Tuesday, September 6, 2011

When to open the door

My granddaughter, who is six years old, has decided she wants to play the ukulele and she wants her Mom to teach her. And she wants her lessons to be in her bedroom—with the door closed.

She reminds me of some writers, me included, who, when we start a story, keep it in our pockets, in our bedrooms so to speak, with the door closed. I have found that if I share an idea for a new story too soon the whole thing evaporates. I lose interest in the story. I’ve already told it. I know this because I've done it--a number of times.

But not all writers are that way. Some get more energized by sharing their story ideas. What about you? Are you sharers or secret keepers? When do you open the door?

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