Okay, I just really need to say something:
RUN YOUR FANFICTION THROUGH A SPELLCHECKER BEFORE POSTING IT.
Gosh, the number of lousy, bad grammar, bad spelling fics on here is astonishing.
And using an iPad to type isn't an excuse either. Everything I write, I write up on paper. I then go over it three times to check for grammar and spelling. Then, I type it up on my iPad on the built-in app Notes. YES, I KNOW SPELLCHECK IS ANNOYING WHEN WRITING A POKČMON FIC. Just deal with it. I then check the typed-up version three or four times, make any tweaks that I feel would improve my story, then copy-paste the whole thing to SerebiiForums (here) in a new thread where I then format it. Yes, it takes time. Yes, spellcheck is annoying. JUST DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FIC IS GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT.
Okay, sorry for that rant, I just needed to get that off my chest. So, really. Grammar and spelling are the most important things to check, even more important than a good plot, because if you have a good plot with horrible grammar and spelling, less people would read it than a fic with a bad plot and impeccable grammar and spelling. That stuff actually matters.
And then we have capitalization.
Do you people know how capitalization works? You capitalize names of people, places and specific things- these are called proper nouns. If they are not capitalized, they are common nouns.
'Tom' as opposed to 'the boy'.
'Cerulean City' as opposed to 'that town'.
'Pikachu' as opposed to 'the yellow rat'.
'Apple Macintosh' as opposed to 'a computer'.
That should be enough examples.
I hope this rant gets through to you people. Unless you are being extremely casual and are trying to type fast, grammar and spelling are important- you make a good impression on people as you are actually using the English language correctly. E.g. Actually using capitalization when typing something on a thread and not using slang unless in an appropriate context.
Okay, sorry if I sound like an English teacher- I just love the great language and want to see others use it correctly, and to its full extent. Let's get some fics going with correct grammar and spelling.
Oh, and by the way, one or two mistakes doesn't ruin a fic, since everyone makes mistakes, as we are all still learning how to better our use of the English language. Just make sure that the fic is not one big spelling mistake- especially check that you are spelling 'prologue' and 'chapter' and any words that may be in your title correctly.
I really hope I helped, and people will now improve from this.