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  2. i'm really sorry if it seemed like i was criticising you, it was a general 'you' not you you - i really liked the points you made and just wanted to add my own thoughts as a sort of follow up and an idea for the site to try and cultivate a lil different culture. and yeah, reading for a fandom that's smaller or just not popular on fft is really something that is also my own problem - lately i've been reading a lot of asoiaf and battlestar galactica fanfic which yeahh it's mostly on ao3 and even livejournal. personally, i'm used to thinking my own fics just aren't that interesting to people, yk?
  3. no no i totally get what you mean. the bread and butter of fft is review events and i think that's where the majority of people get their reviews from, which is fine, not to say there's anything wrong with it. but if you don't really participate in those events for whatever reason, it's really hard to get any sort of feedback. i don't read much fanfiction these days, or if i do it's usually for a smaller fandom that isn't on fft but on the rare occasion that i go back to harry potter fiction on this site i try to leave as many random reviews as i can. Like i'm obviously not gonna be able
  4. MalfoysAngel

    Happy Pride Month!

    Congratulations Jerri! I’m so incredibly happy for you! I also wanted to let you know/remind you (I can’t remember if I told you) that I grew up in the same faith and understand how impossible it is to live your truth within its structure. If you need someone to talk to about it my inbox is a safe space and its always open.
  5. i think you're making very valid points but i'd also like to say that it's useful to think about this even in terms of fft and how we interact with works posted on our archives. do you read a fic you saw rec'd and leave a short comment and/or a like? or maybe you just saw it in most recent stories, but did you read it and interact with it? or is the extent of our interaction with stories posted by our members review swaps/review requests/review events or exclusively reading stories by your friends? because i think it'd be amazing to cultivate a culture that's not only focused on these things i
  6. i've been thinking about this a lot lately so i wanted to put it out somewhere into the world. i think there's a relationship between the amount of fanfiction available for a fandom and the level of interaction or attention that you can expect from that fandom. i haven't written enough fanfiction for other smaller fandoms or bigger fandoms to be able to say this with absolute certainty but i do notice a trend between the amount of engagement i get in the harry potter fandom versus other fandoms that i've written for, most notably, the grishaverse. and i'm sure there's plenty of factors that co
  7. inmyownlittlecorner

    Happy Pride Month!

    Congratulations Jerri! I'm so proud of you--what you're doing takes a lot of courage
  8. singmetothesun

    Happy Pride Month!

    Happy Pride Month! And I have some fun news... I'm non-binary! And I now go by the name Jerri (which means spear ruler) It's been a fun journey of self-realisation and giving myself permission to love and accept myself. I came out as bisexual two years ago but that wasn't as much as a big deal to me as coming out as non-binary. I felt being openly bisexual didn't fundamentally change how I saw myself or how anyone saw me, but with gender identity it feels HUGE. I'm only out to a certain number of people, excluding my family and church community, b
  9. aesthetic by me i'm a disaster bi and proud of it. my journey towards actually acknowledging who i am (which i fully realised a couple years ago (wow time flies), despite...quite a few hookups and other obvious things lol self-denial can be really strong as i'm sure plenty of you can relate) hasn't been straight(forward) (hah) but like...at this point in my life, i don't actually care all that much about how supposed/former ally friends made me feel after i'd hook up with a girl at a club. or how in certain spaces i've experienced really fucked up biphobia and treated as not-queer-en
  10. RonsGirlFriday

    june 2021 bulletin

    Congratulations to all the OTM's, and I'm very very excited to have @ShazaLupin joining the CC team!
  11. abhorsen plague doctor.

    june 2021 bulletin

    we're including both may and june in here. we're so sorry about missing last month; your friendly neighborhood branwen got slightly swamped and burned out, and it is entirely her fault. if you're new, welcome to fanfictalk! it's great to have you with us. we're a multi-fandom forum + archive with a strong culture of support for other writers and feedback here, including a story help section, challenges, and reviewing events - so if you're a writer, you've come to the right place. please make sure that you post in the 'welcome to fft' topic +here to say that you've read over the
  12. Unwritten Curse

    Upcoming Hiatus

    Oh, Emily. So many hugs. I just want you to know that I'm here if you need someone to chat with about mental health (I also have OCD) or really anything. I was with my dad when he passed, so I get that as well. Please feel free to reach out. I promise you won't be bothering me at all. Take care of yourself. It sounds like it's been a tough year and you're stronger than you think for making it to this point.
  13. RonsGirlFriday

    Upcoming Hiatus

    I'm so sorry you're dealing with all of this, Emily. We're always here for you whenever you feel like you have the emotional bandwidth to come back. Please take care of yourself!
  14. blackballet

    Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets

    This was so fascinating to read!! What are your thoughts on the potential benefits epithets can have in writing? In easier words, when do you use epithets? Or do you really, fully avoid it? (If you don't mind answering my nosy questions about this!!)
  15. Renacerá

