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Psychic
23rd September 2007, 5:27 AM
The Fan Fiction Club


Do you like reading Fan Fiction? Do you like writing Fan Fiction? Do you like reviewing Fan Fiction? Do you like Fan Fiction at all?

If your answer to any of the above questions is “hell yeah,” “you know it” or even just plain old “yes,” then the Fan Fiction Club is for you!


This club is meant for anybody who uses the Fan Fiction section here, and even for a few who don’t: if you have any interest at all in writing or reading Fan Fiction, even if you don’t write Pokémon Fan Fiction, even if you don’t have any written stories, even if you’ve never stepped foot inside SPPf’s sub-forum (but perhaps use others?), as long as you have the tiniest liking for writing, you are welcome with open arms! After all, literature is a core aspect to today’s society, and without it - well, let’s not get into how awful the world would be without it!

Here you can discuss just about anything concerning Fan Fiction, or just writing in general with other lovers of the art. Whether it’s plot-construction, writing styles, the usage of UU Pokémon or even things concerning the dreaded ‘R’ rating, feel free to start a conversation about it!


This is the third repost of the fan Fiction Club, the first being owned by Tale way back when until he handed it over to myself and Ledian_X, though now I’ve been left to hold the fort. The more recent thread was…old and outdated, and everything about it just needed revamping. So Ledian_X and I reworked some stuff, and now the club is doing swimmingly!



The R&R
(that’s Rules and Regulations, not Read and Review)
1. Follow all forum rules, both the General Forum Rules as well as the Club Rules.

2. Respect everyone. This really goes without saying, but basically you just need to respect all other members; understand that we will be talking about things that everyone has a different opinion on, and you need to recognize that other people’s thoughts views may not be the same as your own. Do not discredit or knock down anyone else’s beliefs, and keep an open mind to new ideas. A close-minded writer doesn’t make for a good one.

3. Psychic owns the club, though no Co-Owner is currently being sought after, so please don’t ask. If a Co-Owner is wanted, it probably will not be said and I’ll just watch for anyone who I think might do well.

4. In regards to advertising and talking about your fic: in your first post you may link to any and all chapter fics, One-Shots, poetry and anything else you may have posted on SPPf. Whenever you post a new story for the first time, then you can provide a link to it, and it is asked that if you released a new chapter for your fic, you simply post saying ‘I updated my fic’ but do not link it. This is so that this thread doesn’t become a place to just post updates for your own fic and it allows newer fics to get known as well. Also, as always, please do not randomly advertize your fic.

5. Don’t post criticism for a specific fic here; this belongs in the fic thread itself. You can certainly mention or talk about fics here, just don’t start writing up a full-out review for one.

6. Every day a new topic may be posted to discuss, however try not to add a million topics. Members can still reply to old topics as much as they want, but if you have an idea for a topic but a bunch have already been posted for the day, please wait until tomorrow before posting it. To be fair, you can not post multiple topics in a row (unless nobody else is making topics).

7. At the bottom of this post the recent topics will be included; feel free to reply to them! Again, if you see that there’s already a lot of new topics for the day please just wait until there’s a day without a topic that has been posted.

8. Any important news and information will be put in the first post, so check it regularly to stay up-to-date.

9. While anybody can join, if you are seen constantly breaking the Fan Fiction Rules, then you will be banned from the club. And trust me, if someone is breaking the rules it will be known, so please be sure to follow the rules while in that section.

10. Have a good time. Yes, this is a rule: if you don’t have a good time, other members are allowed to pelt you with writing materials. :3



To Become a Member
If you like writing in any way, shape or form, all you have to do is ask. You do not need to own a fic or even to frequent the Fan Fiction section, however feel free to list and link to any fics you have posted on SPPf. If you like you can just talk a bit about yourself, your favourite genres, books, authors, whatever you want.



Soooo now that you know a bit more about this club, we do hope that you'll join us in the one and only club for the readers and writers of SPPf! :D



Current Members:
Psychic (Owner)
Ledian_X
DarkPersian479
Sike Saner
MondoTR
Pamizard
Bay
The Doctor
FlamingRuby
Divinity_123
Negrek
Blackjack Gabbiani
katiekitten
.:Pyroken Serafoculus:.
purple_drake
HommeDor
Arcanine Royale
~RaikouRider243~
Pkmn Breeder Jack
DieChavsDie
DarkLegend
Bobandbill
Chibi Pika
CrystalSaurTower
EonMaster One
Eclipse
Manaphyman
Shuko
dash142
Saffire Persian
TrueCharizard
LinksOcarina
BladedScizor
Darkrukario
PHAMPY321
C.Gholy
Angry Mudkip
Psyblade
Griff4815
Pink Parka Girl
Glajummy
Shiny Blaziken
palkia1
kingferret53
Skeith
Shrike Flamestar
Nodding Poochyena
niedude
Brainiac
Bert
FireTrainer92
Dramatic Melody
Umbreon Ruler
elyvorg
Pokemaster271
Dilasc
Koridojo_Blaziken
Jean de Kotennoh.
Pikustrite
Gardevoir Girl
221111
BanditPonyta
Brian Powell
storywrit3r
Ky-nim
Mystery Dragon Fang
Obsidian Helix
fishyfool
aquajet16
Marikunin
Buraddo_Aipom
Rixec
Lord of Music
Kabutopzilla
seveguy
~Mist~
Legendary Warrior
Arceus Master
Silawen
ganonrai
LuckyShipper8816
LuciRuki
Zora
//Mix\\
Spakass Delta
Dresden
storymasterb
Pink Lapras
Glitch
Tatortot
PokemonHero
Shining Aruseus
Xewtwo
Ventus3


Club Banner:
http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x136/Banners1993/FFCBanner.png


Current Topics:
What kind of things do you usually write about? If it is something you like, what is it?

When writing something, do you feel like you have to force youself to describe things in detail? Does this happen often?

Could you imagine a movie based off of your fanfics?


Current News:
The Fan Fiction Rules (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=319438) have been totally redone and revamped!
Do you think a brief, summarized version should be added? Post your thoughts!

Results for the Requiem Tragedy One-Shot should have been posted! Congratulations, everyone!

DarkPersian479
24th September 2007, 10:36 AM
The club's being restarted? Please, allow me to be the first to rejoin.

For those who don't knowm, my major fic is Lurking in the Shadows: Lisa's Ultimate Challenge (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=157755). Yeah, it's your typical OT journey fic, but with the most unlikely of Original Trainers- 15 year old Lisa, who already has a college degree and a "strong passion" for math. It's still going 34 chapters strong, but recently I've been getting the urges to rewrite my earlier chapters due to reviewers pointing out flaws in the early going. But I do want to finish this version so I can contribute a full-blown Journey Fic to the Completed Fics thread. After all, my only other fic is a one-shot songfic (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?p=6129694#post6129694) that unfortunately doesn't do a great song justice :(

I have no idea how I became a fanfic writer. By all accounts I shouldn't be. I don't read novels (and little fiction outside of manga, in fact) but somehow I felt compelled to write this story of an unlikely Pokemon trainer, and I guess I've caught the writing bug, so to speak :)

Well, I look forward to some interesting discussions once we get our old member base back!

Sike Saner
24th September 2007, 11:12 AM
Rejoining, fwee... ^^

I'm a writer of Pokémon fanfiction, as well as a reader and reviewer of fanfiction. My work:

The Origin of Storms (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=69069) A completed tragedy/horror piece about a Wobbuffet, written between the summers of '03-'04, revised in '05, and receiving little edits here and there to this day.

Communication (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=84018) - A drama about the life of a Glalie, which I started writing in late '04 and am still writing to this day.

Ledian_X
24th September 2007, 3:45 PM
Little late rejoining as I am working on stuff but here I am!

For those who don't know I am Ledian_X. Creator of the Starbolts, an elite superteam that is an ongoing series here at SPPf.

My current work:

Starbolts Chronicles (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=171283)

The other story Starbolts: New Beginnings is in the completed fics section.

Starbolts Chronicles takes place after New Beginnings and is a series of linked together oneshots akin to single issues or even two part adventures from a comic. Several Chronicles link together with the past story and will play a role in future tales.

The stories themselbves are superhero action adventures in the style of modern day comics. It's a little dark. Characters have problems and are realistic despite having fantastic powers. These aren't Golden Age heroes. They're modern day champions of freedom.

LX

MondoTR
24th September 2007, 4:40 PM
I recommend Starbolts. Chris did an awesome job with it.

Aura (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=274009) - Newest team in the Starboltsverse. They're smalltime heroes just starting out. Watch them develop as a team.
I've also started a trainer fic about the youngest Battling Eevee Brother from the anime. It's called "Mikey's Kanto Journey". It's on hold for now. I like it so will probably continue it at some point.

Pamizard
24th September 2007, 4:47 PM
I'll join. I make crossovers

The one I'm currently working on is Legend of Sonic: Twilight Princess, where sonic and his Pokemon(My made up Pokemon) team up with Link and Midna to save Hyrule from Zant and Ganondorf. I'm currently up to where they recieved teh last fused shadow and are about to get warped to an unknown place where Zant will curse Link and try to warn Sonic to leave or he might face danger. The danger (which I planned on it) Sonic gets captured, gets sent to Albratrir's (sp?) grounds and actually met Ganondorf face to face. Its almost like the game, but its my version of it.

Bay
24th September 2007, 6:57 PM
I'll rejoin. :)

Well, I am only going to link two of my current chapter fics because of the lag and also I am busy at the moment. (Will probably edit this post with links to my other stories ).

The first one is Nothing, Everything (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=276744). I only posted the prologue so far, so I won't say much about it except that the theme will be about the flaws of history.

My second currrent fic is Simplicity (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=180029), which is basically about two Pokemon producers who area in competition with two other producers. So far have five chapters posted, sixth one will come as soon as the college activities calm down. XD

Well, can't wait for some good discussions here! :)

The Doctor
25th September 2007, 4:36 PM
For some reason, I didn't get into the first, so this is technically me joining for the first time. I've done two fics before, neither got completed, mainly because they seem to be some sort of n00b-attraction. Of course, Arcanine Royale and Demise were fans and they do great stuff so diamonds in the rough, I guess.

I've got a brilliant idea for a fic that hasn't been done before: Goodbye, Mr Olympia! (Yes, the exclamation mark is part of the title). It's set in the '30's and Kanto and Johto are recently linked by the newly-built Entei Express, the world's fastest steam train. All nations (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Orre) are interlinked in some way by ferry and the Indigo League Tournament is now called the Pokemon League Olympiad, the Champion earning the title "Mr Olympia". Shortly after its opening however, a group of mercenaries called The Auteurs kidnap the architect and board the Entei Express, each with their own motivation for bumping off the current Mr Olympia.

I've been watching Metropoils (the anime version) and Blade Runner recently so it's going to be a steampunk world with jazz music on every corner, old-time newspapers and as you guessed, eccentric contraptions and a lot of steam. Also, it has a Grovyle named Shakespeare. This is a fic I'm feeling pretty confident about but schoolwork is pretty heavy so it might be a while before Goodbye, Mr Olympia! is actually posted.

Edit: Oh, and here's a topic to get started: How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Pamizard
25th September 2007, 6:12 PM
I planed out my ideas freshman year in High school after i wrote a story for a project for the Oddsey. I used video game characters from Sonic and Pokemon (actually my made up Pokemon) and from there I decided to make my own crossovers with each video game.

FlamingRuby
25th September 2007, 6:17 PM
Count me in, please!

My active work:

The Ash and Pikachu Show-my look at what it would be like if Ash and the gang hosted a variety show (I'm stuck on planning the 100th episode, though)
The Adventures of Kochou and the Beautiflies-a musical adventure, meant to be both a Pokeworld version of and a tribute to the 80's rock band cartoon "Jem" (stuck on episode 30/50)
The Ruby Files-my version of an MD fic, loosely based on my first playthrough of the game.

MondoTR
25th September 2007, 8:28 PM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
I don't. XD;

Usually I come up with an idea for a fic and some random scenes that go with it. Then I find a way to lead to those scenes and fill in the parts in between.

Ledian_X
25th September 2007, 10:13 PM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Usually, I read comics or watch some tv to think up something. Sometimes the ideas just come into y head if I am drawing a hero using the hero machine. A lot of things tend to give me ideas. It's hard to pick one.

But, I usually take an idea and see where I can go with it. I write it down so I don't forget.

LX

Bay
26th September 2007, 7:58 PM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Usually I tend to first think about what kind of themes I want my fic to convey and then I would think about a bit on how to do the story in the beginning, middle, and end. After that I tend to think of some scenes I could do and later think of some way how scene A came to be and such.

...Later on, as the story progresses, I kept changing things around if I think I could make this story better and such. XD

FlamingRuby
26th September 2007, 10:03 PM
I meticulously plan everything out before I begin. These plans are not set in stone, they are subject to adittion, deletion, and/or revision at any time.

Divinity_123
27th September 2007, 12:26 AM
LOL, can I join?

I little introduction of myself: I began writing fanfics a year ago when I stumbled upon the Fanfic section of SPPf. Ever since then, I've been writing, and becoming better. . .at least I think I am :P

Divinity_123 ;196;

Negrek
27th September 2007, 1:36 AM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

I don't, really; before I start writing anything I'll have a good idea of the beginning and end of a story, usually, and a vague idea of major events to happen in between. After that, I just start writing, and things work themselves out as I go along. My idea of the plot gets more concrete as I work along, though. For example, when I started my current and longest-running 'fic, I started out with a concept and knew where I was going, but only had a hazy idea of how I might get there. By now, where I only have about two chapters left to write, I of course know exactly how things are going to play out for all the material I have left to go through.

Rejoining, btw.

Blackjack Gabbiani
27th September 2007, 9:34 AM
I'll join. My major fic is Obsession (link in sig), a backstory for Jirarudan the Collector from the second movie. It takes a lot of planning, because it requires an altered mindset as well as a lot of insight. I write him as mildly autistic, which I also am, so I have to look within. I've learned a lot about myself from writing it, as well as getting to explore a character I adore.

I'm currently working on the 16th chapter, but if that sounds intimidating, don't worry, the chapters are *really* short.

I've been working on it for several years. Heck, I can't even remember when I started it. Probably sometime in 2001. And sometimes it's been over a year between chapters because I can't find the words.

Most of my fics are short one-shots. My most recent one, Take (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=274429) (warning, rated R for violence), is considered long for me.

You may know me as Blackjack Palazzo or BlackjackRocket, depending on where you go. I'm a fanfic mod on Bulbagarden, and I'm a frequent fanfic panelist at anime cons in the Pacific Northwest.

Oh yeah, the question--I usually plan out my fics by acting them out.

katiekitten
28th September 2007, 7:42 PM
Rejoining. :3

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

I brainstorm. I find walking helps the most, or sitting somewhere familiar but not overly so - Talking helps too. I just figure out a basic plot in my head, visualise a couple of the scenes, (random ones from later chapters, middle parts and always the ending - although I tend to stop myself from going into word detail unless I have a pen handy, I always find that my work is never quite as good if it is written twice) and just generally think about it. I know that writing it down would be best, that I wouldn't forget things that way, (although it isn't stories I forget, more the mundane things. xD) but in my usual, lazy way, I just... Don't. Prefer remembering it. :)

Talking to my muse (AKA sister - by god it helps, although I have no idea how) is how I sort out most of the fiddly bits. Thrashing out characters, scenarios, later plans... She's like a movable wall I can bounce ideas off of. But don't tell her I said that. :x (She's not on the forums anyway, thank goodness.)

On my stories... I haven't written anything for this forum in quite a while, although I am writing one now. I have been writing, but as these stories are from a different fandom and are a way for me to explore new styles of writing, I haven't exactly posted that many here. The occasional one, but not all, and not for a while. (Might post one later, though... I'm particularily proud of it) 'Cause although you don't need to know the fandom to enjoy them, it most certainly helps, and many referrences and themes are lost without knowledge of the characters. Ah well.

Praxiteles
28th September 2007, 8:18 PM
I only got the time for one post in the last thread, so I believe I shall rejoin. If I even joined the first time, that is.

My fictions are:

Rediscovery: Book 1 - First Traces (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=173119)
The Upholder of Duty (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=96130)

I also have an assortment of one-shots that are too many to list here.

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Ah, here is a topic which I take great interest in. I shall quote an earlier post of mine in reply:


My plots start with a single concept. This concept is the very root of the fiction, and is often only revealed at the very end. It's always either a certain truth that grips my mind at the time of conception, or a demonstration of the truth, or a certain theme or setting that can go splendidly in a fanfiction. In some cases, however, plots have been known to stem from certain dreams or visuals that grab my attention, usually concerning actions rather irrelevant to the fiction itself (or so it seems...).

Next, the unmanifest concept begins to clump manifest setting and characters around it, rather like a fledgling planet growing from the debris of a newly-born star. usually, the very climax and the resulting resolution has been determined instantaneously, and the ending is seeking (a) a way to actually happen, and (b) the very beginning. If the theory is good in practice, it soon gains (a), and (b) follows without too much difficulty. If the concept is harder to carry out with a definite plot, however, it lies waiting for some stroke of brilliance, and idly amasses random pieces of finer details, some of which I discard and some of which I put into storage for their appropriate time. Eventually, though, the gist of the plot manifests, and I carry on with the next phase without further ado.

Here, I actually begin writing. The beginning is almost fully determined, and I write it down as if I'm copying it from some older draft. I concieve the next minor events, and the process of writing them down brings automatic manifestation.

Like a BitTorrent download (sorry about the analogy, but it's late over here), disconnected bits and pieces of major events start showing themselves to me as the fic starts to obsess my mind more and more. (From this part on, I'm theorizing, since none of my fics have ever reached this far.) The pieces grow bigger and bigger by themselves, until I need only to string them together as I write, and I finally finish the climax (and usually let the resolution be determined by the reader).

purple_drake
29th September 2007, 2:45 PM
Lookit this, I found my way here all on my lonesome ^.^ (after being given the link... *cough*)

Okay, uhm, fics:

Heart of the Magma (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=240234): There was a time when Team Magma worked for the good of the pokémon world. When they were ruled by reason and not madness. When they had in their care the daughter of their leader, a little girl who represented hopes and dreams… and fears…

^ This is the prequel to my main fic... it's a one-shot but it's like, uhm, three posts long ^.^;;

Choice and Consequence (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=197426): Life is filled with choices. Choices are balanced with consequences. Separated by three regions, the choices of a father and his daughter could bring them together… if they can face the consequences first.

^ Mah main fic. S'unfinished, but I know what's gonna happen and I have the plotline all written out. This is the rewrite--thanks to a nice concrit by Negrek for the original *bows* I was dying to go back and revamp it. So I did. Having some trouble with writer's block now, though <_<

Brother My Brother (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=73132): When two eevees are left abandoned by their trainer, the stronger vows that they will never again be owned by another human, swearing that he will protect his brother from servitude. Whatever the cost…

^ Side-story to CaC, about two pokemon characters (obviously). This one needs a rewrite too, especially with how things have developed in CaC...

The Taming of the Northern Wind (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=240232): ‘I’d played the game for years, for decades, for centuries, and still I hadn’t found the answers I sought. And then I met Him.’ Suicune reflects on those who chase the legends.

^ Written for the Myths and Legends One-shot Contest--second place winner! ^^

Keeping My Sanity: Mirrorscape (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=240231): ‘Today my hair is red. It could be worse. At least my eyes are still grey.’ Lance is having trouble keeping his sanity, and his reflections aren’t helping…

^ A plotbunny idea which came from viewing fanart. I did have semi-made plans for a trilogy, but I can't remember what I planned and I never wrote the ideas down... this one needs to be tweaked to make up for my changing views on character development, but still...


How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Mmm, well, usually I'll daydream it. Once I've imagined enough scenes and enough of the plot, then I'll write it down to thresh out the details (and so I don't have to remember all of it!) The exact details of scenes usually change by the time I get it down on paper, but mostly I manage to remember the feel.... obviously, as someone else said beforehand, everything is subject to change even after I've started writing the fic.

That's only if it's worth writing, though, there's tons of stuff I think of which isn't writable material. -_-;; finding ideas truly isn't my problem, it's choosing which one to write!

The Doctor
29th September 2007, 6:42 PM
Now to answer my own topic.

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

It just...happens. Ideas come from literally any sort of medium, but in my mind they look different. The ones that look promising are bigger and brighter, the ones that look less interesting are darker and smaller by comparison. I plan roughly the beginning and the end, and the characters blossom into view. I also do Wikia-based articles. This way, I've got a summary of both plot and character, and any references to pop culture are listed as well; I may come up with something brilliant only to forget it the next day, so I get any ideas I have down onto paper sharpish. Once I've got enough ideas down, I start to write. I'm trying to get into a habit where I wait until I get a few chapters down before posting the first. It will be interesting to see if I actually keep this up.

