The Scriptor's Altus
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Er, hello.
After several minutes of trying to figure out how one posts into a community, I think I have it right, so here comes my introduction, per the mods' instructions:
Introduce yourself, your experiences, your philosophy, your analytical skills and your writing
Myself: I'm a teenage girl stuck in a boring town with nothing better to do than write fanfiction. I have a horribly active imagination. I also love Broadway, Doctor Who, Harry Potter (of course), chocolate, and tea with milk. My favorite color is black, not because I'm morbid but because I just honestly like it.
My experiences: The best week of my life was when I went to New York City for a conference on leadership in the arts and met the most wonderful people in the whole world. Many stories were inspired by that week. That's the only interesting thing that's happened to me so far in my life. Oh, and I'm going to London this summer for a two-week-long writing program, which will be absolutely awesome. London, I am convinced, has some sort of mystical aura that makes authors wonderful. Look at all the incredible writers who come out of England: Tolkien, Rowling...I'm telling you, there's something in the air. Or the water. Or maybe the food. And I'm rambling.
My philosophy: Er...good question. I'm rather like Sally from the Charlie Brown comic strips: I change philosophies very often. When life's a dizzy maze/on alternating days/I choose a different phrase/my new philosophy...sorry, random song break there. Where was I? My philosophy. Well, as far as classical philosophy, I rather like Plato. Regarding my writing philosophy: I write what I want to write, even if other people don't approve. I never use excessive swearing, because I don't in real life and I can't write it convincingly. Same thing with romance, especially more mature romance.
My analytical skills: As far as reviewing fanfics go? I tend to focus on grammatical prowess, because bad grammar distracts me from actually understanding the story. When grammar is good, I am rather lenient when it comes to critiqueing (I'm quite certain I didn't spell that right) the plot but will jump on unrealistic dialogue and defenestrate it. (I like the word defenestrate--it means to throw out the window)
My writing: There's a lot of it. I have a bad habit of starting new stories without finishing old ones. If anyone wants to read some of my stuff before I get around to posting it here, go to http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1038860/. Feel free to review. I'll be posting the HP ones here eventually. When I'm not writing fanfic, I write fantasy and science-fiction. And now I have to go because the bell is about to ring and I'm going to be late for my Am Lit class.
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The Living Dead - Update
Title: The Living Dead
Rating: PG13-R
Pairing: SS/HP (and probably others in future chapters)
Genre: Action/drama/angst/romance
Warnings: Slash, violence, torture, death.
Chapter 7 summary: Snape’s not feeling well and Harry doesn’t know why. He calls his friends for help.
Disclaimer: HP characters belong to the talented JK Rowling. I'm only borrowing them for fun. Original characters are mine, though.

Chapter 7 - Cursed
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The Living Dead - update!
Title: The Living Dead
Rating: PG13-R
Pairing: SS/HP (and probably others in future chapters)
Genre: Action/drama/angst/romance
Warnings: Slash, violence, torture, death.

Chapter summaries:
Chapter 3: Death Eaters celebrate their victory while Harry and Snape are locked in a dark cell.
Chapter 4: As Voldemort meets with the prisoners, Snape decides to say something that might save him and Harry.
Chapter 5: Snape and Harry arrive at their secret hideout and they get visitors.
Chapter 6: Snape tells Harry how they got out of Azkaban, and when he’s done they both find out something interesting about Ron and Hermione.
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The Living Dead / PG13-R
Title: The Living Dead
Rating: PG13-R
Pairing: SS/HP (and probably others in future chapters)
Genre: Action/drama/angst/romance
Warnings: Slash, violence, torture, death.
Disclaimer: HP characters belong to the talented JK Rowling. I'm only borrowing them for fun. Original characters are mine, though.
Summary: Harry and Snape are sent together on a mission to Azkaban. Their supposedly one-day mission gets an unexpected turn.

Read it here
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Introducing...
Hi, there.

I joined a few days ago [as far as I can remember], and have been avoiding an introductory post since then, so I say it's about time. I'm just going to go by what's asked on the community info.

