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Not sure if the title has anything to really do with what this is all about, but still this is BIG news from yours truly. Plus I guess I just love to torture myself with these kinds of things.

For a while now, I have been struggling with how to show my gratitude to my watchers and newly acquainted friends who have enjoyed my fics. It's easy for artists, because they can simply draw whatever they wish, granting their fans instant view of what they've done. Same with flash animators. But what about us fan fic writers? What can we do to show our fans that they have been such a huge inspiration? Why, by writing using their inspiration!

Let me explain. I'm sure most of you by now know of the "Ask Pony X Tumblrs", right? Where the artists are able to interact with their fans by answering their questions. It's really cool, but that just doesn't work for fan fics. So what do we do then, hm? Well, it came to me last night on my paper route. If you follow any of the Tumblrs, and I mean ANY of them, then you of course know of "Moon Stuck" by Egophilliac, telling the adventures of Woona on the moon. She does this by allowing her fans to make up what happens next, or choose what happens if given a choice. Now, things have been done similar in comics (Ctr Alt Del has done this a few times) where they allow the fans to choose which option they go.

Again, it works in fan fics too, BUT, it still relies heavily on the author to then continue the story. That, in turn, puts a large burden on the author and he/she/it/zerg must then keep going, and try to make up ideas on the fly. Some authors can do it, others can't. I myself probably could, but this idea, no matter how good it sounds, still doesn't offer much creativity from the fans. And that, my friends, is what I'm aiming for. I want to do a project that gives the readers, the fans of our work, their time to shine. Deep down, everyone has an idea for a story. Or random thoughts of "This would be funny in a fic." I have them constantly, and I'm sure you all do too.

So that is what I want to exploit. What I want to do, is set up a challenge. It's something that is simple, yet effective at giving the author and his/her readers some "bonding" time through words.

So this is the idea: Several mini-fic segments all smashed together to make one large, yet epic one shot fan fic.

No "readers choose an option, then author does it" kind of thing. You readers, as many as each fic can allow, will actually write parts of the fic, which will then all be combined by the main author using our own writing skill, and then made into a grand fic of epicness. If you choose to participate, this is how it's going to go down.

You must write a 250 to 500 word "segment" of a fan fic, going by specified rules/regulations given by the main author. You can execute it however you wish, so long as it sticks to the guidelines given by the main author. Then, the author will choose a specific number of these and make a fic out of them. Now, a very important part of this is the author not take the ideas, but the actual written piece itself and just throw it in.

Now, of course some of you aren't the best at grammar and spelling (I know I'm not), so we authors will have to make some appropriate changes. But we are to expect that you take your time with this and do your best to write as correctly as possible. My idea is that once the guidelines are given, then you readers have one week to work on your piece and finish it. Then, on the due date, you send them to the author. Then us authors have another week to read through and choose which pieces we wanna use, then put the fic together using your segments. Not everyone's idea's can be used, sorry.

Now, I should also bring to your attention that I have been using "us authors" and "we" a lot. Well, if this wacky idea is legit enough to most, I don't want this to be a "ROBCakeran53 exclusive" thing. No, I want other authors to follow this too. I feel, as an author, that this would not only give us a good challenge to write to, but give you all some attention in the only way us fic writers really can. By allowing you to essentially give us your small ideas, then we build a large fan made fic out of them. You all are writing about 80% of the fic!

Now, I don't have many "famous" authors that watch me (well, none really), but for the sake of the fandom I've decided to send this also into Equestria Daily. I'm not sure if they'll read it, throw it away, or not give a shit, but still I feel that this is a genuine and interesting way for the fan fic writers of the community to give something back to you readers.

Ok, so now that is all out of the way, I'm going to try and give the guidelines in a very simply manner, so here we go.

WORD COUNT

250 to 500 words, though if you are a few over/under I'm not gonna complain. Some authors might allow more, or even less.

Character(s)

The Author must choose which character(s) they are going to have this fic centered around. These characters specified cannot die or be removed from the fic unless done by the main author, while random characters added by the fans can be dealt with however the author wishes.

