some may hate them (shocking, right?) and they could be very well justified in their hate. Some personalities just clash. (This does not mean that your least favorite character must be mean to your original character so you can show the world why you hate that character. Try to be better than that.) The more realistic you can make them, the better. If possible, create an individual that could easily have existed since the beginning, even if they didn't deal with the canon characters directly, and seems to belong in that universe.
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