I know some of you are with me. Writing is an introverts’ game. We didn’t sign up for the spotlight unless, of course, it’s on our books.
There are writers who are very at home with the social/marketing side of authorship. I envy them. I wish I could put myself out there just as you do. Many of you will say practice, like everything else, will help us overcome. Me? I’m not so sure.
I’m a social butterfly in real life, believe it or not. I crave social interaction and love meeting new people. I don’t function properly without the adequate exchanging of ideas, seeing people, and all other things. But, when it comes to my work, I freeze.
Why can I submit my work, post it on my blog, and strike up a conversation with complete strangers (in person) about a movie but can’t talk to those same strangers about my work? It should be fine. It is a logical thing. But it isn’t. All I can figure is, for as puny as my ego is, it flattens completely under the thought of crowd-pressure. The only thing about a movie I have a claim to is my opinion on it or if I’ve seen it; there is no skin in the game for me.
Oh well, maybe someday things will be different.
What about you guys? Do you have the same issue? Did you used to have it but have overcome it? Is there a different reason I can write about my work but not talk about it? Why are audio files more intimidating for me if I don’t have to worry about messing up while doing it “live”?