Author has written 7 stories for Inuyasha, Resident Evil, Naruto, DC Universe Online, and Batman.
--Okay. To start off I am an older Otaku. I love games, anime, and movies. I've also been around this site...for a long time. I started reading fanfiction on this site when I was 10 years old. That was the SECOND year that the site was out. I wrote my first fic in '03, officially joining the site in order to post it. It was terrible...and long since removed. I am now 24- and have watched so many people blossom through the years.
This is also why my earlier fics- other than "That Smell" will probably never be completed. If anyone wants to adopt them, you can. I've matured so much, in my writing as well as my ideas of what could make a good story that I simply cannot set myself back into the setting and story of my other fics.
I've learned to give just about every pairing a chance. If the piece is well written, well planned, and charged with genuine emotion then the plot will be believable and the pairing should be too. I have a few troubles with a few pieces however...
I love parodies... Zippy the Avenger is amazing with them... but at the same time, I have trouble with certain fics that should really be crack fics. You know what I'm talking about! The stories that are rushed and the plot is stuck in a blender. Those stories typically need some re-imagining or please... clearly define the piece as a crack fic. Otherwise, it gives some of us a headache trying to make sense of them.
I dislike Mary Sue's. Now, there is a difference between introducing a character whom is always a step ahead and a Mary Sue. A character whom is a step ahead consistently works and prepares for trouble. A Mary Sue sprinkles pixie dust laced with good wishes to knock out a situation or enemy. Now- I do not disrespect the Mary Sue completely, if my dear friends, we remember why they become Marys. Many people write these Sue fics when they want the main character to feel empowered. This is a reflection of how strong they believe the character should be. Often, they want to identify with their Sue and probably want to put him or herself in the character's place... if only everything turned out so easily.
Bad grammar, tortured spelling, and the lack of any care for the format of your fic will make me hit the "Back" button if I can't make it through. The occasional error is more than okay... but if it is too much then I can't get into the story. If one needs to work to read a fic, it better be fanfic.net's fault or because the dialect of the story follows an older, almost historic flow. For those of you who are young and in Middle school and High School- PLEASE. Consider it a challenge! Netspeak is not an acceptable story format..especially if you want a lot of people to share your ideas with you! It is a lot of work to write a fic out entirely, to research elements of the piece, and consistently use spelling and grammar checks for unfamiliar things. You can do it. And when you do, we will read it!
The High School/princess/whatever AU's... here is a controversial fanfiction.net topic! Often..they are coupled with a distinct lack of maturity or process. This is okay! Because.. BECAUSE... think about the author. :) I reflect on High School today and that time for me has become really insignificant. For other younger students however, that is their everyday focus. Naturally, High School would be important and ideal to them! It should be important at that age! Even then, not all High School Au's are worthless, immature, or "total crap." One of my favorite InuYasha fics was a story where demons and humans were thrown in together and Kagome, the school tomboy had five best friends that she hung out with on a daily basis. That is how she met InuYasha's brother... and his beast. It was actually a very mature, well written fic and I loved it. For those fics that are not so well... the author needs to do some re-imagining. Please don't be afraid of hearing that you need some work with this, you DO have potential to be a great writer! High School is such a dramatic time period but some things are overkill. People cannot relate to your fic if you make it based on life but TOO crazy! If you're going to put your characters in a High School situation but make your plot TOO nuts then there is a big chance that people won't like it. They just can't relate!
A quick word to you all- Do not ever give up writing. Do not ever give up daydreaming. If you think you suck, can't work past your writing limits, have issues with spelling and grammer, or cannot seem to finish a fic... it is okay. You are growing every day! Just keep working on it and one day, you'll be glad you did.
I'm not a very good writer.
No, really. I'm not. All through my life in both my middle school and High school career, I've been pushed into doing more to get the grade. My essays are fabulous and I can write a paper persuading a saint to sin but that has negatively impacted my writing ability concerning stories or novels. I can describe just about anything but when it comes to natural story flow and fleshing out realistic conversations... I really need work. As it stands, I'm looking for a beta who wants to dive in to a story and isn't afraid to help make positive changes to impact the plot. I'd like someone to be proactive in the process and willing to work with me, regardless of what the base line of the story is. If you think that person is you, feel free to PM me any time. That also goes for the rest of you who just want to say hi. I love it when people stop by and say hi. :3
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