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Ask Not what Fanfic Can do for You...

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 9:18 PM
To the fanfiction community,

It's been quiet lately. Too quiet. And I don't mean in the "something awful's bound to happen" kind of way, I mean in the "where the heck is everybody?" kind of way. We're more than halfway through the month and I haven't set a Daily Deviation since Halloween. No one has sent me any suggestions! And while DDs aren't the be-all end-all, this is indicative of a more deep-rooted problem.

Look, I'm one of you, so I understand the ins and outs of this community. We're not as unified as, say, the general Lit community, for twofold reasons.

First off, we're not even a community so much as a modular collective. We're categorized by our fandoms--general Lit is accessible to all, but nine times out of ten, a fan fic speaks a language that only other fans can understand. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Some of my favorite fanfictions are the ones that go hardcore geek.

Secondly, our pastime is not one that gets a lot of respect. Fan fiction has a bad reputation, and even I can't help feeling silly sometimes when I tell people that I write fan fiction. I'm not ashamed of it, but there is a stigma attached to it. And so we've all learned to sequester ourselves off and insulate ourselves amongst our own personal bubbles of friends. It goes against our conditioned nature to seek attention amongst the wider deviantART community. And when we do get it, we expose ourselves to scorn--almost every DD I've given has gotten the token "fanfiction sucks" message in the comments.

Changes are needed, but that's what I am here for. That's what I signed up to this position to help overcome. The general Lit community is constantly working to overcome the bigotry they face, and they've made great accomplishments in getting their own voice on this site. And they've earned it. Now it's our turn.

If we ever want to get out own voice, and the respect we're due, we need to earn it. I can't do that all on my own. At the end of the day, a CV's job is to encourage and coordinate the community, not carry it on his shoulders. I can help you, but you have to help me help you. If you find good fanfics, note them to me. If you have an idea for an event, note me. When I post activities, participate! (I posted a writing challenge in the lit forum and got only one fanfic out of it.)

I realize that my time as a fan fic CV is limited, and we can't build Rome in a day. But at the very least, I want to set a foundation for my successor. Fan Fiction is awesome, guys. Let's show people why, and have some fun while we're at it. Tell me what you want to see. Activities? Events? As writers, you should all know--communication is the key.

So! Let's have a fun little team-building exercise. Here's a fun little questionnaire you can fill out. feel free to give and much or as little information as you want. And come back and read the responses of your fellow authors! Who knows, you may find a new favorite writer amongst them.
  1. What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)?
  2. What is your quest?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. Where do you live?
  5. What's our age (general or specific)?
  6. What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about?
  7. What is your favorite genre to write in?
  8. Who is your favorite fanfic author?
  9. Who is your favorite "professional" author?
  10. How long have you been writing?
  11. What do you consider your biggest writing strength?
  12. What do you consider your biggest weakness?
  13. Name some of your other hobbies!
  14. What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? (Feel free to reply to their own questions!)



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v-for-vincent Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
2012 was a tough year and, alas, I ended up becoming a work zombie for the latter part.
I'm just getting through the colossal number of deviations that have been building up in my inbox, so it's pretty much an indication of how behind everything I am DA wise.

Nevertheless, I have returned, more chipper and positive than ever :w00t:
Because chipper is better :)

Getting down to brass tacks now and yes, I for one admit that fan fiction doesn't get much respect, mainly because some of it tends to gravitate towards badly spelt and poorly grammatical works (guilty of both), and slash (guilty there too).

Good works however tend to be nitpicked into obscurity, and some writers don't take criticism lightly.
For some reason the spirit of "Wow, yeah! I'm going to write a fic for (fill in name) and exploration of interesting ideas seems to be on the wane as communities band around specific themes and certain mindsets, pushing out non-comformist fics to the fringe.

Having recently been in contact with a member of the Transformers Russian fandom, I've come to realise the English fandom has fallen into a rut of sorts, but I will not go on about that here.

