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: A poem about Ginny Weasley after the Battle of Hogwarts.
I definetley did like it, (very much) but I thought Tonks was one of the lovers?? Confusing, but I think I get it....=) If I tried to write a line like that, it would probably go on forever and get super confusing.
Author's Response: Oh, I worded that horribly. Tonks was one of the lovers, I was talking about her and Lupin. I just meant that she kind of came to mind too, but I mostly meant Colin. Whoops!
Summary: On the morning of Hermione’s 18th birthday, Ron hunts as Harry gathers. One boy is successful, while the other is not. At the end of an hour, who is to blame?
This story has been nominated for the 2012 Quick Silver Quills: Best Dark/ Angst Fic
It was very well written, I liked the whole thing about Ron hating the locket. I don't think that Harry and Hermione would go off on their own, though, and even though Ron isn't wearing the locket, it does seem like they like each other. (Harry and Hermione). It's not exactly canon, so was that the point? Or was Ron going insane or something?
Thanks for reading and for the questions. I love questions. It means that I've left some room for interpretation. Anyway....on to the answers.
This story was an experiment in establishing the authority of the narrator. Do you trust everything Ron is communicating just because he's the one telling the story? Is it possible that, maybe, his perceptions are a bit skewed? Perhaps he is erroneously filling in blank after blank in his own head, making nothings into somethings? Maybe. Maybe not.
You, as the reader, can decide that for yourself. I was just telling a story from one point of view. If I made you question what you know from canon (Harry's POV), I'm glad. That's what I was attempting.
Again, thank you for reading!
Summary: Number Three was born into a lonely world. Left on the doorsteps of an orphanage days after she was born, her life is clearly planned out. Live, and then die. But Number Three won't take that. She's a witch, and witches are strong. What will it take to find her purpose?
Go cry over all the starving children in Africa if you want to. But not me. There’s no meaning for it. My existence is one that even, I, myself, can hardly understand.
Number Three, nameless and lonely, will soon meet great withes and wizards, some of which are more important than others. Some of which she may grow to love dearly. But is love enough to mend a hopeless, broken heart?
Amazing, amazing as always. =) I'm so glad you got approved, I know how long you've been waiting! However, this is one of your best stories, and I'm SO happy for you! I can't wait for the rest, and I'll be happy to 'beta-read' for you. =) Can't wait for the rest.
Author's Response: You are much too kind. Thanks SO much! And I hope, no, KNOW that your stories will continue to be great. I try my best!
Amazing as always, I'm excited for the next chapter too! =) Can't wait. =)
Author's Response: I almost didn't respond. (Joking.) Haha, thanks. +)
What do you mean, 'you can't respond twice' ? I live in a free country (and so do you) and I can respond as many times as I deem fit! =)
Author's Response: I regret saying that, since now you've responded three times. Anyway...I hope to have the next chapter up soon.
Wow. I was hoping (sniff) you would get rid of 'jerk' but I guess it's too late for that now..... still, it was a great story and I loved reading it (=)
Author's Response: Hey! You can't respond twice! Just kidding. Thanks again.
Summary: It's a full moon tonight, and you're waiting for a human to walk by. A human to bite.
Wow. Disturbing, but very, very good. =)
Author's Response: Thank you.
It has been said that we can only see angels when we are children. At some point we outgrow this ability, but what happens to our angels then? Are they still there watching over us or do they move on?
That was very sweet, but very strange. =) I enjoyed it very much.
Thank you for reading it. Most of my stories are a little different than what you usually see here, written more from a parents point of view. I have one up you might like like if you enjoy strange, The Pied Piper of the Black Florest.
Summary: “And quite honestly,” he turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor Tower, and wondering whether Kreacher might bring him a sandwich there, “I’ve had enough trouble for a life time.”*
In search of some peace and quiet, The Gryffindor boys are reunited after the Final Battle.
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, page 749, American edition
Nominated for Best General Story in the Quicksilver Quills 2011!
The only response for a story like this is a smile. =)
Author's Response: Aw, thanks! I appreciate it.
Summary: Just a short poem, about Lily... and Harry going to Hogwarts, from Snape's POV
Lily's Eyes has been nominated for the Best Poetry Quicksilver Quill award. Thanks so much for the nomination!
Amazing! It was supubly well written, with a very good....er.....I'll have to say motto for lack of a better word. I really liked the whole poem.....it was extremely good, and I hope to see more ( much more) from you soon. =)
Author's Response: Thanks. I am thrilled at the reception this one has gotten. I have two others in progress. I tend to write in a "lyrical" style with a catch phrase or the like. I think that's what you meant by "motto". Glad you enjoyed :)
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet
– William Shakespeare
But for Lily and James Potter, it wasn't that simple.
That was so, so, so good and funny and all around enjoyable, especially the end note. This name story is very sweet and I loved it very much. It is going on my favorites! =)
Author's Response: Oh, a favourite? Thanks heaps, Snowliliy! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Summary: Harry Potter's presence at Hogwarts is a painful reminder to Severus of what he lost all those years ago.
Beautifully, wonderfully written, doubtlessly. There were a few things... like, would Snape really have gone to her wedding? He was a Death Eater at the time.... and that Snape was hating that he wasn't her first choice. I am a bit reluctant to think that Lily would have ever chosen him, as they were such good friends.... but very good story, I really loved it. =)
Author's Response: Thank you for the kind words, and the remarks as well. You've given me some things to think about as I continue!
Summary: Missing moment from Deathy Hallows. Ron and Hermione share a shining moment of happiness while at Bill and Fleur's wedding.
So sweet! It made me smile =)
Summary: Cho Chang has just lost her very last Quidditch match at Hogwarts, to "that Ginny Weasley," no less. As she wanders about the school, lost in thought, she stumbles across Ginny, who is also in the company of the last person Cho would have expected. A black-haired, bespectacled person...
Very, very good, well written, my favorite part: 'Ron-Weasley-the-tornadoes-hater.'
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I really appreciate the review and your feedback!
Summary: Lavender Brown: gossip, fashion queen, boy crazy. But she also weaves bracelets from thread. Bracelets that let her forget gossip, that make her fashionable, and that save her from the pain of boys... and everything else.
That was sweet and good, imaginative and well written, I really enjoyed it. I especially liked the part about Harry's death being imminent. I mean, he gets into all those dangerous situations! How can you blame her for thinking one will eventually kill him? J.K. Very good, though. I want more! =)
Author's Response: Thank you for the review.
There's something Lily's been waiting to hear since Harry said his first word.
Written in anticipation for Deathly Hallows, part two.
Nominated for the 2011 Best Dark/Angsty QSQ. Thank you, Maple!
So sad, but very sweet, very good idea, very well written - second person was a twist, unusual - but I loved it. =)
Author's Response: I've never written second person, so I've been interested as to what the reactions would be to this story. Thanks for commenting on that. And thanks for reading and reviewing!
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.