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  1. Oh my goodness!! I love it!! While I personally have difficulty with using a ‘created language’ in my writings, I most definitely and absolutely spend an enormous amount of time researching and developing the various aspects of culture for my original works. Just like in ‘real life’ there are so many different cultures, I want that same ‘richness’ in my stories, complete with social customs, beliefs, politics, etc. I think this ‘setting of mixed cultures’ helps to build and expand the possibilities for creating tension, intrigue, and other things that can pull the reader into the story. It gives them ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ to both love and/or hate as they root for whichever one ‘does it’ for them LOL I also brought this topic up in a discussion with a few other writer friends of mine and their feelings were pretty similar to mine, as well as something you said about ‘slang’ terms. I brought up in that discussion one of my favorite authors, Mercedes Lackey and her Heralds of Valdemar Series. There is a group of people in her story that most definitely have their own entire language, but she didn’t use it a lot in the story, just dropped a word here and there when a character from that particular group of people could not think of how to express something to someone outside of their group. But she would have that character go right into an explanation of what that word meant in their language. That worked out really well in my opinion.
  2. I struggle a lot with POV, including my own voice as far as how the story is being told. I’ve been collecting a lot of articles on Pinterest as well as different things mentioned about POV in various articles in this writers newsletter I recently signed up for. I’m not new to writing, just new to sharing it with others! Going back to the topic of this forum, I look into and read the writings of others who have a lot more comments than I do to check out their style. Maybe see what I’m doing wrong (wrong being used for the lack of a better term at the moment). I only write in the Tolkien Fandom right now, and I see so many using elvish, so in my mind, I’m thinking it must be what readers want. But I don’t see myself using another language in my original works. I totally agree with you on the point about ‘show don’t tell’ in writing.
  3. Avaloyuru

    Fanfic of Erotica?

    Interesting question!!! The most basic description of erotica I’ve ever heard simply referred to it as “literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire” which is short, sweet and to the point. With that having been said, yes, any previously published work can be turned into an ‘erotic fanfic’ simply because regardless of the original content, the storyline can go in any direction the fanfic writer wants it to. Based on that description, the limitations apply only as far as the fanfic writer is willing to go with their story. Just like readers, we have our own specific erotic interests as well as those ‘aspects’ of it that range from just not interesting to us or so far out there we don’t even want to think about it. But hey, whatever floats your boat, go with it! I write within Tolkien related fandoms on different sites with Thranduil as the main character (mostly). All of my writings are sexually explicit and cover various settings such as M/F, M/M, BDSM, Multiple Partner, Master/slave, and Dominant/submissive. There’s also a little bit of child abuse and rape in a couple of my stories, with appropriate warnings given. All of these interactions written in sexually charged situations.
  4. Using other languages in a story is a real iffy situation for the most part. I personally only use it in my Tolkien related fanfiction, even then it’s primarily limited to greetings, acknowledgments, or other short (2-3 word) phrases. But I do not use another language in any of my original works. I think a lot of that depends on the ‘audience’ as well, such as with the Star Trek fans, I had a few friends years ago who enjoyed bothering the crap out of everyone around them by talking to each other mostly in Klingon (shaking my head). Similarly, with Tolkien, there are a lot of people who take the courses to learn it and use it excessively. Which isn’t a problem as long as it’s not entire sentences or a full conversation. I have a large Sindarin vocabulary and understand what they are saying, with a few exceptions. Regardless, it’s a personal choice if the author wants to do that, but it’s something that can be viewed as a huge distraction to some readers.
  5. Avaloyuru


    Wow! Going to the link to see the entire blurb written, I would have to agree that this ‘advice’ does not apply ‘across the board’ and I don’t say that because I’ve used the ‘slamming door’ action to emphasize something a character just said. I've also used it when that same character was alone but was so completely frustrated or angry there was a need to expend energy. I have hot-headed characters as well as those who hide that aspect of themselves from others. Therefore, in private they react in what would be viewed as a violent manner to release some of the anger or even rage they feel inside. For example, I have this one character who is viewed by most of the other characters as 'meek and mild' yet she threw a book across the room because she was pissed off. I feel old cliche's do have a place in writings as long as they fit within the characters established personality and the setting they are used. Using them does not reflect poor or substandard writing skills, in my opinion.
  6. Okay, I have another question LOL  What are the Dragon Prints?

