Wednesday, January 1, 2020

IWSG: Author 24/7?

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

First off---

Happy New Year! What are your goals?

I dropped off a coloring page for Christmas at the local library--she commented on how pretty it was but all I did was thank her as she looked over it. I didn't say that I illustrated it or that it went with my newly released book.

(Here's the coloring page I gave her--you're welcome to print it if you'd like, though it's out of season but seek-and-finds are always fun no matter what season it is!) 

Typically, I don't proclaim myself as an author but prefer to not be outspoken about it. For the most part, I don't like to bring unnecessary attention to myself because I feel awkward with it. I suppose I'm an introvert?

Just like a writer, right???

Do you believe that authors, by nature, are introverts? Or not necessarily? Do we love living in fiction than real life? How do you step out of your comfort zone and up to a pedestal to discuss your books (in casual settings)? Do you have a way of doing it so it doesn't sound like you're a merchant hawking his/her wares at a local flea market?

I understand that it's necessary when you're at a writers conference or a book signing, but that's an entirely different hat--do you wear your author hat 24/7?


  1. You're a week early but that's all right!
    You should have told her you illustrated it. That's really impressive.

    1. Thank you, Alex. I'll bear that in mind next time. :)

  2. Most of the writers I know are introverts. Maybe it does come with the territory? Or maybe it's something we need to get over. I had to reach out to my readers this week and ask for book reviews. My stomach got all twisted and my pulsed banged in my head. Not a pleasure place to be. And yet, I wouldn't hesitate to do a review for someone if I liked their work. What's that about? I love your cat pics. The one on the right looks exactly like our Fluffy. He used to sit like that.

    1. Hi, Joylene! I know what you mean about reaching out, it can be unnerving. I hope you get good results with your reviews!

      I'm sorry about your Fluffy! My kitty's name was Mittens--she was the best kitty we ever had. I have another who looks exactly like her and I named her Minnie. I sure do love Norwegian Forest cats, they are the best! :D

  3. Welcome to the IWSG, Elizabeth!

    I'm probably the worst person to find your post, as I'm an extrovert, though I do agree there are a lot of introverted writers. As for proclaiming yourself a writer, I think that comes with confidence. You don't have to be obnoxious about it, but people can't help you or want to work/collaborate with you if they don't know what you do.

    If that illustration for the colouring page is your own, you're insanely talented. Own it, girl! :) Libraries are awesome places to hold workshops. It's a win-win for authors AND libraries. So please don't be afraid to introduce yourself, talk about your work, and pitch some ideas about how you could work with them.

    I wouldn't say I wear an author hat 24/7--it's just part of who I am. Since I need human contact and too much time alone made me depressed, I'm also a writing teacher. It's part of our identity, but there are other parts that are just as important, I think.

    1. Hi, J.H.!

      Thank you for the welcome! And thank you for your thoughts on being an author. I agree that it comes with confidence. I believe the people around me know I'm an author but I never talk about new upcoming books unless they ask and that's not often.

      It's good to hear an extrovert's viewpoint, though, because even you find a fine line between being yourself versus being obnoxious (and I've seen plenty of that that has made me cringe inside but still I stood in wander at how commercial they sounded, lol).

      Thank you for your advice on how I could get together with libraries. I seriously need to step over my wall of introvertism. lol!

    2. You're very welcome! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I've added you to the ARC list for Dragonfly Summer, and am always happy to make a new friend.

      People sometimes think I'm an introvert when they meet me because I'm not overbearing or "look at me." I think extrovert has become the loud, cartoonish version in most people's minds, but often those are introverts pretending to be extroverts. Introverts are some of the loudest, look-at-me people I know, but they're faking it for business reasons, usually. :)

    3. Thank you for adding me to your ARC list--I look forward to it. :)

      That's true what you say about introverts pretending to be extroverts. I knew a few people who do just that have declared that they do that to hide themselves. Fascinating.

  4. Your coloring page is gorgeous! You should've told that librarian you created it. You're a talented artist as well as a writer, and you should celebrate your creativity, although I do get your reluctance to brag about your artistic pursuits. I felt like that a few years ago, but after a few published books and years on the IWSG forum, I learned that there is nothing shameful in being creative and a lot to be proud of.
    Also I love your dream house. That library is definitely where I want to be.

    1. Thank you! I did feel something inside me say that I should've spoken up at the library. *sigh* Next time, right?

      I wish I had many hidey-holes for my writing. My house is overrun with kids and the library is a 20 minute drive. :(

  5. So sorry I missed your comment on my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by and welcome to the IWSG.
    I think most writers are introverts to some degree.
    As for talking about my writing work in a casual setting, I don't force it but do look for opportunities as they present themselves. It's not easy, but it can become more natural over time. I find that by offering my talent in some useful or helpful way to others it becomes a welcomed subject and is often initiated by others.


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