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  1. Author Talk changes

    Sure would!! Thanks so much!
  2. Best Lines!

    MC is in her boss's house, in a rush to find a package that needs to be mailed that day. She doesn't know her boss's husband--with whom she eventually has an affair--is home. Disclaimer: this is total first draft unedited nonsense.
  3. The Panic Thread

    I am so behind! Thought I'd be able to write a little at work, but my job got more hectic this week. But I'm still thinking about my story all the time, and am really excited to see where it goes even if I don't meet my goal
  4. Lightning Love - toomanycurls

    Hi! I love the sounds of this! I haven't read the other companion pieces so can I ask how old they are while boarding at the Burrow? Is this post-Hogwarts or a summer holiday--or something else entirely? What kind of time frame will the story cover? Will the characters leave the Burrow at all? So many questions! Happy writing 😺
  5. Nano Penpals

    I tried to say this ages ago but was on mobile and couldn't figure it out... But thank you guys for putting this together! Such a great idea.
  6. Nano Penpals

    Yay!
  7. Your Character's Facebook Status

    leaving town for a funeral deepest condolences to how quickly time passes, how bitter the sting of death can somebody feed my cat for 2 days please
  8. First Words

    Oh just setting the tone for the next 49,994 words of morbidity and sass!
  9. Negative Reviews

    It's tough to receive negative reviews, and I try to keep an open mind about their suggestions (if the tone is clearly them offering constructive criticism, rather than yelling at a stranger on the internet because they've had a bad day.) And they definitely do make me second-guess myself as a writer sometimes. But! I try to remember that, while it's important to be open to feedback, it's your story and ultimately you are the one who decides what to write. I'll keep their suggestions in mind for the future, but I don't change something just because somebody said they don't like it or find it unbelievable. Illegitimi non carborundum ;)
  10. This is such a good discussion! Everyone has made some really good points, and I particularly like what Elena said about whether or not you're writing fanfiction because it's what you want to write or if you feel comfortable writing it (preexisting fan base, a forum for publication, likelihood of reviews, etc.) I wanted to add that I came back to fanfiction after a five year break because I suddenly felt compelled to write a novel and I chose to use the HP universe specifically for the reasons I just mentioned. And while they weren't exactly the right reasons, it really helped my process to get feedback from other HPFF-ers. The story is a post-Hogwarts (mostly) humor fic dealing with struggling adults, the difficulties of finding a career, etc., and largely has nothing to do with magic. Every canon character is minor (Lisa Trupin, Rose Zeller, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Theodore Nott, Dean Thomas, Seamus Finnigan and Oliver Wood) and the MC is an original character. The MC is struggling with her journalism career at a magazine that basically could have been one from our world. If I'm being honest, it could have been written entirely outside of the HP universe. Not to talk about my own fic too much--the point is that I was able to use the HP universe as a kind of cushion. I never would have finished the novel if I had tried writing it on my own, but I find that it will be very easy to turn into OF if I decide to try and publish. But I knew there would be a fan base, and a designated publishing spot (originally HPFF), marketing techniques (forums), and amazing graphic design promotional images (The Dark Arts.) So maybe these weren't the best reasons for choosing fic over OF, but having a base of readers/followers definitely motivated me to finish a story that I never would have. tl;dr Try writing something that doesn't rely heavily on the magical world that JKR built! Use minor or original characters! Do something completely AU, like a sci-fi fic or different time period! Fic is the perfect springboard for delving into your own work.
  11. Story of the Month: March

    Omg this is so exciting!!! Thank you so much, I'm honoured! And what a pretty graphic too 💚
  12. Illuminate's Illuminating Reviews!

    Hi there! Would you mind taking a look at my new OC centric Marauders fic? Story and Author Name, including link: Periphery (M) by my_voice_rising Warnings and Advisories: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Sensitive topic/issue/theme Genre/Era: Drama/Angst/Romance, Marauders Length: 3 chapters--I know you only read one at a time though Summary: Chloe never asked to become a member of the First Order. She didn't ask to join in the fight against Voldemort; to betray her mother's paralyzing fear of the magical world. She didn't ask to watch her friends die by their own hand. It only took standing in the wrong place, at the wrong time, to change history—and history still needed a martyr. Ships: Primarily Sirius/OC, Sirius/Marlene Areas of Concern: I'm concerned with pacing. This fic will span twenty years but I don't want it to be too horrifically long, so I'm worried about what I'm spending too much time on/not enough time with. Also characterization of the Marauders, as I've not really written them before. Thank you! Sarah
  13. LunaStellaCat Reviews

    Hi there! Would you mind taking a look at my new OC centric Marauders fic? Story and Author Name, including link: Periphery (M) by my_voice_rising Warnings and Advisories: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Sensitive topic/issue/theme Genre/Era: Drama/Angst/Romance, Marauders Length: 3 chapters--I know you only read one at a time though Summary: Chloe never asked to become a member of the First Order. She didn't ask to join in the fight against Voldemort; to betray her mother's paralyzing fear of the magical world. She didn't ask to watch her friends die by their own hand. It only took standing in the wrong place, at the wrong time, to change history—and history still needed a martyr. Ships: Primarily Sirius/OC, Sirius/Marlene Areas of Concern: I'm concerned with pacing. This fic will span twenty years but I don't want it to be too horrifically long, so I'm worried about what I'm spending too much time on/not enough time with. Also characterization of the Marauders, as I've not really written them before. Thank you! Sarah
  14. Elena's Reviews

    Hey there! I'd love to hear what you think about my current WIP. It's a Marauders era fic that's slightly AU. I don't know if you cross post reviews so I'm leaving both the AO3 and HPFF links. Feel free to pick one or the other Name: my_voice_rising on HPFF, firewhiskey_ginger on AO3 Story Name (and link + rating): Periphery - HPFF or Periphery - AO3 (both links rated M) Chaptered Fic?: Yes, 3 chapters. Genre: Drama, Angst, Romance Characters/pairings: Primarily Sirius Black/OC and Sirius Black/Marlene McKinnon If this isn't your bag then feel free to skip me, no hard feelings. Thank you! Sarah
  15. Writing Steampunk

    I love this! Steampunk is a kind of guilty pleasure of mine, which I didn't realize until seeing Mad Max (future desert steam punk?) but this would be really helpful if you decided to incorporate it into your writing. I particularly like the bit about the excessive amount of clocks and never having an excuse to be late. That would be a funny addition to a story; a MC who is chronically late "but CLARA YOU ARE WEARING 8 WATCHES HOW"
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