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application post [Mar. 29th, 2004|12:54 am]


Hi! Welcome to HP Workshop. Take a look at the community info, if you haven't already, to see what we're all about. If you're interested in joining, just leave a comment here with the following information:

LJ name:
Link to your writing: (if available)
Experience level: (how experienced a writer do you feel you are?)
Background: (what got you interested in writing HP fanfic?)
Problem areas: (what would you like to work on? ex: dialogue, description)

Please don't be nervous about linking to your work. This is just to help us get a feel for where everyone stands, and what direction they'd like to go.

I'm really excited about this community, and I'd love to see you involved. I think it's going to be great.

[User Picture]From: sleepsong
2004-03-30 05:37 pm (UTC)
::poke:: Ahem? Add me?
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[User Picture]From: twilightsorcery
2004-03-30 05:39 pm (UTC)
Do me a favor and fill out the application anyway, so there'll be a record. You know I'm going to add you anyway :)
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[User Picture]From: sleepsong
2004-03-30 06:42 pm (UTC)
Your icon amuses me.

LJ name: sleepsong

Age: 22

Link to your writing: Get back to me on that. I'm only part-way done. Oh, wait! I have a humor fic here!

Experience level: Depends on whether you mean fanfic or in general. In terms of fanfic, I wrote stuff for a Dragonriders of Pern group for a long time, but I'm only just starting to write for Harry Potter. In terms of general writing, lots of experience. Lots and lots and lots.

Background: The beautiful and multitalented... you. ;P

Problem areas: Organization. I keep writing something, then realizing I don't like what I did and rewriting it, and so on and so forth...
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[User Picture]From: starrysummer
2004-03-30 07:38 pm (UTC)
LJ name: Starrysummer
Age: 21
Link to your writing: www.thedarkarts.org/authorLinks/Starrysummer is where three of my fics are. There's others archived all over the place, as well, if anyone's interested.
Experience level: (how experienced a writer do you feel you are?) Hmm... I think I'm okay. I feel like my writing varies from story to story more than most authors' does.
Background: (what got you interested in writing HP fanfic?) I've been writing HP fanfic since this July. I first got involved by writing cookies for the Immortal Beloved (Voldemort/Bellatrix) Cookie jar on FAP.
Problem areas: (what would you like to work on? ex: dialogue, description)
hmm... it seems to vary by story. Plot is usually my most difficult element to work with. Aside from that, I'd really welcome honest, objective criticism of my work.
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[User Picture]From: shiv5468
2004-03-30 11:30 pm (UTC)
LJ name - Shiv 5468

Age - 36

Experience level - I'd say very experienced now.

Background: I don't know really. Reading Fire and Rose I suspect.

Problem areas - I think I have a tendency to use the same phrases over and over again; I need to be fresher, sharper and a little less lazy. And I need decent feedback instead of being told I am kewl all the time.
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[User Picture]From: triestine
2004-03-31 10:06 am (UTC)
Here goes nothing...

LJ name: Jereeza
Age: 24
Problem areas: (this sums everything up :))
Not a writer as such, me - not exclusively. I hate the word 'comic', but since 'graphic novel' sounds too clinical, that's what I have to use, and that's what I do. Your comm's userinfo sounds like a good place to get opinions and advice regarding the textual, narrative side of the thing(s), so I'm signing up. *waves* I'd link to my work, but I'm still setting the blasted thing up. Should happen soon enough, though.
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[User Picture]From: paradise_city
2004-03-31 12:14 pm (UTC)
LJ name: paradise_city
Age: 23
Link to your writing: Aqui esta.
Experience level: I've been writing fanfic for about four years now, in a variety of fandoms.
Background: Y'know, for the life of me, I can't remember how I came to HP fic. I was squicked that HP slash existed when I first found it, and then somehow I just got sucked in.
Problem areas: Translation between my mind and the page. In my head, it's always very powerful and poignant but on paper it's rather bland. I think pacing may be the issue. And it's always helpful to learn from others, which is why I'm here. :)
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[User Picture]From: ellipsisblack
2004-03-31 03:36 pm (UTC)
LJ name: ellipsisblack

Age: 17 (but 18 in 10 days, so basically 18).

Link to your writing: Fanfiction.

Experience level: Erm, moderate. I have written several shortish fanfics, one 30, 000 word originalfic, some shorter originalfics and a WiP HP longfic and a few rather random drabbles.

