Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Timing

The very first thing I did when we found out I was pregnant with our second child was to call Renee, then my parents, then all my friends. I couldn't help it. I know some people wait for months to tell others, and we did wait with our first, but this time I was just too darn excited.

I am the same way with my writing. The minute I get a new idea, I feel the urge to tell someone. And as soon as I begin writing the first magical pages, I am dying to have someone read them. Lately, however, I have been feeling that, at least with writing, that may not be the best move.



With my last two stories, I started out with so much excitement and was writing up a storm, only to have the momentum mysteriously die soon after someone had read the first pages. So I am beginning to wonder, am I letting my fledgling idea out into the world too soon?

What do you think?

15 comments:

lora96 said...

Uh, I found out I was pregnant on Saturday. You may actually be the last to know because I have told every other living creature already! (after my edifying speech about being responsible and discreet and waiting till the second trimester)

Renee Collins said...

Oh wow, congrats, Lora!!! That's so exciting. :)

R.S.J. said...

I tend to keep stories close because I'm too afraid someone will tell me it's not as good as I think it is. I'm working on my insecurity issues. But also, I switch to other stories because new ideas are just so hard to shut up. Starting is way more fun than enduring the middle:)

Candice said...

It could be. The wrong reaction, or the pressure of the right reaction can both impede my writing. Every writer is different,but I find that I like feedback in the beginning from alpha readers who will encourage me, then about fifty pages in or so, I cut them off (as Renee with attest). I don't know why, but I just have to finish my books without the pressure of anyone reading them. But that's just me.

Diana said...

Lora- YAY! Congrats:)Some news is just too good to keep secret:)

R.S.J- That is a good point, maybe its just that new ideas are more fun to write.

Candice- Good idea. I like the idea of sharing, but then having some time to work on it without feedback.

Bombshell Char said...

I try to get people to read my new stuff. I even post bits on my blog occasionally if I'm really excited about them. I feed off of positive reinforcement. If I get good feedback it keeps me more motivated to keep going.

Charlotte Sannazzaro said...

It could just be coincidence. I find that when new ideas hit me, I am full of that 'must write it down' fire for only a while. Then I either go back to something else, or more ideas for that story come later. It's strange how I can be so enthusiastic about a new idea one minute, and then just forget about it a week later. Generally if you tell your mind to keep working on it, you'll find more inspiration if it's meant to be.

writergal24 said...

Lora: congrats!
I always feel that way when I start writing a novel, like I want to go tell the whole world, but I usually don't tell anyone because I feel like if I do, I'll start to realize the flaws in the plot before I even start writing it.

Shari said...

I almost always share whatever story I'm working on with my best friend, usually on a chapter by chapter basis. Having her feedback throughout the process is a really wonderful and very helpful barometer for me. I think it's easy to get swept up in a bubble as we work, so sometimes getting another perspective adds a new dynamic to it all. That said, I don't share my writing on a wider basis until I'm at least halfway through (and often, not until I'm finished). I'm too big a perfectionist to put anything out there before I've gone through all the edits and revisions. I see it as having the best of both worlds - I have someone going along on the journey with me, reading as I write, but then I get to keep the ideas close to my heart and head, too :)

Miriam S. Forster said...

Hmm... usually if that happens to me it means I didn't do enough dreaming about the story before I wrote it.

That being said, I don't like showing people what I wrote before the first draft is down. I might read a passage to someone and ask if it makes sense, but anything more kills my momentum. I think that's because getting feedback turns on the inner editor in me. :)

Ang said...

Congratulations! And I thought I'd share the fact that I'm an identical twin. My sister loves to draw and I write. One project we thought about creating together is a children's book.

Okay...my pregnancy story. The day I found out I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 21 yo), I actually took the pregnancy stick to WalMart (where my mother worked) and showed it to her.

As for my writing...it may take me over a year before I feel ready to release it to the the world.

Diana said...

Charlotte- maybe that’s it. I definitely do love positive reinforcement. Don't believe me? ask my poor hubby ;)

Charlotte S.- True. Maybe it’s like working out; the motivation can be fleeting at best. The rest is just good old fashion hard work.

Writer gal- I just show Renee and my husband because they always lavish me with praise ;)

Shari- Very true. I guess my next move is to actually get half way through my book!

Miriam-very good point. Showing my work makes me aware of all the flaws and it does lose some magic.

Diana said...

Angela- You are a twin! Cool :) Renee and I have talked for years about collaborating on some project. I think it would be so fun!

I love the story about taking your stick to Walmart! haha:) I think we kept our first one waaaaay to long:)

thefallenhero said...

I completely agree with you...

Sophia the Writer said...

I absolutely do not talk about my writing until it's, um, published basically. (so never, so far? :P)

Betas and CPs can read it when it's ready, meaning revised 80 times by myself first.

The only time I ever talked about a novel was when it was a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and I had to drum up the popularity votes (gosh I hate those types of contests!)

I need that feeling of a secret bursting forth in order to carry the work through to completion.