Cheap Thrills

OK, I have a confession to make. I went to a panel discussion called “Writers on Writing” at a major bookstore chain – the theme was Mark Twain. His eagerly awaited autobiography is about to come out and it sounds like a winner. Here’s my confession: I showed up, I learned, I enjoyed. But I didn’t support any of the writers by buying a book. That’s ungenerous – and foolish. I went to the panel to glean helpful tidbits about Twain for this blog and slotted myself in the role of a scribe, when I should have seen myself as a member of a tribe. After all, as a writer myself, I’m an insider — not an outsider.

If I’d been thinking of myself tribally, here’s how I would have acted: I would have bought a book, gotten it signed, chatted and connected with the panelists, and maybe even come away with a few morsels of precious personal advice. Instead, I missed the moment – and a chance to support some fellow writers.

Since this event came and went, I’ve thought of many a clever, engaging thing I might have said, which is my tough luck. I’ve vowed never to do this again. If I go to another program like this one, I’m buying and bonding! So here are my five book-event commandments:

I will spruce myself up, even if it’s torrid, and treat the event like an event.

I will research the authors presenting before I go, not after, for gosh sakes.

I will come prepared with some thought-provoking questions to ask.

I will buy a book and then patiently wait in line to have it autographed.

I will connect with the author(s) and share my excitement as a writer.

My act of contrition: I’m going to my local bookstore and ordering one of the books that looked really interesting. No one-day discount for me!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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