Author has written 4 stories for Fantasy, Nature, General, and Love.
My usual alias is Lynx Larabellows, it's what I use both here, Fanfiction.net, DeviantArt.com, and Live Journal—feel free to look me up on any, though I tend to stick to Fictionpress and Fanfiction, and I haven't updated either my Deviant Art or my Live Journal in a long time. It was going to be the name of a character in one of my stories, but I never actually got around to adding her. My real name is Tiffanie, though I will not divulge my middle or last name because I don't think its necessary. Likewise, I believe my age is irrelevant. I am old enough to know better, but young enough not to care.
Alright, now if anyone is interested, I guess I can say a bit about my writing and what I like to read myself.
One of my biggest pet peeves with fellow writers on this site is when people waste their summary to say ‘I suck at writing summaries’ or ‘I hate summaries’. Why not just ask someone to write one for you? I’ve had people ask me to write their summary on Fanfiction.net before and I was happy to help them. You can even just use a line or two from your story as the summary, that’s certainly better then wasting it. A summary is supposed to grab attention, to intrigue—whenever I see a wasted summary, I ignore the story all together.
Another problem I have is when people place Author’s Notes in the middle of the story instead of the beginning or the end. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve read that were decent up until (AN: OMG! Isn’t he so cute? Don’t you wish he was real?) or (AN: I did this because… etc…)—when that happens I don’t bother to read any further. Yes, perhaps the story may have been good but when I see an AN in the middle it just ruins it for me. If you feel the need to explain why you wrote something a certain way, then either save it until the end of the chapter or find a way to make the sentence or paragraph self explanatory. Again, don’t be afraid to ask another author for help if you can’t do it yourself. Why do you think profession authors have editors? To help them go over the mistakes they made.
And I will add that I'm a fan on words—I dislike it when when people just use abbreviations, such as OMG! (Oh my gosh!) or BRT (Be right there). I do not respond to text-talk. I have not, and never will, use text messaging. Words are beautiful, and can be used to express so much. I will admit that some times I use gonna instead of going to and the like, but I only use it when my characters are speaking, because most people speak certain ways, and I am no different, but I do not use slang in my actual writing.
Okay, that’s enough ranting about things that bug me in stories. Now onto the things I love— long, long, long stories. The first chapter book I ever read was probably a bit long for someone my age but I finished the whole thing in two days flat. I'm not opposed to drabbles and one-shots, but I do prefer longer works. If you can write a story that grabs my attention and keeps it through thirty-some chapters, then I’ll likely read everything you’ve written on that merit alone.
I also have a fondness for foreshadowing. I like it when people keep things secret but leave subtle hints in the beginning—and when you finally get to a certain point later on, you actually understand what it meant. Some people hate it, and complain that the author introduced something unexplainable and left it. What is the point if you give away the plot from the beginning? It proves for a much shorter story, that’s for sure, but, as I said, I like long stories. It’s just one of those things, I guess. You can expect some foreshadowing in all of my works.
Cliffhangers… alright, I have mixed feelings about cliffhangers. It’s kind of a love-hate relationship, really. If a story is completed, then bring on the cliffhangers, because I can just go to the next chapter instantly. But if a story is incomplete, cliffhangers are horrible. If it’s a story I really like, and they suddenly just leave you with the worst situation you can imagine… and don’t update for a year—it drives me insane. When that happens, I put them on my alert list and check my email six times a day just to see if they’ve updated.
I’m kind of an impulsive writer, I tend to get ideas from the most random things in my life and I write them all down and just go with the flow. I have a tendency to come up with the background of everything, and then just write the rest as I go along. I do try to come up with a plot once I have an idea—though I’ve found that my storytelling is much better, though a little sloppy, if I just keep myself in the dark about everything as well.
I used to write in a first person point of view, but switch off between the different characters for different perspectives. However, I find that, even though I switched characters, it was still a very limited way to write. I find it difficult to express individual personalities by doing it that way now, and have since changed my style a lot. For a school essay, I had to read a bit of Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, which is written in the third person omniscient view, where the story is basically told by an all-knowing narrator, allowing us to see the world through many characters. I really liked how less limited it was as opposed to first person or third person points of views. You can express the thoughts and feelings of all your characters. Therefore, I’ve since been writing all my stories with the same method and have taken the stories I’ve written in first person down to get rewritten.
Flaming and criticism—I hate it when people flame a story just because they don’t agree with certain things an author wrote about. If they didn’t like it, then they should at least respect the author enough either just stop reading or offer constructive criticism. There is a major difference between flames and constructive criticism.
People who flame are hurtful and cruel, and they degrade the author and the story in their reviews, saying how stupid it is, and I’ve even seen a review saying that the author should kill themselves. I’ve yet to receive one of these myself, but then again, I’m still relatively unknown on this site and on Fanfiction.net. However, I will report reviews or emails like this to the moderators of this site and I encourage others to do the same.
