Those who follow this aptly named blog know that I am a writer – a writer who exhibits creativity, opinions, wit – and hopefully some talent.
I also belong to a local writing group. Well, it’s a matter of opinion if I belong or that I am a member of a writing group. It is a place where I can network with others interested in similar genres, where I can volunteer my technical skills, my organizational skills, and yes, feel like I belong.
Many members of our group enjoy the opportunities to learn from guest speakers, to network, to socialize before and after meetings. One of the frequent questions people ask each other is “So… what are you working on these days?”
One wise, older member whom I respect but rarely see at monthly meetings recently sent a link via email, to a New York Times article. The title is “Don’t Ask What I’m Writing”.
One item that caught my attention was this:
“One might wonder why — besides their own pathetic need for reassurance — writers would ask others’ opinions at all. It’s an interesting question; the answer comes down to which writer you ask. Though it may be a failing on my part — the sign of an overweening ego, or a fragile one — I’ve never understood writers who workshop their stuff with their 50 best friends, then rewrite in view of their criticisms.”
Read the full article here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/dont-ask-what-im-writing/
I think there is a balance between keeping writing projects to oneself and sharing with a trusted few.
One issue I have is the difficulty accepting feedback that questions my characters’ words or actions. My reaction to early criticism of my novel in draft was “You don’t know my characters! How dare you claim that’s not something he/she would say?!”
Ah, the ego of a writer.
So… what are you working on these days?