The Protectors of the Plot Continuum
Okay. Things you should and should not do when writing spinoffs. This is,
generally, only "should".
Email Miss Cam or ask at the PPC Board for permission before posting.
If you don't do this, at the very least tell us you've written one and
send the link, so it can be linked in the Archive. Also if you don't get
it beta'd, use a spellcheck.
If you're introducing a new Department, keep to the naming traditions.
Department of Mary Sues, Department of Bad Slash, Department of Personnel,
Department of Intelligence.. are you seeing a pattern? Good. Stick to it.
We've written some fun gadgets. Use them. This is, obviously, only a suggestion.
Another stylistic suggestion: Inside jokes are fun. Many jokes about Discworld,
a few movies, and various random things we've seen online are made in the
original PPC, the towel stuff in Clan of the Cactus made me giggle, it's
Say, in your Author's Note, what fic you're entering. New spinoff writers
need to know what has and hasn't been done. MSTers may be looking for material.
Morbidly curious people like me may actually want to read the fics.
Pay attention to the Backstory. Try not to contradict.
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are us, Headquarters, Upstairs, the Sunflower Official, the Department
of Mary Sues, the Department of Bad Slash, and in short all of the original
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them. Not only is Upstairs not paying us enough, we don't get paid
all, so if you sue us for all we own you still won't reimburse yourself
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