IWSG: “What’s it about?”

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IWSG: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. We post our thoughts, talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered. Many more fun and amazing posts are at IWSG’s list of members.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 2 posting of the IWSG are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue!

January 2 question – What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

My favorite question is, “Where can I buy a copy?” I don’t recall a question from a reader that I didn’t like. Well, except when they ask, “What’s it about?” I’d rather they’d simply read the synopsis. But that’s not a sound marketing strategy. I’m not sure if it’s nervous jitters while confronted by an alpha male, or being overly passionate about my novel, but I do get tongue-tied. I make a mess of the plot. You know you’ve lost a potential fan when their eyes glaze over.

That question comes up often enough I should rehearse my response, clearly and succinctly describing the story’s location, main characters and their dilemma. And stick to that dialogue. It should be easy enough. Has anyone else had this challenge?Funny-Inspirational-quotes-13

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16 thoughts on “IWSG: “What’s it about?”

  1. Happy New Year!
    Yes, I get tongue-tied sometimes. I sit there wondering what they want to hear and even though I know I can deliver, I think I get a little speechless. The words fail me.
    All the best for 2019. Hoping you have a successful year in all that you undertake to do.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  2. I LOVE your book and writing, so it amazes me that you feel insecure about your writing. Now, if I had to market my book I would really have trouble as I am tongue-tied in front of people. You do a GREAT job of story-telling. I wish you a FANTASTIC New Year! You Rock!

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    1. Hi Gwynn. I think I like writing because talking out loud seems intimidating. Clarity of thought get drowned out by a conflict with the creative brain’s side. Very incompatible, LOL Wishing you joy and success.

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    1. As usual, we are out worse critic. Part of me thinks that I’m seeking perfection in every encounter. I suppose if the ‘fan’ can see how passionate we are about our novel, that may be enough to ignite their curiosity enough to read the synopsis. Maybe. Wishing you a joyous and successful year, Rhonda.

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