No, this isn't me talking about being shot for ideas for a blog post. :P I've been thinking about this since last week, as it started as part of last week's blog post but stopped when I realized it was getting way, way too long.
As introverted as I usually am, get me started on a subject I like and you might have some trouble getting me to shut up.
Anyway, today's question is a simple one: how much do you talk about what you're working on? I've seen all kinds of answers, running the whole gamut from "not at all" to "talk about everything". I've even seen the peculiar variant of "talk about it, but not with other writers". That's one I really don't get. Who else is going to understand all the stuff that's going on in our heads if not other writers? Whenever I try to talk about the writing process with people who don't write, I get the kind of looks that make it clear they really don't understand.
Not everyone can keep universes in their head. I get that.
Here's my thing: when I'm working on something I like, I get excited about it. I want to talk about it. Much of the time, this takes the form of tweets that make little to no sense outside of context, and I usually don't feel like giving context. I rarely get responses to these, but I don't really care - it's the act of throwing little bits of my creative process out to the world that makes it worth it.
Also, the cynical side of me encourages this behavior, because the way things have been going for me, a tweet about what I'm working on is the most anyone will ever read of it. Far too much of what I plan crashes and burns in the plotting stages, so I like the idea that I can hint a little at what things could have been.
But that causes its own problems. I'm probably being too hard on myself here (which is a problem I know I have but I have no idea what to do about it), but when I start talking about things I'm working on and those things don't pan out, it's like failing twice. Not only could I not find the story and/or make it work, but I could have written about something that someone wanted to read, and now they never will.
I have things I've mentioned on this blog a bunch of times that will, most likely, never pan out or actually work. I'm at the stage in my "career" where I'm trying a bunch of things to see what does work, effectively throwing plots and characters against the wall to see what sticks. And I need something to talk about on this blog, because a weekly rejection update counter would just be depressing for everyone involved. (Current count for BoLR: forty "no"s, one partial I haven't heard back from yet, and one dodged bullet.) So unless I want to try to make endless posts about the craft of writing, which would probably get really boring after two or three, I have the ongoing process of writing to talk about.
Which, inevitably, should include what I'm actually working on.
As always, this is when I turn to the rest of you: how much do you talk about what you're working on? Do you think it's better to do so, or does it suit you more to keep quiet about it? And what do you do when you've talked about something but are no longer working on it?