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How to Advent (or FAQ)

Over the years the challenge has grown more complex, and this year we've decided to simplify it a bit. Or at least we hope this a simple guide for you all out there in the land of fanon. So here it is, your guide to all things adventchallenge! Any questions should be asked by replying to this post or by messaging ddraigcoch directly.

Q: What is the Challenge?

A : 25 stories or artworks posted in 25 days. Posting begins on the 1st of December and ends on Christmas Day (although you'll still be counted as completing in time if you post your final story on the 26th instead - it is xmas after all!)

Q: Is the Summer Round different?

A: Yes and no. You've still got a set number of peices to post within a time limit, and there's still a seasonal theme to follow. Replace 25 peices with 14, 25 days with 30 days and Christmas/Winter with Summer and you're there

Q: What should I do with my peices?

A: Post them here and/or to our sister groups!

Either link to your lj or post here directly using the form in the rules section (here). Feel free to cross-post to any other groups or sites you feel would enjoy them. This challenge is all about spreading the joy of the season, but please link back to the community when you do cross-post.

Q: I don't have an LJ account, can I still join in?

A: Yes! You'll still have to reply to our sign up post here, but replies by non-lj members have been allowed. We have sister groups on DeviantArt and Archive of Our Own where you can post your challenge responses too, so if you want to get involved but don't have an lj you still can!
NEW: We're on Tumblr, tag #adventchallenge!!


Q: Is there a word limit?

A: Nope! Your entries can be as long or as short as you want them to be. They can even be chapters of a story if you're feeling up to it.

Q: There's no tag for my fandom, what do I do?

A: Please use the '!No Tag For My Fandom' tag in this situation and I'll go back to create one later and edit the tags on your submission appropriately. If you've got a request for a new tag just reply to this post.

Q: What does 'level' mean on the sign up post?

A: There are lots of ways of doing the challenge - as many ways of doing it as there are people who try it! This year we've decided to compile the three most popular ways of doing it into levels so that new members can get a better handle on how it's done. The levels are as follows, and everyone who completes the challenge will receive a banner so you can show off your acheivement on your journals! To claim your banner message ddraigcoch with a link to your journal or anywhere you've listed your adventchallenge posts.

Beginner
The easiest way of doing the challenge we've found is to use the prompt lists (Winter round here, Summer round here) and to stick to one fandom for the duration. To qualify for this level though we only ask that you use the prompt lists and use no more than two fandoms. You can pre-write your posts weeks in advance if you choose to.

Intermediate
This is where most people taking part in the challenge will fall. You can pre-create your entries and use as many fandoms as you choose. For this level we reccomend that you gather prompts from other people (For an example of this see ddraigcoch 's prompt table for advent 2009 found here) but we're not going to make you. Basicly find a way of fulfilling the challenge that works best for you!

Expert (or Old School)
This is the Challenge as it was originally played, and the hardest one to stick to. We don't care whether you use the prompt lists, collect requests from other lj users or simply come up with your own. You can use as many fandoms as you want (although we reccomend only one or two). The catch is that the work you post must be created on the same day that you post it, for the whole of the 25 days unless circumstances stop you posting (in which case let the mods know).

For the Summer Round this means 14 peices posted on any 14 consecutive days during the length of the challenge. Other levels please feel free to post your 14 peices at any time during the time limit for the Summer Round.

Comments

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shutupeccles
Nov. 18th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
would very much like to play.
Would love to try for Old School - [hesitates, shouldn't you really go for intermediate you pathetic loser?] - so I will!
Failure, here I come.
ddraigcoch
Nov. 19th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Oh excellent, you brave soul! Proceed to the sign up post, and I'll get your name down for the Old School challenge *has disqualified herself from it by being prodded by the muses into pre-writing the first three*
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desiresdd
Nov. 26th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
I would like to play as well. I am crazy I guess, i'm finishing Nano and want another challenge? Really Sharita, but I love to write and love slash.

I am a glutton for punishment.

I have questions though. Please don't hate me, just saw the post today in Rareslash Community.

1. I would like to try the Intermediate. I write crossover slash between music groups, (Duran DM, Spandau, etc) So I can I say Multiple Fandoms since I may crossover between any type of music or celebrity?