HommeDor
29th September 2007, 6:50 PM
hey may i please join this club? i love writing and reading fanfics!

Arcanine Royale
30th September 2007, 12:08 AM
Anyways, to introduce, I joined the previous version.

I've been writing fan fiction for two-three years, starting in middle school, and am entering high school this year. I've really not done much, mostly because I'm getting stuck on one story, which I WILL get done (eventually). But it's Genesis, you've probably heard of it once at least, and I'm trying it again (again), for the final time. (Of course that's what I said last time.) It will actually end up a bit dark, because someone gets pregnant, someone else does too, and someone(s) get shot. It will be a trilogy, I think, though I might just leave it at a single volume with the dark ending... I don't really know.

So no link for that, but I've written a couple of one-shots (Ash's Tears, Jump being the most popular and well-written), which surprisingly are rather angst-ridden. Anyways, the links are in my sig...




I've got a brilliant idea for a fic that hasn't been done before: Goodbye, Mr Olympia! (Yes, the exclamation mark is part of the title). It's set in the '30's and Kanto and Johto are recently linked by the newly-built Entei Express, the world's fastest steam train. All nations (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Orre) are interlinked in some way by ferry and the Indigo League Tournament is now called the Pokemon League Olympiad, the Champion earning the title "Mr Olympia". Shortly after its opening however, a group of mercenaries called The Auteurs kidnap the architect and board the Entei Express, each with their own motivation for bumping off the current Mr Olympia.

I've been watching Metropoils (the anime version) and Blade Runner recently so it's going to be a steampunk world with jazz music on every corner, old-time newspapers and as you guessed, eccentric contraptions and a lot of steam. Also, it has a Grovyle named Shakespeare. This is a fic I'm feeling pretty confident about but schoolwork is pretty heavy so it might be a while before Goodbye, Mr Olympia! is actually posted.

Hm... sounds interesting, The Doctor. If it's as well-written as your previous attempts, I know it'll be worth a read.

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Usually by writing a draft (and usually posting it, which is a mistake) that doesn't amount to anything. However, more recently I've been outlining, though the outline is usually short term with a few lines of text about the ending... I don't really know if they ever amount to anything, as I never succeeded completely. A thing I struggle at, though, is characterization, so I also plot how the characters will be at certain points (like after every badge if its a standard 8-badger), or something.

It's been a couple of days... so... A new question.

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

Personally, I would have to say that my favorite genre is the journey fic, because there are endless possibilities. Also, while the idea of getting eight badges is prominent, as is winning the league, there are also a lot of sub plots / side plots possible (including the 'fight the evil team', which can be pulled off well, if you consider that to counterbalance a team like Rocket, you would have to have a whole organization, possibly under E4 management / advisement, to make sure they don't take over, and a journeyman/woman would likely have a small part to play. I think Dark Persian does a good example of this, in that her character isn't the only person who takes down the evil organization.) Characterization is my favorite thing in the journeyfic, as there are clear points on the journey where the character must change.

I also like that the range of skill levels required is endless. The most experienced author can ace a journey fic and get one of the best of fics out there, while a newbie author with no/little experience can also pull off a good work. (Of course, they are still often massacred by good and bad alike.)

katiekitten
30th September 2007, 12:33 AM
What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

Nice topic, by the way. :)

Hm... I'm not as much of a fan of journey fics, (haven't actually read one yet, so I'm more than a little biased. xD) but I'm sure they're fun. I'll have to try one some time. I don't actually know what I like to read at the moment, 'cause for one, I've been gone for a while and haven't read many, and two... My views on stories have drastically changed recently, and I haven't read enough pokemon fanfiction since then to get a general preference. On stories I liked before then... It was the darker fanfics that always stuck in my mind, and the ones that I followed for a while. I avoided the shipping section like the plague, (although I kinda regret that now - Romance isn't half as bad as I thought it would be, absolutely enthralling, to tell the truth. :3) and like I said, I never tried reading a journey fic - none really caught my eye. (Tried Saber's fic, couldn't get into it, really.) I've always liked fics from a Pokemon's point of view - One of the first fics I came across here was one of Zerodius's about a plusle (was that it? It's been a while) who couldn't die. (Was never actually alive in the first place, no heartbeat, was as cold as ice) It was incredibly interesting and I remember it quite well - It was cancelled, unfortunately a little while later but still - the first chapters were wonderful. I loved how the pokemon were portrayed, they had their own communities, customs, but they didn't live in houses. (That's one of my only problems with Pokemon Dungeon - I don't like the thought of them being miniature humans. Intelligent as them, yes. Able to read and pick up human utensils and the like, use machinery... Not so much. Just a personal preference, although I would be a hypocrite if I condemned them - I've read AND written them before, after all, and quite enjoyed doing so. I just prefer it the other way.)

So yeah. In summary, I like fics from a Pokemon's point of view that focuses on their culture and customs in their natural habitats. Very nice. :3

~RaikouRider243~
30th September 2007, 12:37 AM
I'm rejoining.

My current, and only, work is an adventure/fantasy/suspense fic series called Pokémon Origins, which in retrospect, is a terrible title. The basic premise of the fic is that each of sixteen legendary Pokémon has a human guardian called a Chosen, appointed by Arceus to keep hunters of legendary Pokémon in check. Back when the fighting capabilities of Pokémon were first discovered, two military factions almost wiped out civilization. They would have succeeded in that had not the Beast Riders intervened. The series follows mostly Josh, Ace, and Aravan, three college students whose lives changed forever when they became Chosen by the legendary Beasts: Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Being Chosen does not mean you're effectively a trainer of the legendary Pokémon; you often fight alongside the legend. For instance, Josh wields an electrical sword. This trilogy is long but full of scary cliffhangers; it takes a little bit to get into it, but once you're to about chapter 4, you won't be able to put it down.

A while ago, MysticFlames and I collabbed for some art. This was what we got:
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Aravan, Ace, and Josh...my three main characters.

Pokémon Origins
Volume I: The Johto Saga (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=50665)
Volume II: Return of the Beasts (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=72421)
Volume III: THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON ("http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=234175"http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=234175)

I'll answer the topics later...no more time now!

FlamingRuby
30th September 2007, 2:56 AM
My favorite genres:

Adventure--I love a good quest
Comedy--I love to make people laugh
Fantasy--I'm fascinated by magic and magical powers

Pkmn Breeder Jack
30th September 2007, 3:13 AM
I'd like to join. You may have seen me before in the fanfiction forum. My fic(link in sig) is five chapters long so far, with fifteen more to come.

As for the topic question, I like

Fantasy--this is my all time favorite genre, just because it's about stuff that can't happen but you wish could. Like cool powers and stuff.

Comedy--I love it when characters make jokes to lighten up a situation, especially if the situation is gloomy. Some stories seem so sad and gloomy you can't read them cause it just makes you depressed.

Romance--I like it if a love story is a side plot to a main story. I don't like pure shipping stuff where everything is about mushy lovey dovey stuff, but struggling relationships are nice to read about amidst great struggles.

Epics--I absolutely love huge plots that have great effects on the world. Life changing events are cool to read and write about.


Jack ;466;

Sike Saner
30th September 2007, 3:15 AM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Ah, time for my silly old calendar analogy again... XP

What I'll usually do is start planning it out first on a large scale, and then plotting out the more increasingly minute aspects of the story as the thing progresses. I kind of liken it to a calendar. The first step is basically just determining what the story is about and what the point of the plot is; sort of representing the full body of the "calendar". Then I'll usually plot out all the main arcs in the story (you could think of these as the "seasons", although that doesn't predispose them to number exactly four, of course), and after that I work up a brief summary of each chapter ("months") within each arc. As I get around to writing each chapter in sequence, I will start by making a more detailed summary of all the events that take place in that chapter ("weeks"), and then I'll actually write the body of the chapter itself, with all the details in place ("days").

Considering how many times I've gone back to the drawing board with my current chapter-in-progress, it feels like I've been repeating the same month several times in succession. It's been February for quite a while now. XD;

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

First and foremost with regards to Pokémon fiction, I prefer Pokécentric/Pokémon POV fiction (Pokémon fics that focus on Pokémon themselves more than or rather than humans), with no preferences with regards to how "humanized" the Pokémon are portrayed as being. I've just always preferred stories featuring non-human characters (and that goes for all stories, not just Pokémon); I don't think there really is a "why" in my case beyond that. Same goes for my favorite genre in general, for any type of fiction: tragedy. Tragedies are simply the sort of stories that I find most engaging. I also really enjoy drama, angst, horror, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy, and comedy.

Please note that I do also like Pokémon fiction starring humans and do not consider Pokécentric fics superior to them, nor do I consider any type of story to be superior to any other. ^^; I am merely citing personal preferences; I recognize that my opinion does not equal universal fact or truth.

MondoTR
30th September 2007, 3:51 AM
I don't really have a favorite Pokemon genre. I read whatever catches my attention. Not a genre but I suppose my favorite would be any with anime characters that are almost never in fics. In other words, most minor characters. Hence why I did a Mikey fic.

Though I do tend to read a lot of shippy, trainer, and comedy (particularly parody) fics. Ironically, two of my faves from ff.net don't fit any of those (one is a Poke/Digi xover, the other is suspense). Both however do fit under the 'many minor characters' category.

My least favorite has to be any I like that I read all the way through only to realize it isn't finished and the last update is old enough to almost always confirm it's been abandoned. ;-;

purple_drake
30th September 2007, 5:39 AM
(including the 'fight the evil team', which can be pulled off well, if you consider that to counterbalance a team like Rocket, you would have to have a whole organization, possibly under E4 management / advisement, and a journeyman/woman would likely have a small part to play

That sounds familiar ;) my fic has nothing to do with badges or winning the League, but the main character tends to get herself mixed up in stuff that's none of her business... like making a nuisance of herself while all those poor Elites are trying to take care of things :P

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

Random question: are we talking about our favourite genre to read or to write?

Well, for the reading part, I haven't really read that much pokemon fanfiction, but I can say with certainty that my favs are ones with the canon charries in them--the minor canon charries. Especially gym leaders and Elites. I've always had a habit of writing stories about minor characters, no matter what the fandom, but in pokemon it pains me to see how bashed the canon characters are.

The problem with that is that most of the stories about Elites are usually shipping *pouts* and I'm not a fan of romance.

As for favourite genres to write, I'm definitely an action/adventure writer, and my fic ideas usually turn out to be epic (the Choiceverse begins with a one-shot to set the scene, followed by two chaptered fics and probably an AU snapshot-type fic, plus I'm planning a Lance-centric epic following the same pattern, PLUS two stand-alone epics). That said, I also seem to have a habit of writing angsty one-shots--they appear during my chapter-fic dry spells, when I need to get my creative juices going.

Praxiteles
30th September 2007, 8:58 AM
What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

I suppose I'll give two different answers for reading and writing, why not? The two aren't very different, but anyway...

I usually wite any genre of fiction that strikes my fancy; there are very few types that I shun or prefer. I do, however, have some favourite themes for my works. One is transcendence, most often in one-shots; Artemis, Surrender and Benevolence, my chief examples of that sort of fiction, are based around that theme alone. I also gravitate towards the darker side of the soul, for some reason. Corruption and the loss of innocence are preferred topics of mine. I add lot of action to my fanfics, Rediscovery being the chief example, and often depict the intersection between mortals and immortals. If you can see any relation between these above genres, your shrewdness is godly.

I like reading any given fiction you could find in the forums, not a hint of preference there. I do, however, gravitate veeery sightly towards those lighter genres which I rarely write myself. Very slightly, that is.

DieChavsDie
30th September 2007, 2:05 PM
Hi, Can I join?

I dont write Fan-Fiction, but I am writing a 3 Part Regular Fiction Series.

My fav fanfic is Hoenn's Legacy, which im really worried might die, so if ~VT~ reads this, please update. Its really good.

Anyways, my fav genre in general fiction is Fantasy. Im a Fantasy Fanatic. Harry Potter, Spiderwick Chronicles, Artemis Fowl. All that sorta stuff.

DarkLegend
30th September 2007, 2:54 PM
Can I join?

I have two fanfic's here. One you will find in my sig and the other is quite new (just a prologue) which is basically a re-write of the Dragonball Z storyline done by me. It's called DBZ: Reloaded. Also, it is an individual story and won't be related in anyway to the original Dragonball or GT. However, a few surprize charecters do appear. Best part is that those people who have never even heard of DBZ will be able to enjoy it....

LINK: http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=277004

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

I would say romance and adventure. I used to write a lot of amateurish romance fics and the final result of all that practice can be found in my sig. For Adventure, I am working on something called "Virus" inspired by a series of fanart in which Deoxsys arrives on earth and begins to 'infect' all pokemon....

Bay
1st October 2007, 8:37 AM
What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

Well, my absoulte favorites are the ones that are "parable/fables" like because I am a fan of stories that have characters learned their lessons. Hence, why I did "Heart of the Sea" and "Dusty Wings". Too bad there are so little of them. ;_;

I am also into drama and suspense, hence why I am doing "Nothing, Everything" (even though there is one huge parable like theme in there, lol ). Comedy is a plus also, since I love to laugh. (Yay for living longer! XD )

I enjoy Pokemon journeyfics, though I never tried one before. I might do one, however. XD

Blackjack Gabbiani
1st October 2007, 9:38 AM
I updated Obsession. I see the rules say that I can't link it, but it's in my sig and talked about on the first page.

MondoTR
1st October 2007, 9:52 AM
I updated Obsession.
Haha, we updated our fics at almost the same time. I just updated mine a few minutes ago. XD

As for the topic, I didn't think about writing faves. I'd have to go with the 'genre' I chose for reading as well. In other words, Minor character fics.

I wrote about Mikey but the story has many rarely (if at all) seen in fics anime characters. Such as Samurai. Who I'm surprised I've never seen in a fic despite reading quite a few trainer fics.

I might write a Mondo fic if I can think of an idea. He does appear in fics a few times but it's almost always as a background character in a Team Rocket centered fic. Actually, of the few Mondo fics I've read, Blackjack wrote most, LOL.

Blackjack Gabbiani
1st October 2007, 10:23 AM
Mondo's in my fic Take, which is also linked on the first page. It's really dark, though. But he comes out a hero.

MondoTR
1st October 2007, 10:52 AM
Mondo's in my fic Take, which is also linked on the first page. It's really dark, though. But he comes out a hero.
Is that the one-shot where the Jennys invade the headquarters and Mondo kills the second one? I read that over at BMGf. I thought I reviewed but maybe it didn't go through. ^_^;

Anyone can make topics (as long as the previous one has had time to be answered by at least the majority of the members), right? If so I've got one. Not the most interesting but a good one for a fic club:

What's your length of fics/chapters? A word page amount and/or word count both work. This is both for average length when writing and preferred length in reading as those can vary.

For writing mine are pretty short. Out of both fics I've written five chapters with an average of two/three pages in Word. My recent update is my longest so far at five pages. I try to make them longer since that seems to be a common preference of readers. However, I usually achieve what I intended with the chapter and any additions would just be filler.

As for reading, chapters of any length are fine with me as long as they're not too long. Long being twenty or thirty Word pages or something; I hate stopping midchapter when I don't have time to finish. I prefer anything between three to ten Word pages, give or take a few. One page one-shots are also nice as long as they're well written. I also prefer to start reading fics as they're starting out; I don't have to catch up with the author or the other readers and I can watch the story progress. There are some exceptions where the chapters are long and the fic'll be five or more chapters in but I'll read it anyways though that doesn't happen too often.

Sike Saner
1st October 2007, 11:24 AM
In terms of my favorite genres to write, they're the same ones I most like to read, by which I mean Pokécentric stories falling under one or more of the following categories: tragedy, drama, angst, horror, suspense, fantasy, comedy, and sci-fi.


What's your length of fics/chapters? For The Origin of Storms, the chapters are around the neighborhood of ten pages (sometimes less, sometimes more) and the whole story has seventeen chapters.

For Communication, the chapters range from around fifteen pages to around thirty. So far, it has a prologue and fourteen chapters; the projected length of the story once it's completed is around twenty-three - twenty-five chapters, plus the prologue.

As far as the length I prefer for chapters and stories, I am particularly fond of long chapters (twenty pages or more), but I'm fine with pretty much any length for chapters. I also have no preference with regards to length of whole stories; I like both one-shots and chaptered stories, and I'm fine with any number of chapters for a story.

bobandbill
1st October 2007, 11:37 AM
Yar, I'd like to join.

I have written (well, writing - I've barely started) one fanfic so far- 'The Retelling of Pokemon Colosseum' (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=246389)

It's mostly based on the game Pokemon Colosseum, only with differences. Main one is that the 'unexplained' events in the game are 'explained'. For instance, the main character, Wes, in the game blows up an evil criminal gang's base. Only you never find out WHY he does that - only that he used to work for them. Other unexplained stuff will/have included explantions on important characters themselves, how Shadow Pokemon BECOME Shadow Pokemon, etc, so forth.
Guess it's better to be read by those who played the game, though it can still be enjoyed - mostly because another major difference in my fic compared to the game is that my fic is also a comedy - more a comedy than anything else really :) Beware of random jokes involving pastries, shadow Pokemon, crazed retro disco dude with a giant afro (aka Miror B), and more!

...Ahem. Anyways, answering the discussion questions:

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Well, as my fic is based on a game, firstly I play the game :) Well, my sister does - I watch and give her advice if she needs it, as well as to note what is said/what happens and all, so I can incorparate it into my fic, and if possible, turn it into a joke.
I type up my notes on the computer, and leave it for a while. I then during any spare time I have (e.g. on the bus) think how I want my chapter plot to go roughly. I also think up the comedy aspects of it.
I then slowly type it up, making things up as I go - many of my ideas have come about during the actual typing process.
I guess my fic is rather causual and slow, due to my current commitments to school, karate, life in general, etc, though I do try to make it as good (and funny) as possible.

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?

I'd say comedy, as I love a laugh. I also like fantasy, parodies, OT's (if they are good and different to the sub-par OT fics one reads...). Oh, and also suspense, drama, adventure.

In terms of writing a fic - parodies/comedies . Several years ago, (before I took up my fic a few months ago) I was writing a few comedy scripts, mostly involving two IQ-lacking men called Bob and Bill (hence my user name). Another script was based on a novice detective named Lenny Shanks... both scripts were based on the 'real word'.

What's your length of fics/chapters?

For me, it's on average (including prologue) around 7-8 pages each chapter/prologue. Only on chapter 5 though... the chapters also have spacing between each paragraph as well. Last chapter was 10 pages. The whole thing will end up rather long - I actually aim to finish it all... eventually :)

purple_drake
1st October 2007, 11:57 AM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

Usually, the parameters for my chapters is to be between 10 and 15 pages--at least, that's how it started. More recently, my chapters tend to be upwards of 15, but usually no longer than 20, because I strive to stay within the 50,000 character limit of the posts (which is what I set the parameters around to begin with).

In the end, though, I just write however many pages is needed to say everything I planned to say in the chapter.

In terms of story length, CaC has a planned 28 chapters, but it's the only chaptered story which is developed enough for there to be a set limit, so I have no idea how long the others are going to be. My one-shot lengths can vary dramatically, depending on how much story there is to be written. The Taming of the Northern Wind, for instance, is only a few pages long while Heart of the Magma is upwards of 30.

In terms of reading, well... I don't really read that many pokemon fics. Usually, though, I like medium to long chapters, and while I don't have any specific preference for story length, I might not read a chaptered fic if I'm in the mood for short and sweet ones. Plus, it depends on where the story is archived--at ff.net it's a lot easier to find chapters, so I'm more likely to read a long story there.

Ledian_X
1st October 2007, 2:40 PM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

Hmm..I would say for New Beginnings it was 16-18 pages a chapter and about the same for Chronicles. I try to do it like the descriptions for comics. The scripts usually go about that long. Perhaps longer to fill in 32 pages a comic every month.

LX

FlamingRuby
1st October 2007, 3:07 PM
My chapters can be all across the board..."The Ruby Files" are the shortest (1-2 pages), episodes of "The Ash and Pikachu Show" are a little longer (3-5 pages), and "The Adventures of Kochou and the Beautiflies" are at least 5-6 pages. (my record is 14 pages, which took the better part of an afternoon to write)

Chibi Pika
1st October 2007, 3:31 PM
Rejoining! xP

A little late though... I kept checking if there was a new thread, too... =/

Soooo...yeah! I r teh LC writer, and... Well, that's about it. I haven't done one-shots in ages, soo...

The Legendarian Chronicles (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=5259) LC!!! Woohoo!!!

My fic pwns cuz its thread ID is only four digits ;)
SIlverwing;249;: That has got to be the dumbest criteria for fic quality I have ever heard. >>

~Chibi~;249;;448;

DarkLegend
1st October 2007, 3:51 PM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

Well, I used to make my chapters really small at about 1000 words exactly but now the number has doubled. I really don't have a set fic legnth and can make it as big as it needs to be....