Guidelines

This is where the "special" rules for the fic go. Basically the mail plot and genera of the fic must be followed if given by the author. You can't make a clop fic piece if the author wishes it to be normal or sad.

Segment allowance

This is how many pieces the author will be accepting for their particular fan fic. While I highly suggest only 15 pieces and keeping it to a one shot, some authors might want to make it more of an epic fic. Multiple chapters and more pieces per chapter. That's entirely up to the author.

I think that is pretty much it. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave them below. If everything goes good, I plan to do this once ever couple months. I just find it a fun idea that allows me to interact with you all a little more, other than you just being my watchers and commenters. Well, I hope this idea works out, and that others too find it fun. Below will be my fic's regulations, and starting February 1st your one week will begin, then the following Wednesday you'll all send them in. That gives me a week to combine them, but I will, for the lulz, try to livestream my entire process making this for you all to watch and enjoy.

Oh, and one last thing(s). If you are an author that would wish to participate in this, let me know and I can start a list at the very bottom of this journal with your profile pic linked. And if you do the same for me in your own journal, then we can have a community thing going so that if someone doesn't wanna write for, say my idea, they can go to anothers. Plus, I will be making sure that I keep track of who's ideas I use and give them credit in the final product. Also if I use your segment in a fic, then I will not use yours in the next one to give others a chance at having their ideas incorporated. HAPPY FANFICING!

ROBCakeran53

WORD COUNT
250-500 words

Character(s) Twilight Sparkle

Guidelines Normal, comedy where Twilight Sparkle is trying to take a letter to the Ponyville Post office to be mailed out before they close, but she's constantly delayed.

Segment Allowance 15 segments, being a one shot.

At the due date, send them via note to me on DA.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Loyalty - Acoustic Brony/ Mando Pony
  • Watching: M*A*S*H
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: Cheezy puffs
  • Drinking: Sunkist
I should also add (since I apparently forgot to in my sleep deprived status) is that ANYONE can participate. It does not matter your skill level in writing, or how big your vocabulary is. That is why I give you a week, so you can try your best to make it as "grammically" correct as possible, but I'm not expecting perfection. This is meant to be fun, and so I expect everyone to have fun.
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:iconiqfreak:
IQFREAK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Have you heard of Star Wars: Uncut? This reminds me of that. It's pretty freaking awesome.
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I have not, but I'll be sure to take a look.
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kentarvos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I'm planning on writing a segment, possibly when Twilight arrives. Though, same as Lysanderas, I probably wont be able to to it until Friday or Saturday.
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Lysanderas Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Writer
Well, well.

Like I said, you can count me in on this, I think. Only five hundred words, hmm...

Maybe I'll catch you on Skype later so I can make sure I've got this all worked out, because I don't trust myself when it's ten at night and I'm short on sleep anyway. But I will definitely be keeping an eye on this, and participating some as well.

Comedy, huh... Maybe when I'm not swamped with school work. So probably Friday or Saturday...

*wanders off muttering*
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Delta-Pangaea Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow.

This will either turn out really good, or really terrible.

Or, somehow, both at the same time.
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Well, if I get enough people I think this will turn out both great AND fun. It's not going to be the best story, but I feel that no matter what it will be an expirience. It's not going to be posted anywhere besides here anyway so what do I care? LETS HAVE SOME FUN!
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Delta-Pangaea Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Time wasted havin' fun ain't wasted, so go for it. :D
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crackinglazer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist
so... we don't wanna send our submissions until the 8th?
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Correct, that way you have time to make sure it's how you want it, and grammically correct to the best of your abilities.
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XG-AwEsOmE Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Busy with my own fanfic...and I have troubles following long lists of rules. :iconblowitallupplz:
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
There isn't a long list of rules.
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XG-AwEsOmE Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For me it was a bit TL;DR, but it was probably because I was tired.
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MegaAniLinkFan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Holy crud just 1 sentence in the guidelines, and i already got so many freaking ideas...I just gotta choose what segment to write wisely.
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L4m3ness Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Sounds ambitious! Good luck :)
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Cthuluigi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I'm super sleep deprived right now so a lot of this is flying straight over my head.

