It’s a question raised continuously whenever creating. Particularly when it is a longer work. People find out you’re writing a novel and they want to know what it’s about. Of course. Nothing wrong with that. Curiosity is the greatest boon to any successful creative project. The books say to have your story blurb. That’s good. I have one of those but for most people it isn’t enough. They want to know more. Always more.
But if you tell them too much then they won’t read it.
I’m not too sure if this is a personal process quirk or not. I don’t discuss story until I’ve created a complete first draft. After that, full access is given to my trusted readers and their developmental suggestions. I feel that too much early outside input can slow down the creative process. Too many options and questions can come from it.
I don’t subscribe to the myth of the lonely writer. If it works for you that is great. It doesn’t work for me. I firmly believe that a successful novel or story is the work of a multitude of people, whether they be external readers and editors or those nagging internal others that just might co-inhabit the swirling insides of our skulls. My best work has been the subject of debate by many dear friends and readers. My not so good stuff has only come from lonesome old me.
But the real question today is whether or not you, fellow writers, feel the same way. Do you like to discuss story right from the beginning of a project? Do you wait until a certain amount of content has been created? Do you seek assistance after the first draft? Or are you of the lonely writer sort?
So let’s talk about story. Or not.
Sound off in the comments.