In my guest blog post over at Writers Helping Writers this week, I'm taking a look at some of the techniques you can use to gear yourself up for a public speaking event.
Most writers I know, myself included, are quite happy in their own little worlds. We might venture out to go to work, socialize with friends, or do the shopping but we’re never happier than when we’re tucked away daydreaming or scribbling down frantic notes for our current works in progress.
The problem is, when we are required to do public speaking, we’re simply not equipped for it. In fact, we’re terrified. So, how do you go from happy introvert to confident extrovert, even if it’s just for a few minutes?
Read the rest of the blog post at Writers Helping Writers here, and feel free to add your own tips.
Like many of my friends here in Brisbane, I snapped up tickets last week for the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways tour coming to our shores next year.
I’m a huge fan of live music, having played guitar in bands a good few years ago. Making plans to get to the venue and meet up with friends before the concert next year got me thinking – what lessons can writers take from putting on a show of this size?
1. Turn up for work
If you’re scratching your head trying to work out how to make time, take a look at an earlier post here, 3 Superb Ways to Find Time to Write - Without Upsetting Your Family and Friends. It works.
2. Put on a show
You’re on a stage, so be prepared to put on a show. Be professional at all times. Answer interviewers’ and readers’ questions, even if you’ve answered the same ones before. Help other writers, and for goodness sake, keep your social media output professional.
First impressions count, people!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dust off that air guitar…
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It seems fitting, then, to have a new blog post here to list (in no particular order) my favourite screenwriting books on the bookshelf – the ones I return to when I feel the need to kick my own writing up the backside. If you click on the image of the book cover, you’ll be taken through to the Amazon link for each title
Alexandra Sokoloff: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (and Screenwriters!)
Blake Snyder: Save the Cat!
David Morrell: The Successful Novelist
Of course, there are many screenwriting books out there, and I also have a copy of Syd Field’s classic, Screenplay, on the desk next to me here amongst others. However, the three books I’ve listed above have been the most enjoyable for me to read during my writing journey and are those that I know I’ll be re-reading in years to come.
Do you use screenwriting techniques in your writing? What common tricks do you see other novelists using? As always, I'd love to hear from you.
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