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I write for fun. And because there are these stories floating around in my head that I just have to get out of my system. And well, because sometimes my real life isn't a very nice story to be in. So I write the stories that I'd like to read, nothing more ambitious than that. Compared to the serious writers out there, I'm definitely in the amateur league in terms of follows/favs/reviews per story. But hey, everyone starts has to start somewhere, I suppose.
1) My first story, 'I'm all yours' was a sci-fi one. I was inspired to write it because I saw how so many people in a supposedly loving relationship were trying to change each other or control each other's behaviour.
2) I finished my second story, a fantasy- "I don't break the rules" quite some time ago. (See a trend? You're right. Real world stories aren't my thing.) It's about how people get judged from what they're like outside, and about doing what is expected of you even though it makes you unhappy. The characters get to tell their own backstories too, cause I've grown so fond of them.
3) The second fantasy/romance ("The beautiful ones always die first") is also about expectations, but self-imposed ones as well as those that others force on a person. It's darker than 'I don't break the rules', but it has some funny bits too. This story is kind of a spin-off of the second one. This one's novel length, and I've received a number of (not very serious) offers to buy the rights so far. Wow, really? Inner skeptic activated!
4) My current project is a sci-fi romance - "Haunting the forgotten". It takes slightly more effort to keep up with the plot of this one because there are two arcs involved which start off separately and join up later, but I assure you it's worth your mental effort. Nothing very 'deep' here in terms of a message, I'm just trying my hand at a different style of writing from my usual (see below).
5) I might embark on a third story to round off no. 2 and 3. I have the tentative plot for it, and trilogies seems to be in fashion, haha.
6) I have a side project up as well. Catering to a niche - the m/m niche to be exact. It DOES have a plot, so it can be read for the plot as well as the... ahem, other stuff. It's doing rather well in terms of readership, but nothing very much has been said about it by the readers. Er... should I take that as a sign that I'm doing it right?
I've only written romances so far. I don't like to be graphic or explicit, so maybe my love scenes lack punch. It's a confidence thing - I don't feel that I'm good enough at straight-out sci-fi or fantasy to leave out the romance, so I stick to romance with a side of sci-fi/fantasy. I work hardest on plotting and dialogue, but I know that a good writer pays attention to details too, like descriptions of settings and character development. So I'm working on improving those things as well. I do take pride in having interesting plot lines, which, believe it or not, come to me in my dreams (daydreams as well as night dreams). Waiting for public transport is a particularly good time for dreaming up ideas! So I carry around a notebook to jot down whatever I think of (such a cliche, right?).
My first three stories are first person POV. That does get a little claustrophobic after a while, so I'm trying out third person POV in story no. 4. No. 6 is still first person, cause that one I'm doing for fun. I seem to be not too bad at writing m/m, but I know that's not everyone's thing, so I only do that when I'm in a particular mood. Straightforward boy-girl romance seems easier to digest (and explain to mum/dad why you're reading this stuff, I suppose, ;p)
There's some gender-bender mayhem in stories 2 and 3, but I won't be doing any more of that for awhile - got bored with it. However, a recurring element in my stories is unconventional gender roles and identities - unconventional for romance stories, that is. Most obviously, I have strong heroines and ambiguous heroes. My girls are fighters and my guys shed tears. Apart from that, I also have a penchant for obstinate leading ladies and clueless leading men. And oh yes, the fonder I am of a particular character, the more I "torture" him/her. And then in story no. 4 I go and break the mould by having a rather typical romance-story-heroine. Oops.
My stories are all rated T, because while I don't get explicit, I do have violence and moderately strong language in my writing. I don't hesitate to let main characters get badly hurt; I even have a character death somewhere. My characters are all flawed in their own ways, and so there is a fair amount of angst involved.
By the way, English is not my first language. Various parties are always going on about how horrendous the standard of English in my country is. So if you find any weird grammar or whatever, let me know so that I can improve.
Finally, I like manga and anime. So if you see elements of those in my stories - no surprise! Example: there's a kokuhaku in story 3.
Anyway, thank you for reading and I hope you were entertained.
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