Name: Mrs. Lovett/Haruka of Hoenn. Lovett, Haruka, whatever you want to call me. :P
Age (optional): I couldn't think of anything clever.
Gender (optional): Female
Fiction background (optional): I've always been writing stories, ever since I was little and learning English. My first venture into fanfiction was a so-fail-that-it's-win story called Pokemon Adventure. (I recently recovered the complete file from my old computer, and it surprised me how utterly dreadful it was, and how much I've improved since.) I don't remember how long I stuck with that fic... maybe for a year or two. But afterwards, I sort of gave up on fanfiction and stuck with original fiction for the next few years.
I didn't start getting serious about writing until I began Deeds of Darkness, which required me to concentrate like never before on characters and description. (Even though the first draft wasn't good anyway.) That fic really broadened my sense of characters and story, because it required me to think and work my way through problems. It also required me to listen to reviewers, and learn how to apply their words to improve myself. (Back in the early days of my writing career, I was incredibly sensitive to bad reviews.)
Eventually, I gave up on DOD because it was simply too dry for me. Writing it became a chore, so I dropped the project and didn't write fanfiction for quite a while. I tried to revive it a couple times and do rewrites, but they went down the same way.
Then, last summer I got the idea for Roots and began writing it. And so I became the writer you see today.
Fandoms you write in: Pokemon's the only fandom I've ever written for. It's odd, I know, but my tastes are leaning more towards original fiction nowadays.
Types Of Writing: I enjoy uplifting stories. They're a pleasure to write and read, and are a lighter load than serious writing. However, I do have a dark side and I love to play it up in my writing. I haven't posted too many of those here, but I've been planning on making it my next big project.
Strong Areas: Plot and character development. That doesn't mean that I don't run into my fair share of problems, but
Type Of Characters: People with more to them than meets the eye. I always like to know more about my characters than my readers when I set out to write a story so I can twist them and bring out their true colors in surprising ways.
Completed Stories: I've never completed a fanfiction, so for now, this spot will remain blank...
Roots // Professorfic
At the age of thirteen, Michael Rowan leaves home to find himself and his place in the world. Eventually, he gets pulled into challenging the Pokemon League, but his path is ridden with twists and turns, and he soon realizes that in order to embrace the future he must first come to terms with the past. Meanwhile, the rest of Sinnoh keeps watch on Team Galactic, an entity with ever-growing influence, whose space program and rivalry with Hoenn could at any moment make the headline of the decade.
The 1960s pass in a whirlwind of change. Change in society, change in technology—and for Michael, change in himself.
Future Stories: None that have solidified beyond the 'idea' status yet.
Writing Tips (Optional):
First off, I recommend reading the book On Writing by Stephen King. I know I'm not the first person to say this, nor the last, but seriously, read it. Even if his writing isn't your style, he has a lot of good things to say about the craft and (if you want to go that far) the business. And if you happen to stumble across any other books like this one, written for writers, by all means, read them too. They can only help.
While we're on the topic of advice, I'll also say this: Absorb advice/words of wisdom from as many sources as possible, but don't rush to change your own methods on the spot for every little piece you get. Ultimately, it's your craft, and your unique way of doing things. Your way will differ from someone else's. You might have a good way of doing things that works for you, but if you hear from another writer that their method of writing is good and you completely abandon what you had going on, you're only harming yourself.
If you think your writing isn't good, then make it better. Don't do it for anyone else but you. (Someone else CAN be an inspiration... but in the end, you will be unique. That's what makes fiction great: The variety of voices that give it life.)
If you read another piece of writing (fanfiction or otherwise) and the idea/story/writing/etc. is so good that you feel like you can't possibly amount to the author's greatness and give up, then consider this your complementary bop on the head. You can be good, but only if you keep going. And you can't keep going if you're pushing yourself down at the same time. So if that story is getting you down, just think: "Pshaw, I can do better!" And do it. There are lots of great ideas out there, and when you've found your own, stick with it.
And that's my advice! Make of it what you will.