So, I have been involved in the world of fanfiction since I was in the early teens, and I have done a few fic exchanges and they seem to be one of the only things that actually motivate for me to finish a fanfiction, and so I was wondering if people would be interested in a original story exchange.
If anybody is unfamiliar with fic exchanges, the premise is simple: a person write a fanfiction for someone and another person writes them a fanfiction in return. This concept can easily be translated to original fiction. If this idea generates enough interest (which I really hope it will as I am quite excited about it), I would love to set up a community to get the ball rolling.
How it would work is you would fill out a form in a comment that looks similar to this one:
Genres Willing to Write:
Genres Unwilling to Write:
Willing/Unwilling to Write: (e.g. explicit sex scenes, blood/gore, zombies)
What Story You Want: (where the individual would fill out a little plot bunny, genres, male/female characters, pretty much whatever the person would like someone else to write about)
After you fill out the form, the moderators would pair you up with another author whose form matches yours. The magic is that Person A could write a story for Person B, but Person C is writing a story for Person A, so it's not just between two authors. The pairings are kept confidential until the reveal date of the stories.
The exchanges I've been apart of have been anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months to complete the story, so you do have time to write. Even if you don't want to write, you could volunteer to be an editor, or you could write and edit! Totally up to you.
I love doing this with fanfiction, but recently I've really wanted to start writing my own fiction with my own characters. This is a great way to get to know other writers, get a story written for you and to write for other people. And if you have my problem, where you start a million different stories and can't manage to finish any without outside motivation, this might be your answer!
If you have any questions, or I didn't explain things well, please feel free to ask! :)
*mods, I hope this was okay to post! If not, delete at your discretion. crossposted to fictionwriters