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Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Ginger_Jedi, Aug 26, 2001.

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  1. Daughter_Of_TheForce

    Daughter_Of_TheForce Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I started writing when I was about 8, when I discovered reruns of the original Star Trek on TV in the mid-70's. Then SW came along, and I wanted to write science fiction. If you want to be technical about it, I started writing fan fiction when I was 9 or 10. Then I forgot about it and began working on my own worlds.

    I started writing with the intent to publish after I graduated from college, but stories I created from the sci-fi shows I watch stayed with me. I never wrote them down, though.

    Then TPM came along. Qui-Gon Jinn touched a deep chord within me and moved me to create a character to interact with him. She had almost all the Mary Sue characteristics, but soon she became a deeper, more profound character. (I talked about her a little in this [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4653854&replies=17]thread[/link].) I spent the entire summer turning out material based on her. I became so guilty about it that I actually wrote an apology letter to GL! (Never sent it! :D) When that creative urge ran its course, I lamented that no one would ever read about her.

    Well, that will change soon, hopefully. She'll be introduced in my next story after "What Remains Unspoken" is finished.

     
  2. Ginger_Jedi

    Ginger_Jedi Jedi Knight star 6

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    Up! :)

    It's been a while since we got authors telling their stories. Anyone else? :D
     
  3. JediClare

    JediClare Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Me? Well...

    I'm Clare, and I don't understand why people like to spell it with an 'i', as in 'Claire'.

    Looks like I'm one of the youngest...I'm 14 in March this year.

    Around 1998 or 1999, I saw lots of Star Trek novels in libraries and I borrowed a few curious as to why they were so popular. Then after that, I borrowed the Star Wars OT laserdiscs, just to see what they were like - whether they were like Star Trek or not. After I watched the entire OT, I almost completely dropped Star Trek, only borrowing one or two novels every few weeks. Now I don't borrow Star Trek anymore unless I am desperate for something to read. I started looking for Star Wars, Star Wars and Star Wars.

    Then The Phantom Menace was released. Needless to say, I went to watch it, and I loved it. I wasn't very happy when Qui-Gon died.

    I only started writing fan fiction last year. I wrote a pretty bad story on Microsoft Word, and deleted it 'cause it wasn't going anywhere. I stumbled onto TF.N and found the fanfic archive. I was always impatient for them to update the archive.

    I found the JCF in July 2001, and signed up under the username 'animorphjedi'. Posted two messages and forgot about it. I found the fanfic boards, but I took one look at the columns of titles and the numbers of posts for each and was frightened away. :D Returned in October 2001, found the patience to start reading, and I have loved fanfic ever since.

    Used to the non-caps, 'short-form' and bad English of email between my friends and I, my first few reply posts were horrendous. One of my earlier posts (and about a month after I'd been on the boards) went like this:

    [blockquote] i'm kinda new here so i haven't seen the fics u pple r talking about...could u post the links?[/blockquote]

    *Turns red* [face_blush] [face_blush] [face_blush]

    Pretty bad... [face_blush] Eventually I learned not to do that. Good thing, otherwise u'd b seein mi typin out my posts in dis manner.

    :D :p ;)

    In the beginning when I first started posting 'story posts', I didn't separate paragraphs, so they were a whole block of words and a strain on the eyes to read. I learned not to do that either.

    The first story post I ever posted was on a sort of round-robin: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4407306]Padawan Rescue Team[/link] started by Neon Star.

    Went on to [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4653766]What if you woke up and could use the force.[/link] started by I love Sci Fi.

    Then started on my first individual fanfic: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4702064]Betrayals, Conflicts and Love (JA)[/link]. I couldn't think of a title, and it was originally named 'A Title-less JA Story'. Dumb, I know. [face_blush] Jacinta Kenobi gave me a suggestion of 'Betrayals' (thanks! :)) and I added the other words.

    Neon Star asked for a co-writer, so I volunteered, and am co-writing [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4947115]What Time Only Knows[/link].

    Did a fanfic titled [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=5364318]The Biggest Secret Ever[/link] for homework, so I decided to post it.

