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As I mentioned in my previous post on marketing, being able to speak on your work is essential. And while a book signing is certainly an opportunity to talk about the book, there is another aspect of speaking that is important to touch upon- being able to talk about writing itself. Just as you would expect an actor or musician to talk about the art of their craft in detail, you should be able to talk about writing in the same way. So today, I would like to discuss a few points I would suggest writers to go over in their speech.
What to talk about.
#1 Your process
When you write, you will have to find a process that is unique to you and you alone. As such, your audience would be interested to hear exactly what it is you do. If your style is to write listening to music, or to work at a certain time, or just to write for a few hours, explain why this works for you. What makes it effective, what makes it the best way for you to get your work flowing? Remember, other authors are looking for their own methods, and this is a great way to help them.
Getting started is hard, and sometimes people may feel their ideas simply aren’t good enough. As someone with a finished piece of work, you should give these people the path and ability to get to their finished story. When I speak, I always tell how my book started from watching an anti-drug special that first made me interested in a group of heroes. And each time. I explain how that basic concept stayed with me for many years, being changed and developed, until it became a book. And I always finish by saying how the best stories can come from anywhere, and that with enough confidence, a writer can take anything and shape it into something.
#3 What You Love About Writing
This should be obvious, but every writer should be able to talk about why they love to write. It’s simply too basic not to talk about.
#4 Your Failures
For all the work you’ve accomplished, you will have certainly stumbled along the way. This is also important to share. Writing is a difficult career, and there’s never a promise of success. The act itself is long and difficult and you may find yourself making bad decisions constantly. But that is a part of the process, and as a finished writer, you need to make aspiring writers aware of that. Talk about ideas that didn’t work, rejections you faced, harsh criticism. It will help your audience understand the how hard writing is for everyone, and how people can rise above it, as you hopefully have.
#5 Your future
Writing is hard, and it take a lot of work, planning, and luck to make a career out of it. Some people will ask how you plan to survive with it. If you aren’t planning to write full time, explain to your audience how they can use writing in building a life. You may not be able to give them a path to fame and success, but you can tell them how to be writers and have a profitable, happy life. And with an uncertain career like writing, that may be the most valuable thing to talk about.
Since I enjoyed my little Suess story last week, I decided to do another writing prompt for Write On Edge. This time the prompt was the image of a crystal sphere and a lakeside castle, so I turned out a little unhappy fairy tale. Enjoy!
“Woman!” Jeffery yelled from inside his chambers. “Where is my dinner? I demand food!”
But the king received no answer. Angrily, he stomped out of bed and flung open the doors to the hallway, continuing to yell. Normally, this would have brought servants running from every level of the castle to attend to him. But all Jeffery heard in response was in his own echoes.
“Where in heaven’s name have those fools gone?” Jeffery muttered, his royal robes fluttering about him as he walked around the halls. He continued to call for some to attend him, but as he walked through more and more of his grand palace, he began to think something was wrong. No matter where he went, he found nothing but empty rooms.
“How dare they abandon me! I shall have their heads!” Jeffery yelled, his fear buried in the sound of his angry voice. He stalked his way to the kitchen and flung the door open. But inside, he found foodstuffs still waiting to be prepared, and cooking fires roaring over spitted food that had long ago burned. Puzzled, with his fear growing by the moment, Jeffrey moved to the spit and removed it, only to drop the hot metal in anguish a second later.
“What… what madness is this?” he said aloud, as he cradled his burned hand. Frantically, he began to call for help, this time straining his mind to remember the name of at least one servant.
“Vanessa! Girl, please! I am hurt! I need your help!”
But still he heard nothing but silence. In panic, Jeffrey ran for the great doors and pushed them open. Standing in front of his lake castle, he screamed, “WHERE IS EVERYONE!”
“Hey c’mon Vanessa! Let me see! I wanna see!”
“Not yet,” Vanessa said, as she pushed her rbother away. “There is still much I need to do here. Go help the others load the wagons.”
Her brother sulked, but walked away to do as he was told. Smiling, Vanessa held up the glass orb and gazed inside, to the little castle sitting on a glass lake, and the little figure in front of it.
“You should have learned to hold your tongue, my Lord,” Vanessa whispered.
“Especially in MY presence,” the little witch added.
Hey everyone, decided to try the Write on Edge challenge today. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Write on Edge posts weekly writing prompts that anyone can participate in – you simply link up your post on the website. This week we were prompted to compose up to 500 words on the following Dr. Seuss quote and image:
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax