PlaceToHide.net Interview with Brittney
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I’ve been writing for a very long time. I’m not entirely sure when I started, but I was pretty young – probably around ten or so. I’d always sort of narrated stories in my head. Then I started jotting them down. However, I don’t think it even really crossed my mind to write Hanfic until after I stumbled across it online while trying to find out more about Hanson. I started reading and just got sucked into it. At some point, I thought to myself, “Hey, I could do this too!” That was in early summer 1997, and I’ve been writing ever since.
[on how hanfic has changed] As far as content goes, I think the initial appeal of writing hanfic for most was the idea of inserting some form of yourself into Hanson’s life. Many of those early stories were Mary Sues. Of course, there were some really good pieces as well, but I think over time the writers have grown up as people, which, in turn, has influenced the way and what they write. As for the fanbase of writers and readers go, I think it’s shrunk significantly, and it also seems to come in waves. Whenever there’s a new Hanson album, readers and writers tend to come out of the woodwork for a while, but the amount of people who are consistently active in the fandom has dwindled a lot, I think.
[on her writing process] It usually works one of two ways. The first is I just start writing and go with whatever comes to mind. I used to write this way a lot more when I was younger. The second process, and the more common one, is I’ll get some idea in my head – either a general premise, a single scene of a story or just a vague idea for a character. Usually, I tend to let the idea kind of permeate in my head for a bit and see if I can imagine what would happen or where things would go. Sometimes I’ll write the scenes that get stuck in my head or jot down the ideas I’ve had, but it’s usually not until I have some basic idea of the overall story that I’ll really sit down and write. Sometimes I’ll write a really loose outline of key plot points or moments and other times I’ll write a really detailed outline of things, but, either way, I tend to do better with writing a story if I have some sort of game plan in place.