Discussion: Do You Talk About Your Books?18:34
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New ideas are exciting. They’re shiny and perfect, the best idea since writing was invented, and they beg you to do something with them at once. You’ve just got to write it down, get it out on paper. Or at the very least tell someone all about this brilliant new idea of yours. Or do you? It’s something I’ve noticed, some writers love to tell people about their latest project, or the newest amazing idea the writing muse blessed them with. And other people prefer not to talk about it at all, at least until the first draft or two has been written.
For me, I liked to talk about my writing projects, but only with the people I know will understand and support me. These include family members, such as my amazing sister and brainstorming partner, my writing friends and a few very close friends. But when it comes to telling strangers and most non-writers, I suddenly don’t know what to say. I don’t feel comfortable with telling them about my book, and I’m certainly not sure that they will be as interested, or as supportive, as my vulnerable creative side needs them to be.
Why is it so hard to talk about our books, to discuss the amazing creations of our brains? Is it because we’re afraid that people won’t be as excited as we are? Is it because the idea is just so good we don’t want to spoil it by telling other people? Is it because we’re afraid that people just won’t get it? Maybe we don’t want outside influences on our ideas until they’re a little more developed? I don’t know. Maybe it’s all of these reasons or none of them.
I’d like to hear from you guys on this. Do you tell people about your current project? What about new ideas? Why do you think it’s so hard sometimes to tell people about our books? I don’t know the answers. You tell me!