Anybody feel ike writing a chain fic? (5)

1 Name: James : 2009-12-30 07:47 ID:pDSZ0gvb

I guess the title of this thread is a pretty apt summary - but let me explain a little more.

Writing a large fic always seems like a good idea, but most people don't manage to dredge up the time and effort for it, so I thought that a communal effort might help a larger number of would-be writers get in on the action. A few people have expressed interest, and we've already written some of it - we chose the Harry Potter fandom in the end, since that's so much bigger and mroe likely to attract a decent crowd.

The idea behind a chain fic is that one person writes a part of it, and then someone else adds some more, and so on and so forth. We're planning to post it on FFnet with regular updates if possible - after screening through the submissions like a crowd of ornery beta sharks with the scent of a Mary Sue's blood in the water. : )

A prologue is pretty much finished now, and is available to anyone who wants to take a look. If you'd like to see it or get involved or simply ask more questions, ask here or leave some way for us to get in touch; a link to your FFnet account if you have one would allow for PMs.


2 Name: Mikel Midnight : 2009-12-30 10:26 ID:lPvysqfS

I'm willing to join in, although I know zilch about Harry Potter ...

3 Name: Windesque : 2009-12-30 14:31 ID:3BGk5NgD

Sounds good :) I'm up for it.

4 Name: Oxymoron : 2009-12-31 08:47 ID:qbhOqVBm

I'm interested, but not sure what I'd be able to do for it, or whether I would ever get around to writing something - maybe this will persuade me to do so? Could I possibly see the prolouge so I can see what aspect of HP fanfiction you've gone for? My Penname is Cowabunga.

5 Name: marymagdalen : 2010-01-02 09:50 ID:J6Xp3nxv

Writing fics like this is a great idea! A group of us did a CSI: Miami fic last year, and it turned out great, with twelve of us writing a chapter each.

As for beta-ing, the way we did it (which worked really well) was that the first person sent theirs to the second, so the second could a. beta it and b. get an idea of where it was going so they could then write their chapter. Then second sent theirs to the third, and so on, until it was finished. It was being posted on a Wiki as we went along, then the whole thing got posted on at some point.

We also threw in the added element where each writer had to give the following one three things to include in their chapter, which made it a bit more of a challenge (as if we needed more!).

The one other thing we did was to set a time limit for each person to write their bit - I think we each had week. Otherwise we could have been waiting ages for someone to get around to it.

Anyway, it was great fun to do, and the whole thing turned out brilliantly. I would recommend anyone to have a go and join in -although I can't because I'm too busy writing my own long fic at the moment, and I know nothing whatsoever about HP!

But good luck with it, y'all.

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