We’ve all seen them. There are some writers who are just appallingly poor speakers. (I raise my hand, how about you?) Perhaps it’s the expectation that because we write we have a lot of interesting things to say. Of course, that’s not necessarily true! We might know a lot and we may even write like nobody’s business, but when it comes to speaking some of us stumble.
Of course, that’s not always a bad thing. Whenever I go to a book signing for an author I like, I’m usually pleased with their “performance” regardless of what they do. Fans want to get a sense of a writer’s personality, and if they stumble and fumble it just makes them all the more charming.
Still, it’s nice to know truly famous writers have struggled a bit with speaking. Thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (@inkyelbows) who posted this link on Twitter. It’s a fabulous piece about “When Writers Speak” and it starts off with a great example of none other than Vladimir Nabokov. Check it out.