Moving on, here are my answers to the questionnaire :)

1) What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)?
Vincent. Come to think of it, I don't really have a nickname :confused:

2) What is your quest?
To find the Holy Grail! Wait!
Lol, but really, I'm hoping to write something good one day, and become somewhat competent as an artist.

3) What is your favorite color?
Blue. No!
:laugh: It's red :)

4) Where do you live?
Just over the rainbow in the land of Oz. Town's suffering a munchkin infestation at the moment but a nice fumigation will clear that up :)

5) What's your age (general or specific)?
I'm an old crank pushing late 30s. Mentally, probably 10.

6) What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about?
Write mostly for Transformers. Used to write for the V for Vendetta fandom but... it doesn't speak to me any more, which makes me sad :(

7) What is your favorite genre to write in?
Don't have a preference for anything specific. I can equally write for horror as for fantasy.
Not particular to the romance fics but I'd probably be able to scribble a good romance story.

8) Who is your favorite fanfic author?
Hmm, don't have one really.

9) Who is your favorite "professional" author?
Again, it's tough to pick one. Always a big fan of Alan Moore, Asimov and Terry Pratchett.

10) How long have you been writing?
Funny question that. I've been cleaning up and came across some fiction I wrote wa-ay back when I was in school. Paragraphing is a joke but it's pretty solid fiction so in response, for a while now.
I think my years in Uni did a lot to hurt my creativity :(

11) What do you consider your biggest writing strength?
Capturing character personalities and plots. Also, jumping from genre to genre.
Did I mention how I can weave a fic out of thin air? Hours of fun to spin tales (usually humorous) out of nowhere.
I do that a lot while chatting online.

12) What do you consider your biggest weakness?
Spends too much time researching and picking at fics. Sometimes the research takes over and the fic dies of loneliness :(
And getting bored. Fics start to suffer after three or four chapters, mainly because I don't have the patience to continue them. It's tough to keep to a story. Not coming up with a plot, or characters, but staying with the story from beginning to end.

13) Name some of your other hobbies!
Given up a lot of the hobbies I used to have, mainly because I don't have time for them any more :(
Used to draw a lot, and I was working on a little fiction universe of my own but work comes first.

14) What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? (Feel free to reply to their own questions!)
Cool :)
a) What first made you pick up pen and paper, or keyboard?
b) Who is your best friend (as a writer)? What inspires your works?
c) Does your writing depend on mood or is it an organised process?
d) Do you write in order (from beginning to end), or jump from section to section in your works?

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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome back.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on how the English fandom has fallen into a rut.
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MaxCheng95 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always consider myself as a weekend writer and a weekend designer... :lol: I always just write whenever I feel like it. :) Oh, about the questionnaire, here it is:

What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)?
Max. It's not my real name since I'm a Chinese, but Max is a name I've been using since preschool.

What is your quest?
To become a Pokemon Master as well as an Airline Tycoon!!! Just to enjoy my life and my imagination of Pokemon and aviation by writing and drawing about them.

What is your favorite color?
Red, Green, Yellow, and Green

Where do you live?
Miami, Florida

What's our age (general or specific)?
17

What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about?
Pokemon, especially Pokemon Adventure manga series.

What is your favorite genre to write in?
Humor and Adventure, sometimes Romance, and I still need to practice that. :XD:

Who is your favorite fanfic author?
My personal favorite? ~Jolt11 and =Rainbowonders

Who is your favorite "professional" author?
I don't have a particular favorite...

How long have you been writing?
Almost 2 years.

What do you consider your biggest writing strength?
My imagination.

What do you consider your biggest weakness?
Lack of story describing techniques, especially on Pokemon battles and romance.

Name some of your other hobbies!
Drawing airports and randomly surfing the internet.

