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It all started with the Big Bang

So as often happens, I got to talking with people about fandom projects, and what all we'd like to see, and one idea that came up was the possibility of doing a Big Bang in Final Fantasy fandom.

What's a Big Bang? The short answer is: a fanwork challenge where authors write longer stories over a time period of a few months (most Big Bangs run 5-6 months, and goals are usually either 20,000 or 40,000 words), and artists collaborate with the authors to illustrate the stories, and everyone gets lots of shiny longfic to read and arts to admire. (The long answer is here.)

The discussion went on for awhile, and naturally the first logical step was a poll. To that end:

Here's a poll.

It's based in Google Docs, so you don't need to have an account on any particular service to fill it out. Curious who's responding and what they said? Check out the responses here. Leave your answers in the poll, then come back here to share your thoughts! (Anon and OpenID commenting are on.) And please feel free to send it on to your long-fic writing friends! The more, the merrier.


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Feb. 1st, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I filled out the whole thing and then realized (a) I'm so slow at writing bigfic I could never participate in a Big Bang challenge and (b) I started fantasizing about some artists getting inspired to illustrate my current bigfic, but that's not fair because I started posting it long before this Big Bang challenge will start.
Feb. 1st, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
yeah, a Big Bang is really more about starting a new project than fleshing out an existing one. I do agree that it would be grat to have more ways to hook up writers and artists who are interested in illustration, though.
Feb. 1st, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
That's really tempting -- art is such a great bribe to dangle too, not to mention an event where everyone's joining up together. If it wasn't for the length, I'd be inclined to sign up; the length alone doesn't bother me, I'm just not sure when I'd be able to fit 20k-40k reliably on top of everything else going on. :/ Though the advance notice of when during the year it might be helps a lot.
Feb. 1st, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
The length is the point, though: there are so many challenges that encourage shortfic, and this is meant to be something different. One thing that might help us the long time-frame. Most Big Bang challenges run five or six months. Might that be enough to lure you in?
(no subject) - rabbitprint - Feb. 1st, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlmoose - Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 1st, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I am frightened.
Feb. 1st, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
In a good way or a bad way? ;)
(no subject) - ovo_lexa - Feb. 1st, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - renay.dreamwidth.org - Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I mentioned this briefly to Nay but I would also like to put it out for the general public: basically, I feel like artists get a sort of second class treatment in Big Bangs since we usually have to wait until the authors have written stuff before we start illustrating... and we're illustrating for the author instead of having things written for us.

I don't have a good solution (except maybe pairing artists and authors earlier in the challenge) but I would like it to be something that is considered when the challenge is structured.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for raising this issue! I agree that it's an important one to consider. Artists should feel like full partners in the challenge, not afterthoughts. I'm not exactly sure yet how to best balance it, either, but we will definitely keep it in mind as we plan. If anything comes to you, definitely let us know.
(no subject) - chaosraven - Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:07 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - justira - Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlmoose - Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - darthneko - Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Well, I intended on writing this long FF fic, soooo...I guess it all depends on whether this happens or not XD
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
I have to say I am interested, if for no other reason that I would have a reason to work on the many self-indulgent plotbunnies I've been storing up!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
OMG I would do many illegal and questionable things for the chance to have long fic from you! *sparkles*
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Soooo what does one do if one both writes and draws? >.>
Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I guess one would have a decision to make. ;) (if the decision is "yes", I'm not sure exactly how it would work, but we would figure it out.)

Hey, any thought on chaosraven's point, above?
(no subject) - justira - Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - renay.dreamwidth.org - Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 3rd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
The later timing actually would be ideal imo - so many big bangs schedule earlier in the year to avoid winding up anywhere near nanowrimo or yuletide, but it means the first part of the year is jam packed and there's next to nothing later on. Which is to say I'd be all for it!

(I've also writing and drawing for several other big bangs, which will end before this one would start, but yeah - writing and drawing for the same bang is totally possible. ^_^)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
so many big bangs schedule earlier in the year to avoid winding up anywhere near nanowrimo or yuletide, but it means the first part of the year is jam packed and there's next to nothing later on.

This is an excellent point, and I'm glad to hear it! Thanks. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Have to admit, a bigbang would be SO much easier than the fic exchange, where I ran into so many issues with making the story compact that I ended up with length issues from lack of plots.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Hahaha it is like we are lengths twins! *sparkles at you*
Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
So I really have no right to stand around going "Yes! Yes!" considering that the last and only Big Bang I tried participating in I didn't even make the minimum wordcount (I need to actually write that story...), but... *waves pompoms* Yes! Yes! Please yes!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
So I kind of feel this is necessary for my continued well-being! \o/
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I have any long ff fic ideas, but I would absolutely love to illustrate someone else's fic!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I want this so badly I can taste it.
Feb. 9th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
This could be incentive for me to write the FF7 longfic that lives in my brain, and this happening later in the year would be fantastic beyond all reason...
Feb. 14th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Answering belatedly, yes!

Would this challenge be prompt-based?
Feb. 14th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Would this challenge be prompt-based?

This is a good question. My first instinct is to say "probably not", but that can be up for discussion.
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