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Remix: The Drabble

Remix: The Drabble.
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LJ's premier drabble ~remix~ fanfic exchange.
remixthedrabble is a recurring multifandom challenge where we write very short remixes of each other's fics, with preference for the traditional 100-word drabble and other very short forms. It was founded by trascendenza and is currently modded by dorian_mauve (amory_vain), sophinisba, and amathela.

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Remix: The Drabble, Round 7

For those of you who are already familiar with what a remix challenge is, the short version (for further explanation, read the FAQ below):
Qualifying: To qualify as a REMIXEE, you need to have written at least 5 fics of at least 100 words in a single fandom. To sign up as a REMIXER, you need to be willing to offer to write in at least three fandoms. The more fandoms you offer, the easier it will be for us to match remixers with remixees.

Deadlines: Sign ups for Round 7 will be open from September 11th to September 18th. Assignments will be sent by September 21st. Remixes will be due by October 15th, and will be posted over the course of the following week.

Sign ups: We are doing NONRECIPROCAL remixes again this round. That means that you have the option of offering your fic to be remixed, and you have the option of signing up to write remixes, but you are not required to do both.

Sign ups for both remixees and remixers are HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's A Remix?
How Do I Qualify?
Do Word Counts Matter?
How Do I Sign Up?

» What's A Remix?
Ever read a story and think, wow, what a fascinating story, but if I had written it, I would have ...

Well, now here’s your chance to do just that. Rewrite somebody else’s story, tell somebody else’s tale. Take the work of another person and wrap it up in your vision and style, just like a remixer does to songs.

So just take another person’s story and change everything?
Yes and no. You can do whatever you like to the story - change POV, dialogue, mood, characterization, make it longer or shorter, whatever - except for three things: pairing(s), setting(s) (except in certain circumstances, see below), and the basic plotline.

Why can’t I change ________?
Basic plotline: If you change the plot too much, then you’re really not writing the same story, right? This doesn’t mean you can’t change things, adding or deleting as you see fit. All details that fall outside the essential plot events are up for grabs. Look at all the different re-tellings of The Little Mermaid, for instance. This also tends not to be as much of a problem if you decide to remix a drabble; the essential plot is 100 words is usually obvious. If you’re remixing a longer piece, you can choose one detail/scene/theme from it and focus on that.

Pairing(s): Don’t touch the pairing. This challenge is about reinterpreting a story that’s already been told, and when you change the pairing you’re doing more than that. So, no, you cannot change the pairing(s) in the story. We also do not want any slash pairings het-ified or het pairings slash-ified. You may, if you feel it necessary, background the pairing(s) and focus on less pairing-centric plot points.

Settings: People may take non-AU stories and make them AUs only if the plot remains almost exactly the same.

All right. So then we can choose any story we want to rewrite?
Not just any story. Each participant will be assigned a writer (who has written several stories in a matching fandom), and must choose a story from that writer.

You can choose any story written by the person you are assigned except for whichever story they designate as their safe story (explained below), or remixes they’ve written in the past.

Also, please note that there is no matching on pairing or genre (i.e. slash, het, or gen), so if you only write het, for example, or only write a particular pairing or character, etc., you probably don’t want to sign up, because there is no guarantee you’ll get someone who matches on those requirements.

And just in case it’s not common sense, don’t pick a series or story that’s unfinished. It just causes bad feelings all around, which is something we are trying to avoid. So when you’re browsing, be sure that you’re not remixing into the middle of your remixee’s story; be sure that anything you pick is marked as able to stand on its own or eligible for remixing.

I’m still confused. We’re just writing someone else’s story?
Rewriting. Don’t just change a line here and there. Despite the restrictions, there are still plenty of ways you can remix the story. Change the POV, the tense, the style of writing, the tone, mood - be creative. Have fun. Make a mess if you want. Remember, it’s a challenge.

If you'd still like to read more, check out the Remix article on Fanlore or the many interesting discussions under the On Remixing tag at remixers_lounge. musesfool has links to remix meta posts in her memories, here. isiscolo metaed specifically about remixthedrabble here.

