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Basics & FAQ- Round 3


What is a Big Bang?

I've heard this question a lot when others have asked me about other big bangs. In a nutshell, a big bang is when an author writes a longer/long fic (10,000 - 20,000 words minimum depending on the big bang) and an artist makes any type of art for them. This can include actual artwork (fanart), icons, fan mixes, fan vids and banners.

What is a Mini Bang?

A mini-bang is a smaller version if a Big Bang- it depends on how long the BB itself is, in the case of this challenge, a mini-bang is a maximum of 7500 words. Because I know how the muses can be, I am not going to be a stickler of when you need to switch, though preferably if you know by the time you turn in your rough draft that you won't make it to the big bang's minimum word count mark, just let me know. If you end up getting a sudden burst of inspiration right before posting, that's okay too. Like I said, I am not a stickler. This is meant to be fun and I don't want people to stress out over the classification over mini vs. big.

What fandoms are included in THIS Bang?

This is where things get fun. Any fandoms are included. All fandoms in some ways. Mostly this big bang serves as a good platform for ANY show that is set in some form of historical area, or even if it's fantasy, it seems as if it is set in a historical time (ie. "Game of Thrones", "The Lord of the Rings", etc.) It doesn't matter when in history, really, but try to not pick something that happened just last week. To the mods, "historical" can even include fandoms like "Tour of Duty", which was set during the Vietnam War. When others think "historical", they think "The Tudors". We are being a bit more loose with the term, because it can encompass a LOT. If you question if an idea you have qualifies or not, just ask here or send us a message. Alternate Universes of current fandoms set in a historical/fantasy historical setting are also welcome.

Can I write original fiction>

Oh definitely. If it's set in a historical/fantasy historical setting, feel free to sign up with it.

Where/when can I sign up?

Sign ups for betas, authors, cheerleaders and arists will start immediately. A full schedule will be shown below to show when the dates will close for each.

What if I don't write or do art? How can I still participate?

There a number of ways you can participate even if you do not wish to do so by writing or doing artwork. If you are a beta reader, the authors are going to need them as all fics must be beta read. If you aren't comfortable with that, all authors AND artists are going to need cheerleaders to keep them going as deadlines draw closer or they hit writer/artist block for whatever reason.

::Author Requirements::

What am I doing?
Your story is to be a minimum of 10K words for a big bang, and a minimum of 4K words for a mini-bang but no more than 7500 words. It needs to be beta read. If you have someone that is your normal beta reader, great, if not we will have a post of people signing up to do just that.

What if I started a story? Can I use that?
For the sake of my sanity so I'm not having the check, if you've started posting it then no. If it's a story you've started writing but have not posted, that's fine. Gives you a leg up.

Can I write crossovers?
Yes you can. If you choose to have a story placed in the present, but with flashbacks, there need to be a significant amount of flashbacks. If you are taking historical figures and putting them in present day, this works but there needs to be some sort of flashback scenarios incorporated.

Can I write with a co-author?
Yes you may. Just be sure to include that in the sign up.

Can I write more than one story?
If you feel you can write more than one story in the schedule given, have at it.

Are there any restrictions to what I can write?
Your only restrictions are, quite literally, time. And not just how long you have, but *when* you write in or have significant flashbacks to.

::Artist Requirements::

How do I know what art I am doing?
When rough drafts start coming in, a post will go up for claims. It is a first come, first serve basis as to what you want to do. Then that story is taken off the list so others can not claim it.

What are the requirements?
Anything goes. Art, fan vid, fan mix. Just put some effort into the thought of the piece and that it goes along with what the author is envisioning. It doesn't do for the artwork to be way out in right field if the story is in left. A minimum of five songs is needed for a fan mix. One or two songs does not a fan mix make.

What if the one I wanted is taken?
First come, first serve basis. However, I will be taking a first, second, third and fourth choice so that hopefully you get SOMETHING you wanted.

What if there are more writers than artists?
If this happens, then I will extend the artist deadline and they can take on more than one story if they so wish.