Now, on the other hand, criticism is both expected and welcome. If you have negative thoughts about my writing, I want you to tell me about it. It’s not hurtful if you’re trying to improve someone in their writing, and there’s no reason to get defensive of someone expressing their personal views respectfully. I don’t review often but when I do I try to tell people what I truly thought about their works, both the good and the bad, and when I see spelling errors I notify them of it and I hope people will do the same for me. I have a bad problem with spelling errors and I thank everyone who points them out to me so I can fix it. Nobody is perfect, and even professional writers receive criticism.
Lastly, my take on reviews… I understand that on this site and Fanfiction.net, that reviews are like gold, and that the more reviews you have the more confident you are. And yes, I have to admit that when I get a review it brightens up my day—I even have a specific folder in my email to save all my reviews in—and I would absolutely love it if you give me a review, but it’s not necessary. I don’t expect everyone who reads my stories to give me a review. Knowing that people read it, through the stats and the new traffic features or through story and author alerts, is enough for me. So, don’t ever feel obligated to give me a review. I appreciate them as much as the next person but I understand that some people just don’t like to review.
Well... I think I've said enough. Hopefully, for those who were interested, that this was enough insight into my personality, or at least my particular style of writing, because this is really the closest thing to a biography that I'll ever write without being force to.
Shows -- 24, American Idol, Angel, Buffy, Charmed, Firefly, Hell's Kitchen, Heroes, House, Roswell, Lost, The Pretender, Roswell, Supernatural, Tin Man, SCC: Terminator, (Anime) Inuyasha, Scryed, Fullmetal Alchemist, Escaflowne, Trigun...
Games -- Final Fantasy (VII, VIII, IX, X, X-2 and XII) Kingdom Hearts I and II, Star Ocean III, Xenosaga, and Shadow Hearts are my absolute favorites. I like Mortal Combat, Guitar Hero, and Halo too but I don't play them nearly as much as the others.
Books -- A Far Off Place, Eragon, Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Stardust, The Dark Is Rising, The Sword of Truth, Thomas Covenant, Wheel of Time, and Twilight just to name a few.
Music -- Alexz Johnson, Breaking Benjamin, Enigma, Enya, Our Lady Grace, My Chemical Romance, Utada Hikaru, Matchbox 20, Evenscence, BoA, Mariah Carey, Metalica, Nickelback, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Hinder, Seether, Rascal Flatts, Three Days Grace, 3 Doors Down... and recently David Cook from American Idol has become a recent obsession. I'm also fond of just plain music with no singing. I have a small collection of just instrumental music that I like to listen to when I draw or write. I guess you can say I have a wide spectrum of music.
Movies -- All of the Back to the Future flicks, Timeline, Indiana Jones, Terminator I and II, Transformers, Ever After, Princess Diaries, Leathal Weapon, Troy, Conspiracy Theory, Gladiator, The Patriot, The Matrix, Two Weeks Notice, Pretty Woman, The Family Man, Face Off, Serenity, King Arthur (even though it's historically incorrect), Lord of the Rings, Pitch Black, Riddick, Twilight... and I love all things Disney.
In the Works
Chronicles of the Moon
It was an accident, a miscalculation. They had spent the last three years preventing this from happening, to keep each other safe… to keep people safe from them. The strong cages they use to keep themselves locked up once a month had proven to be useless. And now they had to face the consequences.
Well, this has become my latest obsession. I thought about it, strangely enough, while watching the new Disney movie, Bolt, with my little sister. She's the one who gave me the idea, actually. We were watching it and she asked me if Bolt bites anyone, do they get his super powers? And, from there, I thought werewolves. I'm a big fan of supernatural movies and fics, particularly any that have some kind of shapeshifter in it such as werewolves. Unfortunately I havn't found many werewolf fics that portray them as I see them in my head. I think the closest anyone has ever got was actually Blood and Chocolate and Twilight, which have both been turned into movies in the last few years. Therefore, I've decided to make my own, the way I want it. And, maybe, some of you just might like it.
Status: Chapter One currently being written.
A young man searching for his sister. A peppy kleptomaniac inventor and her wimpy twin brother. A girl trying to find her past after being kept under lock and key by a mad scientist who’s working for a sadistic King? RAIN’s life just got a bit more complicated.
This was the first story that I've ever written. I started it when I was thirteen, and it just progressed from there. However, my writing style has changed a lot over the years and I recently reread what I had posted on here, and I was shocked that I could write something that... lame? It wasn't as well thought out on paper as it had been in my head, and people actually liked it! So, since it is my baby, I've decided to re-write it to perfection. Unfortunately that means taking down the old crap first. So I'm sorry if you liked the old version, but I'm taking it down and dismantling it. When I complete the re-write, I will post each chapter on a daily basis after editing it since I seem prone to mega spelling errors.
Status: Re-write in progress.
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