Thank you so much to our lovely mods for their support and approval of this challenge! "We all have time to write. We have time to write the minute we are willing to write badly, to chase a dead end, to scribble a few words, to write for the hell of it instead of for the perfect and polished result." Julia Cameron Welcome to the First Draft Challenge! This challenge is not for prizes or glory. There are no prompts or word counts or requirements of any sort. It's open to both SW and NSWFF, and the only restriction is the TOS. It's all about sharing our work without judging ourselves, supporting our fellow creators, and celebrating the stories and fandoms and characters we love. So how does it work? Well, it's easy: Have an idea Write it down Post your first draft in its own thread, just like any other story Post a link here and I'll add it to the index for everyone to enjoy! In order to make this run as smoothly as possible and ensure a welcoming environment for all participants (although I know we are all awesome at this!), there are a few other things I need to mention: A reminder that, as per the Fanfic guidelines, concrit is NOT allowed unless the author has given explicit permission and must only be sent in PM. Your first draft should be for a fic you intend to complete and post a finished version of. You may post the final edited version in the same thread, or post a new thread and ask the mods to lock the first draft. This challenge will run from February 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021. You will have until 11:59 pm board time March 31, 2021 to post your drafts. Final versions may of course be completed after this date! "Did you mean for all those words to come out together or did they just fall out randomly?" Hank Hill, 'King of the Hill' But how can we post a first draft of a story if it's *gasp* not polished and pretty? What if it's messy and repetitive and rambling? What if it's full of placeholders like "Stuff happens" or "they get there somehow" or a chunk of dialogue that you don't quite have a place for yet but is too clever to resist? What if it ends like this "????" because you have no idea how to close it out? YES! Share it for all of us to read! Celebrate it, because you wrote a story that didn't exist before! Have fun writing for the sake of writing, because we all need more fun in our lives! A final note. This is obviously all on the honor system, and I completely understand how nerve-wracking it can be to share something you don't feel is 'good enough'. I struggle with it every time I post. So if there's something in your fic that's making you anxious or truly bothering you, feel free to fix it. But in general, please keep any fics you post for this challenge as unedited as possible. "Time to take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" Ms. Frizzle, 'The Magic School Bus' Let's tell some stories and celebrate writing for the hell of it!