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!
No one stole from Scorpius Malfoy unless he allowed it.
*A Scorpius/Rose Halloween story*
Very good, ingenious, well written, enjoyable and sweet. Keep writing!
Author's Response: Thank you! I will, because they're so much fun to write about. :)
Summary: When Nymphadora Tonks arrived at the Ministry to save Harry and his friends, she was a young, fearless Auror. Five weeks later she’s a mess. Her once vibrant hair is a drab brown and she can barely smile. Has she lost her nerve? Is it guilt over Sirius’ death? Or is something else happening in her life that has ridden roughshod over her unusual powers?
I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry for Round 7 of The Gauntlet.
Special thanks to Cassie (ms leading) for beta'ing this for me.
I really liked it - I think Snape talked too much, but maybe he was feeling different that day. I just can't see him speaking civilly to someone who prefers her hair pink. I do enjoy how she had to keep her hair a normal color to persuade him to teach her....=)
Author's Response: Hmm, Snape when he's not with Harry, et al, is a different person. He wouldn;t have been quite such a bitter man when teaching Tonks and I think that's part of what he remembers. That's my personal canon, of course. I think he respected Tonks until she took up with the werewolf. Thank you ~Carole~
Summary: In two very different bedrooms, two very different girls prepared themselves for a winter ball. They both primped and preened and made themselves ready. They also both looked up at the moon as it rose gently in the grey winter sky and fervently wished for the exact same thing.
I am leahsm2 of Slytherin and this is my entry for Prompt Three - Melting a Winter Heart of the Winter Snows Challenge 2008
That was sweet! So good and well written and imaginitive.
Before I can rethink my actions, I'm running towards him.
This is it. I'm going to do it. I'm going to do it!
I kiss him.
Harry and Ginny kiss after the Quidditch game, but what happened afterwards? This is kind of the sequel to my fic "Invisible", but it can stand alone.
Song-fic to the song "Fearless" by Taylor Swift.
From Ginny's POV
'Although, we never did talk about the Quidditch match.'. Really? It didn't come up? Ha!
Author's Response: I know right? I totally expected them to just talk and talk about the quidditch match. Especially after they were making out in the common room. It's what everyone does.
Summary: After the disastrous events of the end of the Marauder's fifth year, a fuming Lily Evans decides that that arrogant James Potter and his friends need a taste of their own medicine. The straight-laced Prefect suddenly finds herself pranking her class's trickiest boys--and maybe even enjoying it. Coupled with a series of mysterious apology letters that Lily has begun receiving, it's bound to be an interesting year.
Winner of the 2010 QSQ for Best Canon Romance!
This is my favorite story of all time - I had it printed, but somehow, several chapters dissapeared, so I have to read up! I like how you make each of the Marauders a different character - and how you show everyone (now at least) in a good light.
Keep writing Stars Apart, you're killing me at that cliffhanger!
“We need to, um, borrow some of your potion,” said Sirius, beaming at him.
I love that part so much. I love this chapter, I love Remus. I especially love how Lily walks straight into the bookshelf - I have the special talent enabling me to run, full-speed, into a cinder-block wall and give myself a concussion.
I love the relationship of the Marauders, especially Remus. I love that he's so calm, 'I'll have to get back to you on that,' when his best friend just poisoned himself.
I love nearly everything about this chapter.
The one thing I don't like is how James sits on Lily's table. I think this is in character, so it is correct, but I still think it was rude and innapropriate.
'What exactly are you trying to do to the ceiling?' I love that part. Keep writing Stars Apart!
I absolutely loved 'eyes smoldering' it really brings a picture into how she was feeling - that whole 'show, not tell' thing again, right? But my favorite part.... “Women want to be treated with kindness and respect. It’s probably not to late for James to redeem himself. Self-confidence is the most important tool when wooing a member of the opposite sex, and a little politeness goes a long way. And don’t forget, a smile is the sexiest thing you can wear.”
The other three stared at him. Sirius raised an eyebrow. “Wormtail thinks you’re sexy,” he informed James.
I enjoyed that part too much.... if you didn't read some self-help books yourself, that's impressive!
Another favorite part...He looked at her blankly for a moment. “I—um, yeah, I…not bad, yours?”
Behind him, Peter murmured under his breathe, “Smooth.” James aimed a kick at him, but missed, and hit the leg of the table. Plates rattled. Lily seemed not to notice.
“It was all right. Get your O.W.L. scores? How’d that Potions tutoring help?”
“Well, I don’t think even extra lessons with Slughorn could have helped me out on that one, but I passed! Although I think the fact that I finished the exam at all means that I Exceeded Expectations…”
Lily laughed lightly, and James grinned at her. Behind him, Sirius was not even trying to disguise his shock, his mouth hanging open. Remus elbowed him, leaning forward to eavesdrop shamelessly as Lily asked James what classes he was continuing with for his sixth year.
A drenched Flitwick attempted to compose himself, his head smoking. Very, very nice.
"Blinken likes hats," James informed her.
