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I wish to clear up a misconception I've seen some people have about a certain phrase. The phrase, "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all" doesn't mean "if you don't have anything positive to say, don't say anything at all", it means "if you don't have anything polite to say, don't say anything at all". Telling someone the truth is not impolite, it is polite.
9-11-2016 For something to be fanfiction, it must use the copyright-able elements from another creators work. What constitutes the copyright-able elements though is the canon material, (not including names and tropes), so how can one have a fanfic AU that doesn't derive itself from the canon material? One can't, for, to be called a fanfic the work must be derived from the canon material. By admitting ones work doesn't derive itself from the canon material, and isn't canon, you've admitted you're writing fanfiction in name only. Any writer/reader putting forth the argument that an AU need not be derived from the canon material is in serious denial.
7-6-2015 - What is plagiarism? Many people don't realize plagiarism includes "copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not". Doing this when you give credit is still trying to pass off another persons work as your own. I suggest checking out plagiarism dot org.
2-25-2015 - I have completed taking notes off Softly Snowing, Muggle Ghosts and most of Glitch.
2-14-2014 - I have a list of excuses writers use for not writing as well as they could. I want to say here though that dyslexia is not an excuse for not using spell check, properly punctuating the end of sentences or not using proper capitalization. If you are old enough to be on this site you're able to do these things even if you have dyslexia. Most of all though I want to say that having dyslexia doesn't prevent you from becoming a good writer. Yes... you'll always struggle with grammar and there will be things that you'll never be able to catch. Always put your best foot forward no matter how frustrating it gets to be. Having dyslexia isn't a death sentence on your writing ability. I as someone with dyslexia know this quite well. That also said, there will be things you'll always have in your writing, an odd sentence here and there.
This also said there is a reason I hate grammar nazis. There is a difference between actually helping someone with their grammar and trying to make the person feel stupid. People with dyslexia aren't stupid, their brains just work differently. Also... don't assume that just because a writer has a high intelligence level in their writing that they will be able to pick out the grammar issues you point out to them in vague manners. A person with dyslexia can know what a homophone is, but they aren't able to catch them on their own because of their dyslexia. Don't tell someone with dyslexia that they need to proof read their stories more before posting either, their minds don't work in a manner that allows them to catch errors. Sometimes even reading out loud doesn't help certain writers. Be on the look out for things done on purpose as well, but most of all be specific. Make sure the reader knows that you've read their story as well. Be careful too about nitpicking older works. It's fine to point things out, but don't expect changes to always be made unless the work is in fact hot-off-the-press.
As for everyone else... there is a group of people who are afraid to say anything negative on a review. This includes telling someone where their grammar needs work. If a person throws a tantrum because someone points out a few grammar issues... well, the problem is with the writer and not the person pointing out the grammar issues. Same goes for the people who fill the need to defend a writer against such minor criticisms. They are in the wrong unless the reviewer worded it in a manner to make the writer feel stupid. Those of us with dyslexia need people to leave such reviews as this is the best way to drill in some of the grammar issues. Myself learned the difference between their and there because one reviewer took the time when I first joined the site to repeat it over and over as she read the story as I posted chapters. Actually, don't be afraid to point out things when you see them. Yes... people's feelings get hurt, but...
The phrase "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything" doesn't mean "if you don't have anything to say that doesn't hurt a persons feelings, don't say anything at all", it means "if you don't have anything polite to say, don't say anything at all". Telling someone the truth is the polite thing to do, but not saying anything with you know their is a problem is not at all polite to the writers who post here. And if they throw a tantrum? Perhaps they're not ready to be publishing. If you want to publish, you've got to accept both positive and negative reviews.
7-26-2012 The links are now back! I'm going to be posting links to my other stuff again.
CMNProductions Probably the dumbest user name I've ever come up with as it was supposed to be a dumb pun off CNN and ABC.
I'll add more important links later.
If you leave an anonymous review that spouts off illogical nonsense as well as obvious misinterpretations of the canon about how Toshiro and Momo aren't foster siblings, how I'm writing Momo out of character simply because I choose unlike many other writers to actually use her flaws in the stories I tell, or accusing me of character bashing her despite the fact I like her and happen to be a Dark Fic writer who likes to whump on her favorite characters your review will be deleted. If you leave a signed review spouting off illogical nonsense you will be blocked. I'm not going to pad my review count with tantrums from rabid fans of the ship or the character, nor am I going to force my readers to put up with them either. I refuse to write fanon!Momo.