Myself: My name is Jenna - username irishphoenix711. I'm 19, female. Have lived in Ireland, Canada and, currently, the US. I'm not in school at the moment, and I waste a couple dozen hours a week working at a clothing store. I eat too much chocolate, drink too much coffee, and go to bed at 6am [though some days I just stay up]

My Experiences/Philosophy: When I first moved to America, my bedroom was shared with my three-year-old brother and it consisted of two air-mattresses on the floor with a sheet each. I was eight, and didn't know it was anything worth complaining about. If anything, I'd never seen an air-mattress and thought they were damn brilliant. That's basically the story of my life - not glamourous, but I'm not going to sit around complaining about things that don't mean anything. I've dealt with my share of serious issues: the grief of loss [from unexpected sources, as well as heart disease and cancer], money problems, being teased at school, depression, and some other things I'd rather not mention. But life has it's way of being kind, also, and so we just keep moving on.

My Analytical Skills: Well, someone I love very much once said I'm one of the best analysts she knows, and I take that as a huge compliment. I'm also often at the recieving end of 'Why do you analyse everything?' and 'You think too much.' There's always something under the surface. I like to look for that. I rarely just 'review' stories [or art] - I always dig in. I like to think I get pretty good results.

My Writing: I don't think I'm a brilliant writer, but I will go as far to admit that I have a natural knack for putting words together better than others. Outside of the fiction world, I write everything. I have awards for journalism style writing and the only homework assignmets I always turned in were the essays [and then there are my 'reviews']. Within fiction, fan or original, I also write pretty much everything. Most of my LJ stuff [found on phiction_vault] is romance, save a few drabbles and an Obi-Wan Kenobi genfic floating somewhere. My chaptered fics, found on MNFF under the pennames GringottsVault711 and TheVault, are ridiculously long and riddled with subplots - some that make sense and some that don't, depending on how early in my fan-fic career they were written. I write all pairings, I try different styles, I do serious and I do light-hearted - though I tend to drift into dark and angsty more often than not.

So, to finish up - here's a one-shot of mine. I picked this one not because it's my favourite or most recent, but because it's one I'm rather fond of, but am insistent on the fact that it needs vast amounts of improvement. It's Narcissa/Lily, I'd put it's rating at about 15's.

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For the Love of Fandom ficathon
For the Love of Fandom ficathon [and that artsy stuff, too!]

For all of us fanfiction readers/writers, there are some stories that we have fallen in love with, authors that we start looking forward to seeing more often, and artists that make our eyes sparkle. These authors and artists have inspired us- or at least let us ignore the less important things in life, like homework and the real world.

The For the Love of Fandom ficathon is a chance for us to salute the stories, authors, and artwork that we admire, and allows us to play in the litterbox of our favourite fandom authors and artists. Essentially, it's an invitation to write a fanfiction of a fanfiction- a spinoff story based on the fanfiction of a favoured author or a story revolving around a picture by a fandom artist. It's a chance to show our appreciation and fangirl other authors and artists who have inspired us, made us laugh, or even cry.

What exactly constitues a spin-off? In this case, a spin-off would be a story that is set in- and follows the rules- created by the author in that universe. It could be a scene re-written from another character's point-of-view, or a prologue written that would 'explain' part of the set-up to the story's plotline. It could a scene that's mentioned in passing in the story that you always wanted elaboration on, or a ficlet set far, far in the future that would take a deeper look at the repercussions created by events in the original story. It's our chance to play in the universe created by an author we respect.

Rules for the Ficathon

1. This should go without saying, but get permission from the author first.
2. Comment in this post with your name, the name of the author[s]/artist[s] you're writing/drawing for, and a link to the stories/pictures. If they have a public livejournal name, post that as well.
3. If you'd like to offer up your stories/pictures, comment with a link or links to your stories, as well as your penname on the site if you use different names. Bear in mind that if you publish your name here, people are not required to contact you, although they must cite you as the author of the universe they're writing for.
4. When you're finished with the stories/drabbles/ficlets/artwork [all are acceptable], post the link[s]. Stories can be uploaded or cross-posted to scriptors_altus. Use the following template:

Author Name:
Title:
Name of original author and title of story:
Summary:
Warnings:
A/N:



So, in example:

our_innocence has written Hermione's Scrapbook, The Lost Ones, and The Simple Evolution of a Faceless Butterfly.
Person A will write a spin-off based on Hermione's Scrapbook.
Person B will write the prologue to The Lost Ones.
Person C will draw a scene from The Simple Evolution of a Faceless Butterfly.



