Ha! I got your attention, didn't I? No, I'm not playing with key words to drive Google searchers to my site. That's a little further down on my to-do list. Believe it or not, I'm going to talk about something writing related.
(Hey, I heard that! Yeah, it's been awhile since I talked about writing but was that reaction really warranted?)
Ahem. As I was saying....
Do you know those dreams where you're sitting in your high school science class only to discover you're in your underwear (or worse--completely naked)? Actually, I don't have those kind of dreams, my stress comes from forgotten locker combinations or being late to class.
Still, I think most of us will agree being under-dressed amongst our high school peers would be a major stressor. It was bad enough changing in front of girls in the locker room for gym...throw in a dozen boys and a teacher and -- ACK! Anxiety attacks have raged over far less.
(Get ready, I'm going to talk about writing now. A turbulent transition)
I'm one that keeps my work close until I feel it's ready for human consumption. Once I've done everything I can think to do to it and once I LIKE it, then I will share it. I've won critiques in contests that I've passed on because I just wasn't ready to share my stuff yet. In my mind, I didn't want to waste anyone's time by sending them something I knew how to fix. My thought was I should buff and polish it to the best of my ability and then look for feedback because I hit a roadblock.
But that's about to change. I'm about to get nekkid...metaphorically speaking that is. I won a five page critique from Steena's logline contest from the amazing Michelle McLean and that little voice in my head is telling me it's time.
I'm telling all of you so I can't chicken out. (brock brock)
(for those of you struggling to keep up with my rambles...I will now tie nakedness to writing)
Sharing my work is very much like stripping. I feel completely bare allowing others to read my words. It used to be fear of failure that kept me from sharing. Now, it's the intimacy of the transaction. Allowing someone to read my writing (especially before I've done enough to even form an opinion of it myself) is like inviting someone to move in with me. They're going to see that my kitchen counters are stained, that there are usually a couple pairs of abandoned socks littering the living room floor, and so much more.
But then it occurred to me, after doing a couple critiques for others what a wonderful opportunity it is to have someone else tell you "hey, this isn't working" or "why don't you try this?" I would rather hear my main character is coming off like a TOAD before I spend months crafting him. If there are problems, I want to know early on, so I can fix them before they are so deeply ingrained I have to start over.
So, yup, I'm gettin' nekkid and sending off those first five pages today.
Tell me...when do you get nekkid with your MS? After the first chapter? After the first draft?