My current WIP is about sea monsters. (No krakens--yet.) I'll elaborate on that some other day.
Over the weekend I released my MS--and all the monsters my pages contain--out into the world for my writing group to read. I also read some of their stuff. No literal monsters in their pages, but I think we all learned a valuable lesson this weekend:
LET YOUR MONSTER OUT OF THE CAGE!
The "monster" being your writing. That vicious beast that demands all your attention, needs to be fed daily, can't be exposed to sunlight--oh wait, that last one was gremlins. Never mind.
Your monster SHOULD see sunlight, or moonlight if you're a night owl. And go ahead, feed it after midnight, as long as it's not a mogwai.
One of my fabulous writing partner/friends, Megan Rebekah and I discussed how we always get new ideas or inspiration after we send out our pages for someone to read. We had a funny email conversation about it, so I thought I'd share it with you folks. (This is inside scoop. Behind-the-scenes wisdom. Some day people will pay good money for these gems of knowledge. Well, probably not, but Meg thought it was pretty funny, and afterward so did I.)
Me to Meg:
I'm telling ya, sending your MS out, even if its just a couple scenes, really gets things moving. I don't know how or why it happens, but it does. Maybe it's because someone besides us will DEFINITELY have an opinion about it. It's not just some little fuzzy creature hiding in the shadows of our computers. It's out in the open, people are watching it stroll down the streets, and we know they're going to comment, so our brains start working overtime to make it more lovable.
Every time I send something to you girls, or give it to my roomie, or best friend, or mom to read, ideas start shifting. I say even if you think your stuff is crap send it out, because that's when magic starts happening.
Meg's reply to Me:
OMG that's so awesome. Now I'm picturing Anomaly skipping down the sidewalk--a giant stack of paper with legs and arms--while everyone stops to watch and read it.
So, if Zeus were here, he'd say, RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
But I'm no Zeus, so I'll tell you to RELEASE YOUR MONSTER!
Whether it has breath that smells like a thousand corpses, or it gives people a warm and fuzzy feeling (isn't the lil blue guy adorable?)
Let your monster out into the world and watch what wonderful chaos ensues.
What do you think? Do you share your monsters (writing) with others often enough? Do your monsters take on new life after you release them into the universe? Do they morph and evolve based on people's comments?
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