So if I were to take part, I type up a 250-500 word segment to a humorous one-shot about Twilight Sparkle trying (and failing) to send a letter?

I just want to make sure I've got this right, since this looks like a lot of fun.
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Eeyup
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KingOfTheNazgul Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Writing journal posts, listening to Loyalty, watching M*A*S*H, playing Fallout, and eating and drinking at the exact same time. Whoa, multitasking.

On a more related note, I have never written a story before. I'd like to try this, but it just sounds so...difficult to me. But it also sounds so fun! I've never had one of those "this could be a fic" moments.
-Ponies
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Yes, what Ictiv said. If you want to, then just try it. You don't have to be the best or anything, but do what you can. Do your best.
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Ictiv Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have one suggestion about writing: Try it! Once you've got your story and are in the flow of things it is tons of fun... Well maybe "fun" is not the best word. What do you call that special feeling when you listen to classical music and it's almost like you are carried by it? Anyway: That is what it feels like. You may need a little practice (I know I needed and still do) but it's worth it!

Also good luck with your submission if you do one :)
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SirPeppermintJam Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an interesting concept.
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TomA62975 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well ROB I would help, problem is that I can't write via idea given to me, believe me I have tried. This sounds like a great idea though. Can't wait till it is finished.
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Ficksitup Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Writer
I do not know what exactly I can do... Hm.
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
What do you mean?
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:iconficksitup:
Ficksitup Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Writer
I'm not sure what type of story I could hope to offer to this project, is what I mean.
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Ah, well you got a week if you wish to. Or if this sounds like a fun idea, you too could host one.
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BlackGryph0n Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
YAAAAY!! Count me in! (Just wrote one! This was fun! :D Can't wait till it's finished! )
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crackinglazer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist
hhhm, interesting... if ya don't mind a novice giving it a go, I'm in!
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Yes, that is the point. I had to add something to the journal cause I forgot to point that out. My bad.
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crackinglazer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist
huh, whats a point?
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
The point of this is to allow people even if their not very skilled to participate.
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:iconcrackinglazer:
crackinglazer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist
ooooooooh, I see
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SandwichDelta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is...AMAZING. I'll have to write an entry sometime soon.
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amimizunofan22 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Hm...I kinda doubt that I'll be able to contribute this time around, but I'm excited to do something like this in the future!
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HAchaosagent Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an awesome idea! I might give it an go and try it. Sounds like a lot of fun!
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MammoH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I'm pretty sure that Seth will post this in the next roundup. And I have some idea about... a grimdark comedy without breaking a plot. But not sure if that's ok to post it. G'luck with your project.
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kuran2010 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Huzzah! This sounds like it could be loads of fun! I'll have to give it a go.
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infinitywarriorinc Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I would, but still being such a novice to writing the series (and with school kicking my ass), I am not sure that i'd be able to do craft something without messing it up a few times. When is the deadline? I may try it. D:
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I understand the thing about school, but the point of this is for anyone to be able to participate. So I don't care if you are a novice or pro, so long as you try your best and write. And the due time is next Wednesday for my fic.
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infinitywarriorinc Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well man, i'm not a novice, nor a pro at writing, but the subject, I am still a novice. :P

I shall apprehend this! As soon as my AP exam is over. D:
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VanessaCake Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an awesome idea. Wow, really wow! It's gonna be so much fun reading the finished project, I bet there will be so much randomness! I think I will take part, but I didn't quite understand where or how to send it in. Do I upload it here and link you to it or...?
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
just send it to me in a DA note. I added that to the journal, thanks for pointing it out!
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VanessaCake Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! And no problem! : D
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I done this at least something close to it before I held a contest for my fic IPC

But this is basically that elementary project where the teacher writes a sentence on the board and passes a peice of paper an it goes to every student who then go and write a follow up sentence when then by the end of it all makes a story.

I want in XD
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Great!
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished my submission

I'll try to send it in about 14ish hours cause my phone is dying and I have to get ready for class.
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Well, as I said, I'll have you all send them to me in a week.
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Da**it rob!! :iconyunoguyplz: Y u no accept early submission!!

And t u make me wait for time to forget and screw up?

XDDDD
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