The Liar of Partinel
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It is set on the world of Yolen and features a character called Midius who takes on the name of his master, Hoid. The original plan was for it to be part of Dragonsteel, but published as if a standalone book to avoid confusion with the main Dragonsteel sequence.
While Sanderson has stated multiple times that he will rewrite and publish Hoid's origin story at some point, his first attempt did not feel right, and "every chapter was a chore to write." He does not distribute this book because the personality of the main character "never clicked," and he does not want it to color fans' predispositions towards that character. A draft of the first six chapters was posted on Brandon's website for public comment here; however, he discourages fans from seeking it out.
The main character performs Lightweaving, a common form of investiture in the Cosmere. The Ars Arcanum of Words of Radiance claims that Roshar's Lightweaving is the most similar to this "original Yolish variant."