Hello Rock Star!
You’re not a bonafide Rock Star. I know that. You’re a novelist, a writer, a person who spends an obscene amount of time behind a computer monitor in your PJ’s talking to yourself. BUT, when you leave the house to meet your public, you must put on another hat and rise to the challenge of sociability and celebrity not only because you owe it to your readers but because it’s so much more fun than listening to your knees knock together in fear.
Many writers are shy. Some are withdrawn, even introverted. This is why it’s imperative that you develop another side of yourself; one who loves the limelight. Do you have a pen name? Use that. Or make up a rock star name to use when you give a pep talk to your brain to get ready to speak in public. Like Roxy Stardust or Patty Blackboots. Not a stripper name, mind you or that will get you into all kinds of trouble when the call to action comes. Just something that makes you feel different, more confident, like a celebrity. Then have a few outfits that scream Roxy Starburst when you put them on. Even slipping one arm in a sleeve pumps you up enough to address a room of adoring fans because dammit, You. Are. Roxy. Starburst. Whatever gives you confidence and helps you transform into that other version of yourself, must be dug out of the closet and worn. If you feel best with a new haircut, particular jewelry, shoes, go for it. Anything to make you think you are not the quiet writer who sits behind a computer all day. You are a Rock Star! Someone who travels with a personal masseuse and chef, with houses on three continents, and the words “NY Times Bestselling Author” after your name. And if you aren’t you will be soon. (If you believe it, they will too.)
Here’s the truth, if you haven’t figured this out yourself. Rock stars are simple folk who get head colds, have parents, wear out their underwear, and probably know how to use a lawn mower, so don’t fool yourself that they are different. It’s only their perception of themselves that is different from you. Until now.
When they get on that stage in the thigh high black boots, sparkly costume and wild hair, they are playing a part. The part of a rock star.
So next time you are asked to give a key note address, or meet a bookclub, or sign paperbacks at the neighborhood bookstore, get into your costume, give yourself the talk and be the celebrity your readers want you to be–larger than life and dead center in the spotlight
I guarantee that if you use the Rock Star method, your foray into the world of public speaking will go much better than if you show up to give a speech in a bathrobe and a whispery voice.
Go forth and hit those high notes!
About the Author:
Kim once opened shows in Hawaii for Jamie Foxx, Jay Leno and Maya Angelou, as a singer. She led a celebrity life for years but has now hung up her microphone and publicist for a computer keyboard and thesaurus. When she’s not furiously typing away at the computer, she can be found outside. She doesn’t enjoy being inside a building (even her own house) so look for her in the garden of her Seattle house, at the dog park, water skiing on the lake, at the grocery store, or with her critique group at a coffee house. Okay, the last two were buildings but hey a girl has to get groceries and visit her writer friends.
Writing takes her through the long wet Seattle winters without the help of a shrink and satisfies her need to talk non-stop without driving away her husband, kids and dogs.