I guess the best way to start is, I will not give out my e-mail online, even to the people I know on this site very well. I am a very firm believer in the concept of internet safety. I started writing fanfiction over ten years ago, as a way to escape. My original attempt was a Mary Sue, something that I've lost over the years otherwise I would share it. I learned about fanfiction when someone shared a Sailor Moon fanfic with me they had printed off that was well written.
I am a critic, and I am one of the harder ones out there. I do it not to make people feel bad about the work, but to instead push them to become better. First point about this is, if there is anything that I could have worded better, tell me... I won't grow as a critic otherwise. Second, I refuse to leave critique via PM. The review system is not for 'strictly praise'. Third, while I can apologize for going over board and making mistakes, I can't apologize for telling someone the truth, they need to hear. Fourth, if you've gone into a major author's rant, even if I've made mistakes, I refuse to apologize publicly.
Excuses Don't Cut It
I don't have time – I think, the times that I find it most irritating, is when it comes to hot-off-the-press fanfics, or fanfics that are obviously thrown together in a few minutes. If anyone wants to have people take them seriously here, you should spend fifteen to thirty minutes roughly, per fanfic chapter. It may vary.
It's just for fun – If something is posted to the internet, it isn't just for fun anymore. You are trying to get praise, for something you did. However, if your fanfic has problems, because it is posted on the net, people are allowed to tell you, there are problems with it. You can't do nothing about it.
I just don't care... rant, rant, rant... - I don't need to go into the depth of how you proved otherwise, that you do care, if you rant after that statement.
I went to preparatory school, not public – Last time I checked, a preparatory school has a better education then a public school, or most public schools.
I don't make straight A's in my English – Well, at least you aren't making F's either. You don't need to make straight A's, to write good fanfiction.
I like MSN chat speak, so I use it all the time – This is VERY bad manners.
Other people like it – Some people will gush over anything, so this doesn't mean you have something of quality. Also, if something bothers you as a writer, change it. People who throw a fit, weren't true fans of your work in the first place.
Everyone Else Does it. Two wrongs don't make something right. Be a role model, and do the right thing.
AU means “author's version” - No, it means alternative universe.
It is my version, so I can do whatever I want too. - Fanfiction work will always be dirivitive of someone elses work, meaning that it will never be completely your own version. If you want your own version, write original fiction.
I warned that the characters were OoC – It doesn't change the fact that true OoC is bad writing. If a character is OoC, then they are NOT the canon character anymore.
I asked to be e-mailed what people thought wrong in the fanfic, via PM – The review system is NOT for 'strictly praise'. If you are doing this, so that you reviews don't have any negative ones, something is wrong.
Not all AUs are based on the canon material. Incorrect. For a story to count as a fanfic the work must be based on the copyright-able material, which is the canon material. Thus, admitting ones work is not based on the canon material is an admittance one is writing original fiction one is passing off as fanfic, not actual fanfiction.
There are though, a few things that I can deal with. I can deal with people being ignorant and naïve of things, but after being told, they aren't innocent anymore. I also understand that special needs people, and people with English as their second language, struggle. I highly recommend a beta, or a scribe. And then there are the people who don't care, or are really, truly happy, for what they have written. Everyone makes mistakes, consider it, simply a learning and growing experience.
What Kind of Review is it?
- Encourage Review: This review type is the kind that will tell the author that the work is good and to keep up the good work. If it is obvious to them though that major improvement is needed, they will either avoid the fanfic entirely or go on to say that it simply needs work. This is the basic review type.
One some notes on reviewing, the ones that are good are Encouraging Reviews and critiques, while the negative ones are the other three. Flames and Gusher reviews can also take the form of Spam review. The very best one is a combination of an Encouraging review and a critique.
This is not meant to sound rude to anyone, but if one can not be mature about the reviews they receive and get mad with being told their work isn’t perfect, they are perhaps not ready to be posting their work in a public forum. By this I mean, going onto rants, trying to publicly out the person. There is a proper way to handle the matter, and also an improper way. Though I can see outing someone like Flame Rising, who is one of the WORST flamers in the history of the site. And that is how I came to know
Tips for Writing Good Fanfiction:
- Know the difference between critiques and flames, encouraging reviews and gushers.