Originally Posted by Giratina
I'm serious. I didn't even have the bravery to try writing a journey story (my current, Delta Species) until I had another one under my belt
Wait, what? O_o You didn't try to write a journey story until after you already wrote one? @_@
Anyways, on topic: Typically I frown upon fics involving pre-made characters (especially ones as shallow as the anime characters), because it takes a really good author to write an established character without butchering them. And in the case of Pokemon, if you want to write a good story, you pretty much HAVE to butcher them because they're such terrible and boring characters.
If you want to write a journey fic, I'd recommend you NOT use Ash and Misty ^^;