Thursday, March 13, 2008

Public Speaking

I'm scheduled to be the presenter at a SouthWest Writers program. I'll be speaking about things I've learned about writing novels over the years and--more precisely--over the novels. My talk is called Novel to Novel: Learning as You Write.

It's a broad topic, so I have a lot of leeway in what to discuss. I'm enjoying the preparation so far--looking back at my novels, listing things each one taught me, and selecting examples to show how lessons from one novel carry forward to the next. My goal is to share my experiences in a way that will shorten the learning curve for others.

There's a well-publicized (and possibly contorted) statistic that people fear public speaking more than death. I don't, but I do get nervous, especially when I haven't been behind a podium in a while. It's been a while, but the venue should help ease my nerves. I'm there twice a month as part of the audience, and I like being around writers, especially this crowd.

So I'm hoping for the best. My friend Jill says I'll do fine because I'll be speaking about something I'm passionate about. She's got a point, as usual. Writing is my passion. My presentation will be June 17th, so I have three months to prepare. I'll report back here on how things go. Wish me luck.