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Welcome to Between The Lines – an interactive ‘How to’ guide for writers of all levels and experience.


In this first issue, we’ll talk about picking up on those subtle, tell-tale signals which might be a sign that you talk too much about your own writing.  We’ve all done it.  After all, writing is our passion, why wouldn’t we want to share it with the world (or at least those around us)? 

Sadly, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. 

Just as we eventually grew tired of Uncle Lucius and his photo collection of rudely-shaped vegetables, so too will people become bored if your own writing is all you ever talk about .   


With that in mind, here are some of those tell-tale signals which, if you spot them regularly, might indicate that you need to dial it back a little.


You know you talk too much about your own writing when:


1.     people stop asking you what your latest WIP's about.


2.     a look of fear/constipation/pain flashes across someone’s face when you bring up the subject yourself.


3.     you bring up your latest WIP and your friends suddenly have to make urgent cell-phone calls.


4.     you bring up your latest WIP and your friends who don’t have cell-phones suddenly remember urgent appointments they should have been at twenty minutes ago.


5.     your immediate family members feign deep sleep whenever you enter the room carrying a piece of paper. 


6.     your writer friends start to avoid you (though this could also signal a different problem). 


7.     you delete every mention of your own writing from your blog and it looks like you haven’t posted for a year.


8.     more than two people know your current WIP word-count, and it’s not NANO month.


9.     even the tele-marketing people stop calling. 


10.                        __________________________



This being an interactive workshop, I left number ten blank. What subtle signal would you look out for?


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Aug. 1st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
10. When someone says point-blank to you in a conversation about writing that all fiction writing is crap (when they *know* you write fiction). That actually happened to me last night in a conversation. The subject changed dramatically after that. ;)
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a mean (and rather dull) person. I hope you didn't hurt them... too much. :)
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
10. No one comments on your blog.
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ouch :(
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
10. Your dog (or cat, if you're one of those people ~.^) slinks out of the room when you start talking aloud (or to them) about your WIP.
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hehe :)
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
For your birthday, your friends give you a paper shredder, an incinerator, a muzzle, and arsenic.
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Lol. But who's the arsenic for, you or them :)
Aug. 1st, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
You receive an email from your writers group with an attachment of your WIP which is now no longer in-progress. As a group they finished your story for you just to get the bloody thing over with. ;-)
Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Who told you about that? They promised no one would know :(
Aug. 1st, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! I was laughing from the start of your piece till the end. Thanks. And I'd just been getting all glum about having to work until nine tonight.

No. 10? You receive rudely shaped vegetables in the mail with notes saying "Get a life."

Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. I hope they send the vegetables first class, otherwise they'll be all squishy by the time they arrive :(
Aug. 2nd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
10. People have no idea what your name is, but can correctly name the title of your WIP.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Hehe, you mean like Query Spammer?
Aug. 3rd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
ROFL. Exactly.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
10. You start to explain some point you're working on in the WIP, and the person you're talking to interrupts and outlines that plot point and even gets the characters' names right.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Lol, that happens to me when I'm telling jokes :(
Aug. 2nd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
10. you never get the same door knocking religous type twice.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I like that one :)
Aug. 2nd, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
*looks a little guilty*

Hey, at least I put it all on a writing-related filter... ;-)

10. You realise you've forgotten how to have more than a two minute conversation about anything other than writing...
Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
You post plenty about plenty of topics which aren't about your writing - Lestat and Oscar, party-poopers, swine-flu carriers to name but three :)
Aug. 2nd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)

10. You get requests to write college papers for people you've never even met because somewhere down the line they've heard "that girl likes to write."
Aug. 2nd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Lol. I hope those requests come with money attached :)
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