Back around 2006, I got an idea for a long Alias Smith and Jones story that would tell the early history of the characters. By the time I'd written Chapter Two (at which point they were still kids), I'd already decided to scratch off the serial numbers. I'd come to the conclusion that I didn't want to be bound by the hints in canon, but preferred to create my own story. So I renamed the two protagonists, did a fair amount of library research into the early American West, and figured it would finish up a full length novel if I put into it all I envisioned.
Well, what can I say? I got as far as Chapter Eight, plus doing the final chapter. Then the AS&J message boards where I'd been lurking suddenly closed; and shortly thereafter I discovered maryrenaultfics, which, at that time, was a very active community just about to start a major meta discussion. Between that and FORKNI-L, which was also active back then, I somehow lost the impetus to forge on.
So The History of Hadrian Deane wound up abandoned.
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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