Friday, August 24, 2007
it is a bummer, when I am excited about something in my writing, and I want to tell someone, share it. I vaguely babble on about it to family, without any details, and I know they have no idea what I am talking about. It is hard not to burst forth and just tell them parts of the story, but I can't, I will need them to read it later, fresh, not knowing where they are going. So they can tell me, what they did and didn't see, and feel, along the way.
Bob will be a bummer to share it (story) with no matter what. I might not even bother to have him read the draft and give me input. So why not tell him stuff now? Because, my excited," guess what I just found out?!" about my story wont interest him anyway. And his lack of seeing how great this new bit of info is, might zap some energy from me. And what would be the point.
I guess there is no one to tell. Do writers tell people such things, in their circle, group of friends, family, and hopefully other writers? I don't have lots of those (people), and of those that I have that would even have a millisecond of interest in such things, those are the ones, I will need to read through the draft and tell me general impressions. Name isn't clear, I think it was Elizabeth George in her book on writing that said she has 8 people read her draft, with an envelope of questions they don't open till after they have read it, and then answer. So even though I am not done with the draft, I think about this, and don't blurt out story parts, and developments to those I talk to. 8 people? I don't have 8 people. Two of the people I would have liked to have read it, have died. And it seems like it would be the hardest thing, opening oneself up in this way, making oneself vulnerable to the opinions of family, and such. Easy enough to blurt out pieces of story, lot less risk in that. But I should probably have a least a couple people read over it, when I think I am done, to tell me where I am unclear, or overlong.
So now I am wondering-
if the other would be writers out there, share their story ideas, and parts of story, with family and friends, and whether or not they plan on having any of these people read over their story when it is done?