Thursday, October 7, 2010

How Much to Share?

I am sad to say I haven't done any more outlining yet :'( This is due to getting new parts for my PC, reading and just general laziness. But I have made a (unneeded) wordcount checklist :D I will start on the outline immediately though! For real! I mean it this time. . .uh. . .

Anyway! I don't really have anything in particular to blog about today but I do have a question: How much of your story are you willing to share, both to someone you know and on the internet? Do you only say so much about it or are you somewhat paranoid about sharing too much?

7 comments:

Claudie A. said...

I share about everything with my friends and bounce ideas off from them all the time. They get the actual online, but verbally. I can get quite verbose. ^^

Online, however, I'm a little more limited. I will share my ideas. Sometimes I give a few details. And I don't mind giving a quick plot summary, but I don't like giving too many scene details. It's not that I feel someone will steal it. It's only rarely useful to the conversation to go too far in-depth.

rarte said...

You should outlining on paper instead then summarize it and transfer to your computer so you won't spend too much time. I don't share my novel online mainly because I'm too shy to let people read it. However, I do share the general idea, like name of characters, synopses etc. The only reason I can think of why someone would like to keep it private is when you're trying to get it published. I'm sure there are enough information about this kind of issue and how is not advisable to cite details about your upcoming novel. You know, someone can steal your idea and so on.

stickynotestories said...

My friends and writing buddies know almost as much as I do about my stories - I talk about them pretty much constantly. The internet in general knows tons about most of my stories - Fie Eoin in particular - because they aren't that high concept. But this year's NaNoNovel I'm keeping under tight wraps except for a few little tidbits that won't give it all away. It's very high concept (kind of like The Giver) and I don't want anyone stealing the idea. But my writing friends know all about it and have helped me to storyline and figure out how to build the world and such.

I think it completely depends on the concept of the story as to whether you should share it. If it's just a coming of age type story then go ahead and tell the world so long as you keep the twists to yourself ;) If it's something that would be a completely original idea/world then I would be more careful about what you share.

Thistle said...

I have revealed the basics of my novel both online to my friends and family as to what it is about but i am concerned about giving too much away as i am worrie about people judging it and not wanting to read it. I am also concerned that people might try to steal the idea as well.

Good luck for Nanowrimo 10 :-)

Book Owl said...

Thanks for all your comments you guys! I don't feel quite so alone now to know I'm not the only one hesitant in sharing novel details on the internet :DD

@rarte I do outline on paper instead of the computer. Making notes and that kind of stuff feels more natural on paper :)

@Claudie A @stickynotestories I can almost feel a little bit jealous that you two aren't so reserved with your stories. I have trouble talking to people about it cause I'm so shy about it, while online it's because I'm paranoid some one will steal my ideas <.< >.>

@Thistle Haha, that sounds kinda like me! Except I probably don't share as much information to the people I know. For example: I have not told my mother the synopsis or summary of the story, yet I have shown it on NaNoWriMo :p

rarte said...

I smell more laziness than you reveled. D8< Kiddind <3

The Capillary said...

I had the same dilemma earlier this month, and based on the feedback I received I've decided not to put anything online. I'll talk about it with my friends, and ask them for input, but I won't let them read anything of what I write until it's finished.

For me if I share anything I am crushed unless I get positive feedback. And then if I get it once I want it all the time. It's bad for my ego, lol, so the most I share would be a few lines of dialogue that I enjoyed writing.