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Characters ♡ The OTP & Pairing Thread ♡ | OTP Challenge #17 Voting Time! (P. 61, #1501, 11/19)

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Captain Rakkaus, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Anedon

    Anedon Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Congratulations Briannakin and to all others, you did an awesome job and it was fun to take part in this challenge. :)
     
  2. Kahara

    Kahara Force Ghost star 4

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  3. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Congratulations, Bri!! =D=

    There were some great stories! (I still haven't reviewed a few... I'll get there eventually!) I look forward to the next challenge! :D
     
  4. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    Congratulations, Bri. :)

    While that was more of a subversion of romantic comedy, it was a good one at it. :D Sliightly reminded me of Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.
     
  5. Captain Rakkaus

    Captain Rakkaus Jedi Knight star 1

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    Challenge #3 - Holiday Love

    Our third challenge is going to be simple. You have ten weeks to write a story involving any kind of a Galactic Holiday and a plot that centers on your OTP. There are things such as the Life Day, there are birthdays, there is the New Year Fete, there is the Festival of Love. And there are, of course, numerous real-life holidays taking place from mid-December to mid-February, to serve as your inspiration.

    You are welcome to invent a holiday of your own, too - be creative. There was a great story last year involving a made-up holiday and, if memory serves, it won an award. :)

    The only holidays not acceptable here are general seasonal vacations.


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    Schedule


    You have ten weeks to respond to the challenge if you want your entry to be eligible for the voting. The deadline to post your story is February 21st 2017 at 5:00 Central European Time (check the world clock) - precisely ten weeks from the date and time of this announcement. 24-hour time format.

    The voting will be open from sometime on February 21st until the corresponding time on March 07th, 2017. The winner(s) will be announced later that day and the next challenge will go up on March 08th. No colours, but you get the bragging rights and that's gotta count for something! ;)


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    How to play?

    Just write!

    There are no limits on the format of the story - songfics and poems are welcome, so are longfics, for as long as the chapter with your challenge response is posted before the deadline. This time, “deadline” refers to February 21st. Stories sent in later will be added to the index, but not eligible for voting.

    You can also work a holiday into whatever you're currently writing, but remember to provide some sort of context to those who have not been reading the whole thing - in footnotes, or as a spoiler. This is not obligatory, but it could be helpful.

    - Please, in case you’re taking part in both, do not combine this with your fic-gift for the 10th Annual Holiday Fic-Gift Exchange. I'd rather fic-gifts not be placed into a situation where there is voting since they are a gift for someone else.

    - NSWFF stories are more than welcome. Use whatever holidays exist in whatever universe you're writing in or, well, Earth holidays if writing something that takes place in our world. Just remember to tell us what the said holiday is. If there’s a Wiki link for your holiday on the universe’s Wiki, do provide it.

    - TOS apply, just like for any other challenge. TL;DR: we're not writing bloodbaths and PWP, but your stories can be family-unfriendly elsewhere, as long as they're edited for this board. And no things such as non-con if there is going to be sex, please.

    - Once you're done, post a link to your story in this thread. Please, use the URL and not the LINK tag, because the latter does not work on some mobile clients and breaks threads due to causing what us developers call a loop.

    - You're not obliged to read the other participants' stories, but it's recommended. Be a good sport. :) I will, of course, read them all, since I'm the thread host and the sock will leave you likes of support.


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    No ideas?

    Just in case you're stuck, here are some prompts:
    - I won't be home for [X]
    - The [X] Day Parade
    - I won't be home for [X]
    - [X] from Hell
    - [X] Day
    - An odd [X] gift
    - Nobody came to my [X] party

    ...where [X] is the holiday in question.

    Some songs that could inspire you:
    Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You - he namechecks all possible occasions throughout the year ;)
    Wham! - Last Christmas
    Scooter - Let Me Be Your Valentine
    ABBA - Happy New Year
    Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You

    Some holiday films from all over the world:
    The Irony of Fate
    Single Bells and Oh Palmenbaum
    We Are Not Angels
    Love, Actually
    A Christmas Story

    Recommendations of more films about holidays other than New Year’s Eve and Christmas are welcome.

    There have got to be subtitled versions of some of these somewhere.

    If you were inspired by any of these things, please say so in the introduction to your story.


    That's it!

    Good luck and let the Captain know if you have any questions! Happy holidays, if you’re celebrating. :)
     
  6. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Yay! I am excited for this challenge-- I have ideas already. Life Day is a Big Deal for Raissa, and you can bet that family celebrations at her house include red robes, tinsel bombs, a tree of life and the whole nine yards. ;) You never who might stop by for her famous Wookiee cookies and Hoth chocolate (Corellian style).
     
  7. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Do I need a OTP? I have an idea, but not a 'pairing...'
     
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  8. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Force Ghost star 6

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    Last day at work, this year.

    Hopefully have time to get to reviews and addressing feedback.
     
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  9. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The Fanfic Manager With The Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Well, this challenge has my utmost thanks for sparking my Star Wars muse again after years of nothing but NSWFF stories! :D So, here's my Han/Leia story, with . . .

    "we'll take a cup of kindness yet"
     
  10. Captain Rakkaus

    Captain Rakkaus Jedi Knight star 1

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    Sorry for the unexpected break, everybody. Not that anything was going on, so yeah. :)


    Yes, to participate in the OTP challenge, you need an OTP. I had no idea if your story had one, or if it continues, so...a clarification could help. :)


    Awesomesauce! :)


    Take all the time you need. :)


    Congrats, you were the first to submit an entry for this challenge. :) And it seems that it kicked your SW muse into overdrive...which is good. :D
     
  11. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    No, my current story is inspired by the OTP challenge, but does not actually include an OTP, so isn't eligible. No complaints, though; I got a good bunny! Two more posts for it.
     
