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Author has written 12 stories for Pokémon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Harry Potter, and Naruto.
Last Updated: March 15, 2010
Wow, I haven't updated this in two years... My name isn't really any of your concern so you can call me Inuyashahiei and I am 20 years old.
A Scandal in Konoha - Chapter nine is being very...difficult with being written. I'm trying my utmost best with it but it doesn't seem to be written. Readers please bare with me as I finish this unruly chapter...
If Only Tears Could Bring You Back- Working on the next chapter, please wait a little longer.
College Daze- I have no clue when this one will be updated again. There are other stories that are my first priority.
The Twist of the Twins- Like College Daze, no clue when I'll update this one.
5 Years Later and the Time Turner- This is one of my favorites. Chapter 13 should be out pretty soon.
A New Life- I'm currently working very hard on the next chapter.
A Magical Journey- I'm working on this one as well.
A Time to Remember- Ah my newest piece. I'm still working on this one just like the others.
There are no future stories at this time. Please check back sometimes.
Tips for writing Harry Potter fan fiction. Actually, many of these tips could be applied to any piece of fiction you may write.
1. Make sure your character names are correct; for instance, it is Blaise Zabini, not Zambini, and Arthur Weasley, not Author Weasley. For that matter, it is Weasley, not Weasely. It is Madam Pomfrey, not Pomphrey. It is Lord Voldemort, not Lord Voldermort. It is McGonnagal, not McGonnagoll. It is Shacklebolt, not Shackleton. It is Lucius, not Lucious. It is sincerely tragic that supposed fans of the Harry Potterverse have such difficulty with the names and spells and magics. There are wonderful resources on the internet to help with this problem. If not, then by all means consult your own copies of the series.
As a side note, someone very kindly reminded me that the spellings of names, spells, incantations and such would be different in the translated texts in other countries. I understand that. I accept that. It's not the people of other non-english speaking countries that I refer to with this tip. It is the people, predominantly from America, that I refer to, who damn well know better, or at least should know better. There are a wealth of references on the internet to help with the accuracy of the stories. Please use them.
2. Please make an effort to spell the different magical skills correctly. It is Occlumency, not Occulmency, or Occumelcy. It is Legilimency, not Leglimency, or Legimancy. It is animagus, not animagous, or anamageus.
3. Location, location, location. Please ensure that your locations are spelled properly. It is Diagon Alley, not Diagen Ally, or Diagan Alley. It is Privet Drive, not Private Drive, or Privat Drive. It is Hogsmeade, not Hogesmeade, or Hogsmede.
4. Please spell the various newspaper names correctly. It is the Daily Prophet, not the Daily Profit.
5. Summarize cleanly, concisely, and most of all correctly. The biggest turn-off for literate readers is to find a summary with blatant and horrifying spelling and grammatical errors. For example, I just saw this in a summary: Graffic Content// Reader Disgression. That is not how you spell graphic, nor is that how you spell discretion. If you have doubts to the spelling of a word, go to a dictionary website and type it in. The site will show you a variety of choices of words if yours isn't spelled right.
6. Watch your pairings. It is not ok to pair Dumbledore with anyone. Just, eew. Nor Pomfrey, or McGonnagal, or any of the other teachers, except Severus. Mmmm, Severus. Anyhoo, nor is it ok to pair Harry with Cedric (please!). The boy died for a reason. Which brings us to the next point.
7. Watch the ages of the pairings. Careful that you don't pair a very young Harry with the older teachers, or Lucius, or Sirius, or Remus. We don't want to look like a bunch of pedophiles here.
Now, as a side note. I received a message from a person who objected to this rule. She felt that the ages of the pairings was a subjective thing. That's borderline acceptable, if the age of the child is over thirteen. It's still very wrong; children are children, and have no concept of acceptance for sex. However, if you get off on seeing a child aged nine having sex with someone over the age of twenty one, that makes you a pedophile. No subjective about it. In fact, if a child under the age of thirteen, having sex with anyone, gets you off, you are a pedophile.
8. One descriptive passage of rape/abuse is enough. It gets the point across nicely, without overkill. Please, for all that is decent and holy, refrain yourselves from including repeated passages of abuse/rape in every chapter. It gets nauseating, uncomfortable, and tends to put a lot of readers off. I'm not sure how to take someone who loves to write about Harry, or Hermione, or any child, getting beaten and raped in every chapter. If you have one well-written passage, we all get to feel sympathy and sorrow for the abused. More than that and we start to feel like slimy voyeurs trying to look at the deaths in a highway accident.
9. If you're going to make wording mistakes in your fiction, please make the same one throughout the story. It's amusing, distracting, and ultimately irritating to see the wrong word used in one sentence, then see the correct word used in the following sentence.