Background: Well, I started in original writing, then got into various sorts of anime fanfic, then got into HP.

Problem areas: Sometimes my plotting is a bit dodgy. Also, my dialogue (when my fics actually have it [and two of them just don't]) tends to sound like a refugee from a Samuel Beckett play. I also have a bad habit of not wanting to punctuate my dialogue because that's just too mundane.
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[User Picture]From: peacoquettish
2004-03-31 05:39 pm (UTC)
LJ name: peacoquettish, known as Elizabeth Roz
Age: Sixteen, as of...tomorrow. No, I'm really not kidding. Yes, it really is terrible being born on April Fool's Day. Show some love?
Link to your writing: Intrepid at FA -- or, should you prefer it elsewhere, Intrepid at FF.net
Experience level: Even though I'm as young as one can be to even take part in the community, I feel confident enough in myself and my writing skills to think that I can keep up to pace here. My standards for issues on style, structure, characterisation, and such are fairly traditional, largely because all of my (very) early learning came from books such as Rand's The Art of Fiction, Structure Your Novel by Meredith and Fitzgerald, and Bernay and Painters' What if?. I'm still a teenage girl -- a young one. Occasionally, this deeply ingrained fact leads me to practice the art that is Fangirling. I hope that what I've said here is enough to convince you that I'm actually a Fangirl Extraordinaire.
Background: My early fandom days are vague, marked as they were by sugar rushes and squeeing. I've calmed. I remember finding FictionAlley by chance, registering at the Park, and letting things roll from there. Now I write primarily because I like it, but also because readers seem to like it well enough. Regardless, I write for myself.
Problem areas: Sometimes my dialogue seems a bit stilted; I'm improving. Largely, my problems lie in the lack of Hogwartian style (my prose is rather sarcastic) but a lot of the time I get the feeling that Rowling never meant for us to take things so seriously ;). I'm obsessed with pacing and wonder often if I'm getting it right. This is vague, but I think I need much more over all help and can't pinpoint any flagrant, gaping mistakes.

By the way, your icon? Rocks.
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[User Picture]From: janegraddell
2004-03-31 06:24 pm (UTC)
LJ name: janegraddell

Age: 40

Link to your writing: Er, I've written several non-Harry Potter stories, but under another name, which I'd like to keep private. I'll be glad to pass along the URL to the mods in e-mail.

Experience level: I'm no old-timer, but I feel that I'm fairly experienced. In the last six years, I've published around twenty fan fiction stories of varying lengths, and I've been reading and writing fan fiction for twenty years.

Background: I started by writing Dr. Who stories twenty years ago (and horrible, horrible Mary Sues they were), and never really stopped. I first got on-line in 1996, and first read the Harry Potter books in 1999, but didn't become involved with on-line Harry Potter fandom, and Harry Potter fan fiction, until 2002. I started writing Harry Potter stories soon after, but I've yet to finish one, and I'm hoping that joining the community will give me some much-needed kick-starting for my stalled stories.

Problem areas: I'll take comments and advice on anything, but my weakest area is, put simply, narration. I can formulate the plot, but I often feel that I fall short when it comes to unfolding the plot naturally in the course of a story. I also tend to struggle with pacing, which is related to the narration problem.

