So NanoWriMo is now in full swing and writers all over the globe are tapping away furiously at their keyboards and not looking up until December drops by to say hello. Inexplicably, many of the great and good have also found time to write blog posts, comments, tweets and share in the madness that is November. In general I think this is great. I was astounded by how supportive this community was and find that following others’ progress and sharing my own is an amazing way to keep motivated.
One type of blogpost has me curious though – namely the post where people reveal some things about the story they are working on and post story updates. In particular, I’ve been following the Notebook Sisters (a brilliant blog if you haven’t seen it yet) who have a three month link up meme on this called beautiful books. Initially, this idea really excited me. I thought writing up a post like this would focus my attention, allow me to share a little on the story I was writing and hopefully get some discussion going.
However, when it came to publishing the post I found myself waivering. I just wasn’t ready to share a story, that I didn’t feel was in anyway ready, with the general public (even one as supportive as this). I was afraid that it would commit me to continuing with the book in a particular way even if I felt it was no longer working. I was scared that comments would make me second guess myself and send me down a path I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. Crucially I was worried that if I’d hit upon literary gold I didn’t want to share it with the world at all, lest someone else sees the idea and runs with it before I’d had the chance to turn it into a lovely pair of bespoke earrings (and yes I do realise that this makes me sound like Golem – mmmyyyy prreeecccciiioussss).
Yet, despite these reservations, I still enjoy reading other blog posts from whose willing to put their work out in all its unformed glory onto the interwebs. So my question is this – how much should a writer talk about their own work on their blog in the specifics? What’s advisable? If you share your work, in what way do you find it helpful? I’m not talking about posts discussing the writing process or problems they have been having as such, but the type of post where they share part of their story and chronicle the work in progress itself.
Have you written posts like this? Do you like sharing your work in progress or do you (like me) hide away like a troll under a bridge until you feel it’s ready. Let me know in the comments.