Nu!Clark
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Is your current WiP part of a series or standalone?

Mine's a standalone (exchange fic and all, and also I don't think I could maintain a Mad Max AU for very long!) I have gotten zero work done on it this week because it was the last week of classes so... whew, so busy. On the plus side, canon just aligned itself to me, muaha! I'm writing about a found family of individuals (in wrestling, a faction or stable) and the young woman of the group has fallen in love with an outsider in canon. I've been planning on writing the ending of my AU so that the outsider joins them as they set out to wander the Mad Max desert once more, and just last week in canon a member of the faction left and it looks like the love interest is going to take his place! It's like a strange magical anti-Jossing and I'm delighted. Now I just need to... finish the fic. How does your WiP fare this week?
Nu!Clark
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--Which future scene in your current WiP are you looking forward to writing?

Ooooh, I'm getting close to done with mine (I hope!)--just the big battle, the aftermath, and then the closing moments. The end of the big battle is one I've been looking forward to writing! It's got a big moment that's supposed to be both dramatic and funny at the same time, and I'm looking forward to seeing if I can pull that mix off.

What's coming up in writing that you're looking forward to?
Nu!Clark
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What has your favorite scene in your current WiP been?

I started writing, and it went surprisingly smoothly, considering I'm writing in a setting I've never done before, with characters I've never written before! I had one of those delightful moments where by writing the character I suddenly realized what her motivation was, and what the overall arc of the story was. But my favorite scene at the moment is the one I'm currently in the middle of writing, where she meets a group--well, kind of a cult, but a very cheerful cult--that travels around the apocalyptic wasteland in a dilapidated Winnebago, collecting toys and souvenirs of the World Before, so the inside of the RV is just floor-to-ceiling broken old Disney toys and superhero merch.

I hope whatever you're writing or have just finished writing is your favorite scene in progress this week!
Nu!Clark
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Which scene in your current WiP has been hardest to write so far?

Um, none, because I'm still prepping to start, lol.  The prep has taken the form of watching (for the first time!) Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome for the fusion I'm writing.  It was... a very weird movie (some of the pacing choices and the music... I don't know if they're just very dated or if they were weird at the time, to be honest) but since the characters I'm going to write are deliberately referencing it (they're pro wrestlers whose characters are very much Wild Post-Apocalyptic Road Warriors) I found a lot I can work with!  It helps that during the pandemic the biggest company has been holding matches in something they literally call the Thunderdome, which is an arena lined with television screens showing fans around the world.  It wasn't until I watched the movie that I went "OH, this is really LITERALLY supposed to look like the Thunderdome, with the way the audience crawls up the cage to peer through the bars."

I hope no scenes have been too hard for all of you to write!
Nu!Clark
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Where are you in the writing process in your current WiP?

Unbelievably, I... FINISHED AND POSTED A FIC OMG. I was so happy! It was such a satisfying feeling.

But that means I'm still at the brainstorming and planning phase with my next fic! It's an exchange fic, and I have to watch (of all things) Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome to prepare (it's a fusion with the Mad Max series and I've never watched any of the original series...) I hope you're at a sat6isfying point in the process for you too!
Nu!Clark
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How has the idea of your current WiP changed between starting it and where it is now?

Hmmm, it was originally going to be a gender-swapped version of Clark and Bruce meeting on the cruise ship, following the template of the original World's Finest plot, but as I wrote it I started to realize that the original Golden Age plot, well... it kind of sucked. It was this kind of random slipshod mystery with a diamond thief that didn't give the characters any way to shine, so I switched it to the more bonkers rebooted version from 2007 or so where Superman and Batman's alternate-world dopplegangers show up. That was a lot more fun to write!

Sadly, the last couple of times I've sat down to work on it, I've re-read the whole thing, tweaked a few lines, and then added one more sentence and kind of stared blankly. I know that the problem is that I want to fade the sex scene to black, but I feel a little worried people will be annoyed I skipped it, but... I'm just not in a place where I feel like writing much explicit sex. I know that means I've got to skip it (no fun in a sex scene written out of obligation!) but I keep getting jammed up there anyway. For next week I'm going to try and just jump into it and write out the ending, and if my beta says the sex is necessary I'll go back and write it!

How is your WiP evolving at the moment!
Nu!Clark
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--How long have you been working on your current WiP?

Oh dear, what a mean question. Looking at the document reveals I started it a little over a year ago, and now I am sad. A year to write 6000 words! Sigh. On the plus side, I'm almost done! On the minus side, I've been almost done for a month...

How young is your current WiP?
Nu!Clark
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Yay, I found some new lists of questions about WiPs and writing! Of course a bunch will be ones we've seen already, but there are a few fresh ones... and for most of you your WiP is different now than it was a year ago! (Not so much me...)

Right now it's "Kill the Envious Moon," and is likely to stay that way, because the genderbent Clark/Bruce I wrote originally ("Both Alike in Dignity") had a Romeo and Juliet theme and I wanted to continue that in the titles! I just finished up a nonfiction piece, so no working title on that side for now...

--what’s the working title of your current WiP?

Right now it's "Kill the Envious Moon," and is likely to stay that way, because the genderbent Clark/Bruce I wrote originally ("Both Alike in Dignity") had a Romeo and Juliet theme and I wanted to continue that in the titles! I just finished up a nonfiction piece, so no working title on that side for now...
Nu!Clark
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This was a holiday week here in Japan and I actually got a fair amount of writing done, including one really nice stretch where I wrote about a thousand words in a sitting. It's been a while since I've been able to get in that kind of flow state where words came readily, and it was a real pleasure. And oddly, it was while writing a fight scene, which are usually a challenge! Now I just have to figure out how fade-to-black I want the ending (the final challenge, a a difficult one for me).

I hope your first week in May went well! What are you working on this week and could you enjoy writing it or was it a struggle?
Nu!Clark
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I got a bunch of fic writing done last week! Well, a few hundred words--for me lately that's pretty good! I think what made it feel good was that even though it wasn't a lot, I got into the flow of it and it came naturally, not like I was forcing words. It's made me look forward to getting back to the piece instead of fretting about it.

What's on your plate this week? Was writing a pleasure or a pain?