What’s your story about?

Writers get this question a lot when they tell people they’re writing a novel. Some writers (like me) dread it, while others are willing to tell people.

The reason why I dread answering this question is because I have tell people what I am writing about, and I fear that they judge when I tell them what it’s about.

When I was writing my first novel, people would ask me. Then I would tell them that it had something to do with vampires. Well, it was more like a new race of vampires. I called them Predators, simply because they prey on vampires- it’s their life source. (I will post a summary and differences between Predators and Vampires later and my first novel.)

Then I get the strangest looks and I assume that they start to worry. This was when the vampire trend was on its rise to obsession.

And my other stories, I don’t want to explain those either. Once I start talking and people ask more questions, I don’t stop talking. Then I give them my super rough draft for a quick read or allow them to read a scene.

I generally let the people I am most comfortable with read my rough drafts on novels/ stories because I trust them. Other people, of course, do not get this privilege- they get the most crappiest summary.

I guess one of the reasons why I have trouble giving people a summary is because I fear of being judged for what I am currently in the process of writing. Now that I think about it, there is always going to be someone who does not like what I write. Secondly, my stories are still in its “baby phase” and its not ready to be shared to the cruel world. Third, I want to be comfortable with my words and where they’re placed. And lastly, the more I write and time goes by the more I know my book.

Once my stories are in its “child-teenage” phase then I am more lenient to tell people about my stories. And when they are “adults”, I hope they are ready to be read by the world.

One thought on “What’s your story about?

  1. I used to dread it too. Now I figure I should use the opportunities I get to explain. If I totally suck at explaining I think about what sounded odd. I need to be able to pitch my story in “30 seconds” (the 30-second elevator agent pitch) to write a good query letter. More so, If I can’t explain it briefly, there’s a good chance the novel sucks and I haven’t realised it yet.

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