Indie E-Con: Owning This Writing Thing

Howdy!

It’s hard to believe it’s already the last day of Indie E-Con! It’s been a spectacular week full of all things writing! Missed any of it? You can find all the posts and links over on Kendra’s blog! Also, Adela’s Curse is up for some awards! If you’ve read it, I’d love if you would head over and nominate it!

Today I wanted to talk about something I definitely struggle with – being able to talk about being a writer.

I know a good percentage of the writing population are introverts, which means if you’re like me, then you don’t like talking about yourself and talking about the characters and stories you’ve spent hours and hours writing in solitude fills you with such a great fear you’d rather take on a rabid bear with your bare hands.

Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Here’s the thing. YOU WROTE A BOOK! How awesome is that? You’ve taken the time to be the best writer you can be. You spent time researching. You had long chats with characters to make sure you got their story right (yes, it’s a thing). If you’re published you can hand that book to someone. Even if you’re not published, you can still tell a scary human being about the story you wrote.

I know from my personal experience, it’s gradually gotten easier to talk about writing. My first book signing event, I was a puddle of introvert mess. Eye contact was a scary thing. Brief descriptions were mumbled through. And great was the shock when someone actually bought it.

Three years later, I still occasionally struggle. Last week I was at a Comic Con with a table of books. And something awesome was happening. I was excited to talk about my books. Conversations aren’t that hard to start. Now my sister still gives me a hard time for not doing more to reel customers in and press the sale. But I’m proud of where I am right now.

The other day when someone asked me what my hobbies were, I proudly stated writing was and that I wrote fantasy. For the longest time I think I was afraid that it was pretentious to say “I’m a writer”, because come on, we all knew that kid in English class. And it was bragging to say that I have published books.

Don’t be afraid! Declare your accomplishments! People think it’s amazing that you’ve taken the time to write a book and then publish one! And it is amazing! Especially since we know first hand all the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into that shiny book.

So next time someone asks you what you do, look them in the eye and confidently and proudly state that you write books. And that you’ve published books. Don’t be a closet writer. I’m willing to bet that writing is a big part of your life. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge it, because if you’re like me, then it’s shaped who you are today.

Over to you! Do you find it hard to talk about your writing? I want to hear your writing brags!

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10 thoughts on “Indie E-Con: Owning This Writing Thing

  1. This is a great post! I can be like this because I don’t want to come across and conceited or something … but I do write books and I do publish them … so why shouldn’t I talk about it a bit? 🙂

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  2. Ohhh, the introvert thing! I’ve been there. I can only imagine how hard it would be if I actually had to try to SELL a book. o.o And with me, I sometimes am hesitant to tell people about my writing, but you’re right, I shouldn’t be because it IS so much a part of me! Though actually, in my circles, it’s sometimes awkward because they’re writers too and they’re mostly published and I don’t have anything published. 😄 So… I guess that’s the opposite problem? But I guess that’s being a “writer” versus an “author” and I’m just not ready for the author part of the road. 🙂 Anyways, great posts! I’ve really enjoyed your contributions to the e-Con! ❤

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  3. I don’t find it terribly hard to talk about my writing (actually, people who know me will probably tell you that the problem is getting me to shut up once I start), but then again, I’m not trying to sell a book, and it would probably be a totally different story then. In any case, thank you for sharing this!

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