List of authors/artists

our_innocence will be writing spinoffs for:
kirabutler's Hermione Laughs [Blaise/Hermione]
irishphoenix711's Tarnished [Lily/Narcissa]


Authors who have avaliable stories
our_innocence: Master List [publishes under Seren, SKSeven, Seren K Seven, and Eliane Fraser]
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Hello.....
Hi. Just just joined this communtiy and thought I should introduce myself. My name's Crystal and I'm 18. I've been writing fanfics for a few years now but I haven't really written anything in the past few months. I just made this LJ to post my stories. I also post my stories on Harry Potter Fanfiction so you might see the same stories if you're on both LJ and there. Well, to read my stories, just click my LJ and it explains how to get your way around in the first post. Reviews/comments/constructive criticisms are greatly appreciated. Thank you again and don't forget to drop by (hpff_crystal)!

Current Mood : happy happy
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fic advice/help?
I joined this community over the summer, and I have a burning question about something I believe might be a finished ficlet, but I'm not sure.  Especially since a friend of mine pronounced it "a good start" after reading.

But first, I should probably introduce myself and all.  I go by Annalore on the internet.  My lj name, as you can see, is m_annalore.  My main pairing is Remus/Sirius, I guess, because that's what I read most often.  My writing plans predominantly involve Remus/Sirius and Snape/Black stories, but, in fact, I write whatever random thing does occur to me, which at this point includes Remus/Sirius, Snape/Black, and James/Remus.  And this piece, which is sorta James/Sirius.  (My HP fic can be found here and here.  The second link is to a fic 'verse I have planned, and may eventually write more of than the first story.  Pre-HBP).

Assuming that was coherent...

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So, any advice.  Does it sound finished, for instance.  And things like that.
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Fan of HP fanfiction? (you should be :P)

Recently, Fanfiction.net banned authors from replying to their reviews in both their updates and their profiles. This limits all writer-reader commmunication to email, which is not as convenient as replies in chapter updates and new stories, and not as helpful to other readers who may have been wondering the same thing or had the same comment. I'm not a big fan of FF.net myself - I prefer Checkmated, SIYE, and SQ - but I do archive some of my fics over there and I'd like to be able to communicate with my readers, the few that there are. Do you think so too?

Sign the petition here.
(more details at post linked)
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obligatory introduction.
(i apologise ahead of time if this is too long).

Hi everyone! I was so happy I got accepted here because truth be told, I was under the impression the entire process would take a lot longer and the qualifications stricter. So, really, thanks a whole bunch for approving my request. I intend to get and give as much as I can from/to this community.

Wow, corny intro.

Anyway, my name is Ashley although I'd very much prefer it if any other variations of the name is used (A, Ash, Ly, etc.). I've been writing since I was twelve, I think, and at that time I indulged myself in gaming fandoms, particularly of the FF7 genre if that game sounds familiar to anyone. That lasted for a few years before I was hooked onto HP fics long after all five books were out. At the time, I didn't even think about shipping or what could be derived from it. I think I was out of the writing and fandom scene for a while.

I'd say my writing has improved greatly since then. I didn't have a specific style -- it was just like everyone else -- and everything was formatted weird (my biggest pet peeve). I've always been a fan of AU fics; I never liked following canon because it was a little restrictive at times, and I've never actually been criticized for it.

As soon as I tested out the HP fandom, I fell in love. However, my usual AU visions of fantasy and a warped dimension were instantly quashed because as is obvious, HP is a book of fantasy after all and anything can happen. So I wrote "canon" for a little while (as canon as different shipping goes) before finding out I could twist it up even more. My recent pieces have been a little bit more vulgar, risqué, and it's fantastical on an entirely different level. I take real life [experiences] and bend it, I use current controversy and apply it to the HP-verse like homosexuality, drugs, and prostitutes and manipulate it so that it sounds other-worldly since HP doesn't really take place in this world.

