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Author has written 6 stories for Final Fantasy VII, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Transformers.
"Failure to connect with characters is a common reason why people stop reading a book." - Becca Puglisi
"The healing medicine of story does not exist in a vacuum. It cannot exist divorced from its spiritual source. It cannot be taken on as a mix-and-match project. There is an integrety to story that comes from a real life lived in it. A story is clearly illuminated from being raised up in it." - Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
To those of you who have read my stories and have stuck by me for quite some time waiting for an update *bows* I deeply apologize for the frustration it must have caused you to hear so many promises about updates and continuing, and yet nothing seemed to come to fruition.
A lot has changed since I started most of these fanfics, and just recently I chosen to stop and exam myself, my life, what I was doing, what I had done, where I was going and what I would chose to do in the future. This included looking at how I was writing my fanfiction, something I consider very near and dear to me, and I have to realize many things about myself and the way I write. First and foremost being that I am a slow writer and do much better if I take my time, do not push or rush myself and just enjoy the process. I also picked up a new writing method from the lovely Vanya-Deyja where I write out ten chapters before I start posting (trust me it works wonders when you get stuck in the process and can just move on and come back to look at it later.)
I always felt something was missing in my works. I would reread and rewrite and redo anything and everything I posted in an effort to find it, and I never could. I’d read someone’s fanfic and be absolutely hooked in and wonder, ‘what are they doing that I’m not?’ Well, I think I found it. And over all, myself and my writing are much better for it.
For many writers out there, I have the following advice to offer:
1. When you suddenly get inspiration for a story, do not just jump on the first idea that pops into your head and start writing. Build up a summary of the idea and plot it out before writing. Chances are a lot is going to change over time and new inspiration and information will become available as you go.
2. Give yourself plenty of buffer space. As mentioned above write a few chapters ahead before you start posting instead of writing one chapter after the other. It allows you time and space to fill in the plot, overcome writers block and adapt for changes as they come to you.
3. Write only for yourself. This is most important. When I first started writing I was writing for the attention and the reviews. I was catering to the desires of the readers. This is a very dangerous game because you are pushing yourself for them and not for your enjoyment. For some people, this may work out for you and that’s great, but I have come to notice in doing so, you may missing something vital in the process.
4. Take your time and do it at your own pace, you aren’t in a race with anyone (unless you’re in a contest.) I honestly envy those writers out there who can write out 10 pages and post within a week or two.
Last but not least, before you post something, really stop and consider how you are writing and what you are writing about. I never use to do this. I have observed that how we write and what we write about greatly reflects who we are. I believe the fandoms we choose, the characters we write about resonate with us in more ways than one. When I first began I was told to never put yourself into a story, but now just recently, at the advice of another great author, I have come to realize the reality you are creating to share with the world won’t come to life unless you put yourself into it (within reason mind you.)
As of right now, Icarus, once known as Shot in the Dark, is my main focus. Seriously, I have just started and have three sequels already semi-planned out for it.
As for my other stories…I am a lot different now than I was back when I started them. I know I have promised many that they were only on hiatus and would be continued later. But now I realize that I may have to completely revamp the story from the beginning or abandon the idea all together. To be honest, being young and dumb, I didn’t plan them out well or have clear direction of where I wanted to go with them. It all depends on what happens once Icarus is finished.
Many thanks to all of you who has stuck by me all these years.
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