Happy Friday All,
I'm sorry I'm late putting up a post, but I hope I can make it up to you with this one.
You probably wouldn't believe me if I said this, but there's a lot of authors in the biz who are very shy. Happily ensconced in their rooms/offices writing, they can let their heroes be brave, bold, incredibly macho men, and the women are soft, sweet, but also with a fire in their hearts (whether it's at the beginning, middle or end). But they have to take several deep breaths and push themselves forward when approaching the unknown.
The thing is, we can't live our lives on the sidelines. Authors especially can't do that because we have to network, we have to pitch, we have to greet fans and readers. We have to constantly put ourselves out there. Our stories and online presence are the ice breakers, but we're the main event--we're the ones who have to take that step and put the story out there first--for if we don't, it won't get out there.
It's okay to be a shy person, but you can't let it freeze you up. Sure shyness is there, but you can't let it get in your way (I'm going to keep saying that because it's true). You'll never take that first step if you don't say "All right, I'm shy, but I gotta do this, so here I go."
I don't remember what movie this was in, but the line is: "Courage isn't the absence of fear. It's the belief that something is more important than the fear." (If any of you remember what movie that's from, please let me know!) Edit: 3/18/2011 2:41 p.m.: Thank you, Dakota, for helping me remember...the quote comes from the movie, The Princess Diaries (the first one) and it was Mia's father who said it in a letter.
Courage doesn't mean you're not shy, doesn't mean you're not afraid, it just means that you know that in the business of writing and publishing that networking, pitching, putting oneself out there is more important than the shyness or the fear. Your love of your craft and your story take center stage.
Don't let shyness slow you down--if you're a writer--grab those opportunities. If you're a reader, go ahead and approach your favorite author (unless the author is in the bathroom--that's awkward; or has said please don't disturb--but generally authors are available to their fans and readers). Most likely the author will be delighted to talk to you. Even if you stammer, even if you blush, trip all over your tongue, even if your hands shake, go up and say "Hello."
So, what about you? How do you get your courage and "step up to the plate"?
Have A Fantastic Friday!