What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers?
Are you always try to achieve high popularity, or you are satisfied as long as someone, even only one person, notices you, likes your work, and follows your work truly?
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
You said green twice LOL

why do I keep forgetting you're older then me?

what what what what what what what what what what what what what ME WHAT WHAT WHAT WHY ME LOL HOW WHAT no like WHAT

to answer your question;
Second opition~ back before when leoar was active, I wrote even though he was the only one reading it XD but he kinda disappeared .___.;; but Eifi reads everything and I'm alright with that~

you?
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MaxCheng95 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm with second as well, but there's also a fine line between the first and second.
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TerraKhushrenada Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey! so... since I guess this is sorta a roll call type thing, I figured I'd put it out there that my personal Fanfiction writing (Gundam Wing, with a bit of Cowboy Bebop for some) has been put on hold due to extreme stress and catastrophic metaphorical structural failure.... Ahhhahahahahahahaa... so unexpected for me, really... hahahahahahahaa.... :smoking:

When I have a bit more time I'll do that whole 'participating' thing and fill out the questionnaire... no time to focus at the moment!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A day late, but:

1. What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)? In general, Brooke's good. As long as you don't insult, I'll answer to a lot of things though.
2. What is your quest? For what aspect of my life? At the moment, I'm focused on getting through undergrad, then grad, then a Doctorate.
3. What is your favorite color? Blue
4. Where do you live? In the United States
5. What's our age (general or specific)?19, 20 in a little less than three months.
6. What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about? J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion (not LotR or The Hobbit)
7. What is your favorite genre to write in? Angst or Humor, it just depends on the day and the idea. I tend to write a few stories a month, so both genres get to be seen fairly often.
8. Who is your favorite fanfic author? For the sake of my sanity, going with someone outside the Tolkien fandoms...nonjon, over on ffn, is always amusing.
9. Who is your favorite "professional" author? Tolkien (who it could be debated wasn't a proper professional author - I see people judging him for keeping his job as a professor semi-regularly.)
10. How long have you been writing? Who knows? The first time I posted something online was back in June of 2005.
11. What do you consider your biggest writing strength? How fast I can type (so I'm not struggling with anger at how slow I can work). With the actual writing, how I can get in characters' heads.
12. What do you consider your biggest weakness? The fact that I just can't see some characters how other people do.
13. Name some of your other hobbies! Researching things, debating, reading, nail art. :D
14. What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? What is your main fandom like?
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The Transformers fandom is cantankerous, anal about continuity and detail, and passionate. No two fans hold the exact same beliefs about the many continuity controversies within the franchise. We make bad writers and bad editors quake in their boots.

But we also embrace the creators and actors we love, like Peter Cullen, Simon Furman and Nick Roche. We're also deeply creative; no other fandom I know has sparked online projects comparable to ~Transformers-Mosaic, which catapulted several fans into the professional field. The fandom lives in symbiosis with the franchise like no other, and it is awesome.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting! I can say that my fandom is roughly the same about the many controversies within our canon. I've yet to meet two people who have exactly the same beliefs, and I've been in it for 7 years now.

It's interesting that your fandom has managed to catapult several fans into the professional field. I'm not sure if that's happened in mine yet (possibly? I know a lot of professionals were inspired by the books, but that's not the same thing). We do get a lot of online projects going though. Yay for similarities! (Except mine really can only agree that we like J.R.R. Tolkien. Every single other writer and actor has at least some hate, somewhere.)
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've been active in the Transformers online community for a decade now, myself.

Silmarion is just one book, right? Not a franchise, so bringing in a new generation of creators isn't a thing for that.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I was only 9 a decade ago, so I wasn't really active. :p (Little 9 year old me wouldn't have been very welcomed.)

The Silmarillion itself is one book. However, most Silm fans also use some combination of all the other books Tolkien or his son have published. Plus, most of us keep up with the movies, fanart, etc. A lot of the actors in The Hobbit and LotR seem to have at least some knowledge of the books. Richard Armitage, the guy playing Thorin, appears to have read the Silm and parts of the History of Middle-earth. Then there's all the fandom projects that get arranged, the message boards, etc. There might not be an official franchise left, but the unofficial projects, if they're good, get a lot of attention.