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    2. KassX


      My advice would just be not to stress out about it, haha. 

    3. Mal


      I agree with KassX, sometimes it takes a while to build a following. But if you keep plugging away at it, people will take notice.


    4. Avaloyuru


      @KassX   Thanks!!


  7. So, what does a person have to do around here to lose their virginity?

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    2. WillowDarkling


      you’ve made 12 posts, according to the content count, up there, on the banner… at least I thought that was visible to everyone… 

    3. Avaloyuru


      @WillowDarkling – Thanks!  I discovered that accidentally LOL 

    4. BronxWench


      Just make 8 more posts, and you can change your title yourself, and yes, the games forum counts, totally! :D

  8. Wow!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I joined this site!

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    2. Avaloyuru


      I don’t plan on going anywhere!  I have two stories posted but it’s hard to tell how they’re doing, LOL  There hasn’t been any reviews done on them yet.

    3. JayDee


      Time flies when you’re having fun.

    4. CloverReef


      Happy AFF anniversary! You know the first anniversary is paper, right? I think it’s a sign… The universe wants you to write more. Or buy stationary. Or both. Definitely both.

  9. I’m not sure what I did right this time, but I managed to publish the first chapter of one of my stories “Of Light and Shadow” – very happy :D

    1. Avaloyuru


      WooHoo!!  I think I’ve got the hang of this LOL  I got both stories posted, Of Light & Shadow as well as The Moth & The Flame.  Both are currently only at 8 chapters each, not sure just how far they’ll go. 

  10. About a week ago I finally reached the point where I was comfortable with a story I’ve been working on.  I searched on here how to publish it, but so far it has not been cooperating with me :(

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    2. Avaloyuru


      @CloverReef – Yes I did manage to get everything worked out!!  Apparently when Firefox did its last update some of my browser settings got messed up.  It took me a while to get it figured out because they changed the way things look and how things are done.  I managed to get both of my stories posted, yay!!  But I think I’m going to stick with only publishing completed works or at least only one story at a time.  There is too much pressure to post new chapters in a timely manner where readers don’t lose interest.  Not to mention the fact that the two stories I’ve posted are so completely different from each other that it really takes an effort to get in the right “head space” to jump from one to the other.

    3. CloverReef


      What a relief! Glad you got it sorted – troubleshooting is frustrating at the best of times, but when it keeps you away from something writing related? You must’ve been going crazy! 

      I get you. I’ve gone back and forth between posting complete works and posting every chapter as it comes. Because I tend to drop fics a lot, I came to a compromise with myself. I ‘allow’ myself to post, only when I’ve got a good number of chapters all written and properly edited, and if I’m sure I feel committed to continue at that point. But even then, the pressure absolutely has a way of catching up, and then if I take breaks I feel guilty about it! Trust your instincts and you do you. 

    4. Avaloyuru


      @CloverReef – Thankfully one of the stories is getting close enough that I can write the ending within the next week or two.  But I can already see Part II  :devil:

  11. Avaloyuru

    Character Building

    I already have so many author created characters to choose from that it’s almost ridiculous! Different things can inspire an entire story for me, even reading a simple quote I found on Pinterest can result in a flash commercial in my mind for a storyline. That’s when I sit down and take it from there, fleshing out the story and picking which of my characters I’ll cast as actors. I know, kind of bass ackwards I suppose, but it works for me for the most part. The only real problem I have is being overly critical of myself and my writing. That’s why I create the story outline, kind of like a book report on a book that hasn’t been written yet, and try to stay on target. Unfortunately, that’s why I end up with multiple stories going on at the same time. It’s also the reason it takes me so long to publish a story, I have to feel comfortable enough with where the story is going so I know I’ll stay on target. I know things happen but it’s disappointing when I’m reading a story someone else has posted and I’m really getting into it then it just stops and I’m left hanging. I want to do everything I can to avoid that.
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    Character Building

    I can totally relate to the comments about overthinking, I’m accused of doing that with everything!! When it comes to character building, however, I kind of treat it the same way as I do when I develop the general plot of the story. I create a Word Doc entitled “Cast of Characters for...” and list what role they play in the story. It is seriously a big help when you’re working on a story that ends up being presented in parts, like what’s going on with a story I’ve been working on for a while. I made the fatal mistake of falling in love with my villain and that took the story in a direction I didn’t want to go.
  13. Hey folks!  Anyone around?

