Author has written 15 stories for Love Hina, Inuyasha, Bleach, Mai HiME, Frozen, and Saki/咲.
About me and my writing
I'm female. I'm very introverted. Apparently I'm not awkward to talk to but I find it awkward to be talking to people. I work in the sciences, but my interests are primarily in the arts: I draw, I write, I read. Visual novels are awesome because they encompass everything I love.
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I've been writing fanfics since I was in high school; my works back then were terrible. I think I've improved considerably since then, but I'm still trying to become better as I go. My number one motivation for writing is because I like the canon characters so much that I can't stop myself from picturing how they would react in different situations. My secondary motivation is to improve my writing skills. Strange as it sounds, writing fanfics has helped me develop techniques that are also useful for the technical writing I have to do for my work.
While randomly clicking on profile pages on this website, I noticed that some authors/readers have left suggestions on how to improve fanfic writing. I thought I'd share the ones I've come across and agreed with, as well as additional points I've made note of over the years:
- It's important that you enjoy and are knowledgeable in what you write about. You need to like your idea to continue pursuing it, and you need to be knowledgeable about the topic for your writing to be convincing. For what you don't know, research, but since you're writing about something you like, this should be fun work to undertake.
- Plan out the story before you start writing. I tend to think of a story as a path the characters take to develop who they are, both individually and as a group. I like to outline the major events, the characters' reactions to these events, and how these change the characters' personalities (and consequently, their relationships with each other). For events that occur because of a character's decisions, make sure to foreshadow how the character comes to these decisions. For events that are sudden and out of the characters' control (e.g. an accident), keep in mind that the characters' reactions to them are still shaped by how they've led their lives previously. Therefore, it's important to discuss how they've come to be who they are so that your readers can understand why they've reacted in such ways.
- Do not write angst just for the sake of angst, or romance for the sake of romance, or whatever for the sake of whatever. Angst or romance or pain or suspense should be a product of the characters and plot, not the other way around.
- Try to keep canon characters as close as possible to the source material, but do consider how they might've changed because of the circumstances you've put them in. Obviously, their personalities would differ quite a bit in an AU because of their different backgrounds, but do try to draw similarities to their canon counterparts where possible.
- OCs should be created only when you need them. Draft out the purpose of an OC and keep to that purpose. Don't just keep adding details to your OCs like how beautiful she is and how powerful she is and she has glitters on her nails or something - this is fanfiction and your readers are here to read about the canon characters. The more obsessed you are with your OC, the more likely he/she'll be unrealistic (or utterly ridiculous). This does not, however, mean that you don't need to include sufficient background for your OCs. Having an OC appear out of nowhere, do something, and just vanish is about as annoying as having an OC that's overshadowing the canon characters.
- Always remember that you are writing for an audience, and not for yourself. Follow a clear train of thought as you are writing, and reread what you write to make sure the ideas of one sentence leads logically to the next. If you are changing from one location to another, include a brief description so your readers can follow where your story has taken them. If you're introducing a new character, also describe who he/she is as needed. Try to only include the bare minimum of what your readers need to know at that particular point in the story. If he's a strong swordsman, it may be more useful to describe his body build, his stance, his sword style (if known) than the colour of his eyes and hair. Additional details can always be written in as they become relevant to the story.
- If a shorter sentence conveys the same ideas as a longer sentence, go with the shorter one. If a more common word works, use it in favour of the more obscure one. Your readers are interested in your plot, not how many words are in your internal thesaurus.
- Limit the use of "fancy speech". By this, I mean very long metaphors, or strange personification of objects and concepts. While these figures of speech can spice up your writing in small portions, too much makes your writing confusing and unpalatable.
- Please proofread for spelling and grammatical issues. If you don't bother reading over your own work, don't expect others to want to read it either.
- I think it's useful to write the first couple of chapters of any work you may decide to post up here before actually posting it. You'll get a better idea of whether this is something you want to continue, and the exact direction you want to take it. At this point, writing a summary should be easy, because you know what the story is about at the beginning, how it will progress, and how it will end. Please don't write "I suck at summaries", because not only are you implying that you're bad at writing, you're also not giving potential readers any information for finding your story.
- Construct an update schedule that works for you (yeah, I know, I'm horrible with this one). There's nothing more annoying than seeing a promising story get abandoned. Space your updates so that you can still enjoy your life outside of FFN, but make them consistent. If once a week works, then once a week, if once a month works, then once a month. You need to get into the habit of writing, because no matter how much you like your story, you will encounter blocks somewhere down the road, and the only way to overcome this is by writing through the obstacles. For me, blocks come in two flavours 1) I'm losing interest in the source material 2) I've encountered a difficult-to-write plot point. With 1), there isn't too much you can do other than finish writing before you lose interest (so don't keep starting up new projects). Sometimes you can recover interest by rewatching the source material, or reading other fanfics. For 2), I find that research can be daunting, so you can leave some sections blank and go back to them once you're motivated enough to look up the information you'd need. In cases where the difficulty stems from having to include intricate details into your writing, just write a messy draft first then go back to editing it later. Rewriting is a lot easier than writing from scratch. If you wait until your first draft is brilliant, then...you might as well not write at all. First drafts are often bad, that's why they are drafts. But drafts are the building blocks of quality final products. Edits upon edits can help you spot what is unnecessary, and what needs to be added in order to convey your ideas.
- Do not try to dictate what your reviewers should say. It's understandable that none of us wants flames like "Kikyou is a claypot, how can you like her? What the hell is your problem?" But really, even if you say "no flames", it isn't like those trolls would stop. What your "no flames" statement would stop are legitimate reviewers who'd like to offer constructive criticism, but are afraid of hurting your feelings. So rather than saying what kind of reviews you don't want, how about asking your readers what you do want to know? First impressions, suggestions, concrit can all be quite useful, as they let us know how successful we've been in expressing our ideas. Keep this in mind when you're reviewing other people's work too. Even if you don't have something extremely insightful to say, just a note telling them you're reading can mean a lot.
I guess that's about it? Hopefully this will be useful for someone. Happy reading and writing, guys and gals!
Currently, I am trying to update TMToTMPU, CotGS, OtCaF, and TNFY on a monthly basis. Here is a tentative schedule of the updates. The dates in bold are confirmed, so updates will occur on those dates for sure (unless if the site or my internet is down).
TMToTMPU: Mar 4 (ch10, end of Dark!Saki/Teru story)
CotGS: Feb 12 (ch21), Mar 11 (ch22)
OtCaF: Feb 19 (ch11), Mar 18 (ch12)
TNFY: Feb 26 (ch11), Mar 25 (ch12)
I am going to try and finish all my incomplete stories. Here is the order of stories I will put onto the monthly update schedule and eventually complete:
Monthly update slot #1: TMToTMPU Dark!Saki/Teru story -> Fukai Mori -> Forgotten Promise -> A Different Journey
Monthly update slot #2: CotGS -> Fujino Lab
I plan on revising all of my older stories that are still up on this site. Revision will be done on an irregular schedule, but I'll note my progress here.
Endless Seasons: 100% complete
If Only: 100% complete
Faces of Red: 100% complete
Fukai Mori: 4% complete
A Different Journey: not yet started
Colorful Kuchiki: 100% complete
Fujino Lab: not yet started
Another Promise: not yet started
Spring Special: Path of Promises: 100% complete
Summer Special: The Shrew's Promise of Revenge: 100% complete
Forgotten Promise: not yet started
I've removed some fics from this site. Those fics will never be revisited again. If you want to read the deleted fics anyway, PM me. I can send them to you by email.
Extras to the fanfics
Previously, I put up links to all the extras for my fanfics here on my profile, but FFN broke all of them so I moved them to tumblr. If you are interested, please visit my tumblr (seigetsu-ren) and look for the post tagged "seigetsu-ren-fanfic-extras"
Thanks for all your support!