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Venting, just because..

I want to get something off my chest.. would highly recommend the faint of heart (when it comes to writing!wank) to ignore this post.

I know I'm just an average writer, maybe even less. I know there are much much better storytellers out there in comparison to whom, God knows, I fail and miserably at that. But I'd also like to point out that I really don't even want to compete with anyone out there. I just want to be able to write something that I'd want to read myself. And if someone else also ends up having a good time with it and sharing the fandom love, then even better :) That's all I want. I don't want to be a professional writer. I don't want to have a zillion fans. All I want is to have fun and the last thing I want is to be told I suck because I don't abide by the so-called "rules" of fanfiction.

Honestly, there are times when I don't play by the rules on purpose, just to get that raw 'unpracticed' feeling. So it doesn't sound like something you'll read in a text book - instead it should sound like something you might actually say when you read it out loud. It's the difference between, say Grey's Anatomy and Friday Night Lights. One's all about perfect angles and beautiful people and gloriously lit cinematographic shots. But the other looks like it's been shot with a handycam under natural (bad) lighting and loosely edited together like snippets of real life unfolding before your eyes. So yeah, often I drop the pronouns in the beginning of my sentences, leave lines incomplete like words unspoken for the reader to surmise on their own. Use long rambly sentences if a character isn't in the mood to bother with pausing at the appropriate places, as if they just want to get something off their chest as quickly as possible.

I use slightly heavy vocabulary for X-Men because that's what they like to do in the animations and movies. But if it's RPS then I write the way I think my American friends speak - fast and casual and perpetually high *giggles* and endearingly imperfect, so long as it makes sense. Yeah my language isn't great, often some typos and stupid mistakes go unchecked. But I spellcheck constantly and I use betas - in fact for my bigbang fic I used four. I incorporated 90% of the inputs they gave me and left out 10% on purpose, the purpose being what I just described above.. I want it to "sound" real. And that's just me. Others have infinite command on language or are expert wordsmiths, I'm not. I just have this.

So yeah, I don't play by the rules. But my question is - who laid out these rules anyway? Why is it unacceptable to use "younger man" or "taller man" so long as you don't overdo it? The overuse of he's and his' gets quickly annoying and just how many times can you use "Jared" to refer to Jared and "Jensen" to refer to Jensen and "Padalecki" to refer to Jared and "Ackles" to refer to Jensen in one paragraph for God's sake? Who says using ellipsis is wrong and why can I NOT use long sentences if that is how I visualize my character talking in my head? Why can't I NOT switch POV from one section to another? I mean I totally understand if I switch suddenly 'cause that is confusing to follow, but why does the whole chapter have to be in one POV damn it?

Whose rules am I expected to follow and why? I'm not charging you to read, I'm not publishing even in fanzines which I think venture too close to copyright infringement. Then why can't I not follow my own rules so long as the end product is readable and likeable? And.. uh.. it is readable, right? At least I like to think that it is.. *shrugs*.. again it comes back to what I said before - writing what I want to read myself. 

*sighs* I know I'm just an average writer, but I'm happy that way. English is not my mother tongue, and I work hard to keep it as neutral as possible. Writing isn't my life, but it's pretty darn close to it :) Writing is fun, writing for others who appreciate it, even more so. And I really really want to keep it that way.

I'm sorry if you've reached the end of this post and still wondering what the whole point to this outburst was. I just.. felt like I should apologize for and explain any "badfic" elements you might have come across on this LJ. And I want to thank you if you've ever thought of one of my fics as utter crap but kindly kept your thoughts to yourself heh :) Considering how hurtful fandom (esp SPN) gets at times, I truly treasure all the encouragement you guys have given me.

Thank you so so much.

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::hugs:: Silly girl. I think you're a wonderful writer. I cannot remember ever skimming through anything of yours I've read (and coming from me that's ridiculously high praise.) You do a kickass job of making things sound real, and, well, I love the way you write, even if sometimes I go comma-bitch on you. :P

I hope nobody bitched at you for "breaking the rules," but if they did, please PM me who it was so I can try to screw them over in my own passive-aggressive way? :D

For the record: I totally agree with you on writing any way you damn well please. And other people, too. But even more for the record: there is bad fic out there. Yours is not. Yours is the fic I recommend to absolutely everyone and reread when I need something awesome. And I don't say that cause I adore you, I say that cause it's true.

PS: I use "the younger man," et cetera, quite frequently. I use ellipses and, even worse, the dreaded --'s. Lots of "real live writers" do as well. It clarifies things and gives the writing character.

I'm serious about kicking the ass of anyone picking on you.

You are so awesome. Yeah, Cyndra, if Captain Chaos has your back, you've got nothing to worry about. :)

PS: I read above what happened with the person "not being able to finish" because of the so-called poor grammar. Oh, PLEASE... *rolls eyes* Can you say obsessive-compulsive disorder? And okay, I'd better shut up now, before I get really bitchy... :)

Omigosh, I didn't read that, but someone said she had poor grammar? That's not only ridiculous, it's bullshit. Poor grammar is "He were looking forward to all the person he were seeing." Now, differences in punctuation? Okay, though I still laugh at the people who say such-and-such author just uses far too many ellipses and it's distracting, especially when it's about three a story. But if anyone was saying Cyndra has poor grammar, that's bullshit. ::fumes:: Okay, you better tell me who it is so I can bitch. I feel a distinct need to cause havoc. ::sulks::

*giggles* I guess like Kath said, this person is a whole lot more OCD about commas and stuff than you Cam :D:D I was just disappointed because I really didn't expect a condescending, looking down her nose kind of reaction from her you know.
Let me not get any more bitchy abt this.. *sighs*.. everyone's allowed to have an opinion. I'm just glad for you guys and the reassurance you've given me.. thank you my ladies. GROUP HUG!! :))

:D You're a sweetheart, you know that right? *clings* :)

You'd really kick ass for me, really?? :D:D Ah.. well.. it's not that big a deal. Least it doesn't feel like it today.. its a new day and I'm not freaking out anymore hehe.

Damn those rules.. I'm not one to follow them and I won't be... too bad heh. Will PM you with the whole story in a minute hon. Please just don't ever ever change okay? :) *hugs you tight*

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