Seven days ago my post was a brief update about my recent novel. I talked about the village that I’m using as the setting and a little bit about the story.
A very dear and wonderful friend read it and asked why I didn’t tell him that I was writing about that. My main reply was you didn’t ask. I very briefly explained where the idea had come from originally, that it was what I was going to write as my serial for the Rural Post but they wanted something more episodic but, give a writer an idea and a good writer is going to run with it, just like give a dog a bone…
But when I answered because you didn’t ask, it made me think back.
Since 2001 when I first put pen to paper I haven’t had anyone, friends or family, ever ask me what I was writing about. What’s your story about? Over the years, when I tell people I’m a writer and I’ve self-published X novels the question is what do you write? They want to know the genre to determine if they would read what I write or not. It’s always been that question only.. but never have I had anyone say… so what’s this story about.
Of course, as you writers will know and understand, when we get going on something we’re working on we don’t want to talk about it, at least not at first, because it’s not formed fully in our minds! Sometimes we can’t talk about it because we don’t know! We need to tell the entire story first before we can start the process of sharing a synopsis!
Why is that? Because the characters tell the story and we can’t see where that’s going until we have transcribed it all for them.
I’ve been done writing this novel for several weeks now and I’m on the second edit so the story is told but there has yet to be that question… what’s your story about?
If nothing else it was an interesting realization…
So I will ask you, my writer friends…
What’s your story about?