Praxiteles
1st October 2007, 7:56 PM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

My chapters are usually very short. Not quite so much as some I've seen, but short nevertheless. They range around six pages, and have never gone beyond eleven. Indeed, some of my one-shots end up a little below two pages, sometimes. I usually focus on meaty, juicy, long paragraphs rather than the dialogue-rich, small-paragraph type of writing I've often seen, so the content isn't usually spaced very much across the pages. I believe that is the main reason for the shortness. That, and, perhaps, the fact that not so many seperate events happen in one chapter than in other fanfictions I've known.

Arcanine Royale
1st October 2007, 10:26 PM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

Usually, I aim for around 2,500 words (4-7 pages there abouts). That's for Genesis, and usually other chaptered fics I attempt.

But one-shots... That's a different story. For one thing, most of my one-shots are really short stories at all. They're not formatted as such - there more like a snapshot of time. No more than an hour or something. I'd say they average near about 1000 words, though proper short stories (such as one titled Voices I'm working on right now), will range a lot. Usually over 5,000 words. At least I hope as much.

CrystalSaurTower
1st October 2007, 11:10 PM
May I join? I think I'm going to post my fanfic somewhere this month, so by then I'll try to link it.

What's your length of fics/chapters?

Well, I think I have alot to cover since I need my characters to do alot of things at a bunch of different places in Johto, so at first I was a little intimidated about trying to make a really long fic with stuff like Aeon and such floating around with magnificent plots and like, 20 chapters. But then I saw EonMaster One's fic, Pokemon: Revolution Johto, and saw that his chapter's were somewhere in the fifities and such, and so I wasn't afraid if I ended up with something in the fifites-forties.

As for the length of the chapters themselves, I've set a limit of atleast 9 pages per chapter. Not every chapter has to be chock full of plot, but I'm a description freak so it usually ends up more than that.

Blackjack Gabbiani
2nd October 2007, 7:36 AM
Length of my chapters? Yeah, really short. When I actually write a chaptered fic, that is--the only one I've really done is Obsession, and I've had chapters that were less than a page. But now they tend to be over a thousand words (I think chapter 16 was something like 1600)

Praxiteles
2nd October 2007, 9:21 AM
You can add a new topic once most members have answered the old one, correct? And I hope this topic qualifies for that criteria, correct? Then I would like to add a new topic. You can ignore it if I'm posting too early.

Something odd I've noticed, don't know what to make of it: How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon? Not many from the old club could say they were great patrons of the art, and they mainly wrote to expand and edit its shortcomings.

I, personally, am as rabid a supporter of the subject as any other fan, and enjoy playing the games as well as I can. Admittedly, I can't involve myself too far into the business from the technologically deprived place I live in, but I do rather try.

Ledian_X
2nd October 2007, 3:02 PM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon

Truth be told, I like the games more than the Anime. For me, the quality's gone down over the years and it seems like it's the same stuff every day. It just isn't exciting for me and I like excitement. I know the toon has had excitement in it but meh. I'm 28. My tastes change. See what I'm saying? You guys have fun with the anime.

I'm just not that into it. The games though are wicked fun!

LX

Jamie_Trainer
2nd October 2007, 6:05 PM
How do I join. :)

FlamingRuby
2nd October 2007, 6:53 PM
I am a fan of the series, but I stopped watching the anime when the voices changed. So in my work, I imagine them with their classic voices. But that's another story.

So for now, I mainly play the games.

The Doctor
2nd October 2007, 7:46 PM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

I prefer the manga to any sort of medium. It uses every little feature of the games to a brilliant degree, even the minute details; in one chapter, a Spinarak web is spun over an area and an Elekid charges it up! That is just brilliant. Pokeballs are exploited as well; Falkner's are outfitted with Skarmory feathers to act like boomerangs, Giovanni kicks his Pokeballs for further reach and the whole use is clever. I can't say anything more, I just love it too much. I'm using the Pokeball idea for Goodbye, Mr Olympia! with a group launching theirs in different ways.

Don't get me wrong, I do love the games, but I've got a habit with the Elite Four. I just save the game and leave it for a few months. Don't know why I do this.

I just plum hate the anime. It's little more than a jumped-up advertisement with 2D characters, no variation in the main plot whatsoever, and there's no real character development. No offense to fans of the anime but that's just my opinion.

duncan
2nd October 2007, 8:50 PM
Hey, can I join? I never had a chance to join the old club, but I'll join the new one.

How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

Like most of everyone else here, I really like the games. I've played them ever since R/B came out.

Likewise, I've always watched the anime (and the cards, action figures, etc...). But it's been a while since I've watched the anime, it's just geared toward a younger audience. I haven't bought a pack of cards in several years (but I still have three binders full of them). Same with action figures, etc. I was into that kind of stuff when I was 7, but not anymore.

The manga and the games are the only thing I really follow. The manga is far superior to the anime in my opinion, and the games have swallowed at least a couple years of my life.

CrystalSaurTower
2nd October 2007, 11:49 PM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

The games always seem fun to me, they provide so much potential for things to happen with their plots. Around the time the whole Kyroge/Groudon thing was going on was when I really started to look at it more. And of course, travelling in a region never gets old.

In the anime, however, it does seem to have been watered down since the begging of Hoenn for me. It was all going on the theme of NEW pokemon!, NEW journey!, NEW everything!!!, that when Sinnoh started I knew it would introduce some inovation, but it would ultimatly be a more organic campaign of the last region.

The Magna sounds really cool, but theres little to no chance I'll ever see more than scans and synopsis's of it. Pokemon in itself is really flexible and open to new ideas, that I find it a very enjoyable world to write in.

Arcanine Royale
2nd October 2007, 11:55 PM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

Well, I prefer the concept a lot more than the anime or games. (Have never seen the manga, but if I could, I think I might like it.) Basically, Satoshi and company screwed up the anime. If maybe Ash had won in Johto and then won and gone home and someone was in Hoenn starting new, and they maybe used an actual plot... I never really saw the so-called 'golden age' of the anime, though I have seen a few of the first episodes of the anime on Youtube, and it was really good... (Which is why I'm contemplating a novelization of Ash's journey which stops at Kanto or Johto.)

So I'd call myself a fan of the concept, but I intend to write a more realistic / more mature version of it (which is how pokemon would have worked better. Alas for marketing and economics.)

~RaikouRider243~
3rd October 2007, 3:52 AM
I agree with both of you--the anime royally screwed up many perceptions of what the Pokémon world is. By writing, you express what you believe the Pokémon world is. This is why I believe Pokémon fics are so much of a higher quality than fics based on other series--there is so much to write about besides canon. You have so much more freedom than with other series. It's a double-edged sword...the anime has probably kept the series going in countries outside Japan. It's a sad fact.

Also, a Pokémon RPG with a plot unrelated to the mainstream games would be nice--you know, a more traditional CRPG with a plot you follow as opposed to the Pokémon games' open-ended stories. The Gamecube RPGs were a step in the right direction, but it needs to go further.

Sike Saner
3rd October 2007, 3:59 AM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokémon?

Eh... I'm really more a fan of the creatures themselves than I am of that in which they're officially featured. I play the games, but only casually. I watch the anime, but really only for the purpose of seeing Pokémon in the show that I've never seen on there before. I usually only watch each episode once and will only rewatch the episodes I particularly liked (of which there are only maybe a couple dozen or so), and I don't really mind all that much if I miss an episode.

Now, the Pokémon themselves, I really like. Pokémon figures were what got me into Pokémon in the first place; I really liked the design of the creatures and the large number and wide variety of them. (That, and I was impressed with the quality of the figures, which is what led me to start collecting them.) One of the few things that keeps me interested in Pokémon and sticking around to see generation after generation of it is my wanting to see what they come up with next.

So, yeah. I like the gameplay, but I'm not really all that devoted to the games (though I do have a particular fondness for Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, but mostly just because Miror B.'s in them X3). Same goes for the TCG, only I play it even less (much less, in fact). I watch the anime, but I don't really care all that much about its storylines or characters (with a couple of exceptions, but most of the canon characters I really like stopped appearing in the anime quite a while ago ^^;). As for the manga, I'm afraid I've never read it, so I can't pass any form of judgment on it. ^^;

Overall, all forms of the official Pokémon canon with which I'm familiar do not satisfy me, but I am very much a fan of the creatures themselves, and I see a drenload of potential in them. That's a very large part of why I (personally speaking) write Pokémon fanfiction in the first place. ^^

bobandbill
3rd October 2007, 6:09 AM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokémon?

Me, I've been the fan of the Pokemon games every since I got a Game Boy Colour and Pokemon Silver. Since then I have played the games, and have played all major 3rd gen games for Gamecube and Gameboy (particulally liked Colo and XD), and have Pokemon Diamond.

Never read the Manga (Live in Australia - never seen it and never sought it), and I don't follow the anime much - seen a few episodes, but never really followed it.

Oh, and I also used to have a few Pokemon trading cards - still have a few, which are now in the possession of my sister.

Psychic
3rd October 2007, 7:12 AM
Wow, I haven't been the thread starter for that long and already I'm way behind in keeping the first post updated. ^^;

*coughs* Anyway, everyone's been added to the front page, as well as the current topics, so we're still up-to-date (for now).


I might as well answer the questions of the club thus far. ^^

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
I usually don't. If I get an idea I'll start to write about it, but the idea dies quickly and I lose inspiration fast. Usually I just get random bits of ideas for later on in the story and I ask myself how I could incorporate it all later, but that's about it. A bit issue with me is that I suck at creating main plots and keeping them going at a decent speed, so while putting in little ideas here and there is easy, trying to plan out the entire thing is just one big headache. :S


What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?
Adventure, I'd say. I love seeing characters traveling a region and seeing how the writer animates certain cities or events in the ways the games/show failed. The Pokémon world is just so big and huge and wonderful and there's so much you can play around with in it, and what better way to delve into all that then through an adventure?!


What's your length of fics/chapters?
Generally quite short. I have a rather short attention span and if I make a chapter or story too long I risk boring myself and thus losing precious drive and inspiration to keep writing.

Depending on the story I like to have between five and fifteen pages for a One-Shot, and around twelve pages for a chapter. Of course, since I've not worked on a chaptered fic in years that might have changed, but a pet peeve of mine has always been needlessly long chapters. :/


How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?
Since the Animé annoys the hell out of me and I'm not really allowed to buy the games (I don't have R/S/FR/LG/E/D/P/MD/PBR) it's hard to remain a fan of the franchise. I used to collect the toys and the cards, but I always liked action figures and being able to hold the creatures from the show in my hand was always very appealing, and I only got the cards because of the art on them.

I try to stay updated on the new happenings and whatnot, however the main way I stay connected to it is through the internet - forums, fic-writing, RPing, that stuff. I mean, it doesn’t really matter anyway, since what I love the most about Pokémon isn’t the gameplay or the collecting of cards, but the variety of creatures and the loose, flexible, waiting-to-be-defined universe where anything can happen, and new mysteries are found every day. How awesome is it to have a dragon Pokémon with huge leathery wings and a fiery tail, and how do Shellder help Slowpoke evolve into Slowbro? And so much can be done with all the ideas and concepts and you can put any character anywhere and see what happens and there’s just so much FREEDOM! ^^

Now, aside from the internet where I can indulge in my love of the fandom, the Animé is the most easily accessible media through which I can enjoy Pokémon, however the show is a pure waste of the time of everyone except for the kids just now getting into Pokémon who haven't seen Ash and Pikachu wander through four other regions doing the exact same thing. When I do watch it, it's to see the "featured" Pokémon of that episode and how it’s portrayed, because hey, if you have a Butterfree in your fic, you’ll know a lot more about it and how it acts if you see it in action (as more than just a bunch of pixels).

Otherwise the Animé completely butchers Pokémon and it doesn’t even have a constant cannon. What’s this, an Articuno owned by a random trainer? Hey look, Lugia can breed but can’t speak English! Whaaaaaa?



How do I join. :)
What, ya can’t read the first post? Come on, hun, get it together – it’s the Fan Fiction Club, you have to know how to read to be a member!



~Psychic

EonMaster One
3rd October 2007, 7:34 AM
Yeah, I’m EonMaster One. My favorite kind of fanfiction is OT fanfiction. I love a good journey fic done right. I’ve actually been around as an author for about five years or so. My project involves a series of fanfics called the Revolution Saga. I have already finished my first and am working on the second.

Pokemon Revolution: Johto (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=207112) (PRJ for short) – set in Johto, this follows the adventures of Travis DePaul III and the Lineage War. Not your ordinary OT fic, that’s for sure. It started as my first fic when I was still going by the names AbsoluteZero and EonMaster Zero years ago, and evolved into this Level-58 (that is, 58-chapter) monster. It’s over in the completed fics section. Check it out if you get some free time, as it’ll make reading my current project much less confusing.

Pokemon Revolution: Advent Phoenix (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=207042) – set two years after PRJ, this follows Travis as he embarks on another Pokemon Journey, this time to Hoenn. However, as it was last time, everything is not what it seems…

Blackjack Gabbiani
3rd October 2007, 8:01 AM
What’s this, an Articuno owned by a random trainer? Hey look, Lugia can breed but can’t speak English! Whaaaaaa?

Noland didn't own Articuno--it was his friend and it battled for him, but he made a point of saying that it wasn't his. However, there was a trainer in one of the games who *did* have Articuno (someone in the Crystal Battle Tower), and that didn't break any canon. At least no one complained about it.

Heck, Brandon had all three Regis on the show, and they were actually his. But in the games (which I don't see anyone complaining about), half the Frontier Brains have Legendaries. And again, that didn't break canon.

Lugia have to reproduce somehow. Just because a trainer in the games can't get them to breed doesn't mean they *can't* breed. Besides, the one from the second movie didn't "speak" either, it "spoke" using psychic powers, like Mewtwo. Perhaps the one in the Orange Islands is a stronger psychic than the one from the Whirl Islands.

I don't see how any of that contradicts itself.

Eclipse
3rd October 2007, 8:21 AM
Hi, I'm Eclipse, and I'm currently writing a new fanfic, so I thought I'd join the club to see what all you fellow fan-fic lovers are raving about.

Current Topics:
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
I don't usually, with shorter fics. With longer ones, I usually make a ldot point list.


What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?
I hate run-of-the-mill Journey fics, I like humourous fics such as The Ice-Cream Lopunny. I also give serious ones a go.

What's your length of fics/chapters?
Usually very long. I get carried away and sometimes write up to six pages.

How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?
Me!

Bay
3rd October 2007, 9:39 AM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

In "Simplicity", the chapters tend to be between five to ten, although the last chapter is sixteen chapters. In "Nothing, Everything" the chapters ranged between five and fifteen.

How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

I am, I am! (raises hand) XD

Well, to break it down, since everyone did...

The cards I used to collect a lot for the art (my favorite one is Seadra's card XD ), but then stopped before I even get my hands on the second generation cards. That is the same thing with the toys (key chains, plushies, etc. ).

The anime, I liked it a lot at the beginning, but then stopped watching it when the gang was at Johto. However, I started watching it again one day in September two years ago while waiting for the US Open and then I began watching the show again. XD I then stopped watching it again because of how the show moved to Cartoon Network, and I don't have cable. :X I managed to watch a few episodes and movies on the internet though XD. I guess what keeps me still interested in the anime (and even writing an anime based one shot) is to take a breather from it. Watch some episodes, take a break from it, watch it again, repeat. ^O^

Now, the games. Yeah, besides the gym and Elite 4 routine, there is always something new to do. Also, a lot of times it was fun trying out different teams and trying to beat my last time I finished. XD

The manga, I hadn't read yet though I heard mixed views on it. :/

Yeah, I think the best thing about the franchise is the Pokemon themselves. There are so many interesting facts about them but also so many mysteries too. For instance, in my one shot for the Sacrifice Contest, there is one Pokedex entry that caught my eye...and that is all I am going to say about that one shot for the moment. :X

Dang, long post. All right, need to go sleep now! XD

MondoTR
3rd October 2007, 12:06 PM
For the current topic:

I still like Pogeymanz.

Cards - Collected at the beginning and bought five packs about a year ago. Collected mainly the ones I liked, whether it be because of the art, attacks, or Pokemon. I am still trying to get complete both of the Gym Leader sets. It's hard because I don't buy individual cards and their booster packs have been hard to come by for years.

Manga - I've read a bit of both the Pikachu and color names series. I liked both but wasn't able to find any so I couldn't continue them. It was a few years ago but I'd still like to read both.

Anime - Johto is the last that I've seen all the way through but I have seen a few eps of Hoenn and Sinnoh. I do try to watch now sometimes but my lost interest actually came from not being able to watch instead of being the cause.

Games - I still play them but don't care about being behind. I still haven't finished Pearl despite getting it a few weeks after it came out in the US. And by the time I got Collosseum, most people had finished XD.

So I'm still a Pogeymanz fan. Not as much as I once was but I still enjoy it. And I may talk about Pokemon on this forum but I mainly come here for the people.

Back to the topic, I answered the Pogeymanz part but for the writers part: I'm not a writer.

In school there are minimum lengths, deadlines, and predetermined topics all of which I was terrible with. When it comes to fics, I can procrastinate, stop wherever works best for the particular chapter, and choose my own ideas. So while I still hate writing, it makes it easier to be able to do it on my own terms. Plus, I get annoyed when ideas get stuck in my head. I don't like the process of writing it but I love the result of having my ideas written down as an actual story and that others can read it even though they don't comment on it, LOL.

And I've noticed that while it still pales in comparison with most fic writers, my fics are better than anything else I've written. The comparison is for here and BMGf, my fics are good enough to be above the crap ff.net mostly consists of.

Manaphyman
3rd October 2007, 7:51 PM
I'd like to join.

My fic is The Sevii Islands Saga, which you can link to in my signature.

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?

Honestly, my fic was born one day when I was perusing the forums, and got into fanfiction. I daydream about my fic, contemplating various options for chapters, usually in a boring class. Sometimes, I sit down and plan up to ten chapters, saying ok, this is going to happen here....

duncan
3rd October 2007, 10:49 PM
What is your favorite genre of Pokémon fan fiction and why?

Hmm, tough call. I'll pretty much read anything, but I really don't like shipping fics. My favorites are OT and Action. (Really suprising, seeing as my fic is falls into both categories). But I enjoy a nicely done horror fic, same for drama. Sci-fi, not so much, but if it's good I'll read it.

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
All kinds of ways. Usually, when I'm bored, I just start dreaming up ideas for new fics (or ideas for future chapters of my pre-existing ones). Stuff just comes to me all times of the day and night. I just get my laptop and start typing, wherever I am.

Shuko
5th October 2007, 6:20 PM
I didn't know there was a fanfiction club. :o

I'd like to join. :) I've been writing fanfiction since early 1999, although I did it as a kid too without knowing what it was. xD I think my first ever fanfic was when I was 8 (in 1989), when I wrote a Ninja turtles fanfiction about the Shredder kidnapping April O'Neil and brainwashing her into becoming his own private ninja assassin. Lol. It was really corny and childish, but it was definitely my first real try. I wish I still had it...

Anyway, I started out officially with Dragonball fanfiction. I have a long serial called "The Real Story of Bulma Briefs," which turned out to be a horrible Mary Sue fic, but I still love it anyway. :) As far as Serebii is concerned, my main fic here would be "I Hate Pokémon!", and I also have several other fics around that I haven't updated much.

The one I'm working on currently is "Stealthy Ninja Mario," (link is in the sig) a crossover fic involving Mario, Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog fandoms. It's actually a novelization of a flash cartoon series I've been planning, and I felt that writing it in story form would help me keep the cartoon plot straight in my head as I continued with it. :) In this story, the evil sorcerer Vaati (a character from both the Minish Cap and the Four Swords Adventures games) has discovered a way to create the ultimate spell, and grant himself immortality. In order to complete his spell, he needs to collect three people of great power, and use them as ingredients to fuel the spell. Unfortunately, one of those whom he captures is princess Toadstool. Mario wants to go after her, but Vaati is a master sorcerer, and he can hop from one realm to another on top of that. Mario can't possibly hope to defeat a sorcerer like that, especially since he has no idea what the concept of realms even mean. Fortunately, the Mushroom Kingdom is not without its wise ones, and one in particular holds a great secret that just might give Mario an edge...

If you'd like to read more, I hope you will. :) No one seems to like it yet, and I don't see a lot of traffic in the non-pokemon fic forums anyway, lol.

Now, to answer the current questions:
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
Oddly enough, most of my fics start out as dreams. I dream a lot, and I keep a dream journal. When an interesting sequence of events happens in my dreams, I often find a way to work a story around it. To that end, I'll start out with a very nebulous, generic idea, and then I'll work my way outward, spiderweb-fashion, and flesh out the idea with main points. From there, I'll break it up into a sequential list, and section this list into main chunks that usually wind up as chapters in the story, to be fleshed out when I actually begin writing.

