Fan Fiction

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Fan Fiction gets a bad rap. We all know that.

And I will concede that there is some REALLY bad fan fiction out there. Like… REALLY bad. Bad from the initial idea. But I digress.

Most on the negative side of it would argue that it’s not “real writing”. Simply because it is not all original. I, personally, love reading it, but have always viewed writing it as a waste of time. And, honestly, I generally think that the way the author writes something is the way that it should be. (Except for the fact that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together.)

A post on my tumblr recently caught my eye, however. Tarysande (her fanfiction is here) posted about something called the Mass Effect Big Bang. The challenge, I would find out, is to write no shorter than a 3,500 word fan fiction using at least one character from the Mass Effect universe. (I assume that a main character is preferred, but it only states that one is “from Mass Effect”.)

I immediately signed up. Though I am new to writing fan fiction (having never done so before), I like to think of myself as a rather experienced writer (although new to the whole “finishing a project” thing.).

I am hoping that a deadline helps me (Have to have a no shorter than 3,500 word FINAL draft on May 31, with specific check-ins between now and then.

The best part about this, is when I’m done, the ARTIST sign-up starts. Each artist chooses a written piece and draws a piece of artwork and creates a banner for that story. The site says that there are always more authors than artists so not all stories may get chosen (in which case one of the two hosts will make a banner) so I am a little worried that my piece won’t get chosen but… We’ll see!

The objective is to have fun and I plan on doing just that!

For those of you wondering (if any of you are), my fic is Post-Mass Effect 3. Synthesis ending. And the pairing is FemShep x Thane Krios. Odd, considering they both died, isn’t it? Guess you’ll have to wait to find out what happens! (I hope to post the fic here, or at least link to it.)

If any reading my blog are artists wanting to sign up, you can (sorry authors! The author sign-up has ended, I barely squeaked by in time). Because of the possibility that you may, however, I do not think I can tell you the title of my piece as that may spoil the anonymity of the project!

Well… I kind of lost the point of this post, so consider it an update! Yay lots of linksys!

Also… lay off fan fiction and the writers. We just want a happy ending. (Or a certain Pairing of characters). [Don’t get me started on cross overs. Not generally a fan.]


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