July 26, 2018

Authors get asked about their works-in-progress, or their WIPs, a lot. It's a natural question to ask, isn't it? Especially if you're a fan of the author's work. I know I can be rather impatient when it comes to my favorite creators. For example, when IS the new season of The Crown coming? Huh? 


Patience, the producers, directors and actors would say.


Patience, says I.


There's a danger when talking about a WIP--a project that is so nascent that it's shape is still unclear. I firmly believe that the need to tell stories is part of what drives the writer to the page. It's what drives me, at least. 


Talking a story to death is a real thing. By describing the story again and again before finishing it, a writer's desire to tell the story gets dampened with each telling. I tell my students all the time--don't talk too much. Write. WRITE.


HOWEVER, I'll give you a hint. My next adult book is historical again (big surprise), but this time, it's not so far back. Spanning the 1960s through the 80s, the novel is set in zoos in Cuba, Miami and London.


That's it! No more talking, or I'm going to need to give this book CPR before it's done.





p.s. This picture is another clue. Rawr.



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