As you know, I’m working on a new project.
As you also know, I don’t talk about stories I’m working on.
Sometimes I want to talk about the work, especially when I’m happy with the way it’s falling together, but I loathe giving away details before the story’s basically finished. Instead, I have this bad habit of making really awkward metaphors, which probably don’t tell anyone why I’m so excited in the first place.
I was trying just now to tell my husband about the new book/stories/thingy that I’m working on, and I didn’t want to jinx myself by telling him what exactly it’s all about.
This is what happened:
“Okay, so there’s a really obvious…thing…that connects the stories. Like BAM! right in your face. Say it’s a bunch of stories about dogs. ‘Kay? Now, there’s also a more subtle theme; like, say the dogs are like metaphors for the soul or something. Whatever, just listen. Okay, so I just figured out how two of the stories connect, specifically…like, Lassie is the dog in the first story, and she has puppies, then in the second story WHAM! one of puppies is there! There’s like…layers.”
So to those of you who have been asking…there. That’s what the current project is about. Glad I could clear that up for you.
5 thoughts on “How to Talk About Your Story Without Giving Details”
Hilarious! I just read your other post from December about your pink laptop (yes, it was on sale) and other people putting their smudge on your work. I feel the same way. I don’t mind giving away details, but recently I hit a snag and everyone is trying to offer alternate suggestions to resolve the issue and I don’t wanna take anyone’s advice. I thought I was just being a b!+c#. Glad to see I’m not alone!
People either seem to “get it” or not. I know they’re trying to help, but it takes a lot of the fun out of writing to have someone else doing it for you.
Perfect! That’s exactly how I talk about my new projects, too. Even with an occasional WHAM.
Good to know I’m not the only one! I firmly believe sound effects make everything better.