Talking about your writing. Do you do it? What do you say? And how on earth do you fend off that horrendous question, "Are you published?"
Just thinking of the question makes me feel all jittery and inadequate. But WHY? WHY do these words strike fear into the heart of un-pubbed/un-repped writers everywhere?
This Thanksgiving I took a stand. I talked about my writing. I talked about both of my books. And I liked it. I met someone who works in a bookstore, because I was willing to open myself up and talk about it. I met another person who works at a small publishing house. I got to talk to an old friend who wants to write a book, even has an outline, but doesn't know where to start.
I made a bunch of connections over the holidays with people I would have never imagined just because I was willing to risk the dreaded question. "Are you published?" And yes, I got it every single time the conversation swung to writing. But I slid over it with ease, "I'm currently revising my second novel, and looking for an agent."
Everyone would smile and nod and say how great that was. How they couldn't wait to read my stories. And those feelings of inadequacy because I don't have a book on shelves yet slowly faded to the background. Now I've got a connection to a bookstore in another city for signings once I do have a book. Plus a new writing buddy to pass along the things I've learned.
So much good can come from putting yourself out there and talking about your work.
I'm here to challenge you. Talk about your WIP to someone today. Someone removed from your writing circle. Then come report how great it felt. It's kinda like writing a goal on paper...to make it seem more serious. I share my dreams with people to remind myself that it is achievable. It's hard, sure, but we can do it. We've all already done something more than most -- we wrote the book. The rest is cakes and pies.
Do you normally talk about your writing, or is it something you keep to yourself?