Suddenly I Know Things!
Firstly I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who’s congratulated me here on my blog or on Twitter or Facebook over the past week. It’s been overwhelming to see the kind of cheer and support this community gives. Just thank you, thank you. <3
Anyway! So today I got to do something I’ve always looked forward to as part of the author gig: talk to a group of students about books and writing. To be completely honest, though, I’ve always dreaded it almost as much as I’ve looked forward to it, because like many writers I’m a naturally somewhat shy person. Public speaking gives me the heebie jeebies. Plus, I don’t actually feel different on the other side of the book deal–who’s to say I know stuff now? What gives me the right to pretend I do? I even emailed my ninth grade English teacher, who I’m still friends with, to ask for advice. Turns out, though, that I didn’t really have anything to be worried about!
I was talking to a lit class, rather than a creative writing class, so I ended up talking about the basic 3-act structure of most stories, and how you can apply it to anything fictional, and many other forms of writing as well–it’s also useful in writing academic papers, and so on. (I used Star Wars as an example, because I mean, everyone’s seen that, right? Wrong! Only one or two of them had even seen the movie!)
Anyway, they were great, but when we got to the end of my little talk and asked for questions, they pointed out my big mistake.
I hadn’t said ANYTHING about my own book!
So they asked what it was about, and I had a lot of fun telling this group of teenagers about my book–that’s who it’s meant for, after all, so it was awesome getting to see that little look of “Ooh, I’d read that!” come across their faces. It was also great because teenagers and younger kids will ask you questions that adults wouldn’t, because they just aren’t thinking about tact. For example, “Will you be like majorly disappointed if your book’s a big flop?”
Hah! Um, YES! But it meant I could explain a little about publishing, which they found surprisingly interesting. All in all it was a fun morning–and the teacher friend of mine who’d set it up took me out for hot chocolate as a thank you. So win all around!
Now I am TOTALLY exhausted, though. Who knew speaking was so draining? Time for a nap! And then back to packing to head back to the U.S….