It’s All About Pictures, Y’all

I have been thinking recently about how much we put out there concerning our WIPs. I know a variety of writers who feel completely alright sharing any and all writing online and others who never talk about their WIPs.

I’ve always been okay posting my writing, but not with this most recent WIP. The best way I can put it is that I’m possessive over it. I’m keeping this very close to my heart and am hesitant to put anything about it online.

Because of this, I’ve had the idea that one of the weeks during the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest won’t require you to put up a query/pitch/excerpt/summary of your WIP – none of that. Instead, it’ll be all about pictures or music, your choice. I know that a lot of you keep folders of pictures and/or music that remind you of your WIP. So, start collecting and picking out the pieces you love most to showcase them during the fest.

If you still haven’t signed up, go here and leave your e-mail. Of course, you’re free to just jump in each of the weeks, also.

And, what do you think? Do you feel okay sharing your WIP online? I’m really curious to see what you think. 🙂

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11 thoughts about "It’s All About Pictures, Y’all"

  • ladonna watkins says:

    Not really. And it's not because I'm worried about someone stealing the idea. I just feel uncomfortable. It might let the people know that I'm a writer, and I'm not sure if I'm ready for that yet.

    Saying that, I do share my work on an online writing group for critiquing. That doesn't scare me but putting it out on a blog does.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Sophia Chang says:

    You know how some people are getting into pinterest? I think that's the worst site possible – I would HATE to expose the hours of research I'd put into my piece and pretty much give away what it's about lol. I just tweeted you too about my music.

    I share nothing online or even in person. It's a shock I told Krispy the title of my piece, but only cuz I was tired of referring to it as "my current WIP that I'm revising."

    It's kind of why it took me so long to get CPs. 😀

    • So Mark, instead of trying to make this about me, stay focused. Pbrain compared the candidates and issues in the upcoming elections to those this nation faced in 1776. I say it’s hyperbole. How do you feel aout it.As to the name calling, the moniker Pbrain stays. If he doesn’t like it, too bad.. He should have thought about that when Pbrain dredged up an issue from my past that had nothing to do with the subject at hand. He mocked me even though my position on the long past issue was the same as his. The difference was that I took action, he merely flaps his yap. By definition the guy is a Pbrain

  • Theresa Milstein says:

    I've shared before, but I don't think I'll do it anymore. I'm not worried about stealing. I'd like to be more private.

  • ladonna watkins says:

    Thanks for posting a comment on my blog. I struggled with posting it, and waited until the last possible minute.

  • Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) says:

    It's hard to share but at one point or another, just to make it shine, I know will have to share some or at least most of it. It's scary yes, but, it can also be a little fun 🙂

  • Deana says:

    This sounds like it will be a fun week!

    As for sharing my wip online. I don't like to at all. Not because I am afraid someone will steal the idea, but I am pretty weird about my writing until I have it in the shape I won't it. Its like my baby and I don't want anyone to say bad things about it you know. This doesn't mean I'm opposed to contests or blogfests, but man they scare me in the beginning:)

  • Cheryl Reif says:

    I need to learn more about your blogfest…anything with warm fuzzies sounds fun!

    I don't share much of my work online, not so much for fear of theft but because that makes it harder to publish (if you share too much). I did have a book up n for a while, which was sort of cool, but to get real benefit from the site you have to put in more time than I had available. Every once in a while I'll post an excerpt in my blog (like, twice ever!) but those don't seem to be what people really want to read, anyway.

  • Krispy says:

    Yeah, Sophia is like the ultimate WIP secret-keeper.

    I keep the WIP close, but once in a while, I'll share like what genre it is or elements that are in it. Basically, I'm frustratingly general.

    I like your picture idea for the blogfest, for which I will now have to check out the deets. 🙂

  • Ron Smith says:

    This is really interesting. I only ever shared my work, query, etc. with my group.

    My latest work, I am incredibly guarded about. I haven't told people online what the title is or what it's about.

    Now, if I get an agent..then I think I'll be a little less guarded.

    Nice blog you have. You have a new follower!

  • Nancy Thompson says:

    I never had a problem sharing my work when I was in the middle of it. I even used to keep the first 18 chapters of my first book up on my blog. I had quite a few requests from people who wanted to read it after that. But now that I'm querying, I don't want to have that stuff out there. I do, however, still have my query, logline, and 50 word pitch up for all to read.

    I always like to get feedback on my ideas. My writing I'm a bit more reluctant with, but I still think it's important to get feedback. I even put my query up for 50 people to critique during a blogfest and that was very helpful.

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