Ever notice how some writers spill their guts and and make a million fans in the process?
I've always been on the fence with this one: Is it better to share the gritty details of your writing dilemmas and difficulties, or do you plaster a smile on your face and show the world only your successful side? I'm still undecided about it. . . have generally erred on the side of professional silence, except in occasional, intentionally funny speeches. But where's the fun in that? It's beginning to seem to me that "telling" garners more empathy and more understanding (also more interest) than maintaining a ladylike professionalism. . . especially with blogs becoming so popular.
Dirty little writing secrets. For fun and profit. I'm not suggesting we should blab about every down time, wrong writing alley, and contract dispute we encounter. But does revealing something of the struggle we go through in writing make us more human and accessible to readers. . . and fellow writers? I know it works for some and I can't help thinking that if Kathleen Woodiwiss had had a blog back in the day, fans and readers would have been a lot more sympathetic about her lack of production and her decision not to respond to fan letters.
My most recent "DLWS" involves my upcoming book. (Brace for a blatant promotional plug.) (See above.) (Fabulous book that almost didn't get written.) I had a devil of a time writing my September release-- or should I say, the book that was supposed to be my September release. It started out to be The Book of Forever Young and ended up being The Book of True Desires. The journey from "Forever Young" to "True Desires" makes for some ugly reading. . . which I have decided to share in an RWR article called "Breaking Up With The Bad Idea." And I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not. Baring my soul. . . sort of. . . in the name of helping other writers and sharing the pain. . . may be a colossal mistake.
What do you think? By "telling all" am I revealing feet of clay that readers won't want to see? Or is any publicity good publicity?
What about you? Got some dirty little writing secrets you're dying to get off your chest? Like maybe what you hate most about your process and would love to change. Or maybe what you hate about the biz. Talk to Mama, honey. Get it all out.