My writing is very detached and fragmented, half-inspired by vexia and actual authors. A lot of my recent writing makes reference to books I've read -- sometimes it's done purposefully or subconsciously. To read what I write, the person usually has to be very analytical and into symbolism, figurative language, and imagery because it's what I "specialize" in. I interpret a whole lot of things differently, so I usually expect readers to be open-minded because I may have written something in a different frame of mind than what a reader perceives.

To sum myself up, I like being different from everyone else and everyday, I strive to better my work and hopefully I could make something out of it someday. Maybe.
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Pen & paper vs. keyboard & monitor
Do you prefer writing in a notebook and then typing it on the computer, or just typing your fanfictions on the computer from the start? I used to write all of mine out and then type them on the computer because I would get easily distracted when writing the draft on the computer (once I even disconnected the internet, and later I freaked out when it wasn't working), but now I just type them right out into MS Word unless I have an itching to write when a computer's not available.

What about you?
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Character dimensions
This was bugging me on the way back from the cafeteria:

I've been told that my Voldemort isn't one-dimensional, and that he isn't two-dimensional, unlike other people's portrayals. However, although I know that the goal is a three-dimensional character, what determines the difference between a one-dimensional character and a two-dimensional character?

Is there even such a thing as a one-dimensional character? Do they say one-dimensional when they mean two-dimensional? I mean, when you think about it, lines and planes are flat. Or is there really a difference when writing characters?

(I have the oddest obsessions.)

Cheers,
Lunalelle
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*waves* Gooday travellers- I'm Elanor your latest member *nods* Here's the score- I'm a Romance/Humour writer but I really do want to branch out into darkfics (I'm never just content with one thing.) I have a darkfic written (and I like it,) but come on, bring it on, criticise- do what needs to be done to it.

For  wood_n_snape ( a welcome back, come thanks for being such a great mate, come thanks for doing that avatar work gift. It's not the plot bunny which you wanted- but let me know what you think.)

Title Her Decision
Pairing/Characters HG/SS (just for you, Annie :)
Rating R
Word Count 830
Summary

“Don’t be so naïve as to think I won’t leave you, Hermione. I’ll bring you up as high as you’ll go, make you soar through clouds, climb mountains, be where you’ve always wanted to be and you’ll love it. Love me. Love what I’ve done.”

Warnings: Mature content (I shouldn't really need to say this- but read at your own discretion- it's not NC-17 though.)
Darkfic- though not scary scary dark

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Current Mood : calm calm
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Reviewing
And it seemed like such a promising community... why so quiet, everyone?


What do you, as a fanfiction writer, expect in a review? What would you like that no one gives you?

Personally, I have no qualms with constructive criticism, though if you hit me hard and fast with everything you don't like about it, I may hide in my closet until the tears go away. As it is, I like a full run-down: things that were wonderful, and things that could be improved on. Because I want to do well. And I can only get better when people tell me how.

I'm pretty lucky, though, most of my usual reviewers are pretty open with their comments, now that they know I don't mind. I still get the SQUEEING fangirl!!11 every once in a while, but the others make up for it.
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Exercise out of the slump
For the last two-three days, I've been antsy and batty because a chapter hasn't been uploaded (thus, guilt/anxiety caused by unfinished business). So I started writing drabbles, drabble after drabble, deviating completely from my OTP and even the dark side of the fandom, just as long as I could stretch my writing muscles. It's been nice. Odd, but nice. I've never written the Weasleys before, and I've just been writing mindless stuff, some smut, some hinting at smut... anything I can get my hands on. I went as far as asking people to give me pairing requests.

Have you ever felt like you're just going to go crazy if you don't write something, as long as it's anything? What do you do? What kind of exercises do you do? Do you write something new or work on something set aside? How do you treat the resulting work after you've worked through your compulsion?
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*enters timidly*
Well, hello there, brilliant geniuses of the word. My name is Paula, but I have a weird affinity toward being called Cella, so...indulge me. I'm almost 16 years old, and have been writing for one year. I have started to actually like what I write about a month ago.

The thing is, I am here with a plea. I'm stuck. I've been writing a rather depressing fic, called Sleeps With Butterflies (can be found here: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=stereotype_vamp&keyword=Sleeps+With+Butterflies&filter=all I'm sorry, but I don't know how to mask the link. Heh). Here's the deal.

