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Biography
Joined Dec '17

Hi, all. Welcome to my profile, and please read and review my (as of time of writing) singular story.

A Very Brief History Lesson

For pretty much as long as I can remember, I've been an avid reader. It's to the point that I prefer to read rather than watch the movie/anime of the work.

Then at some point, I wanted to write stories of my own. The memories are a bit fuzzy now, but I recall it was a mixture of wanting to correct (perceived) flaws in certain works and wanting to get all the ideas out of my head.

So I put fingers to keyboard and began typing away. My first attempts were... put it this way, I'm sincerely grateful to my past self for never publishing them anywhere. Some people might say that fiction is inherently subjective and nothing is objectively bad. These people would immediately change their minds if they ever read my first stories.

Eventually, I improved to the point that I was willing to post things for others to read.

My Writing Style

Perhaps one of the main characteristics of how I write is my obsession with worldbuilding. I don't start writing a story proper until I have at least two pages of worldbuilding first.

Another characteristic is that I prefer to have my characters behave as realistically as possible. One way I do this is by reading all of their dialogue out loud to make sure it sounds like what people actually say, as opposed to something written by a hack with access to a thesaurus. I also try to extend this to the societies that the characters live in. A lot of societies in fiction (including ones that I enjoy reading about) aren't remotely functional when you put some thought in to them, and this is something I try to avoid.

When I write, I plot out the general course of the entire story first, covering the major events. I then plot out the first few chapters in more detail, with several paragraphs per chapter. I then devote myself to writing a chapter all the way to the end. If I get stuck on something, I leave a note there and continue on. Once I reach the end, I go back and read everything out aloud, fixing any mistakes I spot and filling in the gaps. The result is usually the finished product, although sometimes I reread the chapter again.

Fandoms I'm interested in

Note that "interested in" is not the same as "read/watched/played the source material". In many cases, I've only read secondhand information about the work.

Films: The Fast and the Furious, Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings, Marvel Cinematic Universe (more specifically Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider Man)

Manga: Bleach, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Detective Conan, Dragon Ball, Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist, Mahou Sensei Negima, My Hero Academia, One Piece, Ranma 1/2, Rosario Vampire, Shokugeki no Soma

Novels: Discworld, The Dresden Files, Harry Potter, The Inheritance Cycle, Sharpe, Skullduggery Pleasant, A Song of Ice and Fire, World War Z

Light Novels: Blade Dance of Elementalers, Campione!, A Certain Magical Index, Chivalry of the Failed Knight, Date a Live, Heavy Object, High School DxD, Invaders of the Rokujouma, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, A Simple Survey, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, The Unexplored Summon://Blood Sign, Unlimited Fafnir, The Weakness of Beatrice the Level Cap Holy Swordswoman, The Zashiki Warashi of Intellectual Village

Television: Ben 10, Futurama, The Simpsons

Video Games: Devil May Cry, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy (VII-XII), Gears of War, Jak and Daxter, Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect, Monster Girl Quest, Resident Evil, Starcraft, Tomb Raider, Uncharted

Other: SCP Foundation

Things I like in fanfiction

Knowledge of the source material: This is probably the main one. I'm not asking for, say, knowledge of every single Superman comic and adaptation for a Superman fic, but you should at least be familiar with one continuity.

Expanding on little-known parts of the setting: I read fanfic because I want more than what was in canon. Fics that focus on characters, locations or time periods that weren't the focus of canon tend to attract my interest.

Things I dislike in fanfiction

Characters that are basically a random collection of powers with a thin coating of personality: So your original character/"improved" version of a canon character can lift mountains, destroy cities with a punch, withstand a nuke at ground zero with no injury, fly faster than light, read and control minds, regenerate from a single cell and otherwise has more powers than an entire team combined? That's great. Why should I care about them? If they aren't compelling even without their powers, then they're not compelling with them. Note that this isn't a dislike of superpowered characters in general. Even an omnipotent character can be interesting if they're written well.

Not enough description: Pretty self-explanatory. If I don't know what a character or location looks like, it's harder to get immersed in the story.

Sticking to genre conventions when it's unnecessary: This is mainly a problem with fanfics based on games. In many games it's normal to encounter enemies on a regular basis, including bosses at major points in the story. This works fine in a game but is awkward at best in other formats.

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