July 2017: Battle of the Five Fandoms

 

Dates: 7/1/2017-7/31/2017
Challenge: Write as many episodes as you can
Word Count: Each episode should be 5 to 15k (no exceptions)
Sign Up Dates: 6/1/2017-6/15/2017
Project File Due: 6/26/2017

Simply put, your goal is to craft a “television season” from one of the featured fandoms, and tell it in episode format. These episodes should be between five and ten thousand words.

Questions to ask yourself:

1. How many episodes will the season be?
2. What is my story goal for the season?
3. Who are my main characters?

The best way to plan episodes is to give each episode a single event. These events played out one after another is the plot for your whole season. If you consider how popular tv shows are put together–you’ll notice that the episodes tend to ramp up toward the mid-season finale then the second half of the season amounts to falling action for the entire arc of the season. This is how you build a “beginning, middle, and end” for your whole season.

I highly recommend that you storyboard, even if you aren’t a plotter, so you’ll know where your events are and what marks you need to hit as you move through your episodes. For me, I focus on a single event (as stated above) then explore the consequences and ramifications of that event in the episode. This allows you to attend to external motivation (plot points) and address character responses/development (internal motivation) as you move from one episode to the other so you can build both your plot and your characters.

Have questions? Feel free to ask (after you’ve read the FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions (wherein Keira is profoundly blunt about it)

Q. What is an episode?
A. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episode

Q. Can I write a cross over?
A. Yes, but you only get one fandom in your title when you sign up.

Q. What is the minimum word count per episode?
A. 5k and the maximum is 15k (no exceptions)

Q. Is there a character limit on title length?
A. No, but if you’re ridiculous–I’ll talk about you to other people.

Q. Can I work on a series I’ve already started?
A. No, don’t be a dick.

Q. Can I write an AU?
A. I don’t care. You can write AU, Time Travel, Dimensional Travel, Future!Fic, Historical!Fic, Dystopia, Utopia, zombie invasion, etc etc etc.

Q. Can I write scripts instead of a short story format?
A. Sure, it’ll be boring as fuck for the rest of us (and we probably won’t read it) but if you need to work on that skill knock yourself out.

Q. What if one of my episodes is more than 10k and I post it?
A. I’ll think you’re an asshole who has no respect for me. Edit that shit!

Q. How should I post?
A. Each post should contain a completed episode. Do not post half a freaking episode — post the whole damn thing. Netflix doesn’t give you half a freaking episode, does it? DOES IT?

Q. How often should I post?
A. Ideally at least once a week (but not more than once a day). You must post at least once before the 14th of July or I will dismiss you from the challenge.

Q. What if I only post one episode?
A. You’ll be awesome. Congrats on your hard work. This isn’t a contest — it’s a battle but the only person you’re really fighting is you.

Q. What if post 30 episodes?
A. I may question your humanity or alternatively think you started writing around May, just sayin’.

Q. Can we start writing in May?
A. No, don’t be a dick.

Q. Can I write a Sentinel fusion?
A. (heavy sigh) If you must, yes, I guess. I mean, aren’t you bored with that?

Q. Can I start engaging in the challenge in the last week of the month like a total twat?
A. No, because I will have deleted your ass on Day 14 of the challenge if you haven’t posted at least one episode. I mean it and I’m not going to waste my precious, immensely valuable time emailing you about it either.

Q. Why are you so mean?
A. Well, Mike, I never had children so I decided to breed malcontent and fury in my womb.

Q. Are you really magic?
A. Yes, you literally can’t touch this.

-KM
NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE SIGN-UP THREAD. 

13 Comments

  1. Hi Keira, awesome challenge! A quick question, which I hope won’t make your eyes roll out of your head. I’m assuming that writing in the Stargate fandom would include the whole universe, SG1, SGA, SGU, right?

    Best, The Nut. 🙂

  2. Two questions:
    – I know in the FAQ you said we couldn’t work on a series we already have. Is that defined as a work that is already WIP, published or not? Or does it mean we can’t write the season as a sequel to a previous published work of ours? (For an example using your work, if you wanted to write the season as what happens next in the From Green to Blue ‘verse, would that be alright?) Or does it mean no to both?
    – Would writing an AU of a previous work of our own be allowed? Or is that covered under a series that we already worked on? (Example: If you decided to tackle what would have changed if John hadn’t hidden his level for most of his life in Sentinels of Atlantis and he and Rodney met earlier and bonded.)
    I am not suggesting or asking for work in the above examples, I am just using your work as I don’t know how familiar you are with mine and those are the closest examples I could come to what I am thinking of so far. (And if you are familiar, I am thinking of a season as a sequel to Inevitable Fallout for the first question and an AU earlier meeting of Seeing Through Your Soul for the second question.)

  3. Keira, Can I do original fic? Because I was trying to think of a stupid question.

  4. Can you write a crossover using a fandom not of the five, like say, Homestuck?

    • You must include one of the five (or a spin-off of one of the five). You could do a crossover with Homestruck and one of the five, but not just Homestruck with something else. And you’d need to sign up with whatever of the five fandoms met the criteria.

  5. wow ok for once my brain is actually kicking into gear – i’ve been reading nanos/RT for loong time but never had the itch to write – haven’t written anything really in years but this is tempting.

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