I have been a book author and artist for close to twenty years. I have paid for my mortgage, groceries, vacations and braces with my self-generated income. I have sold a blessed two million copies of my words and pictures.
Marianne Richmond, 2012
And yet, until about five years ago, I stumbled through an introduction of my writing and my abilities. It may have sounded something like this:
Interested person: So, what do you do?
Me: I write and illustrate children’s books.
More interested person: Wow—you do both parts. You’re a writer AND an artist!
Me: Well… I’m not really an artist. I mean, I AM but I’ve never been formally trained in art and well, I’ve just worked to create a style that matches my words. And ya so… (head down, change subject, pick off nail polish).
This was not serving me well nor building anyone’s confidence in me, including my OWN.
Today I want us to practice owning our GIFT and TALENT as writers. Wholeheartedly. Even if we’re not generating ANY income from it. Talent and ability are not always cash-making but are still real and worth our belief.
How to Confidently Introduce Yourself and Your Abilities
Ready to introduce yourself with pizazz. Here are five steps to do it:
1. State your name and your craft.
“Hi, I’m Marianne, and I’m a children’s book writer and illustrator.”
Or “Greetings! My name is Joe and I’m a novelist.”
Or “Yo. I’m Paisley and I’m a poet.”
Stand tall. Make eye contact. Do not justify, downplay or explain.
2. Tell people about your current audience.
(Even if it’s just an audience of one!).
Share what you write about, or for whom you aspire to write. “I currently am working a series of nature poems but hope to soon begin working on a young adult Vampire novel.”
3. Add a thought or two on how you hope to grow in your chosen area.
“I am not yet published but am seeking a literary agent.”
Or “I am contemplating the self-publishing route while researching various publishers.”
Or “I am a nurse by day and a novelist by night.”
4. Stifle the critic in your head.
You know that one who, on cue, is saying something like, “Ha! That’ll be the day. You only have three pages written! If you were a real writer, you’d be published by now.”
Tell him to be quiet. You’re too busy being a writer.
5. Revel in it.
Respond to the interest and admiration that is sure to come your way after such a confident presentation of your words AND your worth!
How do you introduce yourself as a writer?
Do you ever downplay your talent as a writer? Self-critique to save someone else the trouble? For today’s practice, introduce yourself and your work in the comments section in the most confident, self-assured way possible! In addition to practicing this important skill, we will all get to learn a little more about one another! Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a kindred spirit in the crowd.
I'm Marianne Richmond—writer, artist and inspirationalist. My words have touched millions over the past two decades through my children's books and gift products.
Basically I put love into words and help you connect with the people + moments that matter. You can find me on my website, Facebook, and Twitter (@M_Richmond21).
Hi! My name is Tom. I’m 16 and I live in Warsaw which is the capital of Poland. Actually I come from another city - Wroclaw, where I lived for eleven years, but five years ago, my dad decided to change his job, and we all moved to Warsaw. I have a sister – Maja. She is 18 and she had been to USA two years ago and now she studies law at the University of Warsaw. My dad works for a German company. My mom used to teatch at the University and now, she works as a computer analitist.
I’m interested in computer science, music, sport and fantasy literature. Computers first appered in my life when I was seven. Then I had got my first computer. It was Commodore 64 and I remember myself thinking, that it was the best thing in the world. I was playing it whenever I could. Then I had got my first PC. At first, I was just playing computer games, but some time later, I noticed that I could do a lot more things with the computer, for example programming. Now, I can already programue in Pascal, C++ and HTML. I have my own site on the internet and I have done many programues. I hope that in the future I will get a job as a computer scientist.
My favorite music band is QUEEN. I think it is the best group on the earth. Together with my sister, we are devoted Queen fans. We have all their albums, many video tapes, books, posters, gadgets and interviews. I love them, but I also like other groups like The Doors, The Baeatles, The Rolling Stones, some Polish rock groups and many others. Apart from that I’m really fascinated by Scottisch bagpipe songs, and one of my favorite albums is the „Braveheart” soundtrack.
I have always been