hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - has ridiculous cheekbones)
puddingsmith ([personal profile] hope) wrote2012-01-07 03:39 pm


Do I want to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends Merlin Big Bang?

I have a couple of epic canon story ideas that could easily be 30K+. But I don't know if I'm very good at writing at the moment.

Maybe I'll sign up and see how it goes...

Sign ups don't start for another month or so anyway.

But it would be nice to actually sign up for and COMPLETE a big bang for once, especially seeing as I know I'm actually capable of writing that much.

yue_ix: Merlin's magic book rests on the floor (Magic book)

[personal profile] yue_ix 2012-01-07 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
It'd be really awesome to have 30k+ words by you to read in one go! In general big bangs are also known to be useful support group for people who worry about being able to finish an epic, along with being a good excuse to get started.

I'm not inclined to reccomend that big bang to a lot of artists, but for writers it has great praises.
yue_ix: Chibi of Merlin with tentacle arms (Follow your heart)

[personal profile] yue_ix 2012-01-07 07:29 am (UTC)(link)
I can't say that it doesn't treat artists well - in fact, the vast majority of artists seem perfectly content or thrilled with it, and I'm one of the very few who has publicly expressed discontentment with some things. I had to go out of my way to be allowed to be the only official cheerleader for artists (-only) on the whole fest, and was informed that a number of services weren't offered because no one else but me had pointed out their lack.

(Thank you for that link; it summarises perfectly a lot of my feelings and works wonder in making me feel less alone. I previously had Making Big Bangs Artist Friendly as a useful link, and both post say very similar things in the way of how collaborative fests in some fandoms treat artists as less.)

If you join, I hope you'll find it a motivational environment. The mod is communicative, the people are absolutely lovely, and authors have told me they were able to surpass lots of blocks in their writing through that fest. The weekly volunteer-ran chats were great to participate in and had 30-minutes-of-productivity rounds to motivate each other. Plus, through all that, if someone signs up and they can't finish on that schedule you can be sure that fandom will always be ready to receive that epic another time. ^^
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)

[personal profile] jelazakazone 2012-01-07 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
http://reni-m.livejournal.com/251437.html has a discussion about support and encouragement for both artists and writers. Did you see it?