On Tuesday, I talked about my favorite sentence, which I guess would actually be in second place. First might be, “Yes, I would like some more chocolate.”
A natural response to “I’m working on my novel” is “What’s it about?” I’ve discovered in the past month that I hate this question.
In my “Tell Everyone” post, I said that sharing your writing projects with others is a wonderful, necessary thing to do. And I full-heartedly believe that, but at this stage of my novel, I have no earthly idea what’s going on. I’m currently 10 pages in and working on the second chapter, but I still don’t know.
I can’t decide if I want to create an outline or keep letting it write itself either. If I had an outline, then I’d already know what was going on and I’d be happy to tell you what I’m writing.
All I can tell you right now is that I have a female protagonist named Jackie and that it’s going to be a fantasy novel.
So, when someone asks me what my book is about, I yell, “I don’t know,” throw things at them, and run away, crying. At least, that’s what I do in my head. In real life, I say, “I don’t know….” and frantically attempt to evade any other questions about my project and change the subject.
How do you answer this question? Am I the only one who feels like it’s such a big issue?
In reality, I know more about what I’m working on right now than what I told you in the paragraph before last, but I don’t want to share yet. I’m not ready to–I think it’s still too raw. And I’m afraid people will think the concept is silly.