November 29, 2010

Putting Myself Out There

Tomorrow night our Relief Society (our church's women's organization) is having a dinner and talent show. Our writing group signed up for a table and that will be kind of fun to display a few rough drafts, rejection letters, and, of course, the acceptance letters, along with our "how to write books" and incentives. But I took it a scary step further and signed up to do a reading. GAH.

I have no idea what I'm reading.

Okay, I have a few ideas, but I need to pick one part and then PRACTICE it without cringing, because as my writing group knows, when I am reading something of my own out loud (which every author MUST do in the editing process, PLEASE. See here.), two odd things happen:

1) I cringe. I just cringe and grimace and shake my head and giggle. UGH.

2) My voice gets deeper. I don't know why. I go from sounding all womanly and pleasant to sounding like Sylvester Stallone. "Yo, Adrian."

But I'm still going to do it. I just need to pick the perfect part and remember to breathe. Right?

Anyone have any advice?

Wish me luck.


Daron D. Fraley said...

Suggestion: Just pick a scene where the "Yo, Adrian" voice fits, then you don't have to worry about it. :)

I know . . . I am a lot of help.

Krista said...

Ha! Thanks a lot, Daron. :)

Shanda said...

I know you will do splendidly!

Besides, cringing and a Stallone voice aren't as bad as sweating bullets from one's upper lip and cracking stupid jokes, which is what I do when I'm nervous in front of people.

Good luck!

Kate said...

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do fine.

Charity Bradford said...

You are so brave! I panic when someone in my book group asks about my book. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Don said...

Imagine it going well--write a scene where it goes well, even--and then have fun with it.

And practice. Reading cold is like a rough draft.

Sara B. Larson said...

How fun! I'm sure you'll do great. maybe practice in front of a mirror so you can see the facial expressions you make, too?

Shari said...

I hate reading my own writing out loud in front of other people. Maybe pretend someone else wrote it. That's probably what I would do. Either that or fake laryngitis.

Krista said...

Thanks, everyone. I like the idea of pretending someone else wrote it. Like a bedtime story to my kids.

That might work.

And breathing.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

This is simply hilarious. For some reason, I also hate reading my own stuff out loud.

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