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Challenge The 14th Annual Non-Denominational Winter Holiday Fic-Gift Exchange! ~ Questions from Mav

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by mavjade , Dec 2, 2020.

  1. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

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    I can do sad somewhat if it makes sense plot wise and/or there's a silver lining or cause for hope. E.G., no Luke as a hermit kind of plot. Head scratchingly frustratingly NOT my cup. [face_laugh]
     
  2. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    For future reference (and anyone else struggling with this) Mav is usually more than happy to PM a recipient and ask for you. Because, yeah, some are more than happy to have a sad or tragic ending... while others (particularly this year) just want all the flurffff and mush.
     
  3. TheRynJedi

    TheRynJedi Jedi Knight star 3

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    Exactly, there's plenty of people wanting not sad right now, I wouldn't really want a really sad one either. (Though, say, someone thinking sad thoughts, but then remembering happy memories about someone who isn't around anymore, that would be ok.)

    I think sad plot popped into my mind first 'cause that's where my brain's been at.

    Going to think happy for a while before reading over & brainstorming wishes again , hopefully that'll help attract a happier muse this time.
     
  4. mavjade

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

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    Yes, as Bri said, I'm absolutely happy to PM the person if the author has any questions about their fic-gift, be it details about the wishes or if someone is okay with genre of fic! I don't want authors to worry about writing something they don't know if the person would like and doing it that way allows for the author to remain a secret until it's posted.
     
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  5. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

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  6. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Force Ghost star 5

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  7. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    All right! I am pleased to present my fic-gift for @TheRynJedi :

    Jedi Is as Jedi Does

    All best greetings of the season to you, my friend! So glad I could write this for you. :)
     
  8. brodiew

    brodiew Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Oct 11, 2005
  9. Raissa Baiard

    Raissa Baiard Chosen One star 4

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    Nov 22, 1999
  10. Seldes_Katne

    Seldes_Katne Jedi Grand Master star 2

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  11. Nehru_Amidala

    Nehru_Amidala Force Ghost star 6

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  12. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    For the past few years Mav and I have done a NSWFF West Wing exchange and it's honestly been one of the highlights of the holidays for me. This year I have done pretty much pure fluff (fluff I cant reign in because this will likely be 3-4 parts long) with What to Expect When your Surrogate Is Expecting.
     
  13. mavjade

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

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    Just a reminder there is a week to get your fic-gifts in!
     
  14. TheRynJedi

    TheRynJedi Jedi Knight star 3

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    Finally finished it. @WarmNyota_SweetAyesha 's gift. Sorry it took so long, writer's block is a thing, especially when you're trying to bully your muse into giving you something not-sad, and well, the sad story stuck.

    Friends to the End
    An Ahsoka & Rex story
     
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  15. mavjade

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

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    Thanks and questions from Mav

    The deadline hasn't quite passed, but for the second year in a row all of the Star Wars Fic-Gifts are in before the deadline!! Fantastic job everyone!!

    The index is up to date. We had 8 SW authors and 9 stories posted! If anyone was particularly inspired by the other wishes, feel free to post them in here at any time... I'm sure your recipient would be appreciative. Or anyone who has an outstanding NSWFF story can post at any time as well (*looks at self*).

    I do want to thank the people who volunteered to pinch-hit if needed, I truly appreciate the willingness to write more than one: Findswoman and Seldes_Katne!! =D=@};-
    (I hope I didn't forget anyone, I wrote it on a different piece of paper, which I can't find at the moment.)



    As you all know, I did things a bit differently this year and I'm still not sure how I feel. I tried to do it this way to make it a bit easier to match people up with so many different forms of SW, but I'm not sure it accomplished that. As I said, I went back and forth many times making it several different ways. So it was still difficult, just in different ways. I've got a bit to think on it, but I want to see how you guys felt about it. Feel free to answer some or all of these questions here or via PM.

    As a requester- How did you feel about having to come up with more than one wish?

    As a writer - Did you like having a choice in what you wrote? Did it make it less stressful to have that choice?

    Having a mandatory Saga request is what I thought would make it easier to pair people up (and it probably did make it so in some ways): How did you feel about having a mandatory Saga request?

    If I go through with this format again, do you think it should be mandatory for three wishes?

    Which format do you prefer? (Previous three things you want, one thing you don't want etc. vs. 3 wishes)
     
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  16. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

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    "As a requester- How did you feel about having to come up with more than one wish?"

    I found it interesting to come up with 3 different stories/characters versus one story with 3 elements to include versus not.

    "As a writer - Did you like having a choice in what you wrote? Did it make it less stressful to have that choice?"

    It really did. In the prior variation, 3&1 for one story, if something didn't inspire or spark, you felt stuck. But this way, if you couldn't write one wish, the other two would probably spark.

    (As a reader, I saw this firsthand, as requesters got more than one story-wish written up, and the variety was amazing as to content and tone.) :cool:

    "Having a mandatory Saga request is what I thought would make it easier to pair people up (and it probably did make it so in some ways): How did you feel about having a mandatory Saga request?"

    I didn't mind having this. It lends itself to asking for AUs and missing scenes or character-centric stories, as well. :)

    "If I go through with this format again, do you think it should be mandatory for three wishes?"

    At least two, maximum three.

