Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Great Mumbling

Under most circumstances, I can prattle on about random subjects without trouble. I have been called Mr. Wikipedia because of this in the past, and the name made sense. This isn't to say that I entirely have the gift of gab, but I do believe I have my moments.

That is, until I start talking about my own writing. For some reason, when someone asks what my new novel is about, or how a short story is coming along, I freeze up. Normally coherent and clear thoughts turn to jelly, and I am left with descriptions that would make the average English speaker face palm.

I'm not really sure if this relates to confidence in my writing, or that I am feeling pressure to keep someone from thinking less of me as a writer.

Come to think of it, I have always had a problem writing synopses and descriptions of my work. Brevity was never a strong suit of mine. It is part of the reason why I am dreading doing queries, and why I have avoided submitting to certain markets. I would say that it is rather odd for an editor to ask for a description on a piece of flash fiction. That just seems lazy to me.

I will have to work on this. Queries are an essential part of publishing, and so are descriptions. I can't change that, but I can try to change habits. As far as speaking, I think I just need to talk about my work more often. Being in a new work environment invites the question much more often, so I will have chances to practice my descriptions.

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