Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG: What I'm Working On

Today is IWSG day. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for organizing this monthly event where writers share about their writerly insecurities and other things. 

Oh my, it’s December. Where did the year go? I can tell you where my year went- working, preparing to move, interviewing vendors, moving, unpacking, organizing, and getting settled in, planning a big Frozen-themed birthday party, transitioning one kid into preschool and another one into kindergarten, and driving everyone everywhere. I have tried to use whatever spare minutes I had to write. 

One thing I’ve been reluctant to do is to discuss in a public forum what exactly I’m writing about. An author who inspired me to share more openly about current projects is Julie Dao. One of many things I admire about Julie’s blogging ethic is that she shares freely on her blog about what she’s working on, from the subject matter to the title of her book. So Julie, if you’re reading this, I just want you to know you inspired me to write this! 

So here are two manuscripts I’m working on: KISS MY BUTTER is a young adult fiction novel about a Chinese American girl who enters a culinary competition. THE ORANGE SOLDIERS is a non-fiction picture book about the community activism that steered the building and opening of a new library in my city. 

And that's what I'm working on.

How comfortable are you about sharing what you’re working on? Which bloggers/writers have inspired you to stretch yourself?

23 comments:

Annalisa Crawford said...

It's good to share things - it makes people feel more connected, and brings them back for updates. I do sometimes, but because I work on the same thing for a very long time, my updates are boring :-)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm getting better at sharing - my writing and in general - but I still tend to be more reserved than not. Just part of my nature. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kiss my Butter - great title!
I admit I don't share anything until I know it's going to be published. Or very little. Maybe I should.

Elsie Amata said...

Good for you! I'm glad you were inspired by a fellow writer to share what you're working on. I love the title - Kiss My Butter - very catchy!

Elsie

Tanya Miranda said...

I find the most compelling author blogs are the ones that spill the beans on what they are working on. You get awesome feedback from readers and other writers who really want you to succeed. For example, Kiss My Butter... now THAT's a great title for a young adult novel involving a culinary competition. Please keep sharing!

Stephsco said...

I love the idea and title Kiss My Butter! Love! Good luck with writing. I'm always a little cagey on what I post on my blog about current projects, usually due to being on submission and needing to be all secrety secret.

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Here from Alex's blog. I enjoyed your post. It's difficult to share ideas, but FWIW, your novels sound interesting. I wish you the best of luck with them. Merry Christmas.

Pat Hatt said...

I tend to just put stuff out there on the day of release when it comes to the books. Kiss My Butter is a great title

Chrys Fey said...

Kiss My Butter is a fabulous title! That'll stick in my mind for sure and I love the premise for it. I share a little bit on what I'm working on, but the title and setting for the sequel to my story Hurricane Crimes has been a secret that I'll be revealing later...at the right time. ;)

S.P. Bowers said...

I rarely talk about my writing specifically. I'm a slow writer and I feel people would think I was all talk and no work.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

KISS MY BUTTER is a funny title!
I share some things about my writing, although I do occasionally keep things to myself. So, while I talked a lot about the project I called GRUNSDAY while I was writing it, I did keep the premise (a secret, hidden day of the week) to myself until the book was sold. However, I've been pretty open about most other things I write.

Emily R. King said...

KISS MY BUTTER is a fab title. I want to read it!

Tammy Theriault said...

first off, both great titles. culinary? I'm hungry already! community activism? dang girl! such a smartie. and by the way...thanks for sharing. I know that took a lot but totally worth seeing. now...divulge a little more!!

Medeia Sharif said...

I love Julie's updates. I'm glad she inspired you. I love the title of your YA.

Moving is never easy. I'm glad you're settled.

Bish Denham said...

I keep my cards pretty close to my chest when it comes to what I'm working on. I don't want any input or thoughts from others that might distract me. I look for those later, when it's time to edit and revise.

Kiss My Butter! Great title!

Jay Noel said...

Kiss My Butter....I LOVE this title. It cracked me up. It's perfect!

Sherry Ellis said...

It sounds like you've been busy writing!

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm weird about it. It's just so hard to explain to someone and I think there's an inner fear that my current project will be ridiculed if I tell people about it!

Claire Noland said...

I share my works-in-progress with my writing group and don't really share until I have a finished rough draft (I write picture books and easy readers so they aren't long).
Your two books sound really interesting!

T. Drecker said...

I feel odd in saying too much about my projects, not only because they feel like they have to be kept wrapped up tight, but the plots tend to drastically change while I'm writing them (never know what the characters will do). Your butter story sounds really fun, though! Hope to see it someday.

Margo Berendsen said...

Sorry I'm so late visiting here! Thanks for leaving a comment on my IWSG. I've alway loved how open (and thoughtful) Julie is about her writing projects...and I'm slowly opening up more. Kiss My Butter is a great title!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the titles of your books. I don't talk much about my projects either.

Julie Dao said...

Cynthia, thanks so much for the shout-out! So sweet of you! :) I think there's a fine balance between sharing just enough to keep readers interested, and not sharing too much. I try to lean towards the former and give little tastes of my projects. Both of your projects sound wonderful, and I LOVE the title of the first. It sounds like something I'd definitely read! <3

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