I Don’t Think You Know Me

(Hint: The Pre-Fab Four recorded it. Don’t feel bad; it’s a little obscure.)

Question of the day: Why do so few people, including my closest friends, know I am writing a novel?

Shoot, most of my friends don’t even know I have a blog. The truth is, writing is personal. You start out with ideas and sometimes it is a little hard to get them properly on paper. (Even the best writers often have problems going from idea to text.) After that you need to tweak and refine until you have something you feel reflects your thoughts and is coherent to others. But the actual problem is that when you are writing, and you share your concepts, there is a natural tendency for people to interject where they think you should take your story or how your characters should handle certain situations—without reading a word you have written.

When my husband, Brian, told some friends I was writing a new novel, everyone assumed it had to do with the paranormal. In fact, they were pretty insistent. Ok, I admit I am a huge fan of The Winchesters, that I never miss True Blood, and that Damon Salvatore and Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid version) are my villains of choice, but does that really mean people have to insist that I am writing about vampires? I actually had to ask my husband to stop telling people that I am working on a novel because everyone was already gathering opinions, and they did not even know the genre!

Brian really should have known better. While working on his last screenplay EVERYONE had an opinion, not only before they read a word, but also before they even understood the genre and storyline. I can’t begin to tell you how many times he almost beat his head to a pulp from hearing, “Oh! I know what you should write!” I think a few times he actually told people they should just go write their own screenplays, but I don’t think any of them ever understood why the suggestion was made.

So no, I am not writing about vampires, werewolves, pixie dust, or magic beans. I chose a story that, after much research, I have deemed to be pretty original. Eventually I will share more about what it is. (I hinted about it in my last post.) But right now, I am still putting the proper tweaks on it from a critique standpoint. After that my friends can have a field day. I am sure they will all want to psycho analyze me after. That should be entertaining.

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