You've met Lael. You're about to meet Morrow. And you've yet to become acquainted with Roxanna. Or Roxie, as my hero (her hero) calls her. There are a few more heroines hopping around in my head (and heart), begging to be put into books. Count your lucky stars if you aren't pestered by story people. I love it but sometimes wish my mind could rest. However, it is highly entertaining to live this way - I never need TV:) Stories just unwind in my mind like an old movie reel and I write them down. That's on a good day. Other days (and I had one this week), it was a real workout to cough up a handful of workable words. Sigh. Such is the writer's life, I guess.
Some writers think it is bad luck to talk about your work(s) in progress, your characters and such. It "diffuses the creative energy," and takes away from the work, or something like that. I don't believe in bad luck and diffuse energy sounds a bit too new age for me. I do like to talk about upcoming books as long as it doesn't spoil the story for the reader. Some writers post excerpts on their blogs, do character analysis and photos, outline their research, etc. Love that! Others don't utter one word about what they're scribbling on 5-6 days a week. I'm caught a bit between.
The picture above is my prototype for Roxanna in The Colonel's Lady, taken from my favorite movie. Look familiar? Hope so! I sent this photo to the titling committee recently at Revell to show them my vision of who she is as they ask for things like that. Yet it's hard to snag the right picture, especially when you're dealing with the 18th-century. The Roxie in my head and heart can't be reproduced. Not in the real world, anyway:)
After two years, I've finished her story and have edited it numerous times ahead of my summer deadline. But it's quite a cliffhanger as I still haven't finished the last chapter. I never do till I'm ready to turn it in. I think it's because I'm so sentimental and have a hard time shutting a book down. As soon as I get near the 100k mark, I tend to get melancholy. This book is 116k and climbing. Time to STOP!
So... Do you like to hear what a writer is working on? Does it pique your curiosity or serve as a spoiler? If you're a writer, do you like to talk about your work or keep it quiet?