Also, there's a large portion of the fandom that devotes itself to bringing in real world history, linguistics, anthropology, etc, so we can all debate and figure out how things might have really happened in the world of the books.

There are new books every so often, Children of Hurin came out a few years back. Christopher Tolkien is releasing another of his father's books next year, which even though it isn't set in Middle-earth, will still probably get a lot of attention in portions of the fandom. And certain dedicated Tolkien fans get official permission to work on things like The History of the Hobbit, and others just write books on their own. It's not quite as simple as one book...
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, 13 year old me kind of made a jackass of himself too.

So is Silmarrion adjunct to Lord of the Rings, parallel or set within its own similar but distinct fantasy universe?
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think most 13 year olds do.

The Silmarillion is part of the same world, and for the most part is set before the events of the Lord of the Rings. To explain it quickly, Tolkien divided his world up into ages - Lord of the Rings details the events ending the Third Age, The Hobbit details events decades before the events in Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion is a more spanning book that tells events spanning from the creation of the world, a lot of the First Age, the important parts of the Second Age, and a bit of summary of the events of the Lord of the Rings. The other books are more supplementary, and tend to give more background info and details about what happened. It's all really the Tolkien fandom, the Silmarillion fandom tends to just be the name given to the fans that prefer fandom activities primarily set in the time periods other than the late Third Age. There's a lot of overlap between the different books and areas of fandom though.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh. Kind of odd, I would have thought the Silmarillion and LOTF fandom would be one and the same. In tha Transformers fandom, everyone's got their favorite series or continuity, but we all consider ourselves part of the same core concept of Robots in Disguise.
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
To answer your question;
well for starters, there is alot of... mentally challanged fans who claims to have read the manga but when you read/look at their stuff, they clear did not.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, first of all, can I say this - I have no idea about how the fans in your fandom actually come off. But if you're talking to people outside it, avoiding terms like mentally challenged (and it's sibling, mentally ill) is normally for the best.

I can sympathize with disliking that people claim to have read something and haven't, though. And then there's the small details that are in the books that people don't pick up on, which tends to be what drives me nuts...
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
OK, I finally thought of a question. What to you separates a Mary Sue/Gary Stu from a character who, while unusual, feels "right" to you as a reader? Where is the line between the fantastical in a character for which you will suspend disbelief, and what you will not?
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the fandom for me, but most of it is based on how the character is built up.

I write in a fandom where people (elves) can live for thousands of years, so knowing a couple dozen languages doesn't make me go "MARY-SUE!", nor does a character having many of the other common Mary Sue/Gary Stu test characteristics.

Generally, it's "Does everyone in the story love this character?" If so...I tend to have a harder time believing they're well-balanced.
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
LotR, I'm guessing? That was definitely one of the works I never could get into.

Related to your Mary Sue test, though...one of the things that would get my attention was, even if a character was flawed, if bad behavior was excused by the narrator, or if the only people to object to said bad behavior were people who were themselves so bad that you couldn't really take their objections as serious and credible.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I'm not even so much in the LotR fandom. I split to the Silmarillion section of the Tolkien fandom awhile ago. (Of course, within the fandom, there's so many different groups I'd hesitate to call us one cohesive fandon.)

That would be one of the things that would get my attention too (unless the narrator of the story was someone who should be excusing this character's actions.) But that's a very good point...
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
To me all that Tolkien stuff is the same...none of it is well written (I mean the original Tolkien stuff...my bet is some of the fanfic is quite a bit more readable than the original ;) ). Peter Jackson did a fortunate thing for the franchise by subjecting LotR to a serious editing job so that the story actually had some momentum.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Different things for different folks! I actually love all the books (aside from The Hobbit, but I understand they're not for everyone. I like PJ's movies too, though I had issues with one or two of the characters. But they were what got me into LotR in the first place. :D
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I tried reading the books after the movie...and yikes. It's not like I can't read old or long or complicated books (I LOVE Dostoyevsky), but he just seemed not to have any sense of how to draw people into the narrative. I didn't really feel a "soul" in it because of that. At least in The Hobbit, he seemed to have exercised some sort of editorial control over himself, so while it wasn't great, at least it was readable.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry for this reply being so late. Finals are about to start at my university, and things are a bit nuts.)

