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Noelle Zingarella

The Origin Story Challenge | 11 April 2020

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Noelle Zingarella

Every Story

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Has a Beginning

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The Origin Story Challenge

 

I'm back with another challenge: write an origin story for a character from fandom (canon or original); or write a work of original fiction that explores the origin of one of your own characters. Everyone comes from somewhere, and I love learning the (often surprising) details of how a person got to be where they are. These can be really satisfying, especially if they reveal something unexpected about the character, but somehow that unexpected detail makes the character's present-day behavior all make sense. If you'd like some help, I would be happy to assign you a random character and/or trope to get the creative juices flowing. Let me know what fandom you'd like if you ask for a prompt.

The entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of Writing--Mechanics: 10 points possible
  • Quality of Writing--Style: 30 points possible
  • Creativity: 30 points
  • Execution of the Origin Story (i.e. How well you tie the story to the present-day character): 30 points possible

 

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The Rules

  • All stories should be in the queue by the Challenge deadline. Please include "For Noelle Zingarella's Origin Story Challenge" somewhere in the story summary.
  • All entries should be posted to the HPFT archives and follow the site guildlines/TOS.
  • I will accept any length entry; however, if it is a multi-chaptered work, the origin story itself should be in the chapters in the queue by the deadline.
  • No prewritten entries. I will accept new chapters of existing stories though. 
  • You may combine this with another challenge if that challenge host agrees as well.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • All ratings will be accepted for this challenge, but please no smut or super graphic violence (sex and violence is okay, just be judicious about it, y'all).
  • Accepted Fandoms are under the spoiler bar. If the one you want to use is not on the list, just ask me :)
Spoiler
  • Harry Potter
  • Original Fiction
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Good Omens
  • Merlin
  • Pride and Prejudice, or any other Austen novel
  • Robin Hood
  • Star Trek
  • Batman
  • Downton Abby
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Due South
  • Forever Knight

 

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Prizes!

  • Everybody gets a review on each chapter of each entry piece.
  • Third Place will receive an award graphic, three additional reviews on stories of your choice, and a link in my sig for a month.
  • Second Place will receive an award graphic, five additional reviews on stories of your choice, and a link in my sig for a month.
  • First Place will receive an award graphic, seven additional reviews on stories of your choice OR four reviews and a podfic made by me of a story of your choice that is 5K words or shorter, and a link in my sig for a month.

 

I can't wait to see what y'all come up with!

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RonsGirlFriday

I'm in, I'm in, I'm in! 

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MadiMalfoy

I'll be a maybe, with one of my main characters in my OF universe (either Amaryllis or Myrcella, I haven't decided yet) ^_^ 

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Aphoride

I'm a maybe but only because I'm so bad at follow-through for challenges :P Also, just to check because I have a plunny already - do you count Fantastic Beasts characters/storylines as part of HP? 

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Lost_Robin

Please put me down as a maybe!

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MalfoysAngel

I’ll be a maybe :)

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Noelle Zingarella
11 hours ago, RonsGirlFriday said:

I'm in, I'm in, I'm in!

Yay!!!

11 hours ago, MadiMalfoy said:

I'll be a maybe, with one of my main characters in my OF universe (either Amaryllis or Myrcella, I haven't decided yet) ^_^ 

Wonderful!!

8 hours ago, Aphoride said:

I'm a maybe but only because I'm so bad at follow-through for challenges :P Also, just to check because I have a plunny already - do you count Fantastic Beasts characters/storylines as part of HP? 

Hurray! And Fantastic Beasts totally counts as part of HP!

3 hours ago, Lost_Robin said:

Please put me down as a maybe!

Awesome!!

2 hours ago, MalfoysAngel said:

I’ll be a maybe :)

Fabulous!!

 

All Participants (Takers and Maybes)

RonsGirlFriday

MadiMalfoy

Aphoride

Lost_Robin

MalfoysAngel

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Lost_Robin

I don't want to jinx it by saying this, but I am definitely going to be doing this challenge!

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northbound24

I'm definitely going to do this:

I've got a few ideas:

How Obadiah Teague (Jimmy Teague's father) became Ancient Runes professor at Hogwarts (As stated in A Hospitalable Prosposal.)

Jack Teague's career advice session (The central character in The Inspector Teague Letters: The Church Lane Murder), with added Umbridge and Frank Longbottom origins.

And potentially the 'origin' of the Teague and Malfoy family ties (as told by Eddie Teague of A Halloween Wake)

 

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Noelle Zingarella
On 1/12/2020 at 5:06 PM, Lost_Robin said:

I don't want to jinx it by saying this, but I am definitely going to be doing this challenge!

Fingers crossed!

On 1/12/2020 at 5:59 PM, northbound24 said:

I'm definitely going to do this:

I've got a few ideas:

How Obadiah Teague (Jimmy Teague's father) became Ancient Runes professor at Hogwarts (As stated in A Hospitalable Prosposal.)

Jack Teague's career advice session (The central character in The Inspector Teague Letters: The Church Lane Murder), with added Umbridge and Frank Longbottom origins.

And potentially the 'origin' of the Teague and Malfoy family ties (as told by Eddie Teague of A Halloween Wake)

Wonderful! These all sound very interesting!

Takers/Maybes:

RonsGirlFriday

MadiMalfoy

Aphoride

Lost_Robin

MalfoysAngel

northbound24

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Jo Raskoph

I'll be a maybe with the origin story of my OF Danielle Hamilton from my stories Sunflowers in December and The Obliviator. They're both set in the Harry Potter universe, but this character is a muggle so the challenge entry will probably be OF.

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Noelle Zingarella
21 hours ago, Jo Raskoph said:

I'll be a maybe with the origin story of my OF Danielle Hamilton from my stories Sunflowers in December and The Obliviator. They're both set in the Harry Potter universe, but this character is a muggle so the challenge entry will probably be OF.

Awesome! 

Participants: (Takers & Maybes)

RonsGirlFriday

MadiMalfoy

Aphoride

Lost_Robin

MalfoysAngel

northbound24

Jo Raskoph

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TreacleTart

Ooh. I'm about halfway through the newest chapter of my story Isabella. It's OF and most of it is origin story...kind of similar in tone to HP & The Sorcerers Stone. Is that acceptable? If so, put me down as a taker.

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Noelle Zingarella
On 1/23/2020 at 1:03 PM, northbound24 said:

Can't wait to read it!

45 minutes ago, TreacleTart said:

Ooh. I'm about halfway through the newest chapter of my story Isabella. It's OF and most of it is origin story...kind of similar in tone to HP & The Sorcerers Stone. Is that acceptable? If so, put me down as a taker.

This sounds so interesting! Yes, I'll take it.

 

Participants: (Takers & Maybes)

RonsGirlFriday

MadiMalfoy

Aphoride

Lost_Robin

MalfoysAngel

northbound24

Jo Raskoph

TreacleTart

 

Entries:

Another Monday

 

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