» How Do I Qualify?

What fandoms/pairings qualify?
This is a multifandom challenge, so anyone, in any fandom, can join in. Real person fiction is also welcome. The more fandoms you've written in and are willing to write in, the easier it is for us to match remixers and remixees. Matching depends on how many people sign up, and what fandoms they’re in.

If you want to write in a more obscure fandom, make sure you bring two or three friends along who also write in that fandom, so you have something to remix.

What is a safe story?
It’s the one story that you don’t want anyone messing with, for whatever reason. You only get one. You don’t have to have one, if you don't want. Any story you wrote for any past Remix challenge is also ineligible to be remixed again, as it is based in part at least on someone else’s story, and may contain significant bits of that original story.

I’ve only written a few stories. Can I still play?
You can sign up as a remixee as long as you have a minimum of 5 stories of at least 100 words in one fandom, not including your safe stories or past remixes.

Works in progress and crossovers do not count towards qualification.

What if I’ve co-written with someone?
If you have someone you co-write with regularly and the two of you wish to sign up for the challenge together, you will be counted as one participant and only the stories you have written together will be eligible. If you regularly co-write with someone but only one of you signs up, then your co-written stories are off-limits. The same goes if both of you sign up but separately.

Do I have to have a website?
You need to have a page somewhere that links to all your work. Otherwise, how will we find it? You don’t need your own website; hosted stories are fine as long as they’re all on the same site. Stories posted to livejournal are okay as long as there is some sort of index or listing for them, making them easily accessible. Stories posted only to friends-only LJs or LJ communities, message boards, and/or mailing lists are ineligible because access to those is often limited. If your stories are hosted on a password protected archive, you must provide the Remix mod with the password, and she will pass it on to the person you are assigned to (and then forget she ever knew it).

But what if I don't even have 5 drabbles in the same fandom?
You can still participate as a REMIXER on nonreciprocal rounds! And that's most of our rounds, because we like to be flexible.

» Do Word Counts Matter?

Does the fic that I'm remixing have to be a drabble?
No, there is no limitation on the word count of the fic you're remixing. The comm is called Remix: The Drabble because we're writing short fics, not because that's the only thing we can remix. As long as your remixee’s story is complete, go for it. And if you can distill their 25,000 words down into 500 of your own, I think we’ll all be impressed ;). You can also take just a portion of their larger completed work and write a drabble focusing on that - you’re not limited by the scope of their story, that is, you don’t have to write a remix that covers everything that happens in their original. You just have to stick with what occurs within the original fic.

Does the remix that I write have to be a drabble?
It always needs to be short, with closer to 100 words strongly encouraged. Round numbers like 200, 300, 400 and 500 and drabbles and a half like 150, 250, 350, and 450 are also greeted with enthusiasm and cookies. On most rounds the preferred maximum length is 500 words and the absolute maximum length is 1,000 words. (We strongly encourage anyone who’d like to write a fic that length to check out remix_redux, the challenge which inspired this one but which has a minimum wordcount of 1,000.) If at all possible, keep your remixthedrabble fics 500 words and under.

» How Do I Play?

Are there any sort of deadlines?
Yes. Sign ups for Round 7 will be open from September 11th to September 18th. Assignments will be sent by September 21st. Remixes will be due by October 15th, and will be posted over the course of the following week.

How do I sign up?
We are doing NON-RECIPROCAL remixes again this round. That means that you have the option of offering your fic to be remixed, and you have the option of signing up to write remixes, but you are not required to do both.

Sign ups for both remixees and remixers are HERE.

The mods are not responsible for whatever is done to your story. If you can’t handle the idea of someone else playing around with your babies, don’t sign up. If you do not sign up, your drabbles will not be remixed. Remix: The Drabble is completely opt-in only, so please don’t comment in a panic that you don’t want your drabbles touched. (In fact, you can even participate as a remixee only without signing up to be remixed.) Unless you sign up, you have nothing to fear from this challenge.

» Affiliates

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remixy_things A multifandom fanfiction remix and metaficcing community.

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