|msilverstar (msilverstar) wrote in lotrips_remix,|
@ 2008-06-03 21:39:00
Based on the original "We Invented The Remix" and the multi-fandom "Remix... Redux," the Lotrips Remix aims to give fandom authors the chance to expand their horizons by rewriting one of the stories of a fellow author. And having one of theirs rewritten in turn.
The Lotrips Remix first ran in 2003. You can check out the results of previous years at the Remix site; if you haven't witnessed a remix before, please do so. It'll help you get a feel of the scope and range allowed. We encourage authors to get as creative as they like, within the boundaries of the project.
Interested participants sign up. They will then be shuffled, and randomly assigned another fandom author (who is also participating in the project). Each participant can then choose one of the stories of that author to rewrite (as long as it's an eligible story--read the fine print below). Note: people who participated in previous years will not be assigned to the same person they mixed before.
In rewriting, the participant can change any stylistic element they like - point of view, structure, mood, length, language style... just about anything. What they can't change is the fundamental story. What would be the point, otherwise? The basic events, people, and times of the story must stay the same. (Questions? See the fine print below.)
All stories will then be collated and put up on the website and community for everyone to read. This is partly so the stories are judged on their merits, not by the writer's reputation. Who rewrote what will be revealed a few days afterwards.
Sign-ups end on the 15th of June
Assignments go out on the 22nd of June
Remixes are due on the 10th of August (seven weeks)
Stories will be posted on the 17th of August
Authors will be revealed on the 24th of August
Think before you sign up
The Fine Print:
We'd appreciate it if you considered carefully the burden of rewriting someone else's story before signing up; it'll take time and creative effort. You need to choose a story, think about it, work on it, (swear, pick a different story, work on that...) and do edits and rewrites. If you won't be able to do this, please don't sign up. If you have to pull out halfway through, it lets down the other participants. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but do realise the commitment. (If you do have to pull out, tell us as early as possible, so we can make arrangements.)
If you haven't participated in the remix before, it would be nice to hear that you have participated in other deadline writing projects before, but you won't be turned back if this is your first time. Just make sure you're aware of the effort involved, and come along and join the fun!
Note: If you have dropped out of the remix in previous years, you will need to be very, very persuasive. Likewise, if you have flaked on other deadline writing projects or broken the rules, you'd best make us believe you will be able to hand in a conforming story on time for this one.
Who can sign up?
Not quite anyone who's interested, sorry. To participate, you must have at least three eligible stories (see below) to your credit. The more the merrier, but three is the minimum. Your stories must also be available online: on your own web site, fanfiction.net, mirrormere, or LiveJournal (or other journal system) tags, memories or an index post. If you have more than a few stories, be sure that you include pairing information on the menu page: this is to help remixers sift more quickly through sometimes large archives to find fics they want to remix.
What makes a story "eligible"?
What precisely can we change in the rewrites?
You can change:
No. At least, not as such. As mentioned, the events of the story are set. You can't change the events of the ending. You can't add a bit to the story, where Bean admits he was lying about not loving Harry, and they end up happily ever after. Nor can you stop the story before the final declaration of love, and leave Karl and David suffering in eternal anguish. The ending is the way it is. But that ending needn't necessarily look the same from the point of view you take as it did in the original. You can't change what happened, but you might be able to shed different light on why it happened, or even how. The more ambiguous the original ending, the greater leeway you have to play with.Do you really mean it?
Yes. Except when we don't. When it actually comes to the cut-and-thrust of the remix itself, we tend to let creativity rule the day. We don't mind too much if the camera drifts away from what was going on in the original story. We don't mind if you play fast and loose with time and space. If what you want to do with your remix falls within the rules, then awesome, go hard, you rock, no need to run it past us. If you want to do something wildly creative that bends a couple of rules, ask us. Creativity is great: we're 95% certain to say yes. (The 5% is because we rarely, rarely let people change the ending, but hey, ask anyway.) If you don't ask, we're 100% certain to take issue.Can I choose which author I rewrite, or who rewrites me?
No. You will be randomly assigned an author to rewrite. And someone else will be assigned to rewrite you. Randomly. (The only exception here is that previous remixers can be sure they won't be remixing or remixed by the same author as previous years.)
Please note that this is supposed to be a challenge, and as such, you will be expected to make the most of the assignment you are given. Experiment with new characters, pairings, styles and dynamics. Assignment swaps will only be considered in the most exceptional circumstances.Sign Up:
First, please read the fine print. You will be expected to abide by it. Please note especially the archive requirements (eligible fics, pairing information) and the timeline and due dates.
To sign up, comment here and tell us: