Hi, I'm Readingfreak 2005. I love reading fanfiction and sharing it with people. To that effect, I run a fairly popular C2. Please email me if you have a story recommendation, want to become a staff member, or see a story which doesn't belong. I'm a college student with a limited amount of free time, so any help is appreciated.
I am not very good at writing fanfiction. Case in point: I recently Googled myself for fun and found, in a DLP thread concerning the worst pieces of fanfiction ever, a post mentioning a story I once wrote which apparently involved a ridiculous number of cliches, including Harry as the heir of both Merlin and Gryffindor with multiple phoenix animagi. Of course, I wrote it not long after I started reading fanfiction and tried to emulate what I had read. It didn't help that I was twelve at the time. Luckily I never got very far with it and the files are long gone.
I've also taken down Belonging, my Peter/Lucy Chronicles of Narnia story. While I still like the pairing, I'll be the first to admit that I don't have the creativity or dedication to do it justice. That's enough about my writing.
When I began reading fanfiction, I was a Harry/Ginny fan, but I've long outgrown that. As such, there are a bunch of shitty stories with that pairing in my C2. Please point them out to me so that I can delete them. I now enjoy stories in which Harry is paired with female vagaries from canon, particularly Daphne Greengrass, but also Susan Bones, etc. Luna is probably the best out of any developed canon character. I generally don't care about pairings not involving Harry, though I will say that some very talented authors have done an excellent job inventing a Lily/James backstory. Though I am very liberal, I do not enjoy reading slash.
More important than pairings is the actual quality of a story. The recipe for good fanfiction is not very complicated. Use proper spelling and grammar. Develop each character. Remember that even canon characters need development. Harry should not be exactly the same in your story as he is in the books. An original character or two is fine if you develop them well, but if you start throwing them in randomly I'll probably stop reading. Have an original plot. I recently added a story to my C2 for the simple fact that the author wrote an entirely original Sorcerer's Stone chapter, inventing new obstacles guarding the Stone and seamlessly integrating them with canon. It made me excited about reading fanfiction. Create your own concepts. Some of the most interesting stories I've read were stories in which the author invented their own theories of how magic worked. Get the reader emotionally involved. That means plot twists. Never stop trying to improve as a writer. Believe me, your readers will appreciate the effort.
If you've read or written a story that you think I might enjoy, or just want to talk about fanfiction, message me. It's what we're all here for, after all.