As an example, I'm reading a story that uses the word pensieve a lot. However, from one sentence to the next; hell, from one segment of sentence to the next, she goes from pensieve to pensive.
10. Write the dialogue in the vernacular to which you are accustomed. Don't try to use modern American slang if you aren't American. Consequently, try to avoid using British slang if you are not British. It's clumsy. The best appeal for most of the stories is the unique perspective and voice of the writer, and we, as readers, would like to see that voice reflect the culture and language you grew up with.
11. Watch the spellings of the various spells and curses. It is Cruciatus, not Crutiatus or any of the other incarnations I've seen in a variety of stories. There are good Harry Potter websites that provide a wealth of information. Please use them.
12. I love slave Harry, submissive Harry and dark Harry. I also love evil-ish Snape, and bastardly Draco. Be very careful about taking the characters too OOC. Some of the fictions, while well-written, are uncomfortable to read. Whore Harry is just a tad too much, whether he's a whore voluntarily or involuntarily.
13. Please refrain from turning every single sentence into a paragraph. The spaces between sentences that link plot points and ideas are annoying, not to mention that they tend to make one lose focus on the story. Paragraphs usually encompass several sentences, expressing a particular point or giving a description of location or action. Paragraphs should also begin with every conversation started by a separate character. Dialogue buried within a paragraph makes it confusing as to who is speaking.
14. Spelling, spelling, spelling. Please, please use the spell-check. Pay attention to the little dotted red lines under the words in your story when you download it here. It's a valuable clue that the word is somehow not right. If you are unsure about the spelling, go to a dictionary site, such as dictionary.com and type in the word. If the spelling is incorrect, the site will give you a list of words it thinks you may have been looking for. You will most likely find your word in that list. I know that I've missed some glaring errors in my stories. I get too excited. But I put in serious effort to spell the words correctly. It is one of my biggest pet-peeves.
15. Watch your wording. I've run across many a story that has the most confusing sentences. Such as 'Father,' he said silently. How do you speak words silently and expect them to still be heard? Or 'He made a soundless moan.' Noises are not soundless or silent. I've even read one story where Harry's larynx was severed by a cutting curse, so he was completely deprived of speech, yet managed to make passionate cries and moans. With a severed larynx. How??
16. Watch the spellings of the various potions. It is not verisatium, it is veritaserum. Again, the Harry Potter Encyclopedia, online, is the best resource for all things Potterverse.
17. I love PWP as much as the next schmoe. However, it shouldn't read like a Penthouse forum letter, or like something that a thirteen year old fantasizes that sex should be like, or something that reads like a textbook for the most boring class ever. Well-written porn should leave the reader hot and wanting, not expecting a final exam after the story, nor wanting to take a hot shower using gallons of antibacterial soap.
18. Try not to invent your own words. I know the temptation is there; after all, the stories are fiction. However, most of us appreciate the ability to understand the meaning of the words used, and cannot if the words are an invention of the author's own mind. Other than creating your own creature language, to which I hope you've provided a translation, or using Latin, again with translations, we all appreciate the written English words. For example, apocathopy is not a word. In the context of the story in which I found this word, I can only assume that the writer was trying to say apothecary. Spell-check is a very useful tool. If your writing program doesn't have it, download a free version from a website. Better yet, go to dictionary.com and type in the word you've spelled. If it shows up with the meaning you intend, use it. Otherwise, check the list of alternative words it tells you you may mean instead, and find the one you're looking for. Most of us literate readers would appreciate the extra time and effort.
19. Try to proofread your entries when you post. When you upload a chapter or story to your document manager, click the edit link next to the story and read through the entire thing before clicking the add button. We all have a slip of the fingers when typing, and some of the words that are mistakes are not incorrectly spelled, but misused, simply because of a wrongly typed letter. It helps to read carefully through the story or chapter before adding it to the site; this gives you the opportunity to correct mistakes, and maybe even add a little to the story that didn't occur to you as you wrote it. I find that, as I read through my entries just before posting, I discover that I could have worded something a little clearer, or cleaner than I had when I originally wrote it. As a side note, you might want to look at your entry simply to avoid inadvertent humorous mistakes; for instance, when wanting to say 'screaming and crying', you instead say 'creaming and crying'. Not the intent you are trying to get across; however, in the context of story, can be gut-bustingly hilarious.
20. God love any author who is willing to adopt an abandoned story. It's great if you feel you have the skill and imagination to take the story places. However, please do consider one important issue: You will never be able to write the story as the original author intended, nor in the flavor and tone they wrote it. Unless you're cloned from the original author, should you try to take on someone else's story, please do all of us a favor and re-write from the beginning. Keep the idea; keep the dialogue if it reflects you. But your writing style and the original author's style will not mesh. Ain't gonna happen. Can be annoying and quite jarring to read a story, and see the tone and style change from one paragraph to another. I know I don't have the where-with-all to take on someone else's fiction. I can barely keep control of my own mess, let alone some one else's.
