“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
— Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin)
I have told very few people that I am writing a book. Some people I’ve told face to face and they sometimes say “that’s nice”, but most always change the subject. Most of my immediate family knows. When is the appropriate time to tell my other friends and acquaintances? What am I hoping to gain by telling them? Do I want something from them? Is that greedy? /sigh
I guess it is ok to bring up if asked “whatcha been up to?” Maybe when I get close to publishing I can tell my Facebook family? How have other people dealt with this?
This has been a good break. I’ve read three books, reviewed them, and am finishing up a fourth (Cory Doctorow – Little Brother). Hoping to finish this book by Saturday night so I can pick back up the editing process on Sunday.
ReBlog: How to Connect with Readers Using Wattpad
I went looking for posts from others about their experience with Wattpad.
What I see on there is concerning, but this writer seems to like what they’ve found.
Also, Cory Doctorow has three books posted up on the site. Full books.
I have decided about my controversial topic. I’m keeping it in. This is not a light thing for me. Once the book is published (self-published), I may lose some of my current friends. Not my goal, but I need to be true to the story. Phew. It’s still scary for me.
To Write or Not to Write? Controversial Topics in Fiction
This is an article from 3.5 years ago focusing on the area where I am struggling. It’s a good quick read.