2. Is there a WC minimum or max on these?

3. On this, may I use AU's that were pre-written linking it cack to my ff website?

I am just wondering before I sign up. Thanks so much, I look forward to ur reply.


ddraigcoch
Nov. 26th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hey, so glad you want to sign up! I'll do my best to answer your questions, and feel free to ask as many as you need to :)

1. Of course you can :)

2. Nope. Our only requirement is that the fics are posted daily (but we won't kick up a big fuss about that if you get a day or so behind - just let us know why) You can even make the daily posts chapters of a bigger fic if you wanted to ;)

3. Fics should be written for this challenge, but if you have any prewritten stuff that you haven't posted elsewhere then you can use those.

Hope this helps :)

desiresdd
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh Boy!
Yes it does. Thank you so much. I just signed up so erm, I'm in. i do love challenges?

I am on the verge of making the 50K Nano count but the story will not be done. EEKK! Okay anyway, thank you for being so quick. :D
ddraigcoch
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh Boy!
Oh my! Good luck! I hope you make that 50K marker - I've yet to manage it myself ><
desiresdd
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh Boy!
I am at 45 currently, and well it is not flowing to day so I may need to put it down till later...

Good luck with ur Nano and thank you for this challenge. I am very excited.
michele659
Nov. 29th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try for the intermediate one,but I have a question.
Can you use stories you've already posted for a challenge? I ask because you mention that you can submit pre-written stories.
I'm going to do the multifandom challenge.
ddraigcoch
Nov. 30th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Hey there. I think someone already asked this question and the answer is that all works submitted for this challenge need to have been created for this challenge or they don't count. If you want to share a christmas story you wrote last year, that's fine but it won't count towards your 25 fics. Hope this helps :)
bluequartz
Nov. 29th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I would like to participate for the month of December -is it too soon for that? ^^;

Intermediate sounds more my speed, so I'll do that, if that's alright.
ddraigcoch
Nov. 30th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
The full challenge runs once a year from December 1st until Christmas Day - so yes it absolutely encouraged to take part in December! The sign up post can be found here, so please go there and follow the instructions to join in the madness (and get your badge of completion too, of course).
sunspot67
Dec. 9th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
A new to the Challenge fandom: do I create the tag or do you?
Hi DdC,

Thank you for moderating and all your help getting me started. I'm really enjoying participating (and hope to catch up on reading other's posts now that I have the monster Saiyuki series off my chest).

I've just posted tonight's story, which is in the Vorkosiverse fandom. I noticed there is no tag for that yet. In that case should I create the tag, or would you? As a warning, I will probably be posting in some fairly squirrely fandoms, so there may be a lot of new tags in coming days.

Thanks much!

-Ss
ddraigcoch
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: A new to the Challenge fandom: do I create the tag or do you?
Hi Sunspot,

If there's no tag for your fandom yet then don't worry, I will add them as and when RL lets me. Unless rose_walker22 wants to in which case she can but considering her RL is even more hectic than mine atm...

Anyway, lol, the answer is I do!
sunspot67
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: A new to the Challenge fandom: do I create the tag or do you?
Thanks much! I wasn't worried--just wanted to make sure to follow proper protocol. And I completely understand about RL--we all have those! : )
missthingsplace
Nov. 6th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that if i play it'll encourage my misbehaving bunnies ... i did beginner last time, so i am going for intermediate this time and shall start requesting prompts shortly :)

I did write and post daily last time but i fear for the bunnies ...
nikki_b1
Nov. 11th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
I think I´d like to try this too. I´ve never done anything like this before so I´d better stick to the beginners level. How do I sign up?
ddraigcoch
Nov. 14th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Hi nikki_b1,

Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I've been out of town for a few days. To sign up just reply to the sign up post with your LJ name, the level you want to do and what fandoms you will be writing for. Since you're doing Beginner you'll need to choose no more than 2 fandoms (original counts as a fandom) for this. Hope this helps, and since I've kept you waiting just let me know your fandom(s) and I'll take care of the rest.
nikki_b1
Nov. 14th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! I´ll be writing in the Torchwood fandom. And possibly a little Doctor Who.
I´m looking forward to this. It is very exciting.

Love Nikki!

