Michelle’s post on battling her urge to sit on the couch and do nothing vs. her need to read or write the perfect story touched a nerve in me. I am constantly battling my own nature with regard to writing. But in my case, it’s my terminal shyness that is the problem.
And here I am trying to promote a new book out.
I think a lot of folks become writers because they are shy but they still have something to say. So they hole themselves up somewhere and write. I know that pretty well describes me.
On some promotional counts, the shy writer has it easier than ever before. Much of promotion can be done on the internet now. I can write articles, blog, and be a part of a reading/writing discussion group without ever opening my mouth or having anyone look at me.
But it doesn’t solve everything. One of my kids is on a crusade to make me change the photos that I have posted on Facebook and my website. He hates them he says, because he is sure no one would ever know that either of the pics is me. I will admit to a rather strange expression on the Facebook pic. But the idea that no one would ever know it is me is…just fine with me.
The other thing internet promo doesn’t solve is the signing dilemma. I can send promo materials via email to the bookstore manager or CRM before I ever have to call them and request a signing. And I do. But I do eventually have to call them. Then I have to gear myself up to do the signing.
For those of you who have never endured er, done a signing yet the only thing I can compare it to is when you go to the grocery during the weekend when they are trying to sell you a newspaper subscription or when the boy (or girl) scouts are in front of it trying to sell you one of their annual products. You’re broke (tired, in a hurry–pick one) and you try to hurry past them, pretending not to see. You figure that if you avoid eye contact, they’ll leave you alone. The scout figures you just don’t see, so they come up and wave the stuff in your face.
The problem with signings is that you are the scout trying to sell the stuff. And as a not so born again shy person, I have an anti-wave gene in my make-up. Sigh.
So writers, what are you battling in your writing career. And how have you solved it?