Not the very oldest, which are in a box somewhere. And it's been a while since I've dipped into my virtual season or my war!fic. However, I do go back and reread my old stories—not all of them, but at least some. How do I feel about them? It's hard to believe sometimes that I actually wrote them: that I managed somehow to pry out the words and phrases and get them reasonably right. I look on my handiwork and see it is good—and it's downright astonishing.
In case you are curious, these are ones I probably reread the most. Most of these are longer works, which is not to say that I don't now and then browse through the ficlets. I also check my more recent stories; but that's partly a matter of belated polishing. Not that I don't find typos, even sometimes after years!
- For FK:
- For Mary Renault's The Charioteer:
- “A Dog’s Life”
- “The Road to Rio” (X with Swallows & Amazons)
- “Exit Stage Left, A Wounded Warrior: The Lost Chapters of The Charioteer”
- “A Fork in the Road to London” and its sequels
- For other fandoms:
- “Afterword” (Alan Garner's Alderley Edge books)
- “Hot Buttered Crumpets” (Narnia X Alice in Wonderland)
- “Hobbiton Farm” (The Lord of the Rings X Victorian Farm series)
- “Season 7, Episode 4: Day Two” (Time Team X Diana Wynne Jones's Dalemark series)
- “Minstrelsy and Apple-Pie” (Elizabeth Goudge's A City of Bells)
- “Fairies of the Orchard” (Cicely Barker's Flower Fairies)
- “Fenlanding” (Dick Francis's Flying Finish)
- “Jean at the Witching Hour” (Janet Sandison's Jean Robertson series)
- “A Winchester Always” (M*A*S*H)
- “A Different Shade of Gold” (S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders)
- “The Rape of the Book” (Georgette Heyer's Venetia)
1. Tell us about your current project(s) – what’s it about, how’s progress, what do you love most about it?
2. Tell us about what you’re most looking forward to writing – in your current project, or a future project.
3. What is that one scene that you’ve always wanted to write but can’t be arsed to write all of the set-up and context it would need? (consider this permission to write it and/or share it anyway).
4. Share a sentence or paragraph from your writing that you’re really proud of (explain why, if you like).
5. What character that you're writing do you most identify with?
6. What character do you have the most fun writing?
7. What do you think are the characteristics of your personal writing style? Would others agree?
8. Is what you like to write the same as what you like to read?
9. Are you more of a drabble or a longfic kind of writer? Pantser or plotter? Do you wish you were the other? Both, or neither?
10. How would you describe your writing process?
11. What do you envy in other writers?
12. Do you want your writing to be famous?
13. Do you share your writing online? (Drop a link!) Do you have projects you’ve kept just for yourself?
14. At what point in writing do you come up with a title?
15. Which is harder: titles or summaries (or tags)?
16. Tried anything new with your writing lately? (style, POV, genre, fandom?)
17. Do you think readers perceive your work - or you - differently to you? What do you think would surprise your readers about your writing or your motivations?
18. Do any of your stories have alternative versions? (plotlines that you abandoned, AUs of your own work, different characterisations?) Tell us about them.
19. Is there something you always find yourself repeating in your writing? (favourite verb, something you describe 'too often', trope you can’t get enough of?)
20. Tell us the meta about your writing that you really want to ramble to people about (symbolism you’ve included, character or relationship development that you love, hidden references, callbacks or clues for future scenes?)
21. What other medium do you think your story would work well as? (film, webcomic, animated series?)
22. Do you reread your old works? How do you feel about them?
23. What’s the story idea you’ve had in your head for the longest?
24. Would you say your writing has changed over time?
25. What part of writing is the most fun?
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