This year I am writing a novel.
One question that I have asked myself a few times since I started this writing journey is whether I should share as I am writing or wait till it is all finished? From this question I also ask myself, if I share who do I share it with? How much do I share? Will feedback be distracting and on and on the questions go. So, beyond my weekly update posts here at Brewing Coffee, Twisting Words & Breaking Pencils I have not shared.
My boys have taken a bit of interest into what mom could possibly be taking SO long to write. I have explained little ideas to them here and there when they ask but I usually just got empty stares and shoulder shrugs.
So, the other day when those curious questions surfaced again I went with a different approach and I them out loud to them the page of writing that I had just finished. A few things happened next:
- They loved it which was a confidence boaster for me (even if their opinion is biased).
- They had questions which opened up a bit of fun and helpful dialogue.
- They started to try and come up with a final title for the novel which was entertaining and fun as well.
So, sharing a bit of writing with my boys was good. I felt inspired to keep moving forward with the story.
How about you, do you share a piece of writing with anybody before it is finished?
By Shari Marshall – 2021