    "Which format do you prefer? (Previous three things you want, one thing you don't want etc. vs. 3 wishes)"

    I really liked this new format. :D
     
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  17. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Force Ghost star 5

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    Thank you for running this event for another year, @mavjade. It was a wonderful winter activity in a time when I think everyone probably needs joy in their lives.:)

    To answer your questions, I'd say:

    As a requester, I didn't mind having to come up with more than one wish, because that way I could come up with multiple wishes and be surprised about which of my wishes the person assigned my list would choose to write. So it sort of added an extra layer of suspense and surprise for me.

    As a writer, I did appreciate having three wishes to choose from, because then I could choose the one that sparked the best idea in me and most inspired me. That helped me feel more confident that I could produce something I could be proud of as a gift for someone else.

    I felt that it made a lot of sense to have a mandatory Saga request because it guaranteed that there would be some common ground and overlap between what I requested and the person who received my requests knew about Star Wars. @WarmNyota_SweetAyesha also makes a great point that it could really lend itself to requesting AU's or missing scenes or character moments inspired by the Saga, so that is neat as well.

    I think encouraging people to come up with three wishes but accepting lists with two wishes seems fair to me. Three wishes is a nice amount of choice for whoever gets the list, but it is possible that someone will only be able to think of two wishes that they have, so to me at least two wishes with one a Saga wish seems a good compromise in a case where someone only has two wishes.

    I prefer this format because I felt like I was giving the person who got my wish a chance to be more creative and as if my wish was less restricted by things I said I wanted or didn't want, which to me opens the door again for being sort of surprised by what I am given because I have given only a little bit of detail about what I want and left the rest up to the writer of my fic-gift.

    I am sure whatever you decide will be fun and wonderful to participate in next time around, though, and thank you again for hosting this great gift exchange:D
     
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  18. TheRynJedi

    TheRynJedi Jedi Knight star 3

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    Ditto everyone else's comments, I liked the format.
     
  19. Seldes_Katne

    Seldes_Katne Jedi Grand Master star 2

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    This was my first time participating, so not exactly the voice of experience here, but:


    As a requester- How did you feel about having to come up with more than one wish?

    I didn’t feel it was a problem – I have any number of story wishes that would work for me. I think it gave the writers more freedom to choose a wish that they were comfortable writing. I know I personally am interested in some of the less popular aspects of Star Wars (I prefer stories about background characters, for example), and that might prove difficult for some authors.


    As a writer - Did you like having a choice in what you wrote? Did it make it less stressful to have that choice?
    I did like having that choice (although I was fortunate enough to be writing for Findswoman, and I felt I could have written a story for any one of her prompts, so it was a good match!). I think there are advantages to giving the writers a small range of possibilities. And three wishes narrow the possibilities down, so the list isn’t overwhelming.


    How did you feel about having a mandatory Saga request?
    I think having a Saga requirement is a good idea – I’ve read a fair amount of the EU (now “Legends”) material, but it was all years ago and I haven’t read anything based on the new canon. Most of us have seen the movies, at least. Also, most authors received one or two other options, so if the Saga request worked, fine; if not, there were other prompts available.


    If I go through with this format again, do you think it should be mandatory for three wishes?
    I would suggest at least two, maybe up to four. Too few choices make this more challenging; too many may make choosing more difficult. (The drawback, of course, is that having more wishes can make matching authors and readers more of a challenge for the organizer.)


    Which format do you prefer? (Previous three things you want, one thing you don't want etc. vs. 3 wishes)

    I haven’t done any of the previous gift-fic exchanges, but I did like the three wishes idea, coupled with the “please don’t write about X” request.
     
  20. Findswoman

    Findswoman Force Ghost star 5

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    Mav, thanks so much, as always, for bringing us this wonderful challenge from year to year, and for overseeing it so capably! =D=

    As a requester- How did you feel about having to come up with more than one wish?
    I was totally fine with this. In some ways, it makes it easier. Echoing @Seldes_Katne , there are several different kinds of stories that would make me happy, and this way I don't have to tear my hair out trying to narrow it down to just one! ;)

    As a writer - Did you like having a choice in what you wrote? Did it make it less stressful to have that choice?

    Oh, absolutely, on both counts! It's nice to have some options and to not feel locked into just one prompt (which I know can be a challenge with exchanges like this one). With the wish list, there's an increased chance that the writer will find something they can work with, and I can see it making your job as organizer that much easier, too.

    How did you feel about having a mandatory Saga request?
    I think this was fine--it seemed as good a way as any of coming up with some kind of common ground, given the vastness of the SW universe and the many and varied interests of us forum members.

    If I go through with this format again, do you think it should be mandatory for three wishes?
    Do you mean, should it be required that everyone who participates provide exactly three wishes? Not to voice an unpopular opinion or anything--but yes, I actually think so, or at least feel that it's worth considering. If some lists include three wishes and some just two, then some writers will end up not having as many choices as others, which doesn't seem quite fair. But if everyone gets exactly three wishes, then all the writers get the same number of options to choose from. (And I agree that three is a good "sweet spot" number: not too many, not too few.)

    Which format do you prefer? (Previous three things you want, one thing you don't want etc. vs. 3 wishes)
    I really liked this year's "three wishes" format (plus being able to specify things one doesn't want) and would love to see it used in future years! :)

    Thanks again for everything, Mav! =D=
     
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