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?
I like OT fics a lot, especially if they're descriptive and unique. I'm not generally a huge fan of anime-based fics, because the characters on the TV show are so two-dimensional and boring. I find that original characters suit my tastes better, since they often have a lot more depth and character to them. :)

What's your length of fics/chapters?
Usually it's on the heavy side - ten or more pages. I double space my paragraphs, and I don't usually bother about length until the chapter gets to be sixteen pages or more. When it gets that big, I usually try to split it up into smaller portions. My problem is my wordiness. I can take one simple concept and turn it into a dissertation. >_>

How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?
I am a writer in the sense that I write for the joy of writing very often. I like to write, so I'm a writer. I don't write by profession, and I don't write all the time, but my definition of a writer includes me in its demographic. :) As for being an ardent fan of Pokémon, I can answer a definite affirmative. xD I've loved the games since RBY, and I've always played them when a new one comes out. I also love the manga. The anime I could do without, however, and I never got into collecting figures, cards, or most other paraphernalia. I do like the occasional plushie though. :3

Manaphyman
5th October 2007, 9:39 PM
What's your length of fics/chapters?

I'm split down the middle, 10-15 pages. I can't really wirte longer chapters than that.

Praxiteles
6th October 2007, 12:39 PM
Hmm, no new topic for a while. Everyone,

Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?
Erm, not always. I carry the curse of a distinct underappreciation of my own work, meaning that I am often incapable of looking at my own work again after I've written it without breaking down in shame because of its flawedness. I seem to know exactly what's wrong in any fiction of mine, but I am incapable of remedying it, due to many unknown reasons.

Then, in fact, Aftershock is proving a great trouble to me as of this proverbial hour, and seemed the major cause for a spontaneous bout of depression. I am having many frustrating issues with cohesion.

Even then, I would say that writing has many greater advantages to it than cons. I am so closely wedded to it, for one, that I would never dare leave the profession; and, for another, it has its highs as well as lows. I have indeed attained such mental highs in some of my more glorious works that I can only liken it to what some call a direct message from God, a glorious, divine epiphany that fills me with splendour and other such adjectives. I also take great delight in forming the various twists and turns of the plot in a bout of calm, enlightened inspiration, living those immortalities which I can never physically achieve. In the end, though I could never forsake my writing if I wanted to, I tuly would never wish to do so.

MondoTR
6th October 2007, 1:24 PM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

No. As stated in my previous posts, I hate the process and do it solely for the results.

FlamingRuby
6th October 2007, 3:19 PM
For the most part, I have fun writing.

It's not easy some days, but it's all worth it in the end.

Arcanine Royale
6th October 2007, 3:25 PM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

Well, most of the time it is... (looking at a 60,000 word fic and typing 'the end' will be great when it happens), and I enjoy writing, but obviously it's not all fun, because, well, then everyone would write.

It's not enjoyable sometimes, when all of the projects you're working on just stall, and you can't write a thing... you just want to quit. But then you see the finished work, and the hard times are worth the piece you write.

~RaikouRider243~
6th October 2007, 3:26 PM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
I write a two-paragraph synopsis of each chapter before starting the actual chapter 1. I rarely deviate from the plan; the only thing I've done is move events to other chapters. It helps me keep the plot from wandering, and also helps keep the fic consistent with itself.

What is your favorite genre of Pokémon fan fiction and why?
I like a legendary Pokémon plot done well; my favorites are the "Chosen" plots where humans and legendary Pokémon have to work as a team. My favorite chaptered fic of all time would have to be LC by Chibi Pika.

What's your length of fics/chapters?
On average, five to six pages, but they've ranged from three (yuck) to ten pages in length.

How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokémon?
I was quite the fan of Pokémon before I started writing, oddly enough. I used to watch the anime and play the card game; I had 12 different decks. Today, I wouldn't really consider myself that big a Pokémon fan; I quit following the anime after Master Quest, I quit collecting the cards after NeoDestiny, and I don't play the games as much. My interaction with the Pokémon world now is mainly in my writing and RP'ing.

Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?
I do not enjoy writing exposition; it's probably why I am not as popular as a lot of authors here. After the first few chapters, I enjoy just about every moment of it.
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Sorry it took so long to answer everything, I kinda got backed up by class, work...and my fic. xD Chapter 18 took a while to write.

Manaphyman
6th October 2007, 3:48 PM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

Well, not always. If I'm really into the chapter, then yes, but if I'm writning a filler chapter, than no. I get bored of writing a really long chapter.

duncan
6th October 2007, 4:12 PM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

Usually. If I'm in a bad mood, or just not wanting to write at that moment, then I write crap and hate every moment of it. But 95% of the time, I write, not to finish a chapter in time, but to actually just write.

It may sound a little weird, but many times (late at night, etc.) I just sit down, turn on some good music (a must, to drown out anything at all that will draw me away from writing) and just start writing.

I continue to amuse myself by coming up with more and more convuluted plotlines. And whenever you write a villain's part in a fic, that's always fun.

The main thing I'm trying (and failing) to say, is that when I don't enjoy writing, then it's no good and I just wait until I'm ready and have fun with it.

There, a complicated answer to a simple question!

Bay
6th October 2007, 11:14 PM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

Most of the time yes, but there are some times no. A few times I get picky on the words I used and get worried if there are any tense problems I have. However, I managed to finish most of my fanfictions and it is worth it in the end. ^^

Negrek
7th October 2007, 7:22 AM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

It is always enjoyable, but it is occasionally a chore, if that makes sense. Mostly, the mechanical aspect of writing is what gets tiresome for me--my hand can't scratch out a word anywhere near as fast as I can write out an entire scene in my head. Transcribing what I've thought up can be as dull as just copying down from a book at times. Not to mention that my wrist aches after a while. It can also be frustrating when a sentence or scene just won't come out right. The actual process of creation is enjoyable for me, though, yes.

duncan
7th October 2007, 6:52 PM
Okay, I guess I'll make a new topic:

How do you get motivated to write?

Well, a must for me is music. If I have a good song on (depending on what I'm writing), then I can crank out a chapter a day (on a really really good day). Another thing is mood. If I'm irrated or something like that, then I'll just stare at the keyboard. But after I've listened to a little music, I'm usually ready to go.

Manaphyman
7th October 2007, 6:54 PM
How do you get motivated to write?

I listen to a good song too, but I also watch a good movie, or read another's fanfic. Any combonation of those gets me motivated.

FlamingRuby
7th October 2007, 7:07 PM
I listen to music and watch cartoons/anime.

bobandbill
8th October 2007, 5:48 AM
How do you get motivated to write?

Motivation ain't easy for me - usually when I'm in a good mood and have spare time on the computer (not too often... partically with homework and all that) is the motivation I need. Reading reader's comments on my story is also good motivation :)

MondoTR
8th October 2007, 11:06 AM
How do you get motivated to write?

Well I want to write my fic and I do get in the mood to do so through my procrastination but most of those times I don't know how to start the chapters. I get motivated by finally figuring out a starting point I like.

Praxiteles
8th October 2007, 4:03 PM
How do you get motivated to write?

A bout of conception and creation of a plot of mine is usually brought about at random, unpredictable moments of enlightenment which allow me to develop great loads of plot at a time before suddenly fading. Such bouts are common enough that I don't usually require any extra motivation to develop the fiction speedily, in sufficient quantities.

Writing, however, is another matter. I am never so much motivated to write as forced by the accumulation of guilt for neglecting my fiction to scrape out the next part of my chapter, and that too scarcely. The only way this assembly works is because "scraping out the next part of my chapter" tends to have a different definition for me than one would expect.

Shuko
8th October 2007, 4:41 PM
How do you get motivated to write?

A bout of conception and creation of a plot of mine is usually brought about at random, unpredictable moments of enlightenment which allow me to develop great loads of plot at a time before suddenly fading. Such bouts are common enough that I don't usually require any extra motivation to develop the fiction speedily, in sufficient quantities.

Writing, however, is another matter. I am never so much motivated to write as forced by the accumulation of guilt for neglecting my fiction to scrape out the next part of my chapter, and that too scarcely. The only way this assembly works is because "scraping out the next part of my chapter" tends to have a different definition for me than one would expect.I agree wholeheartedly with you for the first half, lol. There are times when an idea or a plot element occurs to me and it's just bursting to get out. At times like that, I will often write in short-lived bursts of creative enthusiasm, until the procrastination and ADD wins out, lol. I can't ever focus on one thing for very long. I'm going to try the NaNoWriMo, and it'll be a very strenuous exercise for me. :)

HommeDor
9th October 2007, 2:57 AM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

sorry but what does "ardent" mean?

Negrek
9th October 2007, 4:43 AM
It means that dictionary.com is your friend.

"Passionate, devoted, enthusiastic" in the sense that it was being used.

How do you get motivated to write?

Depends, really. I try to write some every day, so it's just sort of a schedule thing--I do such and such, and then I write a page. Outside of that, if I'm really feeling inspired, I may go ahead and write something additional. I don't really "get motivated"; I just do it.

Bay
9th October 2007, 7:44 AM
How do you get motivated to write?

Contests! XD

(Gets smacked with a fan)

Nah, not really. What really motivates me to write is bascially the story in my head, whether it be an idea, characters, or themes. My mind will go crazy if I don't write it! XD

Now, to have time to write (dang college). >.>

DarkPersian479
9th October 2007, 7:53 AM
How do you get motivated to write?
Basically, the need to get my story told, and my drive to put a full-length OT Journey Fic in the "Completed Fics" section. Then the rewrite can begin.

Listening to the right music can also help me write, as can picking up Pearl and just playing the game a bit.

Praxiteles
9th October 2007, 11:13 AM
A somewhat specific subject, but oh, well,

What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?
I am quite too smitten by the idea of immortality to give my legendaries anything below the level of advanced demigod. They have all the usual properties of immortals (infinite/near-infinite strength and/or wisdom, often the embodiment of concepts or elements) and are usually enmeshed in their own affairs, coming only once in a while down from some undefined hall of gods to right those mortal wrongs which go out of the control of usual... controlling mechanisms. They are not fully immortal, having their own flaws, and some of the lesser legendaries are also failing in omnipotence.

Manaphyman
9th October 2007, 11:54 AM
How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?

Well, obviously I'm a writer of it....

As for ardent fan, I would have to say fairly so yes. My whole life is not devoted to it, but I like it alot....

HommeDor
9th October 2007, 12:49 PM
How do you get motivated to write?
i am a huge fan of cartoons, so i watch cartoons and meld them together

thanks Negrek!

Bay
9th October 2007, 5:52 PM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?

Well, I quite used them differently in two different fics.

In "Pure Distance", the legendaries are just are species of Pokemon and seeing them is a real treat.

In "Nothing, Everything", however...


They are gods somewhat because of the people believing them making the world and creating the Pokemon. However, it is not the usual Ho-Oh is heaven, Lugia is hell kind of stories. The people will actually think differently of which Pokemon does this, depending on the region they live in.

Ledian_X
9th October 2007, 6:39 PM
How do you get motivated to write?

Just by listening to music, readng comics and talking out ideas with my creative consultant who like me is an avid comic fan and has given me many ideas. I talk to some other people too and they help me brainstorm. Listening to music also helps.

LX

duncan
9th October 2007, 7:34 PM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?

Well, no Pokemon is immortal in my fics, but Legendaries (and I use the term loosely) are, advanced, ancient Pokemon that were usually (because the back story changes with different fics) created by Arceus and told to do this, etc. But they can die (except for maybe Arceus, I dunno) and if they do, then things get screwed up, seeing as each controls a specific element (e.g., Kyogre=Rain, Groudon=Sun, etc.).

Shuko
9th October 2007, 10:23 PM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?

Nonexistent. :p I can honestly say that I never remember writing a legendary into any of my fics. All of them involve rarely used 'mon for the most part, although there are opposing trainers who use more commonly seen pokemon too. One of these days I should tackle a legendary fic... but not today. :)

HommeDor
9th October 2007, 11:09 PM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?
i never use legendaries in my stories...

FlamingRuby
9th October 2007, 11:50 PM
For me, legendaries are guardians--not to be caught. They usually have an item or advice for my heroes, for a price. (eg. a battle or a sidequest, usually the latter) Sometimes, they will guide my heroes (Example: Articuno leading my heroes through a blizzard)

However, thanks to RaikouRider, I've also begun to explore the possibilities of specially trained adventurers owning a Legendary--they don't just toss a ball and call it good; they have to earn the Legend's trust.

dash142
10th October 2007, 1:18 AM
Hey i'd like to join this. I've written one pokemon fan fic, and I've been trying to come up with a sequal too but the ideas just don't seem as good once they're typed up. I'm also trying to write a Neon Genesis Evangelion fic, and all mine are on FanFiction.net. I might have posted the pokemon one here though.
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
Ussualy I start with the setting, then the main overview of the plot.

What is your favorite genre of pokémon fan fiction and why?
Romance, because I get enough of the other stuff from the show.

What's your length of fics/chapters?
Atleast 1000 words per chapter, though they've started to get to 2000 in my newest one.

How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokčmon?
Me, though not as much as I used to be.

Blackjack Gabbiani
10th October 2007, 6:25 AM
How I use Legendaries depends on what humans I'm writing about. Like of course I'll have the Birds and Lugia in Obsession, because Lugia is what Jirarudan will come to hunt.

If I'm writing about Eusine, he'll go on about Suicune because that's what he does.

bobandbill
10th October 2007, 8:39 AM
Legendaries are yet to feature in my fic, so i haven't actually fully planed how they are represented in my fic. However, I will have to soon write about them (the 3 legendary dogs in Colosseum anyone?), so I'd better think about that...

At this stages I'm leaning to having them as the 'protectors' of Pokemon - being stronger than the average Pokemon and being noble and all, but not all-powerful. But how they will act if they are Shadow Pokemon... well, you'll need to wait and see :)

Sike Saner
10th October 2007, 9:05 AM
Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?

That depends on what else is going on in my life. If things are going well, it's easier for me to enjoy writing, but if I try to write when something in my life's not all right, then I don't enjoy it as much or at all.

I'm not very good at distracting myself from problems or pretending them away; whatever's weighing on me will do so until it's resolved. The bigger the problem, the more preoccupied I am and thus the more difficult it is for me to enjoy writing (or any other activity, for that matter). Similarly, when I'm in an especially good mood and things are uncommonly awesome, I write more enthusiastically than usual.

How do you get motivated to write?

The answer to that is almost identical to my answer for the previous question. My mood is the main governing force over my motivation; if I'm in a bad mood, my will to write weakens, while good moods bolster my will to write.

My motivation is also influenced by the amount of difficulty I'm having with whatever I'm writing. (Since the ease with which I write is largely determined by how I'm feeling in general, this could therefore be considered just another case of my mood affecting how much I enjoy writing.) If I find myself struggling too much or for too long with a piece of writing, finding myself forced to go back to the drawing board again and again, my will to write can be worn pretty thin. If I'm on a roll and the ideas and words are coming forth effortlessly, I find it hard to tear myself away from the keyboard.

What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokémon, or something in between?

(Copied and pasted from the previous thread, with a couple of edits...)

For the most part, I treat legendaries just like any other Pokémon. I give you... the Meh Theory.

First off, only a few of the legendaries are even unique. The other legendary species represent just that: species, races of individuals that live, reproduce, and die just like most "ordinary" Pokémon. Lugia, for example, is not just the name and form of one entity, but an entire race. Those who are unique came about through an extraordinary event, most often an extreme elemental anomaly occurring in an individual, ordinary Pokémon, transforming it into a much more powerful form--sort of an extreme version of evolution.

While many of the Pokémon species regarded as legendary have been given divine status by certain human and Pokémon cultures due to their being powerful, ancient, or living lives of seclusion and thus inspiring mystery and wonder in other races, they are not actually deities, not even the unique ones. They are simply species that happen to be more elementally potent, older, much more infrequently encountered by other races, far fewer in number than those species not regarded as legendary, or any combination of those things.

No Pokémon has existed since the beginning of time in my version of the Pokémon universe, and despite the myths of some cultures that speak of a Pokémon (or more than one) creating the universe, no Pokémon can actually be credited with such. Most of the legendary species evolved into being over time just like most other Pokémon. While a few of them are exceptionally long-lived or even ageless, or able to survive under very extreme conditions such as millennia-long suspended animation, none of them are truly immortal. Plenty of species that are equal in power to those referred to as "legendary" have already come and gone from this world.

Legendaries generally do not view themselves as such. They do not convene with the other legendary races, they do not share a hallowed gathering place, and most of them do not concern themselves with affairs beyond those of their own species. True, they might possess the power to effect meaningful change in the world, but does that make them any more inclined to go out and make a difference than any other people? No.

The reasons that legendaries are almost never captured or even seen by humans are qualities which have been mentioned before: simple rarity, seclusion from other races, or sheer power (in the case of the third item on that list, it's possible that any number of humans may have attempted capture or even just observation... but did not survive to speak of it).

Manaphyman
10th October 2007, 11:53 AM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokémon, or something in between?

Without giving too much away... I depict Legendaries as that, Legends. They are a huge, raw untaped force, that evil trys to take hold of. Some are good, some are bad.

~RaikouRider243~
10th October 2007, 4:32 PM
How do you get motivated to write?
I write a two to three paragraph summary of each chapter to make each chapter look fun to write. Plus, I hate seeing work go unfinished. It usually doesn't take much to motivate me to write.

What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokémon, or something in between?
They are almost demigods; very difficult, but possible, to defeat with just a team of normal Pokémon. In my fics though, almost every legendary Pokémon has a human guardian chosen by Arceus, and that guardian is to protect the legendary Pokémon with his or her life, to lessen the chance that a power-hungry human gets his or her hands on one of the legendary Pokémon--a single one can easily level a city. Of course, aside from protecting the legendary Pokémon, the guardians are free to do almost anything they want--one of the big exceptions is battling with them for sport. For instance, I had one of my characters fly on Rayquaza for fun--with not a care in the world.

dash142
10th October 2007, 6:53 PM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokémon, or something in between?

While they haven't appeared next, they will be in my sequal and I think I will treat them as gods except for Mewtwo (Cone) and Deoxys (There will be more than one). But they aren't invincible really, just stronger than average pokemon.

Saffire Persian
10th October 2007, 6:53 PM
Joining! Huzzah.

What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?

Depends on the story, though they aren't actually real deities in any of mine thus far, though some people might swear by them or mention them in some manner--and that's really because of the legends and stories that elevated from the beliefs that were read or told them as children: that they are mystical beasts who are rare and powerful--if they exist at all. In fact, some might not and be just legends that once existed but have died out, a la Aerodactyl. Some people and pokémon may worship them as idols or whatnot, as religion is always an iffy subject, and there are many different sects and beliefs, as they try to explain creation and whatnot. And hey, if they want to believe Mew created the world in seven days, I say let them.

Psychic
10th October 2007, 6:56 PM
Welcome to all new members! The first post has been edited with your names and with the new topics. :)

ALSO, announcement!
Advice for Aspiring Authors needs YOUR help! (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=280607)
If you haven't already, check out this thread in the Café: the Advice thread is being completely revamped, and the hope it that if everybody posts, just to throw out an idea or leave a comment or ANYTHING, we could end up with one really pwnsome guide to writing. :D

Click for more details.



Anyhow, in less exciting news, here are my replies to th topics.


Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?
Depends on my mood, really, and what I'm writing. In general I really enjoy it - it's one of my greatest pleasures in life, tbh, and I just love moving everything from my mind onto paper. At times it can even be refreshing, to an extent, because it allows you to get out all your pent-up thoughts and emotions.

It's less-than-enjoyable when I'm being forced to write (whether for a deadline, school and so on) because if I don't have inspiration, it's like fishing for loose change behind your sofa. ><


How do you get motivated to write?
Listening to music, reading novels/other fics and watching movies, mostly. Usually I get motivated when I have inspiration, or seeing other art makes me want to make my own, you know?

Also, if I've had a particularly drab day and I want to escape from it, or a particularly exciting day that's gotten me all pumped. It's really all based on my mood.




Noland didn't own Articuno--it was his friend and it battled for him, but he made a point of saying that it wasn't his. However, there was a trainer in one of the games who *did* have Articuno (someone in the Crystal Battle Tower), and that didn't break any canon. At least no one complained about it.

Heck, Brandon had all three Regis on the show, and they were actually his. But in the games (which I don't see anyone complaining about), half the Frontier Brains have Legendaries. And again, that didn't break canon.

Lugia have to reproduce somehow. Just because a trainer in the games can't get them to breed doesn't mean they *can't* breed. Besides, the one from the second movie didn't "speak" either, it "spoke" using psychic powers, like Mewtwo. Perhaps the one in the Orange Islands is a stronger psychic than the one from the Whirl Islands.

I don't see how any of that contradicts itself.
I'll answer this through the latest topic:
What is the position of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?
From the games, I got the impression that there is only one of each Legendary. I don't believe that Lugia are an entire rare species, and since there's only one of each kind, I figure them to be somewhat powerful; I don't think they're gods per say, however I think that they are god-like in power and wisdom.