P.S: You never answered my question about the form. Is it okay to write a short story one day and a poem the next?
ddraigcoch
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
No problem :) I'll stick you down as Whoniverse hun.

As to the form question, it's fine to do that. Use whatever forms you want to use!
karneol_vision
Nov. 14th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
And now for something probably incredibly stupid...

I had a look around the comm and at the previous fic and art as well as at the prompt lists, and I'm not quite sure - do all the prompts have to be typically christmassy?
ddraigcoch
Nov. 14th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
That's not stupid at all! The answer is that while this is an advent challenge and therefore xmas-centric not all prompts have to be typically christmassy, or even christmassy at all. They do have to be related to Winter though.

I'll be posting this year's prompt list soon, and I'll try to make it a little less typical.
wintervixen86
Nov. 23rd, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
LJ Name: wintervixen86
Fandom: Harry Potter, Football (Real Madrid/Spain NT) and anything else that strikes my fancy
Level: Old School - I like the freedom
Are you collecting prompts and want help? I'll collect and accept help :)
ddraigcoch
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Hello wintervixen!

Sorry I didn't welcome you to the challenge sooner, I wasn't looking for sign-ups on the FAQ post. Never mind! Will add you to the list now, and a very warm welcome to the challenge!
acanismajoris
Nov. 25th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I have a question regarding expert level. "the work you post must be created on the same day that you post it". Does this mean entire work, from conception to finished product, or every piece of written prose that ends up in the piece? For example, if I wrote down basic plot ideas, like 'Nicki is a vampire hunter who loves cake, and Bob is a slug, and they fight crime!' or if I wrote brief outlines, would those have to be done the same day as well? Or can prewriting notes be collected in prep?
ddraigcoch
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
It means that the work must be written/drawn/taken on the same day as you post it.

I don't count planning the peice in this as I know everyone works differently and its often impossible to stop yourself from pre-planning especially with sign-ups open a month in advance, but I do include editing. So although you might plan/outline what you want to post for Dec 1st a week in advance, the expert level only encompasses the actual writing of the peice and any pre-posting modifications you might want to make.

I hope that helps?
acanismajoris
Nov. 26th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
That is extremely helpful. All my questions are answered! Thank you very much :-D

Less than a week to go!
ddraigcoch
Nov. 26th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
I know >< Belive me I know, lol
painfullystoic
Nov. 28th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Is RPF (Real Person Fiction- it's still fiction) allowed?
ddraigcoch
Nov. 28th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Yes it is hun.
meatball42
Nov. 28th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
I know there's two weeks in December where I'll be lucky if I have time to write a drabble. Am I allowed to miss those weeks and then make up for it after? (*knows she sounds crazy*)
ddraigcoch
Nov. 28th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Just as long as you don't sign up for the Expert level and think you can get all 25 stories posted by the 25th then yeah, that's fine. Brave, too.
zebra_in_dream
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
The FAQ says "Post them here and/or to our sister groups!", can I post to AO3 and link to there?
ddraigcoch
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Of course you can! You may be automaticly put into a moderation queue (an issue I'm in the process of fixing) but I'll clear your post asap :)
meatball42
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Is there a particular way to request new tags? Several of my fandoms are as yet unlisted.
ddraigcoch
Dec. 1st, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Just use the '!no tag for my fandom' tag, and I'll be going over them every couple of days to add the needed tags manually.
amai_kaminari
Nov. 19th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Hi! I have a question I was hoping someone could help me with? What it my submission falls under multiple fandoms? Thank you!
ddraigcoch
Nov. 19th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Hey, if your submission is a crossover then just tag it with the appropriate fandoms and the 'crossovers' tag I'm going to add in just a few minutes. Hope this helps!
amai_kaminari
Nov. 19th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Hi! Thank you!

Some of the pairings that I write could really fit under several umbrellas.

For example, Erik/Charles could be X-men, X-men First Class, Marvel, MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)... I'm not sure how to classify it under one fandom...
ddraigcoch
Nov. 19th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
I was thinking about this very problem earlier as it happens. I'm planning a few Marvel fics myself. In the case of X-men there is no current tag for it, so use the '!no tag for my fandom' option for now. I'll probably put all the X-Men films, comics and cartoons under an 'X-Men(All)' tag when I start updating the tag lists.
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