"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Writing Tip of the Week - Confidence

This past Sunday, I attended Rick Riordan's book signing at our local Barnes and Noble. My son and I got there about 15 mniutes early, and lemmie tell you - it was standing room only. Not that I'm surprised by this, but I just want to point out what a crowd he draws. People started getting there at 9 in the morning.
OK, now let's put that all aside for the moment and focus on the presentation.
Mr. Riordin was introduced, came ot to the podium, smiled, and immediately started telling a story about his life. He didn't hesitate. He didn't look scared. He didn't wonder if people were listening or check how many people were there.
He presented.

Here's how the presentation went:
Short story about how the books came to be
Short Question and Answer sessions for him.
Quiz on Mythology with t-shirts as prizes.
Thank you and book signing.
It was run like a well-oiled machine.

The fact of the matter is that this guy is confident. He know's he's in charge when he's up there on the stage.
I think as writers (especially ones just starting out), we tend to think we aren't worthy of the title. We don't think we are good enough. But unless we ourselves think we are good enough, then why should anyone else think we are worthy.
Act professional. Act confident. It may seem like an acting game at first, but they say to reach your goals, pretend you already have reached them and live that life.

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