Meaning, consequently, that they can easily hold their own in battle and cannot be owned by trainers. Partly because they can not be defeated by ordinary Pokémon, they're too strong to be kept in a Ball and upon being released from their Ball in a battle, they could simply attack their human, destroy the sphere and run/fly away. No Legendary would, in my book, be interested in serving a human for a purpose as meaningless as battling. :/

In that sense, the games are a bit silly to me because if they were realistic, I don't think the Legendaries would be obtainable. And in that sense, canon fails in my eyes.

Now, moving back to my own opinion, I think that the Legendaries are god-like; while not being immortal, I think that they pretty much live forever, consequently making them very strong and wise from living for so long. I believe they were created at the beginning of time to sort of govern the world, and thus are not affected by age, however they can be killed by a very powerful external means. The reason they're called LEGENDaries is because humans aren't sure if they're myth or reality because they stay secluded from the rest of the world, and while some may dedicate their lives to Pokémon mythology, others are generally not affected and don't care, while others still may create religions believing that a certain Legendary is god (such as Mew, origin of Pokémon and Ho-Oh, guardian of life). But like I said, nobody is positive of their existance as they are hard to find, and to some, the idea of creatures of such power seems ridiculous. XP

Which is why it annoys me to hell that in the Animé, we see these mysterious, elusive creatures all the time, and in some cases OWNED by trainers. Or "befriending," if that's the case (I never saw the episode), just seems silly to me, because if a Legendary was interested in interaction with humans, then it would have been caught ages ago while flying over a human city or something. :/


So to me: Legendaries are mysterious, god-like creatures that are myths whose existance noobody has really been able to verify.



~Psychic

Manaphyman
10th October 2007, 10:39 PM
Thanks for accepting me Psychic.

You want all of us tho go to that thread? I'll head over there soon.

I have a new topic: How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

CrystalSaurTower
10th October 2007, 10:53 PM
What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?

Well, I suppose the legandaries in my fic are extremely powerful beings who have combined within a secret guild to try to change and uphold the earth for the greater good. They also happen to exploit and manipulate many of my characters for this reason (Celebi and Jirachi in particular) and that happens to create instresting reactions when they try to rebel. Only some legends are in the guild, however, and some such as Latias and Latios are not qualified to join yet and merely wander the earth's forest under there mentor, Celebi.

FlamingRuby
11th October 2007, 12:38 AM
I have a few fans, but I always appriciate a new face reviewing.

duncan
11th October 2007, 1:25 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

My fic has a few reviewers, and despite the fact that I try to make the fic at my own pace they seem to make me write quicker. But the main thing my reviewers do is help me improve. They often notice things that I do not, and that helps me become a better writer.

MondoTR
11th October 2007, 2:11 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

Two, sike saner and Ledian_X. And Chris doesn't even count because he's the beta-reader. And that's here; I have none at BMGf.

There are fics that are good and people enjoy them a lot so review to tell how wonderful they thought it was. There's also fics that are somewhat bad so people review to give advice. And then there's the fics that aren't as written as well as some others but decent enough to warrant little or no advice. The latter is the worst because they're almost always overlooked except by a few rare readers. Mine is in the last category.

The impact of that is quite frustrating. Good, bad, whatever; any feedback is appreciated. Because if no one reviews then how do we know if anyone read our stories? Thread views are for everytime the thread's looked at. So how do we know whether the views are just the same few people looking many times or many people looking a few times?

...yeah. I knew I'd end up doing this mini-rant some point in this thread. The topic was the perfect place for it. I know people might not agree with my view on the good/bad/decent fics categories but if you look closely you'll realize it does happen.

Arcanine Royale
11th October 2007, 2:42 AM
How do you get motivated to write?

By writing and reading. It's really that simple for me. If I read a great fic, I usually want to write, and I have a passion for writing... so passion and reading great works on fan fiction.


What is the postion of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokčmon, or something in between?


Gods mostly. In some they are omnipotent beings that aren't involved at all in the world. In Genesis, they are multiple factions heavily involved in the world... In fact, each species has one species at god status, legendary or not. Legendaries are just quite powerful, and they are all pseudo-legendaries excepting their species 'god' or chieftan.

How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

What... you mean you people actually get reviews? *shot*. But, I do have a few, sometimes. The problem is I've only really written one journey fic, and I have Dragonfree-itis in that I can't accept it being sub-par / not to my greatest ability, and so have to revise it alot. But, that should be changing soon as I expand into different genres.

Praxiteles
11th October 2007, 7:30 PM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
Not many, I have to say. Sike Saner is my one consistent reviewer, and then there are many one-time reviewers who give one comment andfall back to reading and watching. I don't mind, though, since I require only that a fair amount of people take a look at my work, which works out well.

I rarely, disconcertingly, get anything more than praise of speculation in my reviews. As a result, any improvement in my writing skill is usually not based on the constructive criticism of my reviewers, there being so little of said constructive criticism which I encounter. As a subsequent result, I (believe I) face all the problems of growing old and fat, such as a slightly inflated ego and a pointed lack in improvement of my work (all of this, of course, being from my own perception of myself, often incorrect).

Bay
12th October 2007, 1:13 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

In "Heart of the Sea", I have a few people that stayed and review almost all of my chapters (Kagome Lover, The Great Butler, The Pokemon Master, Sike Saner, and Fire&Ice are the ones at the top of my head at the moment). For "Simplicity", I so far have only Sike Saner reading and reviewing almost all of my chapters (it's all right though; I still enjoyed writing that story ^^ ). For "Nothing, Everything", I have almost eight reviewed the prologue and half reviewed the first chapter (fall is the busiest season, I guess XD ).

So far the reviews really impacted the way my story is now because I have improved from when I first posted by fanfiction on March 2006 through today, and I thank them for that. :)

Sike Saner
12th October 2007, 1:32 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

As in, right now? None, since I haven't updated since last December. XD; I guess only time will tell how many will review when I finally do get this thing up and running again--this is already the longest I've ever made anyone have to wait by far, after all. (For any of you who were reading my stuff, I am very sorry about the wait... ^^;)

Anyway, as for how many have reviewed, my current fic has had a pretty good number of them. My first fic got a little less than a quarter of that number of reviewers (much fewer early on, though).

As far as the impact it has... It still surprises me that anyone actually reads and reviews my stuff (especially considering the size of some of the chapters I've dropped on them o.o;), and it still tickles me as much as it did the first time I saw that someone had actually bothered to stop by and look at my work and tell me what they thought of it. I appreciate the hell out of it, absolutely. They actually took the time to do that when they didn't actually have to. That means a lot to me.

HommeDor
12th October 2007, 1:38 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
not many people review, infact, no would would unless i did not go around begging people to review.... so demeaning...

duncan
12th October 2007, 2:45 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
not many people review, infact, no would would unless i did not go around begging people to review.... so demeaning...

It shouldn't be. I've asked for reviews before, and I accept review requests (not at the moment, though). Anyway, I think it's time for a new topic:

Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

This is rather tricky, but with the help of my reviewers I'm pretty sure I can answer correctly:

My biggest shortcoming is defintely description. In my haste to finish a chapter, I often leave out description, something I'm trying to work on at the moment.

My biggest strength is quite a bit more difficult. I suppose my characters would be the answer, but making an interesting plot has always been a bright spot in my opinion (and is the most fun by far to write).

Negrek
12th October 2007, 4:53 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

Biggest shortcoming? Definitely character interaction. Dialogue and emotionally tense scenes between two characters I generally don't do well at all. I also have problems with word and structure repetition on a less big-concept scale.

As for my biggest strength, I'm not really sure. Plot, possibly, or action scenes.

dash142
12th October 2007, 5:05 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?


My biggest shortcoming is description, it starts out really good but dies down as the fic goes on. But its better than it used to be. My biggest strength would be coming up with differnt plots.

bobandbill
12th October 2007, 5:27 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
I have had a fair few people, although the vast majority of them have said 'This is funny I like it keep it up!', which is nice but not as helpful as other posters. I'm recently starting to gain some 'every chapter will review' reviewers, including Sike Saner (thanks :) ), although the first reviewer I had seems to have dissapeared as he has not reviewed my last chapter - the only one he hasn't reviewed as of yet.

No matter what the review is though, (unless it is spam on irrevant topics), it's always nice, and gets me that nice warm fuzzy feeling.

I guess like everyone else, I would like a few more reviewers, espically the better more indepth ones. And then some...

Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

My biggest shortcoming - either character development (though I'm doing that more in my next chapter, so we'll see if that's the case anymore ;) ) or motivation - once I get writing and am not interrupted, I do well, but starting is the tough part. Even more so as I haven't the time at the moment to try and start... not really no and defientely not in the near future.

My strength - I guess coming up with my comedy parts, as I enjoy it the most when I write, and my readers have been amused thus far. Can't really say plot as I'm (mostly) following the Pokemon Colosseum plotline in the first place, and I don't use description all that well.

Bay
12th October 2007, 5:56 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

It is defiently grammar, mostly on tenses. I always tend to mixed them up, although I am getting better at it. Also, emotions. Sometimes I rushed through a scene and not able to put the emotions right. I am trying to fix that, though.

My biggest strenght is probably themes. Whenever I end a fic here, the reviewers tend to know what kind of themes I am trying to do with the story. Also, probably characters. I tend to have many with different personalities and lives.

Blackjack Gabbiani
12th October 2007, 10:52 AM
My biggest shortcoming is length. I can't seem to write more than 2000 words, and that's a major push for me. Another one would be spelling. Just typing this post I've made a ton of mistakes, but I go back and correct them so no one ever knows. Mwahaha.

My strengths are emotion and character development.

Manaphyman
12th October 2007, 11:54 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

Hmmm. My biggest shortcoming is describing battles. After the second page of "dodge, then use ****" it just gets boring.

I'm a master at plot/CD, and I'm imroving in genral description.

FlamingRuby
12th October 2007, 5:03 PM
Since I started my writing career writing in script, my biggest shortcoming would be description. Either that or introductions.

By contrast, I am great with humor and music.

~RaikouRider243~
13th October 2007, 5:30 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength would have to be in grammar and spelling; I'm diligent, and can be anal, about such types of errors.

My biggest weakness as a writer would be in transitions and exposition. Each fic in my series has a rushed exposition, and it seems to drive new readers away. But those that stuck around were, for the most part, glad they did. I've also seen some reviewers criticize my transitions as being too hard.

TrueCharizard
13th October 2007, 5:44 PM
I'd like to join this club if that'd be cool.

My current fanfic is this:
http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=278080

It follows three teenagers as they tour a new region.. or so you'd think. There is a lot of action, drama and even some humour.

I haven't a clue what my strengths are, that someone can tell me about. I hope that story telling is good.

My weakness is that I tend to rush, almost just letting my fingers go nuts on the keyboard without worrying too much about details or explanations.

~RaikouRider243~
13th October 2007, 8:29 PM
I checked out your fic, and I see what you mean--your work does look rushed. Get a beta reader if you can.

Chibi Pika
13th October 2007, 10:44 PM
How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
It all really just revolves around random inspiration. Like I’ll sitting there doing something, and then all of a sudden, “Zomg!!! That character actually did that when everyone though they did this! Then all this stuff happens because of that!!!” A couple times two years ago I actually set to planning out Part 3 and 4 of my fic, but for the most part, I let it do what it wants. In the old days of Revision 3 and whatnot, I came up with all these so–called “brilliant” ideas, and most of my recent plot twists have come from recycling those old ideas and filling in the plot holes.


What is your favorite genre of Pokémon fan fiction and why?
I really just love Legendary Fics. Pure and simple. I’m also a big fan of OT’s. Even ones that start out unoriginally just always seem to capture my interest.


What's your length of fics/chapters?
I don’t double space between paragraphs, so my writing is always short on Word than it is here, but they averages 10-12 pages. They always seemed long to me, but I guess not.


How many of you are writers and ardent fans of Pokémon?
Anyone heard of the term “Renaissance Man”? If you know what that is, then you’ll know what I mean when I call myself a “Renaissance PokeFan” xD

Okay, I’ll be nice: A Renaissance Man was someone who strove to be proficient in all areas—art, literature, philosophy, ect.

I watch the show (stopped awhile ago, but still download all the non-filler episodes in Japanese), I love the movies, I play the games fully, always considering IV’s and EV’s, I read the manga, I play the TCG, I write fanfiction, I write comics, I draw fanart, I own plushies and figures. I’m definitely an avid fan. x3


Is writing always an enjoyable experience for you?
It depends. Sometimes I have to force myself to write, but once I get “into” the writing mode, I love it. The problem is, it’s getting harder and harder to get “into” what I write, because now I have to focus much more on making sure that the current plot doesn’t derail itself. ><


How do you get motivated to write?
To be honest, I have no idea. Sometimes I get motivated to write a random scene, but it’s usually ones way in the future, and just a spontaneous bit of inspiration.


What is the position of legendaries in your fictions? Are they gods or simply rare species of Pokémon, or something in between?

Ah, Legendaries!

My fic is a Legendary Fic, so obviously the legends have a large bearing on the plot. =3

They are indeed godlike in their strength, and have a bearing on the element or aspect of nature that they control, but are not invincible, and not immortal. I treat all Legendaries as unique in my fic, since it wouldn’t work any other way, except possibly that method of having them be very rare, with a single member of the species being more powerful.

In my fic, the Legendaries are for the most part, isolationist…at least they’re suppose to be. Some of them bend the rules a bit for the sake of things, like Suicune being rather partial to Kanto, and having formed a bit of a friendship with Zapdos.

The Legendaries that are more involved in the matter at hand are grouped together in the Order of the Legends. They are supposed to follow their path specified in the legends in order to fulfill their Guardian role in the coming era, but Mew is one of the only ones that takes this seriously. Some of the others believe that since the legends are not “predicting” anything, but are rather just guidelines, that they are not bound to do anything.

The Legendaries are very much mortal in my fic. Their lifespan is approximated at 500 years, and when they die, their energy is reborn as a new Legendary. If one of the Lati twins is killed, it will not be reborn until the other one dies as well, and then both are reborn together. Obviously a Legendary being killed would be an unlikely event, although the future events of my fic prove foreboding for all of them.

As far as power goes, they are not as uber as in the anime (although the Latis were underpowered in their movie), but not as defeat able as in the games. Basically, take their game strength, only make them on Level 150 or something. Definitely not invincible, but you’d really need to outnumber them to even stand a chance. New human technology is going a long way to trivialize the Legendaries’ power, however.


How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
I’ve got a standard reader base of about 15, and usually get around 1-2 new readers with each chapter but also lose a few as time goes on, so it evens out. I admit that it’s their support that helps me to struggle through the scenes I dislike.


Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?
I think I’m pretty good with flow, seeing as bad flow drives me crazy and throws my mind off while I’m reading other fics.

Strangely enough, I think I’m good at plot, even though the vast majority of my plot is just my fic writing itself based on old crappy ideas, although it is surprisingly complex.

My characters write themselves, so dialogue is rather effortless and almsot always comes out right.

I think my biggest shortcomings are, for one thing the time it takes to bring out new chapters, and description. I like describing some things like Legendaries, but on everything else it’s pretty flat. Although I like to consider it “concise” lol. xP

~Chibi~;249;;448;

MondoTR
13th October 2007, 11:32 PM
Shortcomings:
Description - I'm a visual person so I describe a scene as I see it in my mind. And a lot of times I only see a vague pic. I can see what's going on (fights and such) but I don't see the small details (where things are exactly and such). The fact that I have trouble wording things sometimes doesn't help much.
Length - People tell me my chapters are too short at one to five pages in Word.
I'm working on improving both.

Strengths:
Characters - In my Pokemon fic I was told I had everyone perfectly in character. And in my original fic the characters are unique. And their powers have either never been used or have a unique origin. Such as someone controlling the moon and someone being able to fly by neutralizing gravity.
Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation - I've always done quite well at these. However, I do think I tend to overuse commas sometimes, LOL. ^_^;

bobandbill
20th October 2007, 6:15 AM
Bump. I guess we can have a new question:

What genre do you write you fics in?
I guess this can go a few ways - the type of fic (e.g OT), and the 'style' in which you write in (e.g. horror, comedy).

Me - since there's only one story I'm doing so far, it's Comedy, and 'kinda' in a parody way of the Colosseum game - I've mostly gone following the storyline, making jokes about certain aspects of the game as I go.

duncan
20th October 2007, 6:47 AM
Wow, this place got quiet. Anyway, on to the topic.

What genre do you write your fics in?

Well, I've written a lot of fics, but my favorite genre is OT. Action is also usually present. But I've written comedy fics, drama fics and POV fics. I've also tried a Legendary Fic and a Chosen One fic.

Blackjack Gabbiani
20th October 2007, 7:49 AM
I tend to write really serious fics, which is strange because I'm really a funny person.

MondoTR
20th October 2007, 11:33 AM
What genre do you write your fics in?
Aura - Superhero
MKJ - Journey

Both obviously require some action and adventure but I'll throw a few other genres in there.

LOL, it's funny referring to Aura as a superhero story because though it is one that isn't a true genre.

Manaphyman
20th October 2007, 11:48 AM
What genre do you write you fics in?

I write more in the OT format. (The Sevii Islands Saga.) But it's not the conventional OT fic. I mix tons of plot, among otherthings, to spice up the originality.

FlamingRuby
20th October 2007, 3:02 PM
Main are mainly comedy, with loads of music thrown in. If the songs drive the story, then it's a musical adventure.

Chibi Pika
20th October 2007, 7:52 PM
What genre do you write your fics in?

It depends. My main fics are always Action/adventure, but I've taken a liking to suspense as well. Hiding secrets from the reader is always fun. ^^

As far as one-shots go, though...definitely drama/angst. It's just...what I do, and it reflects the fact that they're all in first person. There's hardly even anything going on other than the character's thoughts--that's what the focus is always on.

~Chibi~;249;;448;

Praxiteles
21st October 2007, 10:20 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

I usually write in an uninhibited, subconscious daze - a good thing, usually, but it crushes my faculties of reason and judgement. The consequences of this are many-varying: I am entirely unable to write within any sort of rule or boundary, and oftem bludgeon canon to pieces or run entirely out of the guidelines for contests. Then, of course, there are cases where the events of my fictions defy reason and such laws, which leads to problems. Essentially, the majority of my writing is created by my subconscious, and while it can create some great scenes and plots, it can also make gigantic errors, and my conscious mind is near powerless to change them.

... Yes, that seems to illustrate both my shortcomings and my advantages well. Not quite as I would have wished, but essentially.

What genre do you write you fics in?
Everything, really. I prefer action and drama foremost, however, and always have something to torture my characters with, or some way to mar the happiness of my fictions. I dabble very rarely in comedy, and have never touched full-out romance, because I have not yet had the opportunity to understand its complexities, and likely will not for a long time yet.

Sike Saner
21st October 2007, 11:01 AM
Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

My biggest shortcoming? That'd be romance. I've never felt comfortable writing it, and the times I have dabbled in it have produced less than stellar results, in my opinion. XD; Other shortcomings include brevity (which is why I don't write one-shots and part of why I write such long chapters), writing about subjects with which I'm not obsessed, and the rate at which I complete chapters. XD;

Biggest strength... ah crap, I don't know. XD; Maybe humor--I enjoy writing it, I'm pleased with how most of the humor I've done has turned out, and enough of it seems to have gone over well enough to give me the impression that I might actually know what I'm doing where that's concerned. XD I think my dialogue generally turns out pretty good, too. And since writing about subjects with which I'm not obsessed is one of my weak points, maybe writing about subjects with which I am obsessed is one of my strong points. *shrugs*

What genre do you write your fics in?

Well, in terms of main genres, The Origin of Storms is tragedy/horror, while Communication is drama/supernatural. Both are Pokécentric/Pokémon POV fics. Each of them also has subgenres; there's some comedy in both, for example.

Bay
22nd October 2007, 12:52 AM
What genre do you write your fics in?

Since I have quite a few of them, a list should make it more organized! XD :

Heart of the Sea:Drama and Parable.

Dusty Wings: Pokemon POV and Parable.

Take Fifty Five!: Pokemon POV and comedy.

Simplicity: Sequel, Pokemon POV, comedy, and drama (yep, lots of things! XD )

Rid of the Scarlet Letter: Drama, Anime cannon, and Suspense.

Nothing, Everything:Drama, Action/Advencture, and Suspense with hints of comedy and science fiction.

As to what is my favorite genre to write, it's drama, suspense, and comedy. I like drama because of the many things you can do with that genre, suspense because I like to keep things secret, and comedy because I laugh at the scenes I do even if no one else will think its funny XD. Plus, all three of those genres I had fun doing. My least favorite to write are romance because I suck at it and science fiction because I am not that great at it! XD

duncan
23rd October 2007, 4:44 AM
Okay, time for a new topic.

