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VioletHeart3899


"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun." -George Scialabba

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  • 287 weeks
    A Pattern . . .

    So the Season 5 premiere gave us this . . .


    And the Season 5 finale gave us this . . .


    . . . Yeah, it's probably nothing. :ajsmug:

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  • 296 weeks
    Why Fimfiction?

    I've been asking myself this question a lot lately.

    When I joined this website almost six months ago, I had just days earlier created an account of Fanfiction.net. I had an MLP fan novel in the works, but until then I had figured it would be redundant to join Fimfiction.net when Fanfiction had such a wide variety of fandoms, including MLP.

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  • 298 weeks
    In Loving Memory

    "I saw my baby
    Crying hard as babe could cry,
    What could I do?
    My baby's love had gone
    And left my baby blue,
    Nobody knew . . . "

    David Bowie

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  • 300 weeks
    Clyde and the Visit from Santa Hooves

    Happy Day-After-Hearth's Warming! In the spirit of the season, I'd like to share with you a holiday poem I recently wrote, which was inspired by Clyde's Tales, an awesome open-collab anthology compiled by Salivanth, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

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  • 300 weeks
    Heartwarming Tales for Hearth's Warming

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! What better way to celebrate than to curl up by the fire with your favorite tablet and read some Hearth's Warming stories? Here I'm going to share with you some of my favorites that I've found this holiday season.

    Doctor, It's Cold Outside
    By VioletHeart3899

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Jan
21st
2016

Why Fimfiction? · 2:36am Jan 21st, 2016

I've been asking myself this question a lot lately.

When I joined this website almost six months ago, I had just days earlier created an account of Fanfiction.net. I had an MLP fan novel in the works, but until then I had figured it would be redundant to join Fimfiction.net when Fanfiction had such a wide variety of fandoms, including MLP.

Today? I already have four stories posted on this site --- three one-shots and a six-chapter mini-novel --- and a boatload of unfinished and unsubmitted stories left in my account. Ideas come to me so fast that I still haven't submitted the novel that made me join Fimfiction in the first place because I keep getting new ideas for shorter stories that I want to finish before I commit myself to going back to my novel. Heck, just today I hammered out two complete one-shots, one of which I just submitted for publication, that I was spontaneously inspired to write --- and my New Year's resolution was that I wouldn't start new stories without finishing my older ones first!

My Fanfiction.net account, on the other hoof? I have one story published there, a Frozen/Big Hero 6 crossover one-shot. I have a complete draft for another Disney crossover story that I wrote months ago and still have yet to proofread and edit for publication. And I have a few ideas for other fics that bounce to the front of my brain every so often, but that I never start.

That's it.

And it's not just stories, either; I've also made several PMVs before. Just last week I posted the first one I ever made to YouTube, and over the next few weeks I'll be posting the others. I've thought before about making AMVs for other things --- Disney movies, SpongeBob SquarePants --- but the colossal effort involved in making one has been irresistible for only a few MLP ideas.

The question is, why? I've been nuts about Disney and SpongeBob my entire life --- a thousand times longer than I've been a pegasister. Why hasn't the inspiration for me to create fan works of those not been equally strong as that from MLP, if not stronger?

I think I've boiled this question down to several factors. Firstly, in my opinion, interest does not necessarily equal inspiration. As much as I love writing, one does not simply force a story on any subject to come out --- not with good results, anyway. And while SpongeBob and Disney both have an incredibly vast array of characters and potential story ideas, they both pale in comparison to the list of MLP characters who have developed personalities, whether in canon or fanon; Slice of Life proved that.

On that note, I might also subconsciously dread the idea of deviating from the canon of the franchises I love so much. I've read exactly one SpongeBob story on Fanfiction.net, a SpongeBobxSandy one-shot. It was adorable and amazing, and I loved it. But I've never even desired to read another SpongeBob fanfic. As another example, I can't stand when people ship the Disney princesses with anyone other than their canon love interests, though I've largely learned to ignore it and move on; "shippers gonna ship" is what I've learned from both this fandom and others.

Another reason, and probably the biggest one of all, is the stark contrast in user interfaces between Fanfiction and Fimfiction. On Fanfiction, you have to go looking for the stories you want to read and cross your fingers that they'll be decent. On Fimfiction, the stories come to you through features like the front page and the "also liked" column alongside stories.

Because of that, there's also a huge difference in the amount of feedback I receive on my stories. In the almost three months since I published my one story on Fanfiction, I have acquired three "reviews:" a question about a relatively minor plot point, my response to that question, and a single word: "ouch." Now, I'm fairly certain that the last one is referring to the relatively dramatic impact of the ending, not criticizing my writing, but how can you really tell from just one word? On the contrary, each time I've checked to see if my most recently-submitted story has been approved and published, I've been amazed by how many views and reviews I've amassed in such a short period of time. Granted, it's not a huge number --- my most popular fimfic just received its 200th view about a week ago! :pinkiehappy: --- but Rome wasn't built in a day. And the reviews that I read on my fimfics are thoughtful, insightful, encouraging!

So when I really think about it, I guess that there are two main reasons why I read and write so many more fimfictions than I do other fanfictions. One, the wider assortment of characters and settings provides greater, more compelling inspiration. And two, the more user-friendly interface provides me with a larger amount of more helpful feedback, which motivates me to write even more.

So if you've ever read or reviewed one of my stories, thank you! I've always noticed that I get a special kind of satisfaction from doing something I love and then receiving positive feedback on the result, don't you? :twilightsmile:

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