Again, to each his own. Personally, I've yet to read Dostoyevsky, but I fell in love with Tolkien's The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit was my least favorite of his books. :shrug: I think Tolkien is one of those writers where you either love his stuff or you hate it, for the most part.
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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
1.What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)?

--Nerys Ghemor (online nickname)


2.What is your quest?

--To serve God and to do what I can to inspire others.


3.What is your favorite color?

--Purple


4.Where do you live?

--USA


5.What's our age (general or specific)?

--Old enough to not be afraid to be young at heart.


6.What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about?

--Star Trek...especially things from Deep Space Nine.


7.What is your favorite genre to write in?

--Science fiction.


8.Who is your favorite fanfic author?

-- *GulRejal She may not have perfect English, but the characters and stories are AWESOME.


9.Who is your favorite "professional" author?

--C.S. Lewis, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Diane Duane.


10.How long have you been writing?

--17 years


11.What do you consider your biggest writing strength?

--The ability to get inside my characters' heads and live their lives, understand their emotions, and convey that to the reader.


12.What do you consider your biggest weakness?

--Scene and appearance descriptions. Making someone see the world in-story as I see it. Oftentimes I "feel" it more than I see it myself, and do not get very strong sensory impressions of it.


13.Name some of your other hobbies!

--Studying foreign languages, reading, computer games


14.What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? (Feel free to reply to their own questions!)

--No idea...sorry.
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Common fanfics are awfully lazy because it's just a bored 13 year old girl plugging away about Pokemon or Naruto. I haven't been able to work on any of my own fanfic ideas because I've been busy with school and games.

What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)? I am Jay, *THE GOLDEN KNIGHT!* *SHING!*
What is your quest? My quest is to become The "Next Big Thing"!
What is your favorite color? Originally blue, but not I can't really decide.
Where do you live? Howard County, MD, USA! Just driving distance from Baltimore and Washington.
What's our age (general or specific)? MY age? I'm 20; still too young for alcohol. :nana:
What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about? Powerpuffs have taken me away, but I've expanded...
What is your favorite genre to write in? Anything *EPIC!*
Who is your favorite fanfic author? Beats me. :lol:
Who is your favorite "professional" author? I'm not sure; have to get back to you on that.
How long have you been writing? As long as I can remember.
What do you consider your biggest writing strength? Characters and having awesome things happen.
What do you consider your biggest weakness? Time management. :lol:
Name some of your other hobbies! VIDEO GAMES!
What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? (Feel free to reply to their own questions!) I have no idea! ^^;

Yeah, I was rushed, but I had only 6 minutes before class right after I finished this.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great idea! I'd love to see the fanfic community come together more! :happybounce: I agree that fan fiction definitely has a stigma. I love telling people I'm a writer, but telling them that most of what I write is Transformers fanfic does feel a wee bit silly. And, yes, the best (that I've seen) fanfics are "hardcore geek," and boy do I love those. :boogie: I have to admit that recently I haven't read any actual printed books. It's all been fanfics. I'm addicted.

I do feel bad I haven't sent any DD suggestions recently. What I have read just hasn't seemed right. That, or it's from someone who's already received a Daily Deviation in the last few months and wouldn't qualify. :hmm: I'll keep my eyes open.

Anywho, on to the questions:

1.What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)? Lisa, but on dA I'm SingingFlames, or whatever nickname people can think of from that. Or just, "Hey, you!"