What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

I read several book series, including Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, Narnia, Artemis Fowl and Pendragon.

The Pendragon books have given me a lot of inspiration, if not direct ideas. But if I read a new book it will often reflect the chapter I am currently writing. Books defintely have an impact on my writing.

Pkmn Breeder Jack
23rd October 2007, 4:50 AM
Haven't been here in a while...

What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

I like Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, Inheritance(kill me), and others I can't think of. I also get a lot of inspiration from Japanese Anime, like Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, and others. The movie Tranformers that came out this summer influenced my fic a lot. I think it's because my fic deals with a normal boy getting stuck in the middle of a huge conflict.

Psychic
23rd October 2007, 5:27 AM
Welcome to the club, TrueCharizard. Also, ~RaikouRider243~, comments about a particular fic belong either in the specific thread or PM. Let's try to keep reviews out of here, please.


Now, to answer the questions:

How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
Depends on the fic, really - usually I think I get at least five or six. Their impact varies depending on what is said, however if somebody says "this wasn't done so well but you can improve it in this way" or they mention what they enjoyed seeing and what they didn't enjoy, I'll keep it in mind for the future so that I can possibly improve my writing and figure out what people like to read and such.

As long as at least one person tells me something good or bad, I'll be content, really. ^^


Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?
Shortcoming: Coming up with an actual plot. I can just never create a full plot to string an entire story together, just bits and pieces. Personally, I think I can do everything at least mediocrely except for plot. XP

Strength: Description of both action and emotion. Mainly emotion, I think, as I have recently come to accept the fact that I'm not very good with scenery. I think I can portray emotions pretty well and thuis can make pretty strong characters at times, and my general descripion of everything else is pretty good (though there's a lot of room for improvement).

Oh, and grammar. I have pretty good grammar, though I have much more ease finding mistakes in other peoples' writing compared to my own. XP


What genre do you write you fics in?
Whatever the story calls for, really. I've mostly written more dramatic stories, with one romance. I hope to try my luck with an adventure fic for NaNoWriMo - something I haven't attempted since writing The Mutations way back when.

So yeah, most of my pieces are dramatic and actually a good few have turned out to be something bordering on tradgedy. I usually write sad things with only a glimmer of hope at the end. o.O


What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?
Eh, nothing very avidly anymore. My main novels used to be from Redwall, Animorphs, Harry Potter, Madeline L'Engle's books, DragonLance and a few other random series. My main influence would probably be Redwall (Brian Jacque's description just leaves me inspired and his adventure stories helped with The Mutations). Eragon has influenced me to not create crappy Mary-Sue characters, and DragonLance has given me a fair few ideas for random fantasy stories. That's about it for series, though.



~Psychic

Sike Saner
23rd October 2007, 6:47 AM
What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

I read the Animorphs, Harry Potter, Redwall, Chanur, and Foreigner series.

As for how they've influenced my fics, I don't really know the answer to that for sure. Well, the design for the male version of the Kwazai (a fanmade Pokémon that appears in The Origin of Storms) was very slightly influenced by the Andalites from Animorphs. That's the only influence that I'm actually aware of on my work from any of the series that I read, and it's a very small influence at that. But it wouldn't surprise me if one or more of those series has had influences that I'm not aware of on my work.

Bay
23rd October 2007, 8:43 AM
What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

For now, the book series that I follow (that I can think off of the top of my head) is Harry Potter. I never read the Redwall books, but seen the cartoon series of it and I thought it is pretty good. XD I plan though to maybe try out and read the His Dark Materials series (watching the trailer of "The Golden Compass" actually makes me want to check the book out and then the movie! XD ).

As if the series influenced my fics...well, one part in Harry Potter influenced it for "Nothing, Everything". XD The other things that influenced my work are from other books ("Nothing, Everything" and 'Heart of the Sea" are both influenced by books), and movies too (there is one original story I plan on doing that is inspired after watching "Pan's Labyrinith" with a few friends of mine XD )

MondoTR
23rd October 2007, 10:37 AM
What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

I've followed many series but haven't had much time to read lately. Last two series I completed was Left Behind: The Kids and Harry Potter.

Neither of those influenced me. I was influenced to write Aura by Starbolts. Though I've always wanted to do something like it because of the influence of DC and Marvel comics and all the cartoons and movies that came from them. A few anime and manga as well.

Praxiteles
23rd October 2007, 2:41 PM
What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

I follow no series of books, but simply read them as I stumble upon them. I once followed everything from Redwall to Goosebumps (I was young!) very avidly, but that crest fell as most of the series ended.

As for influence, however, I am most extremely and overreactively influenced by the book I am currently reading. In such fictions as Atershock, indeed, those influences are likely visible to outside eyes. A character, Ruki, for example, is a cross between the main characters of Pokčmon Revelations: Cross of Fates, and Destiny Journeys: Healing of Hearts; Luthien Tinuviel from the Silmarillion, and also Fenchurch from Mostly Harmless of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. All other influences on characters are to spoilery to explain, but you see now the degree to which a piece of writing affects me.

And then, of course, my writing style starts gravitating towards that of the writer's; thus my somewhat archaic speech while I was rereading some of my old J R R Tolkien books, and the Victorian age English shift as I began reading a like story. Indeed, I just about learnt the rudiments of stream-of-consciousness from Kiyohime in her pieces of work.

FlamingRuby
23rd October 2007, 3:19 PM
I don't currently follow any book series, but I may base a fic event on something in a reading.

LinksOcarina
23rd October 2007, 6:25 PM
Hmm...I need to join this.

The link to my story is in my profile here.

As for the question, I draw some things from epic novels such as C.S Lewis, Tolkien, Piers Anthony, and J.K Rowling. Their structures are basically what I am trying to emulate. Create an epic in the pokemon universe that is more adult-oriented and as realistic as possible. There will be fantastic stuff (it is pokemon, after all.) but the object here is a strong story that makes you think.

I also draw a lot of influence of my story structure from TV shows like Lost and Heroes, shows that have excellent narratives and are worth following because of the way they suck you in with their narration.

Psychic
24th October 2007, 1:26 AM
Added you to the member list, LinksOcarina. ^^


I have a new topic for y'all. Since the lovely, spooky month of October is coming to an end, it means that November is sure to follow. And we all know what that means: National Novel Writing Month! NaNoWriMo's coming up, so it's time to start brainstorming about what sort of 50,000-word story you're going to write for those thirty days!

Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

I fully intend to take advantage of the writing event and look forward to my first, yes, first NaNoWriMo. For my story, I've narrowed my options down to either a rather unconventional Mysery Dungeon fic I've had in my head for quite some time, or fantasy story (which my irl friend is encouraging me to write).

I have a much better idea of what the MD fic is going to be like, and for my first Nano I think I'd prefer to stick with what I know. After all, I've never gone anywhere near 50,000 words before, both in fan fiction and normal fiction, so I think I'll go with the fic this time around. ^^;


~Psychic

duncan
24th October 2007, 1:52 AM
Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

I thought about it, but I just don't have the time this year. 50,000 words is a lot, but I just don't have the time to do it in a month. I've written a 80,000+ page story before, but that took me nearly six months to do it. Maybe next year.

Sike Saner
24th October 2007, 2:48 AM
Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

No, I will not be participating. My creativity and deadlines do not mix at all. XD; And since I'm not participating, I guess that precludes any need for me to answer the second question in that topic. XD

Ledian_X
24th October 2007, 2:53 AM
Woah. Haven't been here in some time. Time to answer some questions...

What genre do you write you fics in?

I write Starbolts in the science fiction/action/adventure/romance genre you find in most comic books from Marvel, DC, Image and many others. Basing things on comics makes it easy to write in all genres. Which, I can do. Comics carry a wide variety of genres and I employ most of them.

What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

I read the Harry Potter series and Star trek Voyager and DS9 relaunch novels. I also read a lot of comics by Marvel. I collect a lot so I won't list them all. I read all kinds of stuff from comics to comic novels to trade paperbacks. Toss in some HP. Sprinkle some trek on the top and there ya go!

Do they influence my writing? Yep. I mean, I've created a whole universe largely thanks to them. It's a good influence and sparked my imagination. With that, I can help to make new stories, characters and anything else.

How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

Hmm...About a dozen I would say. I have a lot of closet readers. I find that a bit annoying. But, it's okay. Not many people go to the non pokemon section which is a shame since there are soe great fics there.

Not much of an impact. I mean, why would I be impacted? People read and like it fine. They don't? Fine.

Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

My shortcoming sometimes is descriptions or figuring out what to have people say. I can picture stuff in my head and play out the scene that way. But, sometimes it's hard for me to convey it.

My strengths seems to be from the glowing yellow sun ab- Oh right...It comes from character interaction, development and personality. I don't make two dimensional characters. I add depth and personality. With that in mind, I follow the Marvel method to writing. Which is depth, personal struggles and emotion.

Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

Nope. Trust me. It'd be more than 50k with the action I put in! But, if I wanted to do one, chances are it wouldn't be pokemon. I dunno...I like the games but I just dunno what i'd write about other than this RPG blaxiken I was once.

And I am off!

*bamf*

FlamingRuby
24th October 2007, 3:06 AM
I am not participating in NaNoWriMo, as I have too much to do as it is.

MondoTR
24th October 2007, 4:10 AM
There's no way I could do fifty thousand in a month. Don't even know if I can do that within a year. ^_^;

Bay
24th October 2007, 9:40 AM
Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

Well, I am not sure if I will or not. At the moment, I am quite busy with university, work, real life, and "Nothing, Everything". I try to participate last year and I only managed a thousand words. XD I can be able to write 50,000 words in a month (I wrote all of the first draft of "Nothing, Everything" in the month of August and got it to 70,000 words), but only if school is not in the way. >.>

If I were to participate, it will be original fiction. It has been a while since I wrote one and I want to try my hand at it again. ^^

Blackjack Gabbiani
24th October 2007, 11:04 AM
NaNo? Hell no. I don't think I could write 50K words by myself in about three years, much less a single month. I do, however, plan on writing another chapter of Obsession for it. Yeah yeah, short, but if I don't care, I don't think anyone else will.

Praxiteles
24th October 2007, 6:09 PM
Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

Oh, no. Not this year, at least. It would be an interesting experiment in writing, I suppose, but someday when I'm readier for it. I am a great fan of quality over quantity, and abhor the opposite; and anyway I wonder if my fickle writing style might actually be affected by my attempts at fifty-thousand pages of gibberish, as opposed to my usual six pages of adequately readable material. Then there is the matter of whether I can actually manage fifty-grand pages of writing, regardless of quality...

Oh, and to those who doubt if they could write 50k in a year or three (and to the general public): as a point of interest, I have been writing for two years now, and I haven't managed more than... 250 pages, every single piece of work of mine pooled. Go, me.

LinksOcarina
24th October 2007, 6:14 PM
I don't know if I have to participate in Namo this month.

I have done it in the past, my personal best being roughly 47,000 words, but I never could finish.

My idea for a story this year is to expand on my Tokien-esque/Fire Emblem Universe that I created. If I get to it, it should be a good read.

BladedScizor
24th October 2007, 6:23 PM
Hey guys, I think I'd like to join this club.

My only fic so far has its link in my sig. It's an OT Journey fic, so if you have a passing interest in that sort of thing, drop by and give it a shot.



Now, to add something constructive to the conversation, I'll go ahead and answer some of the questions I've seen in recent posts:


How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
Two or three regular ones, though I get a review from some new person here and there. I have yet to get any particularly in-depth reviews, so I haven't really been influenced much by them.


Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?
Shortcoming: Probably emotion and character development.

Strength: Action scenes are foremost in my mind here, I'm quite proud of the battles that I write. In addition, I have fairly decent grammar and a good vocabulary; I blame college. :)


What genre do you write you fics in?
I currently have only one fic in the works. It's a OT Journey fic, so I guess that would answer that question.


What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?
Douglas Adams 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', Terry Brooks' 'Shannara' and 'Word and Void' series, and Arthur Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'. I guess I've gone through most of the Harry Potter series, though I have yet to bother going for Deathly Hallows.

Considering my current fic is my first real writing experience, I'm willing to bet that the books I've read tend to influence my writing style. Most of that influence seems to be subconscious, though.


Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?
No, and no.

MondoTR
24th October 2007, 6:23 PM
Fifty thousand WORDS, not pages. I think anyone would have trouble with fifty thousand pages. XD

Anyways, I've had something I've been wondering for awhile:

Which do you think is more difficult, original stories or fan fiction?
Original - You start completely from scratch and have to create everything.
Fanfics - Things are already made but you have to make sure to depict them correctly. Or if you do change them you need a good way to do so.

I think it depends on the writer. Some people are great at inventing their own things while others are better at altering someone else's creations.

For me personally, it's more difficult to do original. It has superpowers and aliens and such. It's very difficult to think of unique concepts for those.

FlamingRuby
24th October 2007, 6:54 PM
It depends on the writer, actually...

duncan
25th October 2007, 6:38 PM
Which do you think is more difficult, original stories or fan fiction?
Original - You start completely from scratch and have to create everything.
Fanfics - Things are already made but you have to make sure to depict them correctly. Or if you do change them you need a good way to do so.

Well, it really does depend on the author. Technically Fan Fiction is probably easier, particularly Pokemon Fan Fiction, because there are lots of genres and nearly unlimited possibilities. Original Fiction has the same, but doesn't have the same base and you need to fill in between the lines. I write both, but Pokemon Fan Fiction is much easier for me. The thing is, though, I only write Fan Fiction to improve my Original Fiction. Confusing, huh?

LinksOcarina
25th October 2007, 9:33 PM
Well, how about a combination of both? That's hard to do, because you create your own world and own rules, but at the same time have to follow specific rules from other sources.

In the very sense, any story you write has elements that are in different genres. Science, physics, nature and politics are all thing's you sort of can't make up anyway. So you need to draw from many sources.

For me at least, fan fictions are just another original story. It's your interpretation of something that is already established, you just borrow elements from created stories and make it as original as possible.

Ledian_X
26th October 2007, 3:58 AM
I've actually found it easier to write original fiction. In it, I can write my own rules and have it based on whatever. I have the story based in the present day with major differences. The existence of beings with abilities no one on this planet has. That and aliens.

I just find it easier to play with my own imagination than be confined with the universe someone else made. I physically can not be boxed in like that. I've tried but my imagination often wins out in the end.

LX

Pkmn Breeder Jack
26th October 2007, 4:16 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

Uh, I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 regular reviewers I think, but I've had plenty of people drop a review for the early chapters. I think my fic is overlooked, but from the quotes in my sig, I think my reviewers like it a lot.

Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

My biggest shortcoming is description of pokemon. I'm improving, but I guess I just assumed everyone knew what pokemon looked like, which is a stupid assumtion because everything has to be described. People know what things look like, yet they still need to be described. My biggest strength I would say is emotions and plot/cliffhangers. I always end my chapters with a cliffhanger that leaves people pulling their hair out when they realize they have to wait for the next chapter. I also think I handle emotions pretty well. Or so I've been told.

What genre do you write you fics in?

Rebirth of Terror is a OT fic, but it isn't a journey fic. I forget the term, but it's a mix of action/suspense/romance. If you've seen the movie Transformers by Michael Bay, it's kind of the same genre.

Which do you think is more difficult, original stories or fan fiction?
Original - You start completely from scratch and have to create everything.
Fanfics - Things are already made but you have to make sure to depict them correctly. Or if you do change them you need a good way to do so.

It really does depend. For fanfics, you already have a background setting, you just need a plot. Often times, a fanfic plot is just as good as a real book plot. As for original works, unless it takes place in future/space/fantasy world, you really have a basic setting already. For me, I find fanfic writng easier than original work, because with original works, you have to come up with everything, rather than just build off something. And the reader doesn't have a clue what you write about unless you describe it well

Ledian_X
26th October 2007, 5:28 AM
It seems like I'm the odd one out. I mean, writing original stuff for me is a lot easier than doing something in the confines of a set universe. Like in Pokemon, I can't have Ash Ketchum running from a world that fears and ates him because of his powers. It goes against canon and well...Ash would probably hurt himself if he had powers. Just my belief. I can't stand Ashy-boy.

But, I do see what people are saying. If it's easy for you to write in a set fanficverse, they by all means go for it. Personally, I just find it easier because you makke your own rules.

The only thing I do when I do my story is create a world similar to that of Marvel Comics' creation. Realistic characters, situations and the like. Yes they all have strange powers but at heart, they're humanized and have real issues aside from saving the world. Superheroes are like that now.

LX

Negrek
26th October 2007, 6:50 AM
Which do you think is more difficult, original stories or fan fiction?
Original - You start completely from scratch and have to create everything.
Fanfics - Things are already made but you have to make sure to depict them correctly. Or if you do change them you need a good way to do so.

I don't find either particularly more difficult than the other; essentially, when I write original fiction, I create the world first, and then any stories set in that world are essentially "fanfiction," with the fandom being of my own creation. Fanfiction, though, tends to hold my interest more, probably because I have a wider audience for it, although my tendency to shift from 'fic to 'fic is also more of a liability in original fiction because I have to start worlds over more or less from scratch each time I switch, which is time consuming.

Psychic
26th October 2007, 7:25 AM
Welcome, BladedScizor! ^^

Which do you think is more difficult; original stories or fan fiction?
Well, if you're going to ask this in a FAN Fiction Club on a site where most people like Pokémon, chances are they'll prefer writing fan fics, really. XP

And anyway, I don't find the Pokéverse to be as confining as some of you are making it out - in fact, I think it has MUCH more freedom than most other fandoms, especially in that there are so many different canons and forms of the world to choose from, with over 400 creatures and many human characters to write about!

Personally I'm actually okay with both - my problem isn't so much creating a world and characters (though I'm not amazing with geography) as it is creating a plotline, in which case the problem applies equally for both original and fan-works. I just prefer fan fiction right now because I have no good plot lines for an original story, other than the odd One-Shot (though I am working on a co-written story with my irl friend Sam, but she's better at plot while I'm a bit more into characters).

For now, though, I don't want to focus on creating entire worlds myself and whatnot, and I don't want to bother working on an original story so hard if it won't really do anything, as I don't trust the internet enough to post anything original on it. I intend to get things published, but for now I just want to practice and improve, not get too serious.


Also, just wanted to respond to this:


Like in Pokemon, I can't have Ash Ketchum running from a world that fears and ates him because of his powers. It goes against canon and well...Ash would probably hurt himself if he had powers. Just my belief. I can't stand Ashy-boy.
Nobody ever said you had to write about Ash or ANY canon humans. Mew knows I've never even mentioned any of them in my fics, because I dislike so many (except, like, Eusine, Sabrina, LANCE *drools*). And if you mean to say writing a superhero fic in the Pokéverse, all you have to do is create your own character or use one that doesn't get enough airtime, like a random Nurse Joy or Gym Leader. XP Pokémon superheros also work. :3



The only thing I do when I do my story is create a world similar to that of Marvel Comics' creation. Realistic characters, situations and the like. Yes they all have strange powers but at heart, they're humanized and have real issues aside from saving the world. Superheroes are like that now.
It's not as if realistic characters are limited to comics, and it is EXPECTED that all characters be realistic and deep - it's not like an added bonus. :/ If a novel lacks good characters, it probably will suck, no matter how the rest of it is.

Same with comics, I expect. A realistic character shouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, and their existance should really just go without saying. o_O Same goes with plots and general worlds - if it's all shallow and full of holes and whatnot, it won't be an average story - it'll be a crappy story. It's all expected; what matters is the kinds of characters, the way the world works, that sort of thing.

Just wanted to add that in incase it wasn't clear or something.

~Psychic

Bay
28th October 2007, 1:38 AM
Which do you think is more difficult, original stories or fan fiction?
Original - You start completely from scratch and have to create everything.
Fanfics - Things are already made but you have to make sure to depict them correctly. Or if you do change them you need a good way to do so.

I guess I would say original fanfiction is harder mostly on what Jack said. Even though the world is pretty set, you have to pretty much describe everything. Maybe that's why I hadn't written anything original in a long time (and why I almost quit writing in the first place) XD

For now I am interested in writing fanfiction because I really had fun with thinking up ways I can turn into some of the things in the Pokemon franchise into a story. ^^

duncan
28th October 2007, 7:16 PM
New topic time, I guess.

How much time do you have to write a week?

Time. The enemy of writers. Well, I probably have more time than most, but I usually have about four to five hours a week, usually on the weekends. Most of that time is spent piddling on new ideas, but I have, on occasion, done an entire 10 page chapter in one sitting. Usually it takes me a couple of weeks to write a chapter and proofread it (if you call it that). How about everyone else?

FlamingRuby
28th October 2007, 7:46 PM
I write when I can, usually when i have lots of free time.

dash142
28th October 2007, 11:16 PM
How much time do you have to write a week?

I ussualy have tons of free time, but I prefer to write when I'm sure that I won't be interrupted so I write on non-school nights.