21. Language, language, language. And no, I'm not speaking of swearing. I understand that there are a great many writers out there who wish to impress others with their wordiness. Using twenty dollar words in their fictions as often as possible, to make themselves seem more intelligent. Please refrain. Most of the time, the words are used out of context, and make the passages confusing. For those of us who understand the words used, we can only shake our heads mournfully as we read the convoluted passages, bemoaning the sad fact that these people never paid attention in english class, when they were taught simple things like sentence structure and clarity of thought. Keep in mind, people. None of you are Stephen King--I mention him only because many of his earlier books were replete with vast passages and pages of descriptions of settings, and environments. This kind of wordiness, as well as using long words inappropriately, only makes the stories tiresome.
22. When writing any piece of fiction, be it fanfiction or your own creation, do yourselves and everyone else a favor. Research. With fanfiction, be sure you are very familiar with the characters you choose to utilize, as well as the settings and tone of the stories you are bastardizing. As an example, and I cannot for the life of me fathom why this particular story became popular, but Tara Gilesbie's epic piece of shit, My Immortal, which uses the Potterverse as its backdrop. I understand that it is fanfiction; that we as writers get to take liberties with the characters and stories. Making Draco Malfoy a gothboy (shudder) could work, if you maintain at least some semblance of his true character. Turning him into a squealing fanboy, who fucks anything that moves, just doesn't work. We true fans of the series enjoy his arrogance, his haughtiness, his bastardly behavior. It's part and parcel of his personality. It's what makes him so hot. Bad boy, dontcha know. Bringing muggle influences into a magical environment works for most of us, provided it's done intelligently and cleanly. Throwing a gun into a wand battle is just...well...stupid. They have wands, fer chrissakes! Little wooden sticks that, when waved around with the right latin word combinations, makes really wicked and awesome things happen. Why the holy hell do they need a gun?? Finally, lets go back to the use of proper, literate english when writing. No skater language, no textspeak. Spell out the word 'you', instead of using 'u'. Don't write when you're angry, or sad, or happy, or drunk, unless you know it will add something to the story. An excellent critique on this site is called Flaming Immortal. She uses the My Immortal drinking game as she's writing the 'review' of each set of chapters she chooses to take on. It's some of the funniest stuff I've ever read, and is the watermark for what comprehensive, cohesive and constructive criticism should be. Here is where slight drunkenness actually adds to the ambiance. There are also some amazing stories on this site--Enemy of My Enemy comes to mind--where a less-than-Disney mindset works to make a stunning and poignantly painful, beautiful story. True, there has to be some emotional connection to the story you are writing; it would be like reading a biology textbook if there wasn't. But be aware that, too much of yourself in the story makes the story less approachable, simply because many people out there have not been privilege to feelings like that.
23. Careful adding lyrics of songs to any of the fanfictions. Especially Harry Potter. Keep in mind exactly what year he was born, and the year he starts Hogwarts. He was born in 1980, and started school in 1991. My Chemical Romance, as well as Good Charlotte, were not around in 1991. They are both relatively new bands. Check the years of the bands you wish to add, if Harry and the gang are going to be fans. Using lyrics of today's songs to augment or add an accent to the story is fine. It adds a reference point, and, if used well, also adds depth of emotion to the story. After all, musicians write the songs based on their own lives and emotions, and pull a wealth of feeling from those words. Unless you wish to pull Harry into the twenty-first century, try not to muddle the story up with bands that didn't exist at the time.
24. Please, for the love of all that's holy, slow down when you write. I've read far, far too many stories that were rushed. Sentences that were way too simplistic. Action that seemed to jump from one point to another at light speed. Now, I don't want to point out anyone specific, but the author Snaperulesmaraudersdrool is a good example of this. Her story ideas are excellent. The execution, however, leaves a lot to be desired. They are bland and quick. I honestly don't know how to describe it any better than that. She doesn't want to put any real effort into the stories; in so much of a hurry to get a chapter written that it lacks any focus or flair. When you rush through your chapters, you cheat the story, and you cheat the reader. Take your time fleshing out a chapter. Now, I'm not saying you should write a two thousand page chapter; however, the more effort you put into a chapter, the richer and better the story is. I don't begrudge an author that posts short chapters. I do take great umbrage to an author that wastes my time by teasing me with a scintillating story idea, then fails to deliver in the execution. Write the chapter out on paper first. Type it up in your word document first. Don't immediately type it to the download manager. Take your time, and your story will be richer and better for it.
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