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Discovery of a new terror

I've been pondering this newest terror for a while. All of the conventions that I will be a pro at have surveys to fill out about what you want to talk about. They all usually have a question on whether or not you want to do a reading of your work. I've discovered myself answering "No" to this last question as my mind is filled with doubts "Why would anyone want to hear me read? What would I read anyway? Freaky Friday Fiction? Fiction from my RPG projects? A story from Grants Pass? I have no idea. I'm not well enough know for anyone to want to listen to me read. Better that I just don't."

Logically, I know some of these fears are dumb but some of them are true. A way to get my voice out there and my name known is to do these readings. Even if only a couple people show up. I don't know why I can't just put my big girl pants on and just get over it. I may have to for BayCon. They have more expectations of the Toastmistress.

I suppose I could follow Jay Lake's advice, "Just have fun with it. As long as you're having fun, everyone else will too."

It's just something for me to think about.


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Nov. 15th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
At Armadillocon I saw well-attended readings by unpublished writers. Seems like it's all about mobilizing your base. Your friends will show up and they'll bring your friends, and the energy grows from there. I'm sure you'll do great!
P.S. It never hurts to reward your audience with chocolate. (Something I learned at Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings.)
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
It think that a reading of some of the best FFF stories would be really fun for the audience. They're nice bite-sized pieces that have strong and immediate impact, and are fun.
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Trust me, I'd enjoy hearing you read any of your writing. I think it's very interesting to hear what the author heard when they were writing it.
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I mentioned Broad Universe, are you a member of that? If you are, would you like to co-organize a Rapid Fire Reading with me at a local con in the next year?
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not a member yet but as soon as I am, that would be cool to do. So, how does one become a member?
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
A useful first step might be arranging a reading:

- Of a piece that the idea of reading makes you smile;

- With a small group of people who you trust to give you honest and supportive feedback;

- In a place where you feel comfortable.

I don't know if my place qualifies, but it's available, at least the basement. I have no problem with the idea of throwing people out of there if you don't want them.
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