I loved that part soo much. This is my favorite chapter, because you don't see Sirius doing stupid things when he's not 'drunk'.
'and he glided away' ha. I love Remus too much.... and another thing - trying and failing to look small. You're a big boy, Sirius! Stand up and Face it !
I love Remus! Running off (no need to be stupid, that's the brave thing!) when the 'explosion' was going to hit.
Summary: “Don't worry, Harry.” I start one of the many random conversations I have through-out the day with my 'Harry in my head'. Sometimes, it make me feel mental, but ironically it keeps me sane. “I will never give up. Never. I'll fight to the finish as long as I'll end up with you. Then, after you defeat Voldemort and save the world and everything, we can have that happily ever after I've been dreaming about. You know the one? Where you save the world, grin at your admirers, then sweep me off my feet to our happily ever after?
Ginny Weasley has big plans for her "happily ever after with Harry Potter", however, these plans have to be put on hold while she struggles with her life at Hogwarts without Harry, Hermione, or Ron.
From Ginny's POV Song-fic to "Far Away" by Nickelback
Third part in my "Little Ginny Weasley" series but it can stand alone
Who knew that throwing things in a rage at bathroom mirrors could be such good therapy?
I love that line. I also love the image of Ginny, hidden behind the curtains in her bed, replaying, like, one word that Harry said over and over and over and over from a cell phone. That really brightened my day. =)
Author's Response: Aw I'm so glad you liked it! All three of your reviews meant so much to me! I'm also happy that you enjoyed the phone bit since it's sorta just slipped in there. You get a piece of pie for noticing it. Perhaps apple or pumpkin. :)
That was really good, and I loved it! Lily's the 'Star seeker of Gryffindor' I liked that part. =) I didn't like howshe of all people would be interested in Scorpius' love life. =)
Summary: One Christmas, Luna Lovegood gets the brillant idea of spreading Christmas cheer to the people whom she considers to be the most miserable at Hogwarts. And, of course, Luna does not see any way this plan could go wrong.
I am OliveOil_Med of Ravenclaw, and this is my entry for the MerMuggles Christmas Contest.
That was so, so sweet and funny and good! Especially about Merlin's blessing. =)
Summary: Tom Riddle takes two other orphans down into a cave, so what happened down there to make them take a vow of silence?
Whoah...deep. I can't see 'Tom' falling in love, and I can't really see Amy getting back to normal. I can see her more as a broken person. But good job, good ideas, good descripions.
Summary: After his recklessness leads to a savage attack on someone he loves, Teddy Lupin sets off on a quest to discover a black unicorn.
The black unicorn is reputed to have magical healing properties.
The black unicorn could be Lily Potter’s only chance of a future.
The black unicorn, he is told, does not exist.
But Teddy is not alone in believing in the animal. Backed by the Scamanders, he travels across three continents in search of a myth, all the while aware that he’s following in his mother’s footsteps.
I am Equinox Chick from Hufflepuff and this is my entry in Round 8 of The Gauntlet.
Disclaimer: I'm not JK Rowling. I doubt that shocks anyone.
But what happened???? Very good idea, good writing, but still. What happened!!!!
Author's Response: They're going to make the potion and cure Lily :). And as Victoire knows all about it, she's forgiven him too. This story was written for a competition. We had to send our chosen character all over the world in search of a magical creature. Teddy needed the black unicorn because he'd read his mother's research into a potion to cure lycanthropy (I think that's in chapter 2). I've left it up to your interpretation as to what happens next. ~Carole~
"I tried a few simple spells just for practice and it's all worked for me."
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
My answer to an early plot hole that has always bugged me in this story.
SO, so so good and funny! It was hilarious! I loved it so much!
Diana has always been different. She can make objects move without touching them. She can command animals without training them. She always seems to know when someone is lying to her. And strange things always seem to happen when she's sad or angry....
But even when the enigmatic Professor Dumbledore comes to tell her that this is all normal for someone like her, there are other things that still set her apart. She has no memory from before age eleven. She hears voices whispering to her when no one is there. And there is something more sinister lurking inside her, something that reminds Dumbledore of another student he had so many years ago....
Diana's birth was no accident. Someone has dark plans for her, and unless she can solve the Riddle of her past she may just become the very thing she strives to destroy.
That was sweet, for a Slytherin. Makes me want to scream at the computer 'Don't take the flowers! Don't take the flowers!' It's like a set up for a horror movie. Somehow, I know it won't be good.....
Summary: Six weeks after the battle, Hermione puts on a bathing suit for the first time in nearly a year... scars are revealed as painful memories rise to the surface yet again.
I almost submitted this under dark/angst, but at the end of the day, I see it as Ron/Hermione. *shrug* Also, a gazillion thanks to my awesometastic beta Natalie, and to both Neil and Carole for helping me with all things British. :D
I loved this story. It inspired me to write mine, Doubtless, about Hermione's feelings in regard to scars. I didn't take any of your ideas, though. They're completely different!
Author's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed this story and were inspired to write. What a great compliment for me -- thanks for the review!