2.What is your quest? To find the Holy Grail. Oh, wait, sorry. Monty Python flashback. I'm trying to, in my own little way, to bring a good name to fan fiction and its authors. I've started a fan fiction group, #LiteraryFanFiction, that screens all its submissions for quality. We want the dA community to see that we do treat our writing seriously and that fanfics are not, automatically, "bad." I can't stand that stigma.

3.What is your favorite color? Dark blue or purple.

4.Where do you live? Colorado, USA

5.What's our age (general or specific)? As old as my tongue and slightly older than my teeth (aka mid-30s).

6.What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about? Transformers!

7.What is your favorite genre to write in? I usually write humor, but I'm trying to add more serious undertones to it. Meh, I'm not sure how well it's working.

8.Who is your favorite fanfic author? Uhhh ... I have to choose one? :faint: ~Laramus-Prime is great, and so is ~Oni-Gil (although her fanfics aren't posted here). And, not trying to suck up, but you are also an excellent author.

9.Who is your favorite "professional" author? Why all the hard questions? :O So many to choose from... George R. R. "I kill all your favorite characters and laugh" Martin, Stephen King, Patricia Briggs, and a bunch more.

10.How long have you been writing? Do you mean writing things that are actually worth reading? I've been writing since I was a kid, but I wouldn't suggest reading any of it. ^^; As for writing fanfics, for the last year or so.

11.What do you consider your biggest writing strength? I think I do a decent dialog. No one's told me I suck yet, and it sounds natural to me. Of course, maybe no one has the heart to tell me how bad I am. ;)

12.What do you consider your biggest weakness? I procrastinate. A lot. But with the actual writing, I think it'd be suspense and/or scary scenes. Oh, and romance. The thought of writing a romantic scene makes me giggle. (That may be because my sweet, almost 70 year old mother reads everything I write, and I just couldn't make something racey and give it to her to read. ^^; )

13.Name some of your other hobbies! I'm a mom. They're pretty much my life. :)

14.What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? How do you feel about the fan fiction stigma? How do you talk about your writing (do you mention what you write)? Is fan fiction, in your opinion, literature?
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Yes, in my opinion fanfiction is literatire ^^
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always amused/angry at the fan fiction stigma. Personally, I don't believe is should exist, because many of the most famous authors in history (Shakespeare, many of the ancient Greeks and Romans) were basically taking characters from stories or history and writing things that retold a story that was already there.

I say that I write fanfic and original. I'm not going to hide the fact that I write fanfic because some people are silly. Granted, most of the people that ask about my writing already know me and aren't going to assume I'm silly or weird, so I'm a bit spoiled. Though there's a great deal of prejudice against it in my fandom...

Fanfic is literature to me. I've expanded on this before, but I see no reason why it can't be.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed, on all accounts. :)

I don't think people realize how many of the classical works are what we would now consider fan fiction. Everytime I hear someone say a derogatory statement about fan fiction, it makes me very frustrated. I'm not going to deny that there are some bad fanfics out there, but to classify all fan fiction as "bad" because of those few is ridiculous. There are some bad, very bad, original fiction stories out there. By that logic, all fiction would be "bad" too. And it's not.

I also tell people I write fanfics, but I have a limited social circle so it's not really risking anything to say that to them. In fact, I "risk" more here on dA when I tell perfect strangers I write fan fiction.

Heh, I've told my watchers about my fanfic and literature stance. Of course it's literature. It's writing. One of my biggest pet peeves is that if I want writing advice in the forums (specific to fan fiction), I have to go the the Fan Art forum and not the Literature forum. I understand the logic behind this (Fan Fiction is, technically, a gallery under Fan Art), but it gives the impression that fan fiction is not literature. :facepalm:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry for the late reply)

:)

It makes me very frustrated too, for the same reason. There are bad stories out there in all genres and types of literature, not just fanfic. But because people have to pay money for other literature and there's normally people blocking the really bad from being published, it doesn't get as much attention.

