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I admit. I’m jealous. | Laura Pauling

I admit. I’m jealous.

I’m talking about a wips tab here. Works-in-progress. That tab on the menu bar where authors share a little bit about their upcoming projects.

I admit. I get jealous. I stop by at blogs because I love seeing what other writers are up to, and I love soaking in new covers and the excitement that lies between the lines on an author’s post. It’s contagious. We can all use a bit of inspiration. I know I can. I also love hearing about works in progress.

And I would agree that talking about works in progress is a form of marketing. Sharing a cool premise or an enticing logline can build anticipation in your friends and potential readers. I would love to add a tab where I describe future projects.

Then I think about my production schedule.

The cool ideas that I’m itching to write. That I plan to write in 2014 and 2015. I should share them.

Except, every once in a while I completely ditch a story before it’s written or part way through. Sometimes an idea jumps the line. This happened last spring. In sudden inspiration, I wrote a story that haunted me and wouldn’t let go. And it’s now sitting. I haven’t looked at it since. Here’s the thing. I don’t know yet if and when I’ll publish it.

What if I talk about a work-in-progress and then the concept changes in rewrites, or I decide it needs to sit a bit longer? Or if I decide not to publish it? Then what?

Ah well, for now, I will continue on without a wip tab. Such is life.

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3 Responses to I admit. I’m jealous.

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh August 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    I don’t have one! I’ll let people know that I am working on a manuscript, but I won’t reveal any of the plot or any aspect of the story until it’s edited, sent to my publisher, and accepted. I don’t reveal details until I know it’s going to be a reality. So don’t feel bad if you don’t either.

  2. Dianne Salerni August 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    I hear ya!

    I’m 44k into one WIP, and I haven’t worked out exactly who does what and where in the climax, so I took a break. I’m *supposed* to be brainstorming ideas to untangle that climax.

    But a new character started talking to me today, and I had to write her story down.

    I talk a little about my WIPs on my blog, but I don’t have a tab, and I’ve learned to be a little coy about the plot and premise, too.

  3. Lynda R Young August 22, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    I don’t share the details of my WIPs for the same reasons.

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