My Advice to FiM Story Writers · 1:23pm
If you're reading this and happen to be someone thinking about taking a stab at writing your own fic for MLP:FiM I want to give you two pieces of advice for your consideration.
1) Have fun and be fearless.
2) Don't bother trying to submit something to Equestria Daily. It's not worth the frustration.
On the subject of the first item, it's the same advice I've given out for some time now to fanfic writers and fanartists alike. Do this stuff because it's fun, and do what YOU want to do; not what someone else wants you to do or what you think will get you attention because it might be "popular". Do what you want to do and don't be afraid of putting it out there. This fandom is amazing and you will get support, good criticism, and maybe even a few fans even if it's your first work.
On the subject of the second item... well, what else is there to say? Tarnished Feelings got strike one from EqD for a laundry list of stuff I can only qualify as nitpicky at best. The decision-making process of the pre-readers for that site anymore mystifies me. At this point I'm calling it a total fluke that Raiders of the Cutie Mark actually got listed. I'm taking one last attempt to see if A Simpler Time can get listed, but I'm not going to hold my breath on it. Besides, it's not like the story needs the exposure. And if (more like when) it does get shot down it'll be the last time I bother submitting anything to that site.
Speaking of Tarnished Feelings, chapter two is undergoing final edits here and should be posted a little later this week. Might be a little while before chapter three as I have a much needed family vacation ahead of me. I may also have another story that I'll finish up a first part of and toss up before said vacation, but I need to make time to work on it. Doesn't need a whole lot of work, I just need to just actually get around to it.
And on a final note, I do have some new story ideas that I'm starting to kick around, one of which would be another Simpler Time-style story. Just need to find the proper inspiration and characters to use for it. I have a vague concept in mind, but it needs fleshing out. This is all nebulous for the moment, however, and as always is subject to change so don't get your hopes up too much. More stuff is on the horizon, you amazing and fantastic people out there. Don't ever stop being the best damn fandom on the planet, guys and gals, and don't ever doubt that you are exactly that.