    Sometime in the middle of November, I created a little 'sign-off name'. I tried out a few colour combinations, and settled on orange words with navy highlighting (see below). I think some people might find the colour combination horrible - I used to, a couple of years back - but I like it now, so there. ;) :p

    My spelling is pretty okay, except for the occasional typos. Grammar and vocabulary are something else. Sometimes I need to kept reading and re-reading a single sentence because I'm not sure whether the grammar is correct. Vocabulary isn't really my strength either, I think I might have used wrong words in a few places.

    Unlike many people here, I seldom get bitten by plot bunnies. If I do, they're mostly gentle, non-rabid ones. ;) Can't decide whether it's a good thing or not.

    Yeah. That's about it.

    = [hl=navy]Clare[/hl] =
     
  4. Ginger_Jedi

    Ginger_Jedi Jedi Knight star 6

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    I wasn't very happy when Qui-Gon died.

    Me neither :_|

    Thanks for sharing Clare :D Keep on writing :D
     
  5. Lord Bane

    Lord Bane Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I came back in July of 2000 after a year break from TF.n and the JC and after reading a little NJO and parousing the fanfic, I decided there was a lack of representation for the latest series of stories. So I started writing Eyes of the Empire, detailing the Imperial side of the NJO in as realistic a way as possible. I have struggled to keep continuity yet still write a story that is different from what is out there.

    Winter 2000 saw my first and only collaboration (with Kier_Nimmion) which ended when he moved from Canada to the US and his computer files were damaged in the move. The story is still around in part, A Tale of the Jedi: KNight's Dawn and it details the story of the first Jedi Knight, not first Jedi, but the first warrior-jedi.

    This past spring I started A Common Crime which I'll be ending this spring. Check it out; it's on page 1 in fanfic right now.

    Basically, I started writing to fill niches that weren't being attended to (Imperial NJO, ancient Jedi history, police drama on Coruscant) and I am glad to say that the police drama genre has increased thanks to my good friend Rogue1-and-a-half.
     
  6. jadesaber2

    jadesaber2 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    When did I start writing fanfiction? Let's start at the beginning... First, a small warning. The following will be long and boring. Get a pillow and a blanket before reading on.

    The first time I saw Star Wars, or a short glimpse of Star Wars, was waaaaaaaaaay back in the late 80's. I was with my brother at his friend's house, and I saw Han giving Lando the Falcon in ROTJ. I walked out of the room to get something to drink, and soon found something else to occupy me. When I went back to the room, I was just in time to catch the end of the Battle of Endor. I didn't think much of it at the time. It looked cool, but I was young, and jets took up a greater portion of my feeble brain at the time.

    The next time I was exposed to SW, I was walking around a store (Costco, I think) with my parents, bored out of my mind ("Don't touch this! Don't touch that! Don't touch anything!") So I naturally found myself in front of a TV. What did I see? The destruction of Alderaan. Wow, I thought. I want to see the rest of that movie! I was still young. By now, anything with explosions in it was enough to fascinate me. I saw no more of SW until a few years later...

    I was dragged along to a "family friend's" house. Basically, my parent's friends. They had no children. It was boring. So I started wandering around the house, and I came upon a rather large collection of movies. I saw the words Star Wars. Five minutes later, my dad had bought all three OT movies for me. I was happy. I went home and proceeded to invest (time is not wasted on such a marvelous thing as Star Wars) six hours of my life into watching the movies, one after the other. It was good.

    Mind you, now, this was all before we had a computer capable of doing anything more than simple math. So I couldn't share my newfound love for Star Wars with anyone. So I did what anyone else would do (well, maybe not anyone else). I retreated into the wonderful world of Lego. Yes, with this wonderful building tool, I could create my own Millenium Falcon, or two X Wings! At least until my brother came home from school ant yelled at me for playing with his Lego.

    Anyway... Fast forward two years. I'd just about worn the tapes out. I went shopping with my parents ("Don't touch this! Don't touch that! Don't touch anything!"), and found myself in a bookstore. There, on the New Arrivals table, was Dark Force Rising. They had to drag me out of the store an hour later. I think I got through half the book in that time. My brother kept saying that it wasn't really Star Wars, because Star Wars ended with the movies. Well, MEH to you!

    I managed to bug my mother until we went to the library the next day. I got my very first public library card an proceeded to check out ever SW book I could find. I was happy for the next two weeks.

