Author has written 10 stories for Code Geass, Fairy Tail, Bleach, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, Elfen Lied, and High School DxD/ハイスクールD×D.
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Hobbies: Reading, writing, watching anime, martial arts training, cosplay, video games, guitar playing, voice acting, other things I can't remember or be bothered putting down.
Ideas that I'm working on that haven't been published yet:
1. No More Heroes (Fairy Tail)
Plot - Nothing that happens in one tale is bound to happen in another. Wizards deemed inseparable have been living their entire lives in completely new circumstances, outside and far away from the guild they all call home. Be prepared for a story you never would have seen coming...
My tips for aspiring fanfic writers:
Allow me to give my input on the steps required to become one like myself.
1. Improve your grammar.
I am a raging Grammar Nazi, so when I see mistakes, I get really pissy about it. But if you've read Fairy Chess, that story is admittedly littered with my hypocrisy. But what none of you understand is that it was my first ever fanfic. I neglected to tell you this for a reason.
Anyway, your grammar must be excellent. Poor grammar, spelling, mispronunciations, awkward sentencing... it's all got to go. My best advice to fix this is to either pay attention in school - which you should've been doing in the first place - or read lots of books. The more you read, the better your understanding of the English language will be. Which leads me to . . .
And I'm not just talking about fanfiction. No, the more of that you read, the bigger the risk you'll pick up the other writer's bad habits. You need to read proper, edited literature. That doesn't mean you should pick up Shakespeare or anything like that - read Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, or any really good author whose narrative structure is solid and sensible.
3. Start brainstorming ideas.
Do you want to write a crossover? A pairing story? What ideas do you have swirling around in that head of yours? Write the ideas down somewhere in order to organize it all. And make sure to . . .
4. Be original.
Do something no-one else seems to have come up with. Or, take a concept already presented, and then blow the readers' minds by making it so much better than the other stories. Do something different, and make sure it is interesting and exciting; make it so that someone else would feel inspired to write fanfiction as well, just from reading your story. Hell, Soul Chess inspired me to pick up writing. I've been writing since April 2012, and I've slowly improved little by little.
5. Once you have picked an idea, start planning.
This is a work-in-progress; you're likely going to constantly add to your planning just in case something interesting works itself out and you discover it. Start writing a synopsis, and then ask yourself: "Okay, so what now? What story arcs can happen? Major plot twists somewhere down the line? What chapter will cover a certain part of the story? Can I add in a few tropes?" (Note: TV Tropes is probably the most useful tool for writing on the Internet. I highly recommend giving it a go. ...Unless you value your life, that is.)
Fairy Chess is one of those stories where I originally pulled whatever I came up with out of my arse and just wrote it to my heart's content. But I had to start planning by chapter 20, because I was seriously lost afterwards on what to do. Before I cancelled it, I had a plan on how the final arc was going to go, which all of you can read up on in chapter 30.
So, start planning how to begin the story. After the first chapter is done, you can post it, and then start planning chapter 2, and so on. I would recommend no more than two pages on the summary for each chapter. If it's a battle chapter, about six paragraphs should be fine.
6. Understand your characters.
I cannot stress this enough. You must know what you're doing with the characters. If someone's out of character, it is almost certainly because you don't understand them well enough to write them. Once in a while, someone may say your interpretation of a character is OOC, but only because they interpreted things differently. Don't always listen to people who say this, unless you can't defend your interpretation and admit you were wrong.
7. Original characters? Don't make them a Mary Sue/Marty Stu.
This is probably the biggest issue in fanfiction and storytelling in general. Original characters are very hard to handle, especially if you make them the protagonist of your fanfic. I would recommend going to TV Tropes and looking up 'Mary Sue'. The information you get there will greatly help you in keeping your characters in line. If you ask me, here's what I would do to avoid Sue-ness:
- Don't give them unrealistic character quirks, or something no-one else in the story has.
For example, don't give them a zanpakuto if they're in Fairy Tail, unless it's a crossover. Don't give them a gigantic robot transformation if it's in Code Geass. Stick to the laws of the world you're writing about. Breaking it will not only break Willing Suspension of Disbelief, but it will break your credibility. Therefore, no-one will read your story.
- Don't give them everything.
They cannot become best friends with the main characters spontaneously, or all of a sudden get the best powers in the universe. That's just boring and completely stupid. This is tied into how well you write the other characters as well; don't change characters in order for them to like your OC. If your character does something or likes something that your favourite character doesn't, then show how the two of them can't get along. That's called realism - it's impossible for everyone in the world to like the one guy, because there is always someone who hates someone else's guts for whatever reason.
- Give them realistic flaws.
They are not perfect. Nothing is perfect. Give them something that readers can sympathise with. For example, make them timid, or quiet, or constantly angry at everything. Give them something that someone out there can relate to.
- Control their strength.
Shounen OCs in particular need to be kept supervised. They can be strong, yes, but making them the strongest is extremely dangerous. One way to have a strong OC and keep them from becoming a Sue is to give them weaknesses, and to not make them the protagonist in the story.
- Don't make them steal the spotlight.
No-one likes someone who constantly steals away the awesome moments, or the heart-warming moments. Give them moments that fit the overall character, and leave the other moments to the characters that deserve it.
- If they suddenly become the centre of the story's universe, erase their existence immediately.
By this, I mean everything can't centre around the one character. If you can't come up with something to do for this character, go off and look at what someone else is thinking. Look at someone else's everyday life and their interactions with other characters. Remember: You have more than one character. Use the others to their fullest potential.
But always remember: One person's Sue can be another person's well-developed character. But do check up on your character when possible.
8. Learn how to write stories first.
No Deus Ex Machinas, arse pulls, or any stupid plot device that's seen in most fanfiction - UNLESS, of course, you know how to execute all of these so that people don't get annoyed at you, which is very hard to do. You have to understand how a story works. Again, TV Tropes is the way to go here.
9. Write the first chapter, post it, wait, and then start chapter 2. If you have more chapters on standby, even better.
The result? You'll likely get at least one review for the first chapter. And if you know what you're doing, you can get several in a matter of hours. Games, my Code Geass/Highschool DxD crossover fanfic, culminated over thirty reviews in at least a few days. And lastly...
10. Have fun!
If you aren't enjoying it, it's going to turn out to be complete dribble; your unenthusiastic behaviour will show. Try to keep the story fresh. And if you have writer's block, come up with a new story idea, and then repeat these steps.
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