F, G, O for the fanfic ask game, please! :)
F: Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I think the first chapter of Mr. Crappy’s Political Party Talk Radio Show is probably some of the best dialogue I’ve ever written. Establishes characters and voices convincingly, establishes setting and dynamics with a minimum of fuss, is engaging to read, brings in an element of tension/romance without hitting you over the head with it.
G: Do you write your story from start to finish,
or do you write the scenes out of order?
I write a few key scenes, usually starting with dialogue only, but then I have to go in order to string them together. For Careful the Tale You Tell, for instance, the first scene I wrote was the scene in the bar in Chapter 1, then parts of the hotel room scene in Chapter 4, and the final scene in Chapter 5. Then I went back and started from the beginning to tell the story all the way through.
O: How do you begin a story–with the plot, or
With fic, the characters are sort of there, and they dictate the plot, so it’s a little entangled? Usually it’ll be an overarching plot idea, and the plot will feel like it “fits” the characters, so it’ll be a fairly simple process to plug them in. Now, with Super Sekrit Project 2017, I began with an overarching theme - I wanted to write a story about [SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER] - and then slowly let the characters’ archetypes and storylines emerge. .Then the characters themselves started assserting themselves, and I now find myself with a glut of characters and still at a loss as to some of the storylines’ more tangible strokes. So it’s a process of going back and forth between them, I think!