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Do you like to tell others about your story ideas?

Madik9
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:46:46 GMT

I love to share my ideas with my friends but as soon as I start talking about them, I get so nervous that I begin trembling uncontrollably. Do you like sharing your ideas and if so, do you get anxious when you begin talking about them?

rebeccahann
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:43:18 GMT

I feel like every time I try to explain what the story is about, it sounds incredibly stupid, in that most of my stuff is more voice-driven or character-based, so the plot sounds kind of trivial or unexciting.

zoe_reads
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:54:03 GMT

I don't normally. I always feel like I can't explain exactly what's in my head until I put it down on paper, which then ends with me feeling like I sound incredibly stupid and end up not loving the idea as much as when it was in my head. Many times I've ended up not doing anything with it because of this.

Anncedar
Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:33:44 GMT

I’m a secretive writer. I prefer to work in quiet and tell others after. I find that talking too much about it gets me really anxious.

mddecarolis
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:36:02 GMT

I don't like to. I would rather give a sort of vague genre classification if someone asks me what I'm writing about than to go into detail about the plot. Even when a piece is finished I'm still reticent to go into it until I get it published. Only my few trusted beta readers are really "in" on what I'm working on at any given time.

scollom
Sun, 31 Dec 2017 01:27:58 GMT

I love talking about my story ideas. I like getting a feel for how people feel about the concept for the story.

Kassikola
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:24:12 GMT

I like to. Actually sometimes I share an idea and mid-sentence the plot problem/block I was facing disappears. Most times though, I have the same results as most people here :)

LeonGower
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:12:18 GMT

Yes. I've found the best way to tell people, is to write them in a book. I've named these novel ideas, Novels. Not very original, but neither am I.

JonahPaul
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:52:57 GMT

I like drawing art concepts and timelines to share with my friends and over time of their input and the growth of my skills I form a story that I write down. It's definitely fun to share story ideas with others--helps grow your skills and form the best stories you can!

soulattractive
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:12:55 GMT

I don't like to. I get extremely anxious. Something that may have sounded amazing in my head, sounds like an ingnorant mess spilling from my mouth. Then I feel extra self-conscious. LOL

colasante7
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:04:56 GMT

I love to. I often find that I can see the strongest and weakest parts of the story by how people react to them. I can foresee things I may have to explain more (for high concept stuff) or things I may need to be careful about (my humor can go over the top at times).

CathyJ48
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:07:53 GMT

I do. I use the opportunity to gauge peoples' interest, and sometimes they'll comment and give me great food for thought. By saying the idea out loud, I can hear where it sounds clunky. And maybe that clunkiness is where I need clarity in my idea. And if you ever want to pitch that idea to an editor, publisher, or agent, then this is a great way to practice!

workbelow
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:18:10 GMT

I feel like I almost do it more than I write! I love getting feedback and hearing if others are interested in my ideas.

giesickd
Thu, 17 May 2018 03:20:43 GMT

What is the time I will tell people about my Deas and stories but I keep it brief because if I tell them too much then they will already know the story and not want to purchase my book and read it. I want my ideas and stories to be a surprise for everyone so I don’t tell them much of it at all.

emilybh
Fri, 18 May 2018 02:13:47 GMT

I do - but I've found I can't talk to family and friends. They ask questions, offer solutions and pick apart ideas, and I find that often derails the whole story. I have to turn to writer friends to be able to have the kind of conversation that helps lead me to a solution.

giesickd
Wed, 23 May 2018 04:11:14 GMT

To graphic novels that you should read are, Valerian and the city of 1000 planets and the entire Artemis fowl series.

macbowers
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:36:37 GMT

If I tell anyone story ideas, it's usually just a general description. I never really go into detail (but that might because I don't even really know the details yet!) But I have a writer friend who won't tell ANYONE her story ideas. She's really superstitious, and she thinks that if she talks about her idea before she writes it, the story won't turn out well!

CDaniels
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:03:47 GMT

I've actually stopped telling folks about the stories I'm writing. I feel like if I tell them the details, I'll lose all motivation to do the actual writing or like all the details will just fly out of my head! It's a bit strange, but I've stuck with it, and it's kind of nice to use the tactic to surprise people with what I end up wanting to published.

Alissa
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:47:41 GMT

Like Emilybh, I like to tell others of my ideas. Usually just a funny title or an awkward yet funny part of dialogue.

reading_jewell
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:54:13 GMT

Not all of my friends are privy to my writing. Only a select few that I know will both validate and provide constructive criticism. For those friends, I know they have a good eye for stories and editing them, so I always trust them with my writing. Anybody else, though, I don't really consider sharing with them unless they ask me directly.

tiannamignogna
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:06:38 GMT

I always do, just because I can't keep my mouth shut! I also find that telling other people my ideas can solidify them much quicker and easier.

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