Draft Swap II, Skiplectric Boogaloo

Hey there! If you're reading this, you're part of the second SCP draft swap, because the first was a moderate success and it's generally fun! Read on for an outline, rules, times etc.

The Basics

The idea of the draft swap is pretty simple - everyone participating finds a draft they've had lying around for a while, something they think totally could work, but they know they'll never actually finish. They then submit this draft as a pastebin to the event organiser - for this run, that's Rimple MaliceAforethought, official Draft Swap Usurper. IRC PMs are the preference here but wikidot PMs are acceptable too. They'll shuffle the drafts up and redistribute them so that all participants receive someone else's draft. Everyone will then have a deadline (see below for all dates, times etc) to give the organiser a finished first draft building off the unfinished draft they received.

At least for now, we believe everyone should have a large amount of freedom with how they handle the draft they are given, treating it as they would a draft of their own. That means you can feel free to brainstorm, seek help and collab on it, as well as make any changes you see fit to the original idea, wording, etc to make it work. By submitting a draft to the swap, you're agreeing to this being a possibility (or even a likelihood) for your idea.

Rules of thumb for the kinds of drafts to submit:

  • Drafts should not ideally be of a work that would eventually need to be very long to work (say 7000+ as a guideline), as this places unfair amounts of work on the person receiving it in the time given.
  • Drafts should be more than simply an idea: you should already have put some work into developing the idea, figuring out rules and structure, writing some parts out etc. You don't have to have a lot done, but we won't be accepting anything that's nothing more than a title.
  • Nothing that requires specialist knowledge to write (high level science stuff, deep fandom lore, a leaning toward complex historical accuracy etc), or if you do you should be committed to sticking around in chat to help out and provide information.

The Chat

The IRC channel #draftswap will act as the hub for most things regarding this project, and all participants should add the channel to autojoin for at least the duration of the swap. Since the swap is totally transparent - everyone will know who got who from the get-go - participants are encouraged to ask the original author questions and to answer questions for them across the course of the week. As well as this, it can act as the centre for brainstorming, idea sharing and collaboration on all related drafts. You can also meme at each other I guess.

There will be no tolerance for racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic or otherwise dickish behaviour from participants, in channel or otherwise. This shouldn't come up, but it's worth saying. There's obviously a fuzzy line here between malicious and accidental stuff - we should know it when we see it. We'll deal with complicated situations if they ever come up.

Important Times and Dates

The swap will take place the night of April 27th, at midnight GMT. Figure out for yourself what that is in your time zone. PM me a pastebin before the deadline — late submissions will only be accepted if you're a Real Cool Dude™.

Once the shuffle has occurred, I'll PM or .tell everyone involved. From there you'll have exactly a week, til midnight on May 4th, to send me back a finished first draft. This can be as rough as you'd like, but please be cool and a) put effort in, and b) don't submit late. Anybody who doesn't produce a draft will be excluded from the next round, and will be given a stern talking to by one of the organisers.

If this goes according to plan, someone will probably be doing a third one at some time in the future. It's all in good fun, after all!


Author Draft

Unfinished Drafts

Not yet decided.

Finished Drafts

Not yet decided.