DarkPersian479
29th October 2007, 4:40 AM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?
Five or six regular reviewers, plus a few who are beginning to read my (now 37 chapter) fic. I do try to incorporate their advice to improve my work as best I can, plus it's always nice to read what folks really liked about the chapter. Luckily, the SPAM isn't too much of an issue with my reviewers.

Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?
Shortcoming: Showing the emotions and personalities of Pokemon, since I choose not to have them "speak."

Strength: Grammar. I'm told that I also have a talent for writing human characters with unique personalities.

What genre do you write you fics in?
My main fic is an OT/Journey fic, but I've also done a couple of one-shot songfics, one of which just went up today (on my birthday, yay!)

What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?
Does the Quality Inn hotel directory published yearly count? No? Well, then I really don't follow any book series. In fact, with my lack of exposure to literature, it's a wonder I'm into fanfiction at all!

How much time do you have to write a week?
It varies, but I like to get at least a half-chapter equivalent (for me, 4-6 Word pages) done in a week.

bobandbill
29th October 2007, 6:04 AM
What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?
Too many to name and remember. I guess they all have helped my love for literture remain, as well as to aspire to write as well. None have really influnced me on their own however.

How much time do you have to write a week?
Currently - very little, as it's the end-of-year tests and assignments currently and all. That, with other things I like to do (e.g. read), and the small time I'm normally allowed on the computers, maybe normally anything from 1-5 hours a week - normally the smaller amounts...
When the holidays come that might increase however...

Oh BTW, Happy Birthday, DarkPersian479!

Sike Saner
29th October 2007, 6:43 AM
Which do you think is more difficult, original stories or fan fiction?
Original - You start completely from scratch and have to create everything.
Fanfics - Things are already made but you have to make sure to depict them correctly. Or if you do change them you need a good way to do so.

For me, original fiction is much more difficult. For me, the motivation to write comes solely from being a fan of this or that and wanting more out of the fandom than I can get from the canon alone. Dissatisfaction is my primary source of inspiration; it breeds curiosity in me, and when I wonder is when I become creative. When I try to create a piece of original fiction, that dissatisfaction doesn't get to form--it's just not quite as much fun for me to come up with the answers when I'm the one who wrote all the questions.

(Yay for copying and pasting. XP)

And as far as the supposed restrictions on creativity that fanfiction comes with due to being based on an established canon... that really depends on a number of things. Some fandoms have more open or free-form canons than others; Pokémon's an example of one that's open to a very wide variety of interpretations. Also, the followers of some fandoms seem to demand a more strict adherence to canon in fanwork than those of other fandoms.

Ultimately, though, it really is your call and yours alone as to how much your fanfiction must adhere to canon. Some may not like whatever level of adherence you choose, but as long as you a.) aren't breaking the rules of wherever you're posting it and b.) aren't being a jerk to those who express dislike of it, you are in the right.

How much time do you have to write a week?

In terms of time that's not taken by other responsibilities, at least an hour a day. Often more, actually. So, why am I not constantly producing chapters, then? Well, all the time in the world is of little use when I've not planned something sufficiently enough to actually know what the frell I'm doing. XD Hence, a lot of that free time actually goes to planning what I'm going to write rather than just diving straight into writing (which has never produced good results for me XD).

Plus, there's the fact that much of what I write has to go through a lot of tinkering and revising before it's at all presentable--and that sometimes means correcting very large mistakes, which can be pretty time consuming.

And furthermore, even if I'm looking at an entire evening with nothing to do, nothing's going to happen if I'm not in the right mindset. I've never really been able to just "turn it on" to take advantage of openings in my schedule--and believe me, I have tried. @.@

LinksOcarina
29th October 2007, 7:17 AM
No time at all anymore, due to student teaching.

Psychic
29th October 2007, 8:18 AM
How much time do you have to write a week?
A fair few hours, but with a restriction on creative juices, very little is devoted to actually writing. I'd say that I have about ten hours of free time - it's time in between the free time that I write. Slash whenever I'm in the mood, which is sometimes while brushing my teeth or sitting up in my bed late at night. I just don't use my time very well. >>


New topic!

Are you writing anything special for Halloween? Such as a creepy chapter in your fic or a holiday-themed One-Shot?
Hopefully I'll be able to finish writing a creepy One-Shot this year - it's been in my mind since around early 2006 but last year I hadn't had the time to work on it and fully develop it. It starts off at a costume party and then I'll put my suspense-writing skills to the test. I have no idea how it'll turn out or if I'll even finish it in time for the 31st. :S

~Psychic

Sike Saner
29th October 2007, 8:44 AM
Are you writing anything special for Halloween? Such as a creepy chapter in your fic or a holiday-themed One-Shot?

Nope. I'm someone who can really only work on one project at a time, so I'll not be specifically writing any one-shots or anything specifically for Halloween on the side. As for my current project, its next chapter's purpose was established quite a while ago, so it doesn't get to be made into a Halloween chapter in any sense.

And besides which, Halloween is only a couple of days away, and I just do not write that fast. Well, technically I could bash something out in such a short amount of time, but the only thing that'd be scary about it would be how awful it would be. XD

Bay
29th October 2007, 9:10 AM
How much time do you have to write a week?

Depends if I'm in school/work or not, SERIOUSLY. When I am in school/work, I have almost little to no writing time. The school quarter is devoted to either studying, reading the fanfics or hanging out with my friends and family. When I am on my break however, I usually have between a few hours to a whole day (depends if I am going to go somewhere with my family and friends XD). That is how I managed to finish the first draft of "Nothing, Everything" in August. ^^

Are you writing anything special for Halloween? Such as a creepy chapter in your fic or a holiday-themed One-Shot?

Well, I would like too but probably won't as I am quite busy with schoolwork and work. There is one one-shot idea though that I have thought about that is going to be of a haunted Pokemon gym and is inspired when my dorm hall won third place in this Halloween decoration contest last year. I would love to write that, but it might be a very slim chance that I will since I work on Halloween. >.>

Happy early Halloween, everyone! XD

Manaphyman
29th October 2007, 12:00 PM
How much time do you have to write a week?

Hmm, the week itself, maybe just two hours. The weekend....about 10

Are you writing anything special for Halloween? Such as a creepy chapter in your fic or a holiday-themed One-Shot?

I am doing a special chapter for the occasion, but nothing too great.

FlamingRuby
29th October 2007, 2:49 PM
I'm going to try again with a one-shot that never got off the ground last year, in which Ash, Dawn, and Brock go trick-or-treating and get into some frightfully funny shenanigans along the way.

Ash will go as Link (so Pikachu can be Navi), I'm debating having Dawn go as a different magical girl than last time, and Brock's going as a warrior from Final Fantasy.

duncan
29th October 2007, 6:55 PM
Are you writing anything special for Halloween? Such as a creepy chapter in your fic or a holiday-themed One-Shot?

Yes and no. No, I'm not doing anything directly to do with Halloween. But,

I am currently writing the Prologue for the third saga in Blazing Dreams, which is a lot darker and is totally different. Scary stuff, I'd say.

So I guess I'm doing a scary sort of thing, though it won't be out for several months now.

~RaikouRider243~
30th October 2007, 4:41 AM
How much time do you have to write a week?
I have enough time to write a chapter a week...depends on if I'm in a writing mood. If I'm not in a good mood, I can't write at all. That's why it took so long to get my chapter 21 up.

Are you writing anything special for Halloween?
As I'm only writing one series, no.

Pkmn Breeder Jack
30th October 2007, 4:57 AM
How much time do you have to write a week?

About two hours last week. Honestly. I've been really busy.

Are you writing anything special for Halloween?

No, not really. I've had hardly enough time to write my main fic. But my current chapter in progress is taking place in the pokemon tower in Lavender town, so I'm going to incorporate some scary stuff in there.


Jack ;466;

bobandbill
30th October 2007, 8:00 AM
Are you writing anything special for Halloween?

Eh... Nope! Especially as in Australia, we don't get much Halloween publicity (at least not where I live - heck, the only thing that reminds me is the constant 'Halloween Special No. 5-million' Simpsons episode, and these forums). And nobody comes trick and treating on our door - mainly due to the fact that we live on a very steep hill, that nobody will bother to climb up.

FlamingRuby
30th October 2007, 4:19 PM
Another possibility for a Halloween fic for me is have Brock get pulled into a Nintendo DS, and have him be left to the whims of the player (most likely Misty)

LinksOcarina
30th October 2007, 9:07 PM
Read my dream sequence chapter in my fanfic, Chapter 8. That is as scary as we get. It is basically a dream sequence for each of the principle characters, and each shows a bit of their persona and how they may or may not view specific people, or how they are feeling deep inside. It also can show ambition and what these teenagers value.

My personal favorite of the four is this one, because of them all, it is perhaps the most chilling because of it's nature. I share this for you, but be warned it is very graphic and is rated R.




Damon was confused about what was happening. He heard his mom screaming in her bedroom, like she usually does every night with her current “boyfriend” as she called him, but this time it didn’t sound right to her. After moving to his new home here, he didn’t want to bother his mom and her new friend. After all, why would an eight year old do such a thing? Wait a minute, eight years old?

Damon checked himself out; his small body was sitting in his old bedroom at his old house, clad in his light blue pajamas, staring at the pale brown wood of his bedroom. The posters of various cartoon characters' pokemon and celebrities were abound as well as his old toy chest now mostly empty because he sold most of them for cash in a garage sale.

‘No…not this again…’ he thought to himself. He got up, shivering as his bare feet touched the cold wooden floor. The curiosity to see him mom won over any reason as he crept to see how his mom was. He knew he shouldn’t bother her, but he also knew that he had to make sure his mommy was all right.

Damon saw the light coming from his mother’s bedroom; her screams were soft, but clear. Inside there was a man’s voice as well.

“YOU WANT THE ****ING MONEY, THEN STOP THE CRYING *****!” the man shouted.
“NOOOO…I SAID NO, NEVER DOIN THAT…YOUCH!” Cried Damon’s mother; after she felt the slap hit her.

Damon opened the door slightly so that he could see what was going on, as the man in his mother’s bedroom kept on slapping her in the face. The man was only in his pants, his shirt long discarded onto the floor and his shoes tucked in a corner. His rugged face showed lots of aggression as he slapped Damon’s mother again. His mom was naked, covering her slender frame with the bed sheets, trying to push the stranger off of her.

Tears were running down her cheeks now, causing Damon to clench his hands with rage, making tiny fists. He bursted into his mother’s bedroom; charging right at the man as he kept trying to slap her in the face.

“LEAVE HER ALONE YOU JERK!” The young boy squeaked, as he jumped on top of the man, trying to outmuscle him. The man was shocked at first by the tiny attacker, but then pushed him off the bed hard, his head hitting the wooden floor with a large bump.

“You little piece of shit…”the man began to say, before he himself was slapped in the face, this time by Damon’s mother.
“Don’t you EVER talk to my SON like that you low life!” she snapped at him.

The man, with his eyes wide and his face red with anger, punched Damon’s mother in the face, knocking her head back on the bedpost. Her nose was busted open, red blood gushing down her nostrils.

“Oh, your gonna pay!” the man said enraged, grabbing Damon’s mother by her hair and dragging her down on the floor. Damon himself was powerless to stop him, as the throw knocked him out cold. His eyes were still open, but his young body wouldn’t move at all, as if he was paralyzed to do anything. He was crying, because he kept hearing his mother screaming, begging for the man to stop, until that finally ceased as well.

Michii
31st October 2007, 12:09 AM
If possible, could I please join? I was an inactive member of the old club, but now I've become more involved in writing again, and I'm starting another fic. I really need help with it, though, so I thought I'd join again so I could get back on the writing track and recieve help with my thoughts. I'd also like to get more experience, since I want to become an author and since I'm only thirteen.

Sird
31st October 2007, 6:08 PM
May I join? I was inspired my Coronis.

Arcanine Royale
31st October 2007, 10:34 PM
How much time do you have to write a week?

Well, there's a bit variance. I have virtually no commitments, excluding basketball, which is just starting up. Really, I probably will have about 20 hours plus a week if I wanted to use it. (Which, incidentally, is why I'm doing NaNoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org). Usually, though, I probably write 1 - 5 hours a week. I would like to do one hour a week... but now I have a web site, which takes up a lot of my time.

What book series do you follow?

Frankly, not many. Right now, I'm reading Asimov's Foundation Universe, and am finishing off the last of the Foundation books (Foundation and Earth) right now. Other than that, I like a series by Timothy Zahn called the Dragonback Series, even if its YA.

Negrek
31st October 2007, 10:55 PM
How much time do you have to write a week?

How much time do I have? Plenty. How much time do I actually spend writing? Not much. I try to get in at least half an hour of writing a day, preferably an hour, so let's call it 3.5-7hrs/week.

What book series do you follow?

Discworld. Other than that, the series I've followed are complete or I've lost interest in them. I don't really read many book series, although there are authors I watch out for.

Are you writing anything special for Halloween?

Nope. I've been working on finishing Clouded Sky and preparing to post all of it (it's taken me like six months to do eight chapters + epilogue... pretty sad...)

FlamingRuby
1st November 2007, 3:12 AM
I'm about to post my "Brock in a DS", one-shot, "Back to the Dual Screen"

and here it is: http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=284992

Psychic
1st November 2007, 3:37 PM
NANOWRIMO HAS BEGUN! NANOWRIMO HAS BEGUN!

Good luck to all NaNo participants, it's time to get that ball rolling! :D Here we go!


And the two enw members have been added. Welcome, guys! ^^

~Psychic

Manaphyman
1st November 2007, 10:03 PM
What book series do you follow?

I dont follow a series, more of an author. Jeff Shaara, David McCulloh, any historical fiction writer. I also read Newt Gingrich...

LinksOcarina
2nd November 2007, 12:05 AM
I am going to suck at my NaNo work.

Perhaps we can post chapters and our progress in here, have a little fun and make us all apply ourselves more.

Manaphyman
2nd November 2007, 12:07 AM
What exactly is NaNo?

Psychic
2nd November 2007, 1:00 AM
NaNoWriMo: National Novel-Writing Month. The idea is to write a novel in a month; you have the thirty days of November to write 50,000 words and essentially write an entire novel.

http://www.nanowrimo.org - you should still be able to sign up, but it might be too late. Not quite sure. :P


~Psychic

Manaphyman
2nd November 2007, 1:00 AM
Wow, I would do that, but...no time. Good luck to anyone who is going to try that!

Michii
2nd November 2007, 4:41 AM
I'd do the writing, but seeing as my life has just been turned upside-down as of this afternoon, I won't have the time.

What book series do you follow?


Harry Potter. I read it ever since I was Five or Six. My mom used to read to me every night before I slept, and it was Harry Potter that she read. I loved it =]

dash142
2nd November 2007, 4:46 AM
What book series do you follow?

Well, I followed Harry Potter and even bought the Quidditch book and Monster book. I also follow Artemis Fowl, and I guess that's it now. I lost interest in the Redwall series after a while.

HommeDor
2nd November 2007, 4:48 AM
What book series do you follow?
The Children Of the Red King (its AWESOME!!!!)

BladedScizor
2nd November 2007, 6:25 AM
How much time do you have to write a week?

If I'm honest with myself, probably a lot more than I seem to think I do. The main problem is that I really have to feel like writing to be able to do so. Of course, if I happen to have a few consecutive hours to myself, the inspiration tends to come along in a sort of snowball effect; a lot of my chapters have been either completely written or mostly written within the few hours right before I actually post it.


Are you writing anything special for Halloween?

Halloween has come and gone, so apparently not. What creative energies I have, unfortunately, can't be conjured up at will so I can participate in these kinds of things.


EDIT: Upgraded to Rainbow Trainer.

Michii
2nd November 2007, 1:28 PM
How much time do you have to write a week?

Not much. I have alot of stuff going on in real life, so I don't really have time. Most of my writings are made when I'm not paying attention in my language class or in my honors social studies class. They have to be my least favorite, so yea. I don't pay attention in them. Sometimes I just write to write though when I'm feeling upset mad or confused. It makes me feel better.

katiekitten
2nd November 2007, 8:27 PM
How many people review your fic? How much of an impact does it have?

...Depends what fic, and how how active I've been around the forum. xD Mostly around seven/eight reviews, more if I'm lucky. None if it is non-pokemon. :x

The impact depends on what the review is focussed on. Negrek gave me a wake up call review about two year ago and it changed my writing style completely. xD Grammer reviews I always go with, because I'm not stong there, but... I haven't really gotten any reviews on my description/plots for a while now, so I have no idea how I'd respond to it. On rewording sentences... If I disagree, I won't do it. :x Or if I do, I don't touch the original document. xP

Where, in your opinion, is your biggest shortcoming in writing? Likewise, what is your biggest strength?

Hmm.

Shortcoming: My original characters normally turn out the same. xD; Sarcastic, grouchy a**holes. Most certainly sarcastic. *scratches at back of head* I have a hard time with first person, for the reason stated above, and trouble with original character personalities.

Strength: Um. I know my writing quite well, now. I've been studying myself for a while. My actual writing is pretty much structurally sound.

What genre do you write you fics in?

...If you go by my old fics, tragedy. Drama, angst, death... I used to release all of my 'teenage angst' through my writing. x3 Now? A more adventure/verging on romantic genre.

What book series do you avidly follow? Do they influence your fics?

...xD This is a hard one. Hmm. Sister of Iris, for one. Um. Ditched quite a few 'cause I was too old for them. Oh, the Twilight series by Stepheny Myers = <3

Do you intend to participate in NaNoWriMo? And do you plan to write a Pokémon fic for it?

...No. Have enough difficulty writing anyway. >.<

How much time do you have to write a week?

...Loads, but I've always got something better to do. xD; I normally write when I'm half asleep or particularily inspired, otherwise I have difficulty getting over all the problems I see. Some of my best fics are written into a notebook and rewritten onto the computer. xD; While suffering from severe jet lag. (And no, I'm not referring to CHAOS. xP)

Gotta get used to this place again. So many new people have popped up during my absence. O.o

duncan
3rd November 2007, 6:22 AM
I've got a new topic, and I'd like to hear everyone elses' opinions.

Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

This is a tricky subject, so I for the most part keep the sexuality of my characters a non-issue. It really annoyed me when people look down on characters (or people, but that's a whole different story) that don't live the way that you do. Being gay doesn't change anything about a character. Everyone says that in the Harry Potter books when they read about the character, they will think about them differently. It shouldn't change anything, in my opinion. What does everyone else think?

Psychic
3rd November 2007, 6:42 AM
duncan, for future reference, let's please try to keep mentions of HP 7 to a minimum, as some people haven't read it yet and stuff. :P

Though I think that most people know that Dumbledore's gay. XD


Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?
Personally, I never felt the need to fuss over it because the way I see it, a homosexual character is the same as any heterosexual one. XP

I've never used a gay character because I never thought to, and I've never had any issues with reading stories with gay characters. To me, asking about a gay character might as well be asking about a character with glasses - they're just like everybody else, unless they're really flamboyant about it (XD wearing huge ugly glasses in comparison).

The reason it became an issue with Dumbledore is that nobody knew or really expected it, and most people had such a clear image of him in their minds that this just left them in a daze. At least, that's what I assume, as I've never done any research on it. I've never seen anyone make a hulabbaloo out of it, really. :P


~Psychic

duncan
3rd November 2007, 7:10 AM
duncan, for future reference, let's please try to keep mentions of HP 7 to a minimum, as some people haven't read it yet and stuff. :P

Though I think that most people know that Dumbledore's gay. XD

Well, I didn't actually say that the gay character was Dumbledore. At least I tried. But you're right. I seriously doubt many people don't know that already.


Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?
Personally, I never felt the need to fuss over it because the way I see it, a homosexual character is the same as any heterosexual one. XP

I've never used a gay character because I never thought to, and I've never had any issues with reading stories with gay characters. To me, asking about a gay character might as well be asking about a character with glasses - they're just like everybody else, unless they're really flamboyant about it (XD wearing huge ugly glasses in comparison).

Yeah, I agree with you there. It really shouldn't matter, but I've never really gotten onto the subject in my fics. There was no real reason to, in my mind. Was it important to the plot? No.


The reason it became an issue with Dumbledore is that nobody knew or really expected it, and most people had such a clear image of him in their minds that this just left them in a daze. At least, that's what I assume, as I've never done any research on it. I've never seen anyone make a hulabbaloo out of it, really. :P


~Psychic

Heh. Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. The main thing that I thought of it was how everyone was going to tear Dumbledore apart now, which is sad. He's still the same character, so what does it change? Nothing.

Blackjack Gabbiani
3rd November 2007, 7:41 AM
In my original story, the male lead is bi and at one point has a brief fling with a male subordinant. But nothing changes about him over it, although I know the fandom will wank mightily over it.