I also want to try to get better about making the narration sound more like the "voice" of the point of view character. I usually get by with the actual dialogue, but I feel that I tend to lose that focus when it comes to the narrative passages. I'd also like guidance on characterizations. I write mostly slash involving Snape, and I would very much appreciate some feedback on his character, particularly on whether or not I make him too soft or too nice.
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[User Picture]From: ravensnow
2004-04-01 09:57 am (UTC)
LJ name: ravensnow
Age: 21
Link to your writing: http://www.fanfiction.net/479371
Experience level: Pretty good, in my not-so-humble opinion. If I wasn't easily distracted, I'd be better. And if I could plot with greater ease, I'd also write more.
Background: I blame well, both moderators of this community and I've also written fanfics for Sailor Moon, Lois and Clark, so I figured, three's a life-killer, so why not?
Problem areas: Plotting and my diarrhea of the mouth. I'm too verbose and my plot holes are even full of swiss-cheese.
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[User Picture]From: frek
2004-04-01 12:06 pm (UTC)
LJ name: frek
Age: 20
Link to your writing: All my fanfiction can be found at Phoenix Tales under Dani's section.
Experience level: I'd say I'm about a mid level writer, I've had a fair bit of experience with workshops and classes and a bit with fanfiction.
Background: I love to write. Since I was old enough to know how to, I was writing. It's one of my favorite pasttimes and has been forever. My first fandom was Buffy and I used to role play in it. After reading the HP books I started roleplaying in HP (around August or so 2002), but I wanted more control over the characters playing, so I started to write my own fanfiction (around April 2003). I started with H/D (which you will not find any of it anywhere) and have settled myself into Harry/Snape and Remus/Sirius, which is where I am today.
Problem areas: I think I'm a fairly descriptive writer, depending on the story. My biggest problem, I think, is dialogue and finding the character's voice within the dialogue. But who knows? You guys might find something i've missed altogether.
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[User Picture]From: immortalis
2004-04-01 01:14 pm (UTC)
LJ name: immortalis
Age: 18
Link to your writing: emoscapes
Experience level: Moderately experienced.
Background: I'd been involved in other fandoms a while back and missed that kind of atmosphere. Also, I was bored between GoF and OoTP.
Problem areas: I'd say it varies from story to story. Sometimes I feel the dialogue is weak, sometimes the actions or plot.
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[User Picture]From: immortalis
2004-04-01 01:15 pm (UTC)
And apparently, sometimes I have problems with closing the bold tag.
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[User Picture]From: twilightsorcery
2004-04-01 01:52 pm (UTC)
Would you like to be added as both immortalis and emoscapes or would you prefer just one?
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[User Picture]From: immortalis
2004-04-01 03:32 pm (UTC)
Just immortalis is fine.
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[User Picture]From: shamera
2004-04-02 10:00 pm (UTC)
LJ name: shamera
Age: 17 (hate stating it. Makes me feel too young.)
Link to your writing: Fanfiction.Net, My Page, shamera
Experience level: On what? 1-10? Probably 5.
Background: My friends. ^^;; We're all fanfic writers.
Problem areas: Rushed scenes. Transition scenes. Action, especially. Trying to work harder on emotions, and going through loopholes in my own ideas.

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[User Picture]From: aerynalexander
2004-04-05 03:50 pm (UTC)
LJ name: aerynalexander
Age: 23
Link to your writing: a lot of it can be found via my FA profile page or the links section of my lj: .
Experience level: I started writing fan fiction in April, 2002. Does that help? I didn't start in HP until September-ish, 2002.
Background: I came to the fandom as a Snape/Hermione shipper. Now I am mostly into OC's, though I still have a lot of ships I enjoy. And a love of slash.
Problem areas: Pacing is a major problem for me. I can't quite get the flow right. I'm not exactly a whiz at dialogue either.
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[User Picture]From: wendynat
2004-04-07 06:08 am (UTC)
LJ name: wendynat
Age: 29
Link to your writing: http://www.lordandladysnape.net/viewuser.php?uid=50
Experience level: Hmm. Just started in October 2003.
Background: Reading well-written HG/SS fic, then answering Andrian's challenge on WIKTT
Problem areas: IT does vary story to story, but showing the passage of time without ruining the pacing, that sort of thing. Any and all feedback is appreciated!

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[User Picture]From: dreamingreader
2004-04-13 01:16 pm (UTC)
LJ name: dreamingreader

Age: 16 (17 at the end of May)

Link to your writing: http://www.fanfiction.net/~wingedseraphin

Experience level: I've written for a while and I'm not too bad of a writer so I'd say that out of ten I'm about a seven.

Background:Well, I've been writing in the Harry Potter fandom for a quite a while (about three or so years) but my first attempts were horrible Mary-Sues with unoriginal plotlines. I took a slight hiatus in which I just read and learned that way and now I'm attempting to write fanfics again. I'm not brilliant but I've seen worse :).

Problem areas: My big problem is grammar and punctuation but in terms of plot and such I sometimes have problems with character development.
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[User Picture]From: andrian1
2004-04-14 08:49 am (UTC)
LJ name:andrian1
Link to your writing:
Experience level: a little more than a novice
Background: The HP books enchanted me especially one particalur adult character. And then I found the fanfic...
Problem areas: all of it...I feel that my writing is a bit dry yet I dont want to over do the metaphors and I tend to get a bit soap operaish

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[User Picture]From: spookykat
2004-04-20 11:26 pm (UTC)
LJ name:
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LJ name:<ljuser="spookykat">
Age: 26
Link to your writing: www.thedarkarts.org/authorLinks/Spookykat/
Experience level: On the verge of being published. Been writing seriously for the past five years. Been writing off and on since HS.
Background: I read the books, and my roommate found FA. I was already into X-Files fanfic, and decided that I might try my wares in the HP universe.
Problem areas: Getting over plot-holes.

