Author has written 23 stories for Final Fantasy I-VI, Neverwhere, Legend of Zelda, StarCraft, Peter Pan, Yu-Gi-Oh, Final Fantasy: Tactics Advance, Star Wars, X-Men, Warcraft, Transformers/Beast Wars, and Fullmetal Alchemist.
Hi! I've been writing fan fiction for years, and I really think that sites like this one are fantastic. It's important to have a place where you are allowed to express your ideas. Right now, I've written works for Fullmetal Alchemist, Transformers, Star Wars, Zelda, Final Fantasy, StarCraft, X-men, Yu-gi-oh, Peter Pan (a school project) and Neverwhere, and I have some original fiction posted at FictionPress. That's quite a variety of genres, isn't it?
I believe that sites like this one provide a valuable "training ground" for future original writers. Fan fiction allows writers to develop their skills, to focus on characterization, plot development, and other skills, without the stress of world creation. Once a writer understands how another's fictional world works, I think it's only a short step from there to developing their own worlds.
Sometimes, fan fiction can even directly inspire original fiction. It has done so for me. By focusing on the non-movie elements of the Star Wars expanded universe in my fan fiction, no Jedi, no Force, I built up a framework that has slowly evolved into an original science fiction universe for me! The side character Shran, introduced as a child in my fic Penelope, and further developed in Aerodynamic has become Shraan, the protagonist of a new series of short stories and novels, The Spiral Empire Saga.
If you're into unique, independent original sci fi, fantasy and horror, may I recommend Pop Seagull Publishing. It's a small publishing house recently set up by a friend of mine from university, and her two books so far, Flood Waters Rising and Monsters and Mist really are incredible! (and I'm not just saying that because she's my friend). Please, check it out! After all, sleep is temporary, reading is forever!
I've also begun posting some of my more recent works on my deviant art page as well, along with some visual art, such as photographs of my custom Transformers. Just go here, if you'd like to see:
Fanart! I can't believe I actually have some fanart for my FMA stories!
First, here's Envy in her "jailbait" form from "Virtue of Vice", drawn by my fiance, D4rkSilver at Deviantart:
And Veltzeh, another writer here at ff.net drew this awesome picture of Greed and Envy from the first chapter of "Wheels Within Wheels"
A little advice to all other aspiring writers: Don't give up! People will tell you that writing is a waste of time, that you should be doing anything but. That you have no talent. Well, talent is NOT something you're born with. Talent is something that is developed over time, through literally years of practice. Keep writing, keep developing your creativity. You may never be the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King or Shakespeare, but EVERY little bit of creativity, of people expressing themselves, no matter the artistic medium, is important. Never stop expressing yourselves.
Thank you for sharing in my own expression of my creativity. I wish you the best of luck with yours!
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