What Are You Working On?

I’ve been getting asked this question a lot lately, and I don’t really mind talking about it in general terms. Some writers are happier not talking about it at all, which I totally respect and can certainly understand the instinct behind it. Others lay out their ideas and whole plot arcs for all to see, which – if I’m being honest – I’m not so keen on because, what if they say something really cool? I’d be scared I might end up writing something similar. Or maybe they’ll tell me all about this Fabulous New World they’ve invented, while inside I’m quietly imploding because I am developing a world with the exact same attributes and I don’t want that person to think I… you know… stole anything from them. O.o

I’m somewhere in the middle on the whole question of: Do you talk about projects while you’re working on them? I don’t mind saying a little, but I won’t go too far – and I never give a rundown of my plot before I’ve finished writing at least the first draft of a manuscript (this probably has a lot to do with the fact that I don’t even know my entire plot until I’ve finished writing the book!).

So, to those who have been asking, right now I am working on revisions for Beautiful Ghosts – a novel-in-progress about my teen vampire, Moth, from ‘Falling to Ash’ and the forthcoming ‘The Spirit Jar’. There’s even a tiny little blurb-thing, now, on the Books page of this here website, but I don’t think it gives too much away: Otherkin teenagers, a few vampires, murdered kids who are coming back as… something undead, but not so easy to define… *cue spooky music* Also, gorgeous vampire hunter-in-training Jace Murdoch makes a (hopefully welcome) return, so I really do hope Agent M finds a home for this book one day! The hotness needs to be shared… 🙂

On that note, I’d better get back to revisions… But what about you? What are you working on? And how much/little do you talk about it while a project is still cooking?

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26 Responses to What Are You Working On?

  1. I only talk about projects with my hunnybun. He has read about as many books as I have and can tell me if he’s read it already. He’s also my first beta reader so if any plot holes exist, he’ll see them first.

    • Kaz says:

      My mum is actually very good for this, too! She reads everything I write – I have to make an effort to go visit her whenever I have something finished so I can deliver a printed & bound manuscript. 😉

      She is spot on with so much, though!

  2. Carolin says:

    That sounds exciting! =) Good luck on finding a home for her! I looove vampires.

    I don’t really talk much about my WIPs. I’m like you, until I’m done with the book, I have no idea about the whole story and where it’s going. This is also why I’m really really bad at outlining *coughs* But this is for another blog post. 😛 If people ask me what I’m writing I give them a one sentence summary of my premise – that at least I know when I start! – and they’re usually happy with that. I feel a little protective about my work, so I don’t even know that if I knew the whole thing I would say it all.

    As for what I’m working on… I’m revising a story about a half-angel, while looking out for which book to write next. Sadly, I have three options and they’re all screaming at the top of their lungs to be written first. Suffice it to say, they’re giving me a headache. I’m sure I’ll make a decision… eventually. Heh.

    • Kaz says:

      Vampires… *sigh* I <3 them, too. I think I always have!

      *ahem*Outlining? What's that? 😉

      Half angel = very cool. (And I say this because I have something VAGUELY similar floating around on my laptop. I love angels/demons sort of stuff.)

      You'll know when you have the right project out of those 3. Good luck!

  3. Steph says:

    I’m working on the second draft of my baby, which is a YA fantasy-romance involving lots of court intrigue, and hot, brooding heroes. I’m generally willing to talk about my project with anyone who’s curious (since I usually don’t see why people should be curious), though I tend to go into specifics only with people I trust.

  4. I mostly don’t say, but I’ve experimented a bit with this and it doesn’t completely ruin me to talk a piece over with someone beforehand either.

    • Kaz says:

      Alyx! Thank you so much for visiting! 🙂 I still have your blog bookmarked – you (and LJ) won’t get rid of me that easily. LOL.

      I love hearing how other people work and, yes, it can vary from project-to-project.

  5. Tez Miller says:

    I share enough so that people can help me with research 😉

  6. Dawn Y. says:

    Hi Kaz! Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. Things have been crazy/busy on the homefront, and we’ve all been trying to adjust to the new routine. Missed you, though, while I was away!

    Where do I fit in the whole talk about it/or not? Probably somewhere in the middle, and since I haven’t yet been published I am more on the conservative side. Like you, I don’t want to read too much detail (although I admit to raging curiousity) about what someone else is working on, because what if it is similar to what I’m writing? I don’t want to be accused of copying someone else’s work. And, I really do want to talk – ALOT – about what I am working on. It is a huge struggle for me to keep it all contained inside. But I find that when I talk about my current writing project too much, or an idea for another book, it ‘deflates’ my creative drive, making it harder to get moving on the actual writing. Sometimes I feel like a teakettle – bubbling away, trying to keep all that energy contained inside, until finally a little escapes through a really tiny hole. Silly, I know… And then another problem I have is other people, when I talk about a book plot I’ve been working over for awhile, will try to take my ideas and change those ideas, add their own ideas and try to get me agree to write their own twists into my work. Ummm, not so good. Then it ceases to be wholly my own work.

