Author has written 45 stories for Elder Scroll series, Kuroshitsuji, Dragon Age, Naruto, Spirited Away, Hobbit, Rise of the Guardians, Yu Yu Hakusho, Lord of the Rings, Kung Fu Panda, Batman: Arkham Asylum, X-Com, Mass Effect, Soul Eater, Frozen, Assassin's Creed, Harry Potter, Inuyasha, Star Wars, Ajin: Demi-Human/亜人, Thief: The Dark Project, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Jungle Book, Final Fantasy VII, Fullmetal Alchemist, Deadpool, One Piece, Megamind, Gotham, Death Note, Beelzebub/べるぜバブ, Vampire Knight, and Twilight.
About my FanFiction:
1.) I won’t post often. I have a life. Fanfiction is only a small part of it.
2.) I story hop. Inspiration comes and goes like a fickle muse.
3.) I will never abandon a story. It's mine. I would not waste my time if I didn't care.
4.) My stories are not up for adoption.
5.) Reviewers: Thank you. I appreciate you.
6.) Do NOT ask for updates. I’m not sure if some readers realize this, but asking for updates after I have just posted a chapter is not endearing. I appreciate the thought and effort it takes to write a review or post a comment, but asking for updates is rude, especially when I have made it abundantly clear that FanFiction is a hobby, not a lifestyle. Send me a review about what you liked or leave constructive criticism if you must, but don’t bother me about updates.
7.) One Important Note: I write Flash Fiction. Similar to Micro Fiction, Flash Fiction is brief, but compact; often singular, stand-alone works that range anywhere from a paragraph to a page. The challenge of Flash Fiction is to express as much as you can in a beautifully simplistic manner. This means that my FanFiction chapters are usually very short.
It has come to my attention that I have been part of the FanFiction community either as a writer or a reader for sometime now. As such, I wanted to share a few thoughts that I have on FanFiction in general and on a few specific items in particular.
Here are a few criteria I have developed when searching for fresh, intriguing and immersive FanFiction‘s. For those interested, I give my reasoning after each rule of thumb so you understand where I’m coming from with each idea.
The Ten Commandants of Fanfiction
1.) Thou shalt give thy story a Name.
Name your darlings. By not naming your story, you are telling your readers that you don’t care about it. So why should they care to read it?
2.) Thou shalt take thy time to write a story summary.
This is a pet peeve of mine and goes hand-in-hand with the first rule. If you do not take the time to write a proper summary for your story, you are telling your readers that you don’t care enough about your story to do so. Maybe this is laziness or maybe you simply don’t know how; either way, this is a chance to improve your writing skills.
3.) Thou shalt format thy text correctly or thou shalt die.
OK. Maybe you won’t. But your views will. Formatting your story correctly makes it easier for your readers to actually read it. If it’s not formatted intuitively, no one’s gonna bother hurting their eyes.
4.) Thou shalt not have Author Notes within thy narrative.
Don’t do it. It ruins the flow of the story and pulls your readers out of the experience. I don’t care how funny you think you are. You’re not.
5.) Thou shalt not reveal thyself, nor thy OCs.
This is a big one for me. If you are writing a story with original characters, self inserts, or a gamer FanFiction, do not let your characters tell any of the canon characters/cast that they are reincarnated/inserted/have gamer powers. Doing this completely upsets the immersion of the story because it cannot be realistically done. If someone were to tell you this in real life, you would literally think they are crazy, and since most stories try to mimic reality, this would be the proper response of the canon characters/cast*. The best option, I think, is to just have your character avoid the issue entirely. It has the added bonus of making them more mysterious~.
Note: this can be done in only one way. If you have an exceptionally quirky or insane character, then any comments of this nature would be brushed off by those around them as just another one of their oddities and not actually believed. Thus, this ”reveal” would not actually impact the story at all and can continue without interruption.
6.) Thou shalt not replace the Main Character with thyself nor thy OCs.
Look. I’m not against SIs being inserted into a main character. I’m actually a huge fan. However, if you’re going to do a self insert, your character needs to have substance. They can’t just follow the main storyline of the plot all hunky-dory with no changes or other developments. That’s just you living out a self fulfilling fantasy that nobody else wants to read. It’s dull and unengaging. Have fun with it. Change the canon. Go wild.
7.) Thou shalt not insert thyself nor thy OCs overtly into main events within The Plot.
I put this one here because, well… it’s just more interesting to have a character that is subtlety placed in a world. That way they are not just following the same storyline/plot that we’ve all seen in cannon and read about in FanFiction. They are doing something different. They influence the story in small ways or not at all. They literally become a character onto them selves, one that could potentially exist in the canon, if we twist sideways and squint.
8.) Thou shalt not take the Weight of the World upon thy shoulders.
One common thing I see in FanFiction is the original character freaking out about their place in the world and the impact they have on the events around them. They start thinking that somehow, the fate of the world rests on their choices. Then they get all angsty. This is a ridiculous, egotistical idea. Reality doesn’t work that way, so in these fictional realities it’s not going to work that way either. Get over yourself.
9.) Thou shalt not do Romance. *Exceptions Apply
Romance in FanFiction is difficult. It’s hard to get right, especially when you have a bunch of young writers trying to live out their romantic/sexual fantasies. Often times it can be downright disturbing, especially when the relationships displayed in the stories are not an accurate representation of what a real, loving relationship would be. That’s why I think romantic FanFiction should be avoided, as it is often horribly written or unnerving. There are exceptions to this of course, but they are few and far between.
10.) Thou shalt not have a harem.
This one is fairly new for me. I recently discovered harem animes, specifically Highschool D&D, and while the world is quite fascinating, the whole “Harem” thing is not. I know the anime is trying to make it lighthearted and funny, but the only thing I can think of when I read FanFiction for these types of animes is how disturbing the idea is. It’s just an excuse to have your character have sex with a lot of fake, big boobed, anime beauties. What’s more, these stories never talk about the logistics of having a harem. How would your character develop meaningful relationships with all these women/men? How would you take care of them and make sure that they have food and shelter and all the love and attention they deserve? How would you deal with jealousy and infighting? What would you do when they get pregnant? It’s all fun and games until someone starts popping out a baby. Also, another weird aspect about these types of FanFiction‘s is the strange controlling interactions between the characters. That’s not love. That’s obsession. And I want no part of it.
Final Note: All of these rules are subjective of course. But these are the guidelines that I use when choosing what FanFiction’s to read or deciding what and how I’m gonna write. These guidelines have helped me find jewels within the thousands of FanFiction’s that exist. Try it out.