[identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
Been popping in for a week or so and haven't seen much happening. Are we at a point where we invite folks, throw up some prompts, slap a fanfiction down, or start a discussion?

I guess as far as the prompts go, an important thing to find out is exactly how interested people are in typing words onto the screen AND how capable they are of accomplishing that goal. I don't mean this in a "you must give us something by a deadline" or "put out 500 words a day or else" kind of thing, I just mean this:

I've got a shit ton of stuff festering from ages ago and a bunch of Once stuff that will probably get written because it won't leave me alone. (All loved characters come with a price!) Do I want to get this stuff down? Yes. Do I have TIME to get it down? Not always. This means I will be a very inactive writer when it comes to getting out longer fictions that haven't been prompted, simply because I don't have the time to devote the concentration to more than a scene or two a week. If provided with a suggestion/prompt/discussion, I can become more active because said challenge or conversation is only going to take a little bit of time in a day or week and may or may not be as critical of it as I would be to something that isn't an exercise in writing. I can also use the shorter, prompted stuff as a jumping board to scenes I am having trouble with in the bigger picture.

My question regarding all this is how other people define their ability to write/post and what I am pondering is how we go about doing it. I don't want to throw out prompts/suggestions/discussions that make people shout, "ENOUGH ALREADY!" :)

Questions I have pondered today while walking dogs include:

1)Are we going to have criteria for posting prompts?
1a) Is there a request for a certain frequency for prompts?
1b) Is there going to be a format for posting prompts, or do people prefer it to be more like a free for all? Meaning: If I walk past an awesome tree stump that inspires me and I take a picture, do people want/care to have that thrown up here as a "Look what I found, anyone want to write something about it?" kind of thing. Or are we going to plan out a specific time/place/type of prompt that will be used.
1c) What are the prompts that people around here most enjoy? Should we do word games (trying to fit certain words into the writing), image games (as mentioned above with the stump), writing exercises (stuff that's kind of fun and meant to just get the juices flowing and may or may not involve physical objects in your life like bubbles or stickers), or something else entirely?

2)Do we slap each actual fanfiction up here in its entirety as it's own post, or do we post a link to the site where the work is located?
2a) If we are only going to link each fiction, do we simply create one thread for all works under a certain fandom that explains the fandom to those who may not know it, then let new fics be posted as comments to that single post? That would certainly keep things organized, but it would probably eliminate the use of the series title tags, unless we tag things in discussions as well. I imagine it may also be difficult to follow new posts that way.

3)When someone needs an opinion on something that is NOT part of a fandom (or is maybe part of an incomplete work not ready to be posted), how do we go about organizing that? Example: Skippyjohnjones is having trouble wording a certain section of his next novel and desperately wants opinions from writers he trusts. He posts a few paragraphs asking for feedback. Does he just throw it up at random, or will there be a specific thread for it?
3a) How offended would people be if we included or didn't include this option as part of this writing journal?
3b) Does anyone other than myself find this a useful part of being among fellow writers?

I'm sure I had a lot of other stuff, but it has run away from me now. Make this a diving board and jump on in whenever you're ready.
[identity profile] cedargrove.livejournal.com
So I suggested we make a post where we can suggest tags that we can use for our posts here in the community. Some are more obvious than others and need no explanation, others might need explaining. Please feel free to comment with additions that I might have missed. It's been a long day.

Fandom/show - no I'm not going go make a long list of the shows we've listed elsewhere, but each fandom should have it's own tag.
Canon & non-canon - also fairly obvious, though a little more subjective.
Ratings - each should have one, but here's a question: is the MPAA still being precious about people using their ratings on fan fiction or has that particular demon been exorcised?
Series - this story is part of a connected series of stories.
Short Story - obvious as to what this means. This is a short, stand-alone story.
Vignette - a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
Drabble - short work of fiction of 100 words
Challenge - response to a challenge (or where a challenge is issued)
Prompts - Where a prompt has been used to spark the work of fiction, or where a writer wishes to leave a prompt
Character Focus - Where the focus of the story is character and not necessarily plot
Realms Bar - for works of fiction as per the Captain's Table series of stories. There's a discussion about this in a separate post by [livejournal.com profile] mirrani.
Discussion - posts that are not fiction but are about writing
Off Topic - When a writer needs feedback or help on something that is not a fan fiction
[identity profile] idic-writer.livejournal.com
Ok, let's see if I have all of this correct so far and let's get it all in one place:

1.) We need a system to vet incoming writers: ideally, they submit a piece and at least 2 of us approve or reject it. I'm thinking this should have a minimum and maximum word length--500 to 1,000?

2.) Let's agree that everyone gives at least 30 minutes a week (your choice of day time) to read and give feedback. I'd like at least 2 other people to volunteer to moderate incoming posts with me. If you volunteer for both, then count on an hour each week, minimum.

3.) We want tags for stories, writing prompts, general writing discussion, character POV aka The Realms Bar--any others?

4.) We will ensure that genre stories/prompts are critiqued by fans of that genre.

5.) Writers who could give feedback on:

Bates Motel--[livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Celebrity Fiction--[livejournal.com profile] harmony83
CSI--[livejournal.com profile] vegawriters
Dead Zone--[livejournal.com profile] idic_writer
Dragonheart--[livejournal.com profile] mirrani
Farscape--[livejournal.com profile] vegawriters
Firefly--[livejournal.com profile] idic_writer, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Halt and Catch Fire--[livejournal.com profile] cedargrove, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani
Hell On Wheels--[livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
In Plain Sight--[livejournal.com profile] vegawriters
Law & Order: SVU--[livejournal.com profile] vegawriters
LOTR/Middle Earth--[livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Once Upon A Time--[livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Sleeper Cell--[livejournal.com profile] cedargrove, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani
Sleepy Hollow--[livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Stargate--[livejournal.com profile] idic_writer
Stargate: Atlantis--[livejournal.com profile] idic_writer, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Stargate: Universe--[livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove
Star Trek--[livejournal.com profile] idic_writer, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani, [livejournal.com profile] cedargrove, [livejournal.com profile] vegawriters
The Mummy--[livejournal.com profile] cedargrove, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani
The Magicians--[livejournal.com profile] cedargrove, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani
UC: Undercover--[livejournal.com profile] cedargrove, [livejournal.com profile] mirrani
West Wing--[livejournal.com profile] vegawriters
X-Files--[livejournal.com profile] vegawriters



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