Emmy Chahal for CBC, Canada. - I was just wondering what the most valuable piece of advise you would give to an aspiring writer?
JK Rowling: Read as much as you can, I think that there is nothing as important, because that will really show you what makes good writing in your opinion, obviously it's very subjective. You will probably go through a phrase when you imitate your favourite writers and I think that is necessary and a good learning process.
After that, you just have to accept it takes a phenomenal amount of perseverence and the people who deserve to make it ... you probably will not like 90 per cent of what you write, one day you write a single page you like and build on that.
Hi, I'm a young writer here.
Those are J.K. Rowling's own words, everyone. For me, it may be a bit dificult to follow them, as excited as I was to find out that my absolute favorite writer of all time gave me adivce.
1) Read as much as you can. Check.
2) Go through a phase imitating your favorite writers. If fanfiction counts, then, infinite checks.
3) Perservere...... well, I don't think I'd live if I tried not to write. =)
4) You won't like 90% of your writing, so write a page you like and go from there. Haha, so true. That's why reviews matter! ;) They give you self confidence.
I really love the Harry Potter seiries, but I love Mugglenet's Fanfiction even more.
I have way too many favorite characters, but I especially love Lily Evans and Lily Potter. (And Neville, who goes without saying).
The only ships I don't support is Hermione/Draco, or Ginny/Draco. I personally think Draco would be better off living alone and childless. I know that sounds.... a bit.... mean, but Draco, I think, is generally a bad person, despite his reasons for acting bad.
About Snape: I recently went to Potted Potter a parody by Dan and Jeff, and they asked the crowd if Snape was good or bad. I embarrased myself by shouting 'Bad'.
However, I wholeheartedly agree that Snape was a very mean person. He was terrible to Harry, and pretty much everyone else, no matter how torn up inside he was. Snape's personally one of my favorite characters (if you didn't guess from 'Almost') and I have nothing against him. I just don't think he's 'good'.
I hope you like my stories.
Wow. Haven't been on here in a long time. ;) If anyone's interested in what I've been up to these days, I suggest you look up the author
Astrid Goes For A Spin
on Fanfiction.net. Don't worry, I haven't done any Harry Potter on there, unless you count my true work of art, my crossover. Now, no more spoilers!
Read on, and please, review!
Also, about reveiws - some of them I've forgotten to thank the reveiwer, but I really love getting reveiws, so to anyone I've forgotten, thanks for reveiwing!
Summary: Rose Weasley is in her sixth year at Hogwarts, and for the first time ever when she has to serve detention, Scorpius Malfoy plans to teach her something no book ever does.
That was good, how much she changed! It was a cute story, I really liked it, especially how she's telling him he should apologize!
Summary: Sirius, Remus, and Harry share memories and stories as they read through letters the Marauders and friends wrote to their future selves while at school.
Very canon, very smart idea, very well written. I loved it! =) I also recognised Elvendork from What's in a name? Made me laugh. Keep writing !
Author's Response: Thank you! Yes, Elvendork is from the short prequel story that JK wrote! I'm SO sorry this took me so long to respond! I totally forgot I'd started uploading that story (sheepish grin) please forgive me? Anyway, Love, Hogwarts has been finished for a while and I'm uploading as fast as they will let me. I'm currently working hard on a full length prequel series from this universe. You can find more info on my blog, the link is on my profile. Let me know if you're interested! Anyway, thanks for reading, and look out for more :) Laurel
Summary: Luna is tempted by a package on Christmas Eve.
When I read this I totally forgot to review, so I will now - I absolutely loved it! Luna seemed much more normal here, and it was a twist! Rolf seemed much more sensitive and caring than I had imagined him, and made me think of him in a new light! PLEASE write more, please please! Thank you. =)
Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed this. It was a bit of an experiment for me writing in first person, present tense. I wanted to give it some immediacy. Often, I think people make Luna too strange and go overboard. Glad I could make you think of Rolf in a new light.
Summary: Little Rosie has lost her Teddy bear. Whatever shall we do about it?
Oh, that was impossibly sweet and cute and it made me want more. =) Please do write more.
Author's Response: I have many, many short stories at another site, but it will take me some time to post them here. A lot of them aren't appropriate for this site (no, not like that; no, not like that either). Most of what I write is dark and angsty, so this was a lot of fun to write. Glad you enjoyed it.
Summary: We all know Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger met at Hogwarts, became best friends, saved the world, fell in love, and got married.
But did they really meet for the very first time on the Hogwarts Express, or was there perhaps another moment in time, long forgotten by the time they turned eleven?
Very well written, ingenious, very interesting, especially because of the third person. I enjoyed it immensley. Please continue to write little things like this - it was inspiring. =)
Summary: There is a new girl in Harry's life, and Ginny needs Hermione's help.
