I’ve been working on a long and lovely post for the past few days, in between children screaming at me and the phone ringing. The problem is that, as I came to the end of the post, I realized I had just expounded on a pretty fantastic idea for a new book. Then I started to get a little panicky. Should I post the idea? What if someone faster and more organized than me likes the idea, too, and writes the book before me?
Crazy, right? I mean, for real. Even if someone liked the idea enough to use it for a book of their own, the two books would be pretty different just because two people are never going to write the exact.same.book.
Even so, I copied the post into my Scrivener application and decided not to put the idea out there for the world. And so I’m wondering, am I just a crazy person, or do other writers do this, too? When you get a new idea for a book, do you share it with your friends and family, or do you keep it quiet? How long do you keep it quiet? Until a draft is finished, or until you’ve sold it to a fancy publishing house?
Do you ever overflow with excitement about your ideas, spill the beans, and then once you’re describing everything suddenly fall out of love with it all? Or discover that you just described – in detail – the third season of the X-Files without realizing it?
That’s a lot of questions for you guys, I know. But I’m really curious about the creative processes of other writers – especially other spec fic writers.
What say you, writers of fantasy and space operas? Do you have a lockbox of story ideas?