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  12. Captain Rakkaus

    Captain Rakkaus Jedi Knight star 1

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    I say you go ahead, edit the above post and share the story either way. It won't be counted as a challenge entry, but as per the first two posts in this thread, stories *inspired* by any of the challenges are welcome and should be shared. :)

    And, ironically, the first story you posted would have totally qualified for this thread, so I am not saying that you should write that particular OTP, but...
     
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  13. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    In the case of the first story, OTP would stand for One Time Pairing. ;)

    But if "Inspired by" counts, then I will cheerfully submit Regifting: The Antilles Girls Strike Back, which was inspired by the challenge, but doesn't figure an OTP. Not eligible for any award, but read it if you want a giggle.
     
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  14. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Okay, I've been meaning to participate in this thread and write something for one of the challenges forevah, but I just can't come up with a pairing that I really want to write :(

    The thing is, I only ever properly wrote one pairing, all 300K words of it, and I think I've had enough of that one -- plus, it was a very unhealthy relationship in so many ways that I wouldn't want to call that my OTP.

    I do have a few background characters from that story that were married/couples, and these are characters I would like to develop in side stories, but I'm not particularly interested in their relationships for now, more in their individual personalities -- so basically I'm looking for the "trigger" that would make the relationship interesting to write.

    Which brings me to my question: what is it, in your view, that makes a relationship worth exploring in writing? In other words, what makes the difference between two characters that happen to be in a relationship and an OTP or something close enough to that idea? Any and all ideas and advice are welcome [:D]

    PS: Of course, there's always the Eliskandro/Bonvika fallback position :p but besides the fact that I need Findswoman's permission for that one I'd like to try writing a pairing that's not only about humour, ya know?
     
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  15. Captain Rakkaus

    Captain Rakkaus Jedi Knight star 1

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    Chyntuck - That would make for an interesting discussion topic and I can totally see how this perspective may be alien to some and that there could be people hesitating to give romance in fics a try for this exact reason. Can we use it for the next discussion?
     
  16. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Sure! It's not like I'll manage an entry for the current challenge anyway, I've already got half a dozen fics on my plate.
     
  17. Captain Rakkaus

    Captain Rakkaus Jedi Knight star 1

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    Discussion #7: Finding Your OTP

    This discussion is for those who do not write romance in fanfics (and/or fiction in general) that often, have not played the romance tropes straight, those who cannot decide what makes a pairing worthy of that glitzy OTP abbreviation. Moreover, this is also an invitation to those who have one or many OTPs to explain their point of view in return. As they'd say in a certain legendary show...and now for something completely different! :D

    What is it, in your view, that makes a relationship worth exploring in writing? In other words, what makes the difference between two characters that happen to be in a relationship and an OTP or something close enough to that idea?

    (modified from the above post by Chyntuck - thanks for the idea!)
     
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  18. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    I've been considering these questions in regard to Raissa and Doran. First of all, Chyntuck, you mentioned being interested in the individual personalities, and I think that's really important in an OTP. Both of them need to be well-rounded, interesting characters in their own right--otherwise one is just a prop. I love Raissa and Doran individually, and have written stories about them in which the other one doesn't appear. But I also like the way they work together. They really are a team, not just a couple. They're not perfect--both stubborn and a bit clueless emotionally--but they care for each other and make things right when they hurt each other.

    I think the other thing that makes them my OTP is that I'm interested in all aspects and phases of their relationship, not just the romantic/physical side--which, indeed, hasn't even made it to paper yet. (It's coming, but I'm trying finish another project first). I've really been trying to grow their relationship and friendship before making them lovers, and I think the phases in between have been worth exploring and made their story richer than if I'd just hooked them up at the end of Doran's Place. The stories I'm working on currently have time-hopped about 17 years into the future, and it's been interesting to consider a very married Raissa and Doran as parents. The story I'm working on for the holiday challenge has them reflecting on the fact that their children are growing up.

    I guess for me it boils down to: an OTP has to be about about more than just romance and sex. They need to be engaging individually and together. That's a standard that applies to my OCs and official 'ships-- Han/Leia, Kanan/Hera, etc.
     
  19. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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  20. Captain Rakkaus

    Captain Rakkaus Jedi Knight star 1

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    So...we have a little less than ten days left until the submission deadline for this particular challenge. There have been two entries so far? Was wondering if any more ideas have been cookin'. :D

    Mira_Jade and Raissa Baiard's stories are polar opposites in terms of mood, but they're both really good.

    If you're stuck or can't come up with an idea, feel free to come here and we'll all brainstorm together.
     
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  21. divapilot

    divapilot Force Ghost star 4

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    I think a lot of what Raissa Baiard said above.
    * They both need to be individuals - both well-rounded and separately interesting.
    * They need to work well together.
    * They need to be interesting as a team.

    I think also that they have to have something to add to your story. If you have an interesting OTP but nothing really to say, then they are just window dressing with no substance. A story has to be told through their relationship. We are watching their love as a complement or as a foil to the plot that is evolving around them.

    Another thing, also as Raissa said, is that they shouldn't be perfect people. They have to grow, and that means they have to make mistakes. They have to learn how to choose love when maybe their relationship isn't the strongest right now, they have to help each other and make each other better people.
     
  22. Anedon

    Anedon Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Hm I´m thinking about taking part. Maybe something involving my OCs but I´ve yet to have an idea for the plot.
     
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  23. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    Aye-aye, sailor. :)

    Have you looked at the ideas in this post already?
     
  24. Anedon

    Anedon Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Yeah I have. Its less about the holiday itself but more when in the lives of my OTP it could take place and what would happen.
     
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  25. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

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    Find an important event in the 'verse to coincide with the holiday. Work from that. :)
     
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