Hello Book Ravens!
So Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up in April, and I plan to participate.
NaNoWriMo always gets me excited because everyone talks about it, and I love hearing about others stories! Fantasy, contemporary, magical realism, unknown, etc. I always get so excited about other writers!
But I also feel kind of cut off from it, because I don’t talk about my writing. Not that I don’t want to! I do love talking about it! I’m just a bit paranoid.
So let’s talk about that.
I am incredibly paranoid when it comes to my writing.
I wanted to write this post because I’ve loved hearing about Elizabeth’s (@ Redgal Musings ) book, which she finished within a few months (v impressive), and Savannah’s (@ The Book Prophet) contemporaries, which sound amazing!
And I really do love discussing my stories in person, or just talking about them in general, but I’ve always been really paranoid when it comes to posting them on a blog or writing website.
On my old blog I had a few short stories up, but I still never put up any chapters from my novels. I guess I was never as worried about my short stories??
You might be thinking this is because of criticism or judgment on my writing. In all honesty, that stuff doesn’t bother me. I want to make my books something that I like, and also something that others like, which is why I take a lot of those discussions to heart.
Really, it’s because I feel like my stories are something new, and I personally haven’t seen them in other books. And that mainly pertains to my characters and my setting. So I’m hesitant to put my “original” (supposedly) ideas out for anyone to see…or copy.
I have a lot of faith in the writer\reader community, so I don’t necessarily think that a lot of people would do this, but you can never be too sure.
And I don’t necessarily think that this is something I should change? I mean, I want to share my work, but I was happy with putting my short stories out instead of my novels.
It does become hard when I want to reference my work for a writing post, but I don’t want to put my work out there. And I genuinely want to discuss them with you!
So I’m trying to figure out a way to do that. I want to feel safe in putting my work out, and also be able to actually talk about it.
Maybe snippets as I continue to write? I’m not sure.
What do you think?
Am I being ridiculous? Do you put your work online? Do you even like to hear about others writing and projects?
Have a delightfully thoughtful day, Book Ravens ❥