Reason #542 I Could Never Be A Writer
So I recently gave a query webinar over at Writers Digest.
Oh hey, maybe I should have posted it here to let you know I was doing it. Guess I’m still working on this whole marrrr-keh-ting thing, you know? Sometimes I like to spell out how I’m pronouncing the words in my head.
The funny thing is, I have always been (gently) teased for the way I talk. It falls somewhere between an accent and a speech impediment, but I have a way of dragging out certain words. I don’t know why or which words I’m going to do, but I do know that I’ve always done it.
Actually, it was my best friend in high school who first noticed and pointed it out to me, I think because I used to drag out her name. Apparently I don’t say Abby properly. I say Aaaaabby.
But once she pointed it out, my whole family noticed even though I’m the only one who talks like this–slow and then every once in a while super slow.
I’m just telling you this so that even though you can’t hear me, I like to spell out certain words so that you can imagine me saying them. So that when you read, it’ll be almost like you can hear my voice in your head saying the words. And when I would drag out a word, that’s when I like to spell it out for you. I mean, maybe not every time, but sometimes. When it’s important.
Anyway, back to the original topic. So my webinar, which was pretty awesome if I do say so myself, had been kind of freaking me out in the lead up.
I’d never done a webinar before and I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t think I’m really cut out for the webinar format. And here’s why (and here’s where I’m going to tie it in brilliantly to the title of this post which is of course reason #542 why I could never be a writer): I need the instant feedback.
Like I said, I was concerned about this going into the webinar and although I think it went fine, it was extremely difficult for me to just talk and talk (not that part) without getting any audience feedback (this part).
I would rather talk to a room of 1,000 people where I can see their faces and hear their laughter as I tell my awesomely funny jokes, than speak into the void for 100 people. I felt so far removed. Everyone could have been asleep for all I knew!!!
See, when I write, I write my emails, and I get email responses. When I tweet, I get responses. Even when I blog, I get comments! My god if I wrote a book, it would take forever to get any feedback!!! I don’t think it would ever be enough for me. And it certainly wouldn’t be fast enough.
Don’t worry, I realize I sound like a 3 year old. I like to think it’s part of my charm.
But hey, I’m sure all my clients are relieved to hear I’m never going to write a book.
Give me instant feedback NOW!! In the comments.
Tell me the wait is worth it (don’t worry, I’m still not writing a book). Tell me you agree with me and you’re a sucker for compliments like I am. Tell me you love me and wish I would post on my blog more often.
JUST TALK TO ME!!
Oh, also? Congrats to Kim for an amazing review in Booklist today which called TOUCHING THE SURFACE an “effective lesson in love, forgiveness, and self-understanding” GO KIM!!