Author has written 8 stories for Fruits Basket, National Treasure, Suits, and Teen Wolf.
A little bit about me...
I've recently graduated with a B.A. double-major in history and English. I love to write, as everyone else here does. James Horner is my most favourite composer, whose works paint many of my scenes and builds the roads through many of my stories. I love forests and nature, though I don't always want to be in it. I prefer a few close friends to many, and evenings curled up on the couch with a good movie, book, or show. I think fanfiction is one of the best ways to explore the craft of writing - to learn, try, and to just have fun.
Love and "obsession" with fandoms waxes and wanes, but there are a few that I will always return to and will always love to play in their sandbox. They are:
Don't be ashamed of your past writings - they show your growth, and they show your love of the craft. And who knows - you might actually spy some talent in that younger you.
Never stop reading. Always be willing to learn, change, and grow.
There are a million and one different writings styles - let yourself be inspired by authors and the writers you see online, take what you like about them, and change and shape it into what you think is the best - but don't think you have to be like them in order to be "good". Some like to write flowery prose with loads of description, some like to write only straightforward, factual storytelling. If you look through literary history, you'll find that both kinds of writings have been met with great success. Do what you like, and what you enjoy best.
There are a thousand ingredients that go into making a particular story popular among the public. Plot, genre, target audience, and topical issues are massive driving forces in determining popularity. Certain types of books, published when the iron is hot, will always make a big splash. The world, however, is filled to the brim with literature, and there are so many that are brilliantly written with amazing stories who never truly reach the "public" eye. Don't try to write the next "bestseller" - aim to write the best story that you can (and want to) write.
I am on Archive of our Own, but FF.net won't let me link to it. My name over there is: Litcraz.