Speaking At A Conference

There is a slim chance I might speak at a local writing event in November. Slim because I’m terrified of public speaking. But a chance because I am committed to overcoming my fears.

I have an idea for what I would want to talk about, but I’m curious. If you had to fill an hour, including time for questions, and could talk about anything related to writing, what would you want to talk about?


  1. Some of the topics we’ve discussed in our video chats would be good, as well as your own writing journey.

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    1. kingmidget says:

      Well … the basic idea I have for what I’d focus on is, and it won’t be a surprise … The Rules of Writing and How to Run Away From Them. Or something like that. 😉

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      1. That’s always a meaty topic. 😉

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  2. I encourage you to do it. I know how you feel, because I hate public speaking too, but strangely I find on the occasions when I do it, I get a rush of adrenaline afterward. It’s like cardio exercise; I dread doing it, but I feel great once I’ve done it.

    Anyway, as for what I’d talk about, I think it would have to be connections with other writers. I think people underrate how important it is, not only for their own present day writing, but in evaluating famous historical writers. I just was reading the other day about how many of Herman Melville’s ideas for “Moby Dick” came from talking with Nathaniel Hawthorne. I’ve written before about how H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and other weird horror writers formed a group who shared ideas with each other. I think this kind of thing might be the secret of many of the famous authors we read today.

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    1. kingmidget says:

      That’s a good idea. The connections are very important for ideas, moral and emotional support, encouragement, etc.

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