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[User Picture]From: yeats
2004-05-11 02:39 pm (UTC)
LJ name: yeats
Age: 18
Link to your writing: (www.yeats.tk)
Experience level: Proficient, and sometimes good, but hardly ever great.
Background: I'd been writing fanfic for about two years in other fandoms (The X-Files, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, etc.), before really considering the HP works in a fannish sort of way.
Problem areas: I'd like to work most, I suppose, on the pacing of my pieces, and on nailing the characterization.
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From: 0nlymemories
2004-06-02 11:01 am (UTC)
LJ name: 0nlymemories
Age: 17
Link to your writing: http://www.fanfiction.net/profile.php?userid=20434
Experience level: I'm an indermediate writer. I know a lot more about mechanics than I've been able to put into play.
Background: HP was my first big fandom (after a brief fling with Gundam Wing... I was 12) and what little fanfic I wrote during my fangirl heyday was for Harry Potter. Now that I'm older and less freakishly spazzy I'm wanting to get back into the fandom and work on producing fics of apprectiable length and quality.
Problem areas: I have problems writing long fic. I drabble extremely well, but am afraid that if I write anything longer it will get eaten by description and never go anywhere.
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[User Picture]From: satinvalkyrie
2004-06-04 02:07 am (UTC)
LJ name: SatinValkyrie

Age: 22 (1-21-81)

Link to your writing: upper right corner has links

Experience level: Obsessively experienced. I've been writing stories since I was five and read The Hobbit and just had to create more around that world. I'm an aspiring author, so I do write original fiction as well, but right now HP is my fandom du jour. I'm an English/Creative Writing major in college, so this is fairly well my entire life.

Background: I thought HP fandom would be a kiddie thing, but then I read Irresistible Poison by Rhysenn and realized that there was so much to it. I immediately became obsessive over my personal dream 'ship of Sirius/Hermione and started looking for fics only to discover almost all S/H fics are disgustingly, irredeemably awful. That kickstarted my writing and I became a rabid ficcer of Sirius/Hermione stories.

Problem areas: I tend to create incredibly complex plots for my long fics, then am unable to keep track of all the loose ends and foreshadowing. I have a tendency to over-angst. I sometimes blur the R/NC-17 line. I'm worried about going OOC. My prose is either dull or Tolkien purple. I'm either overconfident or too hard on myself. I need intelligent help.
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[User Picture]From: tempestus
2004-07-09 12:29 pm (UTC)
Name: tempestus
Age: 20
Link to Writing: http://www.astronomytower.org/authors/lelalee83/LF.html
Experience Level: Moderate? I've been writing for three years
Background: *laughs* D/Hr, which I do not ship anymore at all, started me in on HP fanfic writing.
Problematic Areas: I've been told that parts of my writing feel disjointed, and there are times when the reader may not 'feel' what I'm going for.
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[User Picture]From: mlle_petal
2004-07-15 05:11 am (UTC)


username: mlle_petal

age: 19

link: my one and only ficcy!


experience: I'm a university student, so I write a lot of essays, but I don't have any creative writing experience at all.

background: I started reading fanfic when I was working as a nanny in Paris. Initially I thought it was pretty sad, but I was bored and lonely with only a puter for company and just kept reading until I got hooked. I mostly read SS/HG, and I started my first fic this year.

problem areas: My dialogue is horrific. Also, I get very bogged down in description and write flimsy plots.

Looking forward to some intelligent criticism and ideas!
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[User Picture]From: depthofdespair
2004-11-16 10:47 pm (UTC)

Hello! ^_^

LJ name: depthofdespair
Age: 16
Link to your writing: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/420079/
Experience level: I think I have some sort of average writing experience. I started out about five years ago in the original work district and continued in the X-Men and LotR fandoms before landing in the HP fandom.
Background: I started out in HP fics immediately after discovering slash, actually :D Now I principally write slash but not exclusively so.
Problem areas: I find my dialogues are a little lame. And I would love to work on psychological and emotional evolution.

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[User Picture]From: hollymahogany
2004-12-02 08:54 am (UTC)
LJ name:hollymahogany


Link to your writing: (if available)Only have one done that I think is ok, it's here. Did it in one night, but I would really like to expand it more, with others input.

