But seriously, this is the first time in weeks I've felt like I actually have a story worth working on (that isn't STARWIND's sequel, but anyway), and I'm ridiculously pleased to be able to say that. And yes, it's something I started working on early last year and set aside for a good long while. Hell, the notes currently guiding me are from mid-November, and they were the first thing I'd added to it for a long time. So I've learned yet again how important it is to let something sit for a while before I start working on it.
That, however, is not what I'm here to talk about.
When I realized I actually had something to work on again, I wanted to tell everyone about it. This didn't seem like a good idea for a few reasons. First, the story's still in the early planning stages, and a lot could change; my November notes were the missing piece I needed but there's a lot I don't know. Second, I might end up not writing this, and even if I do, I might decide nobody gets to read it, and even if I don't, history shows that you can count how many people read my books without taking off your shoes. Third, a lot of what I'd like to share doesn't make much sense to anyone but me:
I've seen different writers say a lot of different things about talking about your work before it's done. A lot of them say to not say a thing, and some say not to say a thing to other writers. I don't really understand either of those. Sure, it's hard not to talk about what you're working on, but while I can get resisting the urge, I don't get why it should be an absolute. Especially when you're excited about it and it's going well.And besides, I always wanted to write a love story between order and chaos that ends in an enormous metaphysical retcon. :P #AmPlotting— Mason T. Matchak (@MasonTMatchak) February 14, 2017
And not talking about it to other writers? How does that even make sense? Who else is going to understand? O_o
There's also asking for advice about something you're working on. Much as I hate to say it, I've killed ideas by doing that. In the past, asking for someone else's thoughts on a would-be project got their idea rooted too firmly into my mind, and I ended up abandoning it, because I felt like it wasn't mine anymore and I couldn't get it back to how it used to be, because I couldn't get someone else's idea out of my head.
So, what do the rest of you think? Do you tell people what you're working on, or do you keep it to yourself? Do you ask for advice on what you're working on while you're working on it? And can you guess how much of the above tweet is a metaphor?
Hint: NONE OF IT