I tell people I write fanfic too. I'm sure some of them judge me for it, but I'm over it. I but far too much research into my fandom activities to feel ashamed of any of it. But I agree about risking more on here and other places online telling perfect strangers. At least in real life, the people asking me about fanfic usually already know me and have some idea about the type of person I have...

I've told my watchers mine too. It always gets a lot of debate going. ;p Exactly! I understand the logic too, but I disagree with it. I don't like where Fan Fiction is in the gallery categories at the moment. Like I told some of the people in the lit community, I feel like it's the dirty little secret of the site...-_-
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
George R. R. "I kill all your favorite characters and laugh" Martin

Never have truer words been spoken. Shame he keeps the pricks alive for longer periods of time. :noes:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't that the truth? :grump: I have never had a book make me want to climb into the pages and throttle someone as much as those do.
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still rooting for some to meet their untimely and gruesome death. :lol:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Me too. :evillaugh:
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, you flatter me. :) by the way, how's your group doing?
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's true. :nod: I just don't like fanfics with OCs (just too many let downs), but I always like yours. In fact, until I joined Cybertrons Core, I didn't read any stories with OCs except yours (and Rise, but I didn't realise it had an OC or I probably wouldn't have started it ^^; ).

It's doing good for a new group ... I think. It's a month old, and we have 21 members. We're hardly "booming," but I get a couple submissions every few days. I asked $Moonbeam13 to add us in her next Pimps & Whoas. Hopefully, we'll get some more exposure there. :)
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I like to beat the stereotypes, and I thought it would be a neat challenge to create an OC people would enjoy. Seems I found a bit of success with Moonhunter. Makes my day to read that, thanks! :)

Ooh good luck!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! And thanks! :D I just linked your contest in a group journal btw. Not that I have a huge group, by any means, but maybe hopefully you'll get some more entries from it. :)
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Much appreciated, thanks. :)
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DarkPika-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If it's okay with you, may I also send in a fanfic to you as well?

1.What's your name (actual or nickname, or just what you like to be called)?

My name's DarkPika. I only let people call me by my real name if a) I know them in real life and b) I know them well enough to refer to me by that. The internet's a crazy place, you know. ;)

2.What is your quest?

To be a writer/doctor as well as well a freelance artist and to enjoy life.

3.What is your favorite color?

I don't have a specific color in mind.

4.Where do you live?

I can't give out exact details but I live in Florida. It's really nice at this time of year! :D

5.What's our age (general or specific)?

I'm (unofficially) 19 years old.

6.What is your favorite book/movie/franchise to write about?

I don't a have specific favorite in mind.

7.What is your favorite genre to write in?

General.

8.Who is your favorite fanfic author?

I don't have a specific favorite in mind especially since every author has their own flair to their fanfics. :D

9.Who is your favorite "professional" author?

Don't have one. To me, any author is good by their own right just as long as they don't use text speak throughout the whole fic and their plot has substance.

10.How long have you been writing?

About 7 years. I didn't starting writing seriously until middle school.

11.What do you consider your biggest writing strength?

My imagination! :D

12.What do you consider your biggest weakness?

Having constant writer's block, especially when I'm at a part where the story is getting good.

13.Name some of your other hobbies!

I draw, play the trumpet and play games.

14.What would you like to ask your fellow fanfiction writers? (Feel free to reply to their own questions!)

What caused you to start writing fanfics?
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Uhh,well to answer your question. I would say the fact I was unable to draw anymore, I tried out writing, and I liked it.
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DarkPika-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's nice. Sometimes, you find your talent though not being able to do something. :D
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Yeah I agree :3
Thanks~ how about you?
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DarkPika-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I don't how it got started exactly but I was introduced to fanfics back in the 5th grade and had started reading/writing them in middle school and had been doing so since.
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Thats great! I only got into it recently.
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DarkPika-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! Glad to see someone one new! :D
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PrismaticMemories Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
LOL thank you. I'm not good at writing at all, but I'm still trying XD
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sure, go right ahead! Might be a while before I can get to it, though.
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