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Author has written 7 stories for Legend of Zelda, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Sherlock.
" 'What is the highest pleasure?'
'To hear a good story.' "
-Vikram Chandra; Red Earth and Pouring Rain
The Do's and Don'ts of Summaries
1) Please do not include the pairing. Maybe it's just me, but I want to be surprised! Have the reader trying to figure it out because it adds to the story and it's more fun for the reader to watch the relationship develop. For an example on how to do this, read phantomessangel's "A Single Dream is More Powerful than A Thousand Realities"
2) For god's sake, I am tired of "Rated T for violence and language". Nobody gives a crap about the rating and it doesn't make your story any more attractive.
3) PleaSe fOr gOd's saKE use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, ect. This includes the title. It's a huge turnoff to see: "what if madeline end up in midle earth and fall in lov ewith kili rated t"
4) Don't say. "Sorry, I suck at summaries!" or anything like that. Cuz imma be like, "Yes you do suck at summaries bye"
5)DO include a quote from your fic, especially a "cliff-hanger-y" one.
6) If you include a less than 5 word summary I will literally shank you.
7) Don't put AU unless it's actually AU. AU stands for Alternate Universe, meaning the setting is radically different. For example, a Harry Potter AU setting would be in a regular high school or a medieval setting. Just because the canon plot changes doesn't mean it's AU.
8) If you start it with "What if" the Fanfiction gods will sacrifice your soul to the Devil.
9) DO include any particular warning including slash (unless you're in the Sherlock fandom) or if there's any spoilers.
10) If you say "Please R&R!" I PROBABLY WON'T R&R.
11) Don't include the list of questions. ie. Will Suzy be able to survive in Middle Earth? Will she be able to return home? And will she be able to win Kili's heart? Chances are all of the answers are yes and chances are I don't give two shits
12) Save the disclaimer for the actual story.
13) "Rated M just in case it escalates" Did you actually plan out your story, because I'm thinking no. Also, the rating in changeable.
14) If I see "LegolasxOC KilixOC FilixOC ThorinxOC" in ONE story summary, I'm leaving.
15) "This is a story about-" GET OUT.
16) "Rating may change." I don't care.
17) Don't put "watch as *character* and *character* *action*".
18) Don't put "Many plot twists" It's not really a plot twist, then, is it?
19) DO warn about any OOC-ness (out of character)
20) DO put if it's in a series, and where it is in the series.
21) Don't beg people to read. You're better than that.
22) Sure, you can put when it takes place in the canon timeline.
23) DO include what canon it follows. I know Star Trek has like 23840 different canons, but I think those are categorized under different archives, so make sure to check for that sort of thing.
24) Don't include the title of the fandom in your title (ie. The Hobbit*name of story*).
25) Next time I see a Hobbit title that starts with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected..." , I will kill someone.
COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS:
1. If you study something intently, you're 'poring', not 'pouring'.
2. If you have something stuck in your throat, you are 'choking', not 'chocking'.
3. If something is fascinating, it 'piques' your interest, it doesn't 'peak' your interest.
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