And it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out. At least as far as baseball goes. LOL How many strikes do we get in the writing ballpark? I really need to know because I suck when it comes to trying to tell someone else what my story is about. Now take that, add the fact I have to squeeze out the essence of my story, tie it up in about three or four sentences and you’ve got me pulling my hair out and wanting to run for a dark corner to wallow in my pathetic attempts. Can you tell how much I hate pitching?
This week is going to be a bit stressful for me. I pulled some strings, sweet talked my husband and managed to get everything in line so that I can attend the Nola Stars Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana. Look out Keri, Amy, and Jamie here I come. 🙂 I’m excited that I will finally get to meet a few more of my great blogging buddies. I feel like we’ve known each other for along time already, but a face to face chat is going to be so cool. And they have some really great workshops scheduled too. I can’t wait!
It’s the idea of having an elevator pitch, or any kind of pitch for that matter, ready in time that’s got me going in circles. I know my story backward and forward, upside down and sideways. I love my characters and their struggles. But getting all that to come out into intelligent conversation will be my biggest hurdle. Shoot, I still get tongue tied trying to brainstorm with my writing friends. I know it takes practice and time to perfect this. Maybe attending smaller conferences will be the key for me. Fingers crossed! 🙂
So how do you say all you need to in such few words? How do you keep your cool when your insides feel like someone ignited a batch of firecrackers in your gut? How do you gain courage to do what terrifies you the most?