As far as my fics go, I tend to write whatever the story needs. If I need Characters A and B to fall in love, that's what I do.

bobandbill
3rd November 2007, 7:44 AM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics? (Note - continued discussion on HP 7... slightly)
I heard about that - and franky think more people were annoyed about that ending to the series... though if JK Rowling hadn't used that ending, a hell of a lot of young children would be in tears...

As for me, I have not written/mentioned any character in my fic that is gay - although one may argue that Miror B (Pokemon Colosseum/XD - flamboyant character with giant afro and possible feminene attributes....?) could be gay - after all, it was slightly debated that he might be a female, despite some NPC's calling him a 'he'.
In my fic however, I don't view him as gay, merely... flamboyant and party-like. If I thought otherwise however, I wouldn't change it for my fic - after all, it is partly my 'explanations' on the events of the Pokemon Colosseum game, and that includes my views on characters.

Bay
3rd November 2007, 10:51 AM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

Well, I have no characters that are gay because, like everyone else, it didn't crossed my mind. However, I don't mind reading them, as long as they are not protrayed in a stereotypical manner and more as normal human beings. I think in AEON, Kiyhiome had a few that are gay and that's a good example of them being protrayed more on their personalities and not on focusing too much on their sexual preference. XD

Actually, there are a few times I am thinking of trying out gay characters because I want to challenge myself. ^O^ I want to see how well I can portray them. I have a couple gay friends so I can base the characters off them a little bit. XD Probably I don't know too much about gay people yet, but it won't hurt to try. You learn your mistakes. ^^

ChloboShoka
3rd November 2007, 11:05 AM
It would be a great pleasure to join this club because I love writing fan fiction and reading.

How do you plan out your fics/fic ideas?
Well it's just an idea that lurks in my mind. I usually like to talk about my ideas and that's when I get the plan.

As for JK Rowling's story. I guess it's up to her what she wanted to write.

Arcanine Royale
3rd November 2007, 3:11 PM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

Didn't actually know that (not like I care, because I read, just missed it in the speed session it took). Really, I don't really care: I think that it might give more dimension to the right character, and a deeper plot is usually a better plot.

Manaphyman
3rd November 2007, 3:13 PM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

I was a little weired out, just because, well thats not my thing. I do not have gay or lesbain people in my fic...never really thought of it.

Ledian_X
3rd November 2007, 3:18 PM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

People have argued over main, forerunner characters since forever. This to them is like Optimus Prime dying in the original Transformers movie and Duke from GI Joe the movie getting killed. They said he was in a "coma" when it's obvious that he died.

Anyway, they really need to get over themselves and just read the story for itself. It's a story. Nothing else need be said. There are tons of gay characters in fiction already. Like Northstar from Marvel's Alpha Flight. He isn't flamboyantly gay but he is. And a bit of a jerk.

It's all in the execution of how you write it. I don't shy away from it. I have a gay character and I wrote him like I'd write anyone else. Nothing changed. He just bats for the other team. I had lesbian friend help me with some things but that was it. It was just like writing someone else. No real difference.

Only people having issues with it are the Bible Belt and they find issues with everything.

LX

MondoTR
3rd November 2007, 3:27 PM
I don't like what Rowling did. I don't see any logic behind finishing an entire story/series and only revealing something after it's complete unless it had to do with the ending. I've heard people say she made him gay to be politically correct or whatever and the way she went about it certainly makes that possible.

As to gay characters in general, doesn't matter to me if a story has one. As for my fic, I haven't thought of sexual preferences of the chars since it's not really shippy.

duncan
3rd November 2007, 3:28 PM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

Didn't actually know that (not like I care, because I read, just missed it in the speed session it took). Really, I don't really care: I think that it might give more dimension to the right character, and a deeper plot is usually a better plot.

You didn't miss it. She didn't put in HP 7 or anything. She announced it after some fans asked her about it a couple of weeks ago.

As for Miror B., that's a whole other deal. I definetly see your point, but yeah.



Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

Well, I have no characters that are gay because, like everyone else, it didn't crossed my mind. However, I don't mind reading them, as long as they are not protrayed in a stereotypical manner and more as normal human beings. I think in AEON, Kiyhiome had a few that are gay and that's a good example of them being protrayed more on their personalities and not on focusing too much on their sexual preference. XD

Actually, there are a few times I am thinking of trying out gay characters because I want to challenge myself. ^O^ I want to see how well I can portray them. I have a couple gay friends so I can base the characters off them a little bit. XD Probably I don't know too much about gay people yet, but it won't hurt to try. You learn your mistakes. ^^

Yeah, but I wouldn't add a gay character just for the sake of it. But then again, it would be interesting to try to portray a new sort of character. But I can't stand if there are any stereotypical characters in a fic.

C.Gholy, welcome to the club. I'm sure Psychic will add you to the members list when she gets the chance.


I was a little weired out, just because, well thats not my thing. I do not have gay or lesbain people in my fic...never really thought of it.

Hmm, it's interesting to see just how many people just haven't thought of it before.

FlamingRuby
3rd November 2007, 4:32 PM
I am a little uncomfortable with Ms. Rowling's decision, but acknowledge that it is her story, and she can do what she wants.

Michii
3rd November 2007, 4:44 PM
OoOo I like the new topic. Harry Potter is awesome, and I love discussing it ^^

Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?


On the actual subject of Rowling's decision, I really am not effected by her decision. The character was the same to me throughout the whole book series, so why should it be any different now? He's still the same exact person as he was written in the books.

On the question, I haven't yet written any fics with gay's in them. I've only made a couple fics and personal experience stories, so I haven't gotten to anything beyond those subjects, most unfortunately.

Manaphyman
3rd November 2007, 7:12 PM
Hmm, it's interesting to see just how many people just haven't thought of it before.

Agreed. It's not my prefernece, so I didn't put it in. I think that is how most people are. Besides, I've only written one half-finished fic at the moment...

LinksOcarina
3rd November 2007, 10:33 PM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?



Well, it doesn't affect the story at all. And considering Dumbledore is dead anyway, in the sense of Harry Potter it's a non-issue.

As for my own stories, if it comes up it comes up. Not a big issue unless it is a story that would make it a big issue.

ChloboShoka
3rd November 2007, 10:35 PM
The gay things never me. In an actual fact I am rather fond of gay things such as Yaoi and Yuri. I've always written gay/lesbian/bi stories.
All this forbidden love interests me.

Psychic
4th November 2007, 7:26 PM
The gay things never me. In an actual fact I am rather fond of gay things such as Yaoi and Yuri. I've always written gay/lesbian/bi stories.
All this forbidden love interests me.
o_O I wouldn't call it "forbidden love" because right now, most societies are pretty accepting of homosexuality except for the usual people who are afraid of change, open sexuality and whatnot.

Also, it's a bit...unnecessary to bring up Y&Y in a conversation about homosexual characters. Let's try to stay on topic and keep this G-rated.

Added you to the list, too.




Well, it doesn't affect the story at all. And considering Dumbledore is dead anyway, in the sense of Harry Potter it's a non-issue.
Not necessarily. Just because a character is dead doesn't mean they no longer exist to readers, or that if I were to reread the older books he would still be dead (lolz). Not only does it impact who the character is and how people think of them (whether we know it or not, because perhaps we missed the fact that in one book some random ziard was backtalking Dumbledore because he was against homosexuality), but we can't forget about the movies. I was actually talking to my friends about this, and apparently one of the directors had wanted to give Dumbledore a love interest in one film, and Rowling had to slip 'em a note saying that Dumbledore's gay.

But either way, I think the fact that such a major character was homosexual still has something of an effect on the story, or on the other characters at the very least, even if we hadn't noticed it. :P




Only people having issues with it are the Bible Belt and they find issues with everything.
They already had problems with Harry Potter because it encourages kids to believe that it's okay to use evil magic and love witches and stuff.

And it's unfair to say it's ONLY them, as there are plenty of non-religious homophobes, or die-hard Dumbledore fans/shippers who hate the idea of Dumbledore not having the sexual orientation that they had expected.

And then there are just some plain NON-extremists who are taken aback by the announcement and hadn't expected it because they're so used to the idea that he isn't, like Dani. (No offence meant, of course, just an example.)


~Psychic

MondoTR
4th November 2007, 10:09 PM
And then there are just some plain NON-extremists who are taken aback by the announcement and hadn't expected it because they're so used to the idea that he isn't, like Dani. (No offence meant, of course, just an example.)
Wha? I don't care either way if he's gay or not. I just don't like people mentioning things once the story's finished. If they wanted it as part of the story why not say it in the story instead of after?

Manaphyman
4th November 2007, 10:18 PM
Agreed. To steer everybody off of this topic, what about a new one?

How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?

I post 4-5 Chapters a month, depending on the number of Sundays+a holiday. My update day is Sunday.

MondoTR
4th November 2007, 10:43 PM
I update when I finish a chapter. Time it takes to finish a chapter varies.

FlamingRuby
5th November 2007, 1:27 AM
I update pretty regularly in the summer/holidays, but when I am busy, I try to update/post something on weekends

Pkmn Breeder Jack
5th November 2007, 1:50 AM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

Eh, I don't plan on having any gays in my fic. I find it awkward to write about, but that's just me. I was a bit surprised when Rowling announced that Dumby was gay. I never really thought of that. I think she just did it as an easy excuse to satisfy those who wondered about Dumbledore's love life. It doesn't really affect the way the story goes, since the series is already over.

How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?

I update periodically, but I usually respond to a reviewer's post. I post chapters once or twice a month, since I tend to procrastinate on the parts that I don't want to write as much, and since I write really long chapters...

duncan
5th November 2007, 2:43 AM
How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?

Varies wildly. Sometimes I'll get on a tear and do a chapter a day for a day or two, but I won't post more than a chapter a week. A lot of the time I'll get ahead by a couple of chapters and take a few week break, posting one chapter a week or after my reviewers have had the chance to read the new chapter.

Psychic
5th November 2007, 4:11 AM
How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?
Um...none. D:

I haven't owned a chapter fic in a good few years. I'd imagine that if I started again, it would probably be something like twice a month - I can never really say because it all has to do with how much inspiration I have, if I'm in the mood to write and if I have enough free time to write. XP



Heh, I also had the idea for a good new topic, thanks to watching the omfgsooooawesomeable Moulin Rouge last night. ^^

~Psychic

Sike Saner
5th November 2007, 5:06 AM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

I've not written about any gay or bi characters in my stories yet, but if I ever were to do so I imagine that I wouldn't handle them any differently than the straight characters.

How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?

Chapters per month: Less than one. XD And no, I don't choose specific update days. I really can't say how long any given chapter is going to take--this is especially true with chapters like the one I'm working on now, chapters that end up giving me more of a challenge than I'd anticipated. I hadn't expected that I'd be working on the same chapter nearly a year after completing the chapter that came before it, but, well, that's the way things turned out. XD And anyway, deadlines are my bane. XD

HommeDor
5th November 2007, 5:11 AM
How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?
whenever i am bothered and feeling creative. from 1nce a mone to 5.... never more :D

Sird
5th November 2007, 5:24 AM
http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=285070

My first fiction.

bobandbill
5th November 2007, 7:32 AM
At the moment - one a month - I've had next to no time, and it will continue to be that way for the next few weeks... bleh.
Normally, maybe one chapter per two weeks if I have time and ispiration - I do like to take my time to fully think out my 'explanations' and comedic moments - many of the parts that people have liked have been the ones that I thought up closer to releasing the last chapter.

Bay
5th November 2007, 9:12 AM
How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?

For "Heart of the Sea", it was between twice to once a month. The once a month ones were a combination of witer's block and during "Take Fifty Five!"

For "Simplicity", even though I finished that fic, it is becoming once every three months...dang university! >.>

For "Nothing, Everything" I was planning to do it twice a month, but now it is going to be at least once a month due to both my and my beta reader's busy schedules.

Draco Malfoy
5th November 2007, 1:11 PM
How many chapters do you post a month? Do you have a predestined update day?


Um, once every month, usually. But these days, with my stupid writer's block and more RL stuff, it's been going down to once every two-three months. D:

XD


New topic!


Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?

FlamingRuby
5th November 2007, 3:04 PM
I base my original girls on me and those I know. But since I mainly work with the existing characters, I save my originals for RPs. Just like my work, my originals are constantly revised.

duncan
5th November 2007, 3:32 PM
Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?

Hmm. Well, the personality for the main girl in my fic is sort of tricky. She used to be kind of carefree and eager for a challenge. But in the seguel, she's changed majorly. She was forced into hiding for two years, which made her a lot darker and more moody. She's grown up a lot in the two years, and no longer finds the world such a great place.

As for who is my favorite female character in Fan Fiction, that would have to be Mix from Destiny Journeys. She used to be completely hyper and nuts, but she is really maturing lately. Very realistic, and hilarious as well.

Pkmn Breeder Jack
5th November 2007, 3:57 PM
Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?


Hmm. Well, right now I only have two females in my fic, Megan, a human, and Chlora, a Chikorita. Megan's very naive, a bit clueless, yet has a strong heart and good morals. She doesn't get adult jokes and doesn't catch on well to sarcasm. But she's still a kind person and has a big imagination.

Chlora's a flat out brat. She whines, she pouts, she wants to get her way, and always thinks of herself as a better pokemon than anyone else. However, she is defensive of her trainer and does protect someone if they are in real danger.

And...my all time favorite female character in every fanfic I've read is Saber Midori from Cross of Fates and in December, Omnipotence. Saber's just incredibly realistic, and her feelings were portrayed by Saber the author incredibly well.


Jack ;466;

ChloboShoka
5th November 2007, 5:59 PM
As for how many chapters I post a month, it all depends. Sometimes I write long stories, sometimes short ones or just one shots.


I'd say at an average 1 - 3 a month, thouught my fan fiction updates will be a lot slower with the mock exams this week.


Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?

My fav female character is Chisato from vampire princess miyu fan fiction. To avoid mary-sues and angst-sue's I'd say balance the character's personality.

Just make the characters seem as realistic as possible.

LinksOcarina
5th November 2007, 8:56 PM
I would categorize my female characters based on how realistic they can be. These are teenagers, so they will be moody at times, but also courageous, know-it-alls, rebellious and insightful. I want to also avoid stereotypes of the prissy girl, you know what I mean? The one that doesn't like to get dirty and complains about everything. I also don't want to make them overly courageous, because even most men are not like that. There is a middle ground which I am trying to develop.

For example in my NaNo work, I have a female lead who is a head knight of a rebel army, who trained a knight errant, a male who develops a crush on her. She is courageous, but also friendly and warm when necessary, like all humans.

Bay
5th November 2007, 10:14 PM
Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?

For Bunny, even though she is really obsessed with history and likes to study it a lot, she doesn't have the best time management in the world. :P Also, she gets nervous a lot and has a hot temper. For Jenny, she likes to joke around a lot but also has trust issues, espically on her uncle. And like all officer Jennys, she fights crime. XD

My favorite female character will probably have to be Zeffy, because she is creepy and always wins. XD

Manaphyman
5th November 2007, 10:23 PM
Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?

Me being a guy, I dont exactly pay attention to this except when dealing with my main female charachter Lindsey.

I make her sweat, and cute, but also strong and independent, not depending on John by any strecth of the imagination.

I dont have a favorite female charachter...

Glajummy
5th November 2007, 11:52 PM
This is actually my first time checking out this section so this'll be the first club I join. If you'll accept me, that is. And I guess I'll answer this question:

Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?

For Artemis (human), she's a sweet, caring girl who depends on friendships a lot. When "something" goes wrong with her and Lucius' (main character) relationship, she goes out of her way to fix it. Lilith (Pokemon) is like Lucius' second half, where as she's the logical and cautious one. Luna (Pokemon) is a relitively old Pokemon with many years of experience. Because of this, she is very wise and always knows what to say. Out of these three, I say Lilith is my fav.

Psychic
6th November 2007, 12:16 AM
Heroines, Villainesses and Other Female Characters: What Types Of Personalities Do You Give Your Female Characters, And How Do Avoid Angst-Sue, Mary-Sue And Other Personality Stereotypes For Ya Gals? Also, Who Is Favourite Female Character (Including Non-Humans) In Fanfiction Currently?
Since when do you capitalize every single freaking word? ._.

You're scaring me. That's just so...noobish. D:
Gawd.


And personally I kind of find that to be a bit sexist. I could just be feeling really moody (finding out that your sprites were near stolen will do that to ya) but seriously, are female characters so different than males? Are they sooo much easier to fall into a trap with? If you're not trying to write a Self-Insert, then most people don't have much of a problem so far as I can tell.

...wow, I am sounding b****y.
I'll answer anyway. XP


Lumerah the Sandslash (old chapter fic): lol, moody, That basically sums up this mutant; she's a bit mentally unstable, so consequently, she can go from being really snappy and ruddy to gentle and motherly in an instance. She's fierce, not above making friends, and has quite a temper.

Snapper the Croconaw (one-shot): Usually good at controlling her emotions and while not being very sociable, is relatively nice. When she makes a slight mistake and her life is ruined, the guilt overwhelms her.

Asten the Scyther (NaNoWriMo): To quote what I said about her in my outline: Like all Scyther, she is quiet, proud, a bit arrogant and her honor is something she values deeply. Asten is not very good at making friends and is uncomfortable with others being very close to her (both physically and emotionally), however those she does call friend are very precious to her, and she will always stand by them, even if her own life it at stake.
The main problem is that in her cockiness she sometimes underestimates others, being a rather poor judge of not only battling abilities, but character as well. She also tends to assume the worst in people.


Will add more. XP

~Psychic

Michii
6th November 2007, 12:30 AM
I'm not going to answer a topic, but rather show you the writing that has brought me back into fan fiction. It will be a pokemon fic, featuring a girl from our world and her trusted pokemon partner, the pre-evo of the fox you will very shortly read about. It was relatively difficult to write this, especially seeing as I put it on paper in my german class, but I have a tremendous amount of faith in it, personally. ^^


The fog was deep. Not just the rgular deep, though. This fog was the menacing kind. The kind that travels around, following you like it has something to say constantly. It swirled around a figure, moving around the legs of the figure, dancing like a serpent listening to a tune. The figure moved suddenly, disorienting the semi-alive fog. Someone was watching her. She knew that she should run, but she could not; would not. She stood up and calmly spoke to the invisible form.
--"I know why you are here. You come to take me away to God knows where. Do what you must, but I can assure you that I am but a mere girl. I do not have the powers of which you speak of."
--The fog immediately retracted from her. It bunched up into a ball, violently swirling, and changed color. Now white and black, the fog looked as if it were wise somehow. Like it was alive. The ball of fog turned completely black, and out from it came a pure white fox with deep blue eyes that you could get lost in for eternity. It moved silently up to the girl.

Not much, I know, but I'm working on it. I'd like to know if I should continue on and go for a fic with it.

katiekitten
6th November 2007, 1:12 AM
Many people were unhappy when J.K. Rowling announced that one of her characters was gay. How do you, if at all, include gay people in your fics?

I'm fine with it - adds a nice twist and explains a couple things. xD Apparently, shortly after she said it, she said: "Oh, the fandom..."

I have a feeling she's taken a peek at fanfiction.net and Deviantart at some point. xD

Personally, I have no problem with gays, and have written oneshots including them. I support them whole heartedly - love is love, it doesn't matter who to. *shrugs*

On how many chapters I post a month... Heheh.

Zero. Zilch. None.

I prefer oneshots. xD;;

Dark: Sounds good so far! x3 Lovely description. A couple things about it, though: I personally am not fond of repeated phrases - pet hate- so I'd watch out for 'the figure' - replace it . And if the girl is not a fully grown woman, the language seems a little... much. I don't know. Depends on her age.


New topic! x3

Character maturity - what is your preference?

...Or, to put it simply, how mature are your own/favourite characters/ What do you like to write/read? Are they hyper-active fifteen year olds, or childish thirty year old men who never really grew up? (xDD Blame the Naruto anime. Poor Tobi...)

Moi?

People around my age, when focussing on original characters. Easier to do - I relate to them more. I personally really hate writing about shy/nervous characters, 'cause everytime I try they turn out really depressed. :x

With canon characters - I like choosing those with eccentric personalities. Mostly the 'baddies. xD 'Cause their personalities can be quite generalised and not really filled out - we know the basic traits, and how they act around their enemies, but in their natural environments? Their reasons for doing things? Undisclosed. It's fun exploring their characters. On the maturity scale, the younger ones are more enjoyable to do - although not neccissarily (I really have to learn how to spell that word. xD;;) easier, for it's harder to make them real without going overboard and just butchering them. xD;;

Manaphyman
6th November 2007, 1:19 AM
Character maturity - what is your preference?

In my fic... I make them like the people in real ife I based them off of, but I mature them as need be. I prefer teenagers such as myself.

FlamingRuby
6th November 2007, 1:38 AM
I'll keep the canon characters as canon as possible to make the story work...but I will bend the canon in order to make the story work.

As for originals, they are based on me, people I know, and people I've met.