What about the other way around?
Then we'll have more than one artist doing one fic.

Can I do more than one piece of art?
For now, no. Let's see how the ratio of author sign ups are to artist. We may need artists to do more than one if there aren't enough artist sign ups. But if there are enough, it's not fair for one author to have two artists when another doesn't.


What is this schedule you speak of?
Author & artist sign-ups start: Immediately- start writing
Author sign-ups close: December 1, 2013
Artist sign-ups end: March 1, 2014
First check-in date: December 1, 2013
Second check-in date: January 5, 2014
Story summary due: February 1, 2014
Post for artist's to select begins: February 4, 2014
Rough-draft due: March 15, 2014
Posting-date selection begins: March 29, 2014
Final drafts and art due: April 15, 2014- posting begins

Why is there so much time?
Because real life has a tendency to REALLY suck and it allows people to have enough time to really get this done without pulling their hair out. Plus, since some of the dates are going into the holiday season, no one needs to be stressed out going in. Not to mention that the mod sometimes gets bogged down with real life and has every intention on posting but gets pushed back as well.

When you say rough draft, does that mean a finished, un-betaed piece?
If you are done by the rough draft due date except the beta portion, great. If not, a rough draft means 75-80% of the fic completed. And if you are getting to a point by the rough draft due date and you have 50% or less of your fic done, please tell me so I can get some cheerleaders on your side for encouragement.

What if I fall way behind? Can I change my posting date?
This is going to be a case by case basis. I don't want people rushing to me going "ZOMG I NEED MOAR TIME! HALP!" I'm willing to work with people, but if I have an influx, I may say no. I want to be as accommodating as possible, especially since it'll go over the holiday, but really? We are looking at almost 6 months to get this done. Unless you have a severe case of writer's block and/or a major thing happening IRL then it shouldn't be *too* difficult to get it done. And if you can't, ultimately, I'll work with you and move you to the end of posting if necessary.

Can I post early?
No, please. To be fair, we'll stick to the posting schedule and this means to your personal journal too. Just to be fair.

Questions? Ask in this post.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 15th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Last dance with Mary Jane (Strictly Minimalist Pimp Post from Very Tired Person)
Aug. 15th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Is RPS still allowed?
Aug. 15th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Great! *races off to sign up*

Aug. 27th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
In the multiple stories question, can they both be mini bangs or does one have to be the longer length? One hypothetical story has already been started.
Aug. 27th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
Nope, they can both be mini-bangs.
Aug. 27th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
Regarding historical AUs - how much historical accuracy is required? I'm asking because I want to write slash and I want to know if it's okay to create say an AU Victorian society where men can marry men but everything else stays the same.
Aug. 27th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Accuracy is not a real factor, it just needs to be in a historical setting. So your idea is good. :)
Aug. 27th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
*does the happiest happy dance*
Aug. 27th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Playful Kyo is Playful
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Sep. 3rd, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Confessions of a Pimpaholic
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Sep. 30th, 2013 11:42 am (UTC)
Probably should have already asked this but:

Are sequels allowed? I am planning a sequel to a previous story but episodically it's independent and could be read as a stand-alone fic.
Sep. 30th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
Of course. Even being independent, I would still suggest linking any previous story/stories to the one you post for this in case others do wish to read them. :)
Sep. 30th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
Oct. 2nd, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Two questions:

1) I'm contemplating a Merlin / Howl's Moving Castle AU - would that fit the bill of "Alternate Universes of current fandoms set in a historical/fantasy historical setting"?

2) I got the idea from an artist who would be willing to work on it with me. Is prematching going to be allowed? I don't want to hijack his idea. :/
Oct. 2nd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
1. Yep, that fits the bill.

2. Prematching is allowed. Since you have an artist, you can opt out of putting up your summary to be claimed because you are already working with an artist.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
awesome! Thank you so much <3
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
Hello! I have a question. Where do I send the rough draft? I read the above but couldn't find the address.
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
historicalbigbang (at) gmail (dot) com :)
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