I'm on my seventh chapter, and Draco is my problem. He's redeemed in this one, but he wears a mask of coldness, and "gives his smiles in quarters". I've been planing something big to happen. For personal reaons...I think I won't say what exactly. I just need someone to read at least one or two chapters and tell me if Draco is okay as he is, or needs more/less goodness in him.

Thank you,
Cella
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Excerpt for dissection. I'm looking mostly for crit on the actual writing style. The story, What They Don't Know, has B/Hr, but the story revolves around viganettes in which the townspeople in this remote village see Mary (Hermione) and Blaise with a lot of kids, and make horrible assumptions about them, but what they don't know.... you get the idea.





December 14, 2010.

The eldest child is eight now. They sometimes wander from the safety of their house to play fierce games of football on the common field. The best of them all is the black boy, who has a winning smile and a even better front kick. They play against one another; boys against girls, oldest against youngest, and so on and so forth.

The women of the village like to come and watch them play. As they eye the children, they ponder on where the parents are. What kind of parent would leave their children with such a horrible woman like Mary? They tut and cluck their tongues at the indecency of it all, then return home to dicuss their theories over watercress sandwiches.

What they don't know is that the tall black boy's name is Dean, named after his father. They don't know that sometimes, when she's alone, Mary laughs and cries into the boy's Manchester United jersey, and wonders what the boy's father would say if he knew that his son supported a team other than West Ham.

And she wonders what he would say if he were alive to talk to his only son today. She wonders what all the parents would say if they were there.
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Where you are in your pairings
It's been very quiet around here, so I'm posting something that drifted about my head all last night and kept me awake longer than I wanted.


When I was younger, I wrote pairings like Snape/OFC, Snape/Hermione, and Hermione/Tom Riddle that seemed more like a fantasy world or escapism when I wrote them. I would see myself sometimes in the place of Hermione. When I read Snape/Hermione at Ashwinder, I still feel like I'm in Hermione's place. Probably because other WIKTT writers write SS/HG for the same sort of vicarious living.

However, once I started writing Hermione/Voldemort short stories and novels, it ceased to become vicarious writing and began turning into plain fiction rather than fantasy. When I write the pairing, I enjoy it - I'd even go as far as saying I love it - but I'm not actually a part of it. I'm detached from Hermione. She's her own person when she's with Voldemort.


So I'm wondering whether any other shippers (rather than gen writers) feel the difference between these two different kinds of writing and reading and how you feel with different pairings. Are you a part of your favorite character? Do you live vicariously through them? Or are they their own characters, acting almost independently from you?

Cheers,
Lunalelle

ETA: By being detached, this does not mean that I don't sympathize with the characters. When I write the stories, I delve into Hermione and make decisions as Hermione based on what I think her character would do in certain situations. I focus most on reactions and how those reactions affect the plot. However, I become Hermione rather than putting myself in her place. That's the main difference. Thoughts?
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Hi all,

I'm writing a fic for hp_literotica (I'm not a member, but I'm intrigued by their Ides of March challenge because I'm a classics geek), and I wanted to attempt my second-ever Slash pairing.

I write Death Eater fic usually, and I wanted to do two characters who we know next to nothing about: Rosier and Rabastan Lestrange, in Rome.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any canon-ish thoughts about either of those two characters they'd like to share? I'd love any thoughts :)

Thanks so much!
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Introduction
My name is lunalelle, and I'm all about constructive, intelligent criticism because "That was great, update soon" and netspeak makes my brain lose essential brain cells. I write Harry Potter fanfiction to play with general ideas, practice my writing, and make it better.

sionnain directed me this way, and the community just seems to be my dream come true for my writing and my prospective future in fiction editing.

I've been writing darkfic since I was six, and my inclinations have manifested themselves in my fanfic over twelve years later.

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I hope that this has introduced my writing, my growth, and indirectly what I expect to find in this community. I'm excited, it's something I love to do, and anyone feel free to stop by my livejournal where I post some stories that I have not mentioned here. I'm friendly, even if my fics aren't. ^___^

Cheers,
Lunalellle

Current Mood : cheerful cheerful
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