Experience level: (how experienced a writer do you feel you are?)As a writer in general, I think I am pretty decent. But when it comes to fanfiction, that's were it gets iffy. I guess I am ok, but I think the more I write and get input, the better I can get at it.

Background: (what got you interested in writing HP fanfic?) Well I started getting all these plot bunnies in my head, and they just need to be written now. I also found that some of my ships didn't have a lot of fics out, so why not add to the pile?

Problem areas: (what would you like to work on? ex: dialogue, description) My dialogue is ok, sometimes it needs work. But the most trouble I have is probably staying somewhat cannon. I know I can't be exact, but being near to it (if that what the fic calls for) would be better. Description is also a little iffy with me, I can describe a scene but not the actions of the characters.
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[User Picture]From: jawy
2005-03-13 08:24 pm (UTC)
LJ name: jawy
Age: 21
Link to your writing: Astronomy Tower and The Dark Arts at Fiction Alley
Experience level: (how experienced a writer do you feel you are?) I suppose I'm intermediate. I've always enjoyed writing and reading, and writing's been my outlet for emotions.
Background: (what got you interested in writing HP fanfic?) I started beta-ing for one of my friends, and she eventually encouraged me to start my own fanfic.
Problem areas: (what would you like to work on? ex: dialogue, description) I think I'm a bit too descriptive about things, which is is where a beta helps. But I really want to change it, not keep getting corrected and not knowing where the problem is. I guess the dialogue aspect of my writing is all right, but to be honest, I think everything about my writing could use work.
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[User Picture]From: vwlphb
2005-03-21 01:13 am (UTC)
LJ name: vwlphb
Age: 19
Link to your writing: FF.net, though those are old. I also have a skyehawke name, but I haven't put up any HP fic there yet.
Experience level: I would say intermediate.
Background: Well, I've been reading fanfic since I was around 11, and I've been writing it since I was about 13 or 14 (though I've gotten better than I was then, thankfully). I loved the HP books and after reading fanfic for a while I decided to start writing some.
Problem areas: I'd say having a solid plot. I tend to have sprawling fics that don't ever seem to have an end. I need help finding the time to draw them together and end them. Also, describing action well.
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[User Picture]From: vorona_394
2007-04-27 12:00 pm (UTC)
LJ name: vorona_394

Age: 30

Link to your writing: http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewuser.php?uid=28855 All three of my completed stories are there. Two of them (The Secret Papers of Regulus Black and The Logic Problem) are also at The Petulant Poetess, Sycophant Hex, Circle of Crones and fanfiction.net. The Labyrinth of Lost Souls is not because it was for a Mugglenet Contest.

Experience level: I have a lot of experience writing and growing as a writer, but I've only recently entered the realm of fanfiction. I find that my prior lack of contact with it makes it easier for me to avoid common cliches or plots. My presence at Forward Motion (a site for writers serious about getting published) has shown me that I really am a beginner as far as writing goes (being unpublished, and not having much edited, either). However, I feel very experienced.

Background: I had a theory... about Snape. And I decided I wanted to illustrate it by actually showing it in narrative form. Thus was born The Secret Papers of Regulus Black. After that, I was hooked, and have several works in progress. I don't post anything publicly, though, until I feel very satisfied with it, which means editing... which I don't do until it's done. So none of the works in progress are up anywhere.

Problem areas: Pacing, for sure. I know I move too fast through some scenes and want to learn how to be more descriptive. And there's something missing from my current one-shot (which is how I found this group: my beta told me about it), but I'm not sure what. Oh, and Snape went severely out of character in my last novel-length project (still in editing stage, but since it was for NaNoWriMo, the first draft is done). Usually, keeping Snape in character is not a problem for me, though, and tends to be one of the easier things.

I see there are no new posts for people wanting to join since 2005, so I hope this group is still active: it sounds exactly like what I'm looking for!
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[User Picture]From: twilightsorcery
2007-05-07 03:48 pm (UTC)
I went ahead and approved you, even though you're right in guessing that this community isn't active any more. Most of our members have moved on to other projects and fandoms, but I still think the idea's a good one and continue to hope that more writers like you will like it enough to foster a community here.

PS: The Logic Problem? Love. :)
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[User Picture]From: vorona_394
2007-05-07 06:20 pm (UTC)
I've found another way to go about this, but thank you. If things get started up again, that would be really cool. And I'm glad you love The Logic Problem!
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