    1. CloverReef


      Well I wasn’t when you posted this, but I am now! But I won’t be in five minutes… Hi!

    2. Tcr


      Like CR, I wasn’t when you posted, but I’m here now…  Probably doesn’t work too well nine hours later, does it?

  14. OMG! OMG! OMG!  Mind totally blown!!

    I just watched the movie “Soldier’s Girl” and I am like totally excited!!!

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    2. Avaloyuru


      If I offended anyone with my post about the movie ‘Soldier’s Girl’, I sincerely apologize.  I do not deny that I watched it because Lee Pace was in a lead role.  The fact that it is based on a true event, is horrific in itself.

      I realize that we write fan-fiction, we take other people’s work and rewrite it to our own ends.  As I am sure others have experienced this as well, I have been ridiculed for using Tolkien for this type of writing.  There are people out there who do not understand, particularly when we as writers go the way of adult material.

      No, I have not yet published anything on this site (yet).  I have written many fan-fiction stories based on other writers works.  Particularly the author Mercedes Lackey and her series on the Heralds of Valdimar.  I love her works because she created this wonderful fantasy world that actually mirrors our own real world when it comes to social and cultural problems.  The main character in her first trilogy ‘Vanyel Ashkeveron’ is gay, and lesbians in her series ‘The Oathbreakers’

      Watching movies of all types, including actual porn, helps me develop my own characters that are believable, where readers can (hopefully) relate to them.

      I watched 'Soldier's Girl' for reasons other than Lee Pace.  I do not have transgender characters because they do not fit into the fantasy worlds I write about, the concept does not exist.  Yet at the same time, I feel the ‘psychological mindset’ of a transgender person would make for an awesome character that some readers could identify with.

    3. Avaloyuru


      We all have our reasons for writing.  I think the primary reason stated in one of the forums was that we do it for ourselves.

      I have been digging through boxes of old writings that I did years ago that are based on other authors works.  I cannot describe how happy I am to have found this particular site to ‘technically’ publish my stories.  No matter how much we write or how good we think our stories are constructive criticism is essential in my opinion.  I believe I will get that here.

      I will never be another Tolkien, nobody will in my mind.  However, that does not stop me from pursuing the idea of actually finishing a book and getting it published.

      For every character in the LOTR stories I write, I have created an 'alter' character that differs enough that it is not a copy.

      I also have the greatest respect for the fact that this site actually cares about plagiarism!  Making it another reason I have not yet published on this site yet.  I spend three times as much time researching Tolkien’s writings to get my facts straight because those facts are the building blocks of the events I write about.  I feel this effort helps reduce if not eliminate plagiarizing other fan-fiction writers.

      Unfortunately, there are only so many to describe the physical act of a sexual encounter, regardless of the participants.

    4. Avaloyuru


      I did not intend to actually rant here and I apologize.

  15. It’s been an adventure these last couple of weeks!!  I realize that Fan-Fic doesn’t have to (and usually doesn’t) follow the original script put forth by their chosen author.

    However, in my situation with Tolkien, there are so many gaps which create an exceptionally fertile ground to go whatever direction I choose, especially when the main character is Thranduil.

    Not to mention that I’m incorporating some ancient ‘original works’ of mine into this entire storyline.  I should call it “The Saga of Thranduil”  LOL  I need my head examined!!

    When I hit my wall in the story and started working on another one, I actually created more work for myself.  The new one I started was supposed to be a OneShot PWP that ended up being a 6 Chapter back-story on the 3 chapters I had already written.

    The extra work comes in because now I need to rewrite a few sections in the first story to incorporate this new back-story because I absolutely love the direction the back-story took!

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Don’t you just love those plot bunnies?  :)