I have an idea for about 5 or 6 SCPs that all stem from one location/event, but are anomalous in different ways. What would be the best way to do this? Should they all be in the same document and named stuff like SCP-XXXX-a, SCP-XXXX-b, etc. or should they be separate documents? Should I create drafts of all entities then post them all at once or should I post one at a time and edit the others to relate to the newer ones as I post them? Should I include references and links to the other related SCP files within their documents? These are my main questions, but any other advice would be helpful. Thanks!
Should they all be in the same document and named stuff like SCP-XXXX-a, SCP-XXXX-b
I would recommend this approach, especially if the entities don't really stand well on their own. Remember, there's no guarantee the reader would be willing to read 4 or 5 extra things just to understand one document, and if the one entity doesn't grab them, there's no obligation for them to finish reading that one thing or bother with the other separate articles.
That said, I think it might help to give us some more information on the idea? We have a couple SCP articles that refer to parts of a greater whole or overarching thing (Church of the Broken God, various GOI-associated items, etc.) but ultimately it comes down to whether the flash fiction stories of your individual entities are good enough to be standalone.
The entities can be standalone, but one of them in particular often refers to the others. Most of the entities are humanoid and each of them possesses a different effect/ability that is involuntary but can be restrained or purposely used. For instance: SCP-XXXX-c causes heart failure in any individual it makes eye contact with for a certain amount of time. However this can be prevented if eye contact is simply avoided or blocked. The other variants have different anomalous effects, but some are more dangerous than others. I think I will go with the SCP-XXXX-a, -b, -c, etc. method of writing. Thanks for helping.
Most of the entities are humanoid and each of them possesses a different effect/ability that is involuntary but can be restrained or purposely used
Yeah, I say group them. You'll get less of a sense of "I wanna write super speshul donut steel OCs" and more of a sense of "there's a bigger story here" if you have them in the same article, I feel.
Have you read the humanoid writing guide, by chance?
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For instance: SCP-XXXX-c causes heart failure in any individual it makes eye contact with for a certain amount of time.
So could it off itself by looking at a mirror?
I have looked at the humanoid writing guide and will probably look again. I specifically took note of the fact that the anomalous traits should not be so much "powers" as they should be something the person is forced to live with, meaning it could cause inconvenience or harm to itself without willing to.
I hadn't considered the thing about mirrors, so thanks for pointing that out. I'll probably start the draft for this soon and may post it somewhere for a sort of peer-review. If I think of anything else I need assistance with, I'll post here.