That was so cute! It was just like Ginny to overeact, and Lily was adorable! Write more soon!
Author's Response: Thanks. This was intended as a one shot, but there may be more. -N-
Few things truly provoke Albus Dumbledore's rage like attempting to kill Harry Potter under the guise of a friend. A two-part vignette from Albus' POV about the events that transpired after Harry returned from the Third Task, Cedric's dead body in tow.
Wow. That was spectacularly written, very good, very imaginative. I would have written from Moody's perspective if anything, not Dumbledore's..... that was a twist! Write more, please!
Summary: Ron’s point of view through the years when it comes to Hermione. Trust me darling, he uses his eyes more than you could possibly know.
Very good, well written, good idea, and very surprising! Ron was extremely perceptive! It shocked me! I wish I could read more stories like this.... **hinthint** ;)
Summary: Mark Evans, one of Dudley's many victims, is a wizard. A wizard who wants revenge for the months of suffering Dudley Dursley put him through one summer before he attended Hogwarts.
This is part of the Court Case that dealt with the apparent acts of Muggle-baiting that he committed, with statements from Mark Evans and Dudley Dursley; and from the witnesses, Petunia Dursley and Harry Potter.
Warning: includes general silliness, sickly language from Petunia Dursley, and one allusion to strong language.
This story was nominated for a Quicksilver Quill Award 2012: Best Humour
There are many interesting factors in this case... one of which, the previous Minister for Magic, Mr. Cornelius Fudge, had no records of any other magical persons living in the area of Little Whinging, but then again, he was also able to be outwitted by an elderly Squib who lied about being able to see Dementors. I would have to say I cast my vote with Mr. Evans, considering that Mr. Potter, the saviour of the Wizarding World, has significant evidence against the lies of his family, whom he has claimed hatred against for many years. Mr. Evans should go free!
Summary: They're using his greenhouses and his plants to torment first years. Neville isn't going to let that slide, no matter who the tormentors - or the tormented - may be.
As always, the Harry Potter universe and everything in it is property of J.K. Rowling.
This story is on a temporary hiatus until I finish some of my other WIPs. Thank you for coming to check it out, and I promise I'm not going to just let it end here!
This is such a beautiful story, no review can do it justice. Neville is wonderful and ironic, but he's so kind, I love it. I seriously, extremely love this story. Keep writing! I can't wait to see what happens. Eventually, he'll turn Scorpius Malfoy into a young man. =)
Summary: 'Her eyes were ablaze with a passion that I had previously believed to have died out. Somehow this defiance, this tiniest hint of uprising, had lit a spark within her, and it was a welcome sight.'
The day Harry Potter didn't board the Hogwarts Express changed everything for me, for suddenly Ginny Weasley wasn't the same.
Whoa! First of all, the timeline doesn't match up, but for the purpose of the story, that's okay. Ginny...crumbling? She was so full of life, and so healthy, that I find it hard to believe.
Anyway, all was good, and then - BAM? - there's a little Neville/Ginny insinuation?? Not undue, just completely unhinted at throughout the story, inconsistant.
Author's Response: I'm not entirely sure which bit you didn't think matched up with the timeline, but that's okay. Artistic licence and all that. I think the thing with Ginny is that she's always been surrounded by people who love her, so when she's alone at Hogwarts, fearing for the lives of her brother and the boy she loves, I don't think you can necessarily expect her to cope. All she really wanted to know was that Harry was alive and evading capture, which with the post and newspapers being withheld by the Carrows she didn't get to know. I'm sorry the Neville/Ginny came as a shock to you, however I felt it wasn't completely out of the blue, as Neville was so fiercely trying to protect her, and it was hinted at all along. Thank you for the review :) Fenella x
'Even in a castle this huge, with as many cousins as I have there‚Äôs always someone with a map to come and scoop me out of my tear-stained reverie in a dark corner.'
Molly Weasley Jr cannot leave Hogwarts, for she cannot leave her best friend behind.
This was originally written for the Illustration for Inspiration challenge over in the Great Hall, however it wasn't long enough and I didn't have time to rework it in order to post it in time to qualify.
The title is inspired by the Chicago song 'If You Leave Me Now'.
Nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill in the Next Generation category.
I'd like to think that came from Neville, but somehow, (even after so many years have passed) I can't think that he would use so many McGonagall-like words.
Good job! It was really amazing, heartwarming, and then you get to the end, where the shock is genius. XD
Author's Response: It hadn't even occurred to me that you might interpret it as being Neville at the end, as I wrote it to be Professor Vector... though in hindsight it would have been lovely to have it as Neville! Thank you so much for the lovely review :) Fenella x