    Hyphens, En-Dashes, and Em-Dashes

    Hyphens, En-Dashes, and Em-Dashes *originally published in the November 2020 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* There are three lengths of dashes, and, while it may seem overly pedantic, knowing the different uses for each can greatly help improve the clarity of your writing. So, how do you use each type? Hyphen Hyphens are the shortest and most commonly used dash. Their primary purpose is in creating compound words or phrases, especially in an adjectival sense (e.g., “well-executed plan” or “happy-go-lucky kittens”). Hyphens are also used for numerals of more than one word (
  16. Renacerá

    Upcoming Hiatus

    So, to start: I wrote this blog entry two months ago and have delayed posting it. Knowing it's still relevant, though, I think it's time for it to go up and for me to step back a bit. Thank you as always for your understanding. tw: loss/death, grief, depression, anxiety Hi friends, I feel bad that I always seem to be using this blog as a place to talk about the negative things in my life...but, alas. I just wanted to touch base with all you lovely people before I disappear for a bit. See, I've been in a really nightmarish mental health place for the last few months. I gue
  17. i want to be the person who consistently reads and reviews fics i love but rl/time is always an issue so here's an overview of my current faves in the hopes other people might enjoy them as well. (yes, this is also me shamelessly hoping the wips among these get updated soon but no pressure friends, i know writing is hard). also, i've already rec'd some of these very loudly but i mean i love them so much so they're here as well with links to my previous recs. @kuusi palaa | +ap +a place not far from here | abby is a master at writing mystery and apnffh is a brilliant exa
  18. It's the May edition of the In the Spotlight blog series! Check out interviews with site-wide award winners and some of the new and interesting things happening around the site below May's Staffer of the Month is one of our lovely moderators and event coordinators, @victoria_anne! I N T E R V I E W | V I C T O R I A _ A N N E | The site-wide Story of the Month for May is for gold by @blackballet! I N T E R V I E W W I T H T H E A U T H O R | B L A C K B A L L E T | Two of our members that have really stood out this month
  19. Renacerá

    Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets

    Aww, thanks for commenting, Courtney! I'm glad that you found this useful! It's definitely an interesting task to strike the right balance between epithets, pronouns, and names. And I completely agree that once you're aware of it, you can't unsee it! I think the thing that jars me from a story the most is when the author starts using "the other male" or whatever for someone in a scene (e.g., "He looked at the smaller male and smiled."). Lmfao, it's just so unnatural to read! As for breaking up dialogue between actions/descriptions, I think it can be really useful! It's a good way to show
  20. prideofprewett

    Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets

    I am always super conscious of this to like a painful degree hah. Probably because the majority of my writing evolves from dialogue. Finding that balance between the epithets, pronouns, and names can be challenging for sure. But I feel like once you are aware of this, it's one of those things, you cannot unsee! I would love to hear your opinion (if you feel like sharing it, of course) on whether or not there are issues with splitting up dialogue between actions and other descriptors, not necessarily epithets. Because my dialogue tags (is that what the words bracketing the dialogue are called?
  21. grumpy cat

    chernobog

    i have no reason for the title of this blog post except that, obviously, i grew up with and love slavic mythology and, also obviously, chernobog is my favourite because ~~ and i guess it's fitting, the black god/god of darkness because we all know my ~aesthetic, right? right. more on that a lil later. what i actually wanted to talk about here is to reflect on my mental health and the relationship to my writing. may is mental health awareness month and i don't really talk about my mental health (illness?) irl so. i started off not being able to talk about it even online, b
  22. Renacerá

    Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets

    Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets *originally published in the January 2021 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* This month's advice concerns eschewing pronouns in favor of the overuse of epithets. Now, first off, let's define our terms. An epithet is an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality or characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. For example, if talking about Harry Potter, an epithet might be, "The green-eyed boy blinked in confusion." A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. The most common pronouns are: I, you, he, she, it, we, they. If we take the previous
  23. kuusi palaa

    chernobog

    Wow, Kris, I am constantly amazed at your writing. Such a gorgeously heart-felt poem to close out a deeply moving blog post. I am so glad that you have found support that you need as you cope with mental health, and I am so honored to know you in this community and to have read your words, etc. ^^^ major RT. You are trying and that is enough, my friend; you are a wonderful and incredible human being, even if you don't feel that way sometimes (and that's okay).
  24. Ineke

    some sorting trends in my writing that i feel lowkey weird about

    im w abbi here bc what how did i never realise that
  25. Crimson Quill

    some sorting trends in my writing that i feel lowkey weird about

    Didn't realise g was a slytherin, never entered my head that he wasn't a gryffindor. I guess I've been subconsciously headcanoning him
  26. so!! i have three couples i've really written a significant amount (50k+ words) about: rose/scorpius, astoria/draco, and victoire/gallagher. and i realized something that made me feel lowkey weird. so i like to think that these characters are not carbon copies of each other. i'm fairly certain they're not. but now that vic is no longer with teddy, there's a real weird pattern. (i use sortinghatchats to sort - rundown +here but basically your primary is your "why" and your secondary is your "how," one isn't more important than the other) vic/g: sorted into ravenclaw and slytherin (
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