Romance Novel Challenge
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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2007-08-06 21:36
Subject: FAQ
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What can I claim?

A character, pairing, thresome/moresome, group of characters, or a fandom. Any fandom is welcome. If you're not sure if what you want is allowable, just ask, as long as it's something I can tell if it's in each scene I'm pretty flexible on what you can choose. Yes some of the prompts are gender specific, but don't let that stop you. Stick to the basic theme of the prompt but feel free to change gender specific words to fit the characters you're actually writing about (princess can become prince, etc). You can as I say claim moresomes, that might require a little more ingenuity on your part to fit the theme to more than two people, but you're welcome to do it.

How many things can I claim?

There is no limit as long as you are working on them all at the same time. If you genuinely believe you can work on ten claims at the same time without neglecting any of them, who am I to stop you? You're clearly insane, but that's your problem, not mine.

Can I write with a partner?

Yes, but writing with a partner means both/all of you write every fic. No alternating.

Can I split a claim with someone else?

Yes but state that when you claim and how many fics you'll each be writing

How many people can claim something?

Up to three people can claim any specific thing at one time. However, if three people already have CSI that doesn't mean people can't claim Gil/Sara or Nick/Warrick or anything else they fancy.

What's the minimum or maximum length?

At least 100 words. No word limit, write as much as you like.

What ratings are accepted here?

Any and all. Just give adequate warnings and hide anything R or above behind a cut please/

Are crossovers allowed?

Absolutely. As long as your claimed character/pairing/fandom is featured you can do whatever you want with them

Is Real Person Fic allowed?

Yes it is now. (NB This is a chance to the rules).

Can I use previously written fic?

No, not unless you've rewritten it.

Can I use multiple prompts for one story.

No. One prompt per story.

How many prompts do I have to claim?

There's a table with fifty but you can claim the whole table, twenty five prompts or ten prompts. Choose the prompts at the time of claiming.

What if there's a prompt I just can't write for?

Since I didn't give you any writer's choice prompts you can replace up to five of your prompts with other appropriate prompts. This only applies to people writing all fifty. If you've chosen less you have to write all the prompts you chose.

What do you mean by appropriate?

It has to be a scenario that would be found in a romance novel of the Harlequin Romance/Mills and Boone type.

So are you looking for trashy romance stories?

Not necessarily. The basic set up has to be a romance cliché. i.e. He was a dashing pirate captain, she was an innocent young girl travelling to the Americas to marry the man her father had chosen. Etc. How you actually handle it it up to you but if you can work other romance novel clichés in (the inevitable misunderstandings, the convoluted reasons why they can't live happily ever after – until they suddenly can in the final chapter and so on). It does have to be a romance of some kind however and it should end with the characters together in the end. But you don't have to mimic the style of romance authors.

Do I have to write them in order?

Absolutely not.

Can I apply fic to more than one challenge?

It's okay with us as long as it's okay with the other community that you're writing for. The finished fics can of course go wherever you want.

Does my character/pairing/fandom have to be in the story?

Yes, that is the point

Are there any deadlines?

Deadlines? What are those? No but if you're not posting and there's a wait for the claim, I'll contact you to see if you're still interested.

Headers and cuts:

I'm not going to tell you what header you have to use, but please include all the relevant information outside the cut. ie Title, Author, Fandom, Pairing, Rating and Warnings. Put the fic behind a cut or use a fake cut to your own journal if you want.

Please make sure you give the proper warnings for anything that might disturb people. If you want to put them at the bottom of the fic to avoid spoilers that's fine as long as you make it clear that's what you're doing and how to find them.


I'll give you a tag when your claim is approved. Please try to use them.

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