    Fast forward another three years. I had read most of the SW books out there. We had Internet access, and even managed a whopping fast (heh!) 14400bps connection. I was surfing around, looking for anything and everything Star Wars, and stumbled across a site called (I think) FanFix.com. Woohoo! Star Wars stories! Written by ordinary people!

    Then I discovered TF.N's forums, where I spent most of my time in the Lit forum. One day, while perusing someone's recent posts, I found a link to the Fan Fiction forum. Hmmm, I thought. More SW stories? I'm there!

    Unfortunately, I was not there. But the next day, I was invited to take part in writing a RR! Me, writing a fanfic! I was just a bit excited. So I went and started writing. But the fic died after about three months, and I moved on to other things.

    Several months ago, I was reintroduced to the wonderful world of fanfc. Star by Star had just come out, and everyone was sad, angry, depressed, etc. about someone's (let's call him Jimmy :p )death. Apparently, someone decided to write out an alternate story. Somehow, by some stroke of luck, I found that story. It was called [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4305941]The Path Less Trodden[/link], and
     
  7. Vaderbait

    Vaderbait Jedi Knight star 6

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    Sorry, this is a bit off topic, but I've seen peopel referring to being Betas. I very rarely post on the fanfic boards, and was wondering--what is a Beta?
     
  8. RebelOutlaw_Ace

    RebelOutlaw_Ace Jedi Youngling star 2

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    May 9, 2001
    A beta is a person who proof-reads your story.

    Personally, I first started writing fanfics the day that I signed up to post on the forums. I somehow meandered onto the TF.N Discussion Forums, and I couldn't believe it when I found a whole page dedicated to Fan Fiction!

    My first post and the start of my first story I whipped up awful quick, and I was more than surprised when I finally got a reader.

    However, I'll probably not rush so quickly into my next story, as I'm writing up at least fifteen chapters before I'm making the first post.

    -Reb
     
  9. Vaderbait

    Vaderbait Jedi Knight star 6

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    I've written a few stories, but none of them were hits, and only one was completed. I'm pretty much out of original ideas right now.
     
  10. Jacinta_Kenobi

    Jacinta_Kenobi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I started writing fan fiction not even knowing what the term was about when Episode 1 came out.

    Only about 1 year ago did I discover you could have people read it.

    But I never was able to get it up anywhere no matter what I did. I began to despair, thinking I was not good enough.

    Then I found this place, and very slowly stretched a toe into the water. I started a fic, and the feedback made my ego soar, so I continued. Since then I have been archived in two different places, and, well, let's just say my opinion of my writing has greatly risen!

    :D
     
  11. TheFallen

    TheFallen Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Nov 27, 2001
    What's your story! Go!

    Believe it or not, I didn't start reading FanFic in this fandom! Collective gasp from the crowd! I actually found out about this unknown phenomina of 'fan fiction' in a chat room on Yahoo. It was the X-Files chat room to be precise. And so here, starts the legacy. Someone mentioned someone else's site, and I questioned them : Pray tell! What is this mystical realm you speak of, this fan fiction! The words were foriegn to my sheltered ears! After a year of reading solely X-File Fic (I naively thought for some reasont his was the ONLY fandom, but hey, back then I didn't even know what a fandom WAS).
    Soon, I formulated a wonderful idea! If there is fanfiction for X-Files... then... do I say?... Yes! There must be more stories in other genres!
    I must admit, Star Wars was one of the fandoms I buzzed past one the fanfiction.net board thinking "Yeesh... who'd ever write that?" That's what I said about a lot of the fandoms I read now, though...
    Since I have firmly rammed by foot down my throat.
    There's my story, and you can quote me!
     
  12. Ginger_Jedi

    Ginger_Jedi Jedi Knight star 6

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    Jun 4, 2001
    Thanks for sharing :) No worries Jadesaber, I found your story rather interesting :) (sits on pillow) :p

    TheFallen I didn't start out with Star Wars fan fiction either. Let's see, I read/write Final Fantasy VII and IX, Digimon, Batman Beyond and Resident Evil... Phew! You would not BELIEVE the size of my workload! [face_laugh]
     
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