    I’m still plugging away at GG. I guess someday I will need to give it a real title, instead of a working title. I find I am so eager to get the first rough draft done. I already know sections that are going to be rewritten, but I also know what I am going to use to replace those sections. *sigh* I just want to get the rough draft out, written, so I can get to work on the rewrites.

    Have a great weekend, Kaz! Good luck with your current and future projects!

    • Kaz says:

      “Sometimes I feel like a teakettle – bubbling away, trying to keep all that energy contained inside, until finally a little escapes through a really tiny hole. Silly, I know…”

      That isn’t silly AT ALL. It’s a wonderful analogy! 🙂

      Yes, I’ve had that, where people try (with the best of intentions) to give suggestions… I have learned not to talk about stuff too much partly because of that.

      I can’t wait to hear when you finish that first draft of GG. You will get there, I have no doubt. Your dedication and determination really inspires me! I still have your blog bookmarked – I’m not leaving LJ, not really. Will still be around… watching… 😉

  7. Skarrah says:

    Jace is certainly welcome to come back any time. 😉

    I don’t tell much about my projects. Usually because I find it hard to wrap it all up in an interesting way and, like you, I don’t actually know the whole plot until I’ve written it (and revised the hell out of it!) Lol. All I’ll say is something like ‘urban fantasy with seers and demons’ or ‘YA werewolf story’.

    • Kaz says:

      Re. Jace… *grin*

      Yeah, I am SO with you on the I-don’t-actually-know-the-whole-plot-until-I’ve-written-it. 🙂

  8. Nikki Egerton says:

    I don’t really talk about my projects at all. My husband doesn’t read :0 so never asks. I also find it hard to sum it up nicely (havn’t gotten to the synopsis stage yet) so I would end up waffling on for ages and completely put people of ever reading the damn thing. I think I would like people to take and interest and ask what it’s about, it might provide an extra bit of motivation to actually finish this one. I’m a sucker for shiny new ideas 🙁
    (see, I’m a waffler)

    • Kaz says:

      Oh, I totally know what you mean about ‘summing up’ – that is SO hard! Some people seem to find it easy, but not me… I’m a waffler too, pleased to meet you. 😉

  9. Suzanne McLeod says:

    ‘Jace Murdoch makes a (hopefully welcome) return’ Woot!!! *g*

  10. Firewolf says:

    Working on a few different things. 🙂 And it depends on who I’m talking too as to how much detail I go into.

  11. Naomi says:

    Still working on Wild. *cries* But I remain confident that one of these days, I will finish!

  12. Tiffany Trent says:

    Oh, look! Here’s me commenting on your new blog! Yay!

    Hmm…my problem is that I WANT to talk about what I’m doing. A lot. But I try not to b/c I fear people will be bored or it will somehow cause me to lose momentum. So, I mention things in weird, cryptic snippets which probably serve no purpose except to confuse people. LOL.

    *hugs* and *sparkles* for all kinds of forthcoming goodness!

  13. Fiona says:

    (I’m late, I know, I’m new to your blog and I love it :D) ANYWAY, I’m quite secretive with my projects. When I was writing my first book I worked on it for seven months without telling anybody I was writing it, as I knew I would disappoint people if I didn’t manage to finish it, because it was my first real attempt. One month before I finished I finally told one of my writer friends. She was really happy for me, with her also being in the process of writing a novel, so it helped motivate me to finish. For my second book, which I recently finished, she only knew I was working on SOMETHING though she had no idea of the plot, and I only revealled the title when I was finished the first draft. I still haven’t told anybody but her that I’ve written two books, I’m waiting until I redraft them so they’re not completely ameteur 🙂 I like to keep my story worlds to myself until I’m confident in where they are and that I’ll finish.

    • Kaz says:

      It’s never too late! 🙂

      I can understand this, I really can. I didn’t tell many people about my first serious attempt to write a novel – I didn’t know if I could really do it, and I’d tried before and ‘failed’. (Well, it felt like failing at the time, though it’s not really. It’s practice! *g*) So I get this. Very glad to hear you’re writing, and not only that… you’re FINISHING! So cool. Keep going and you will get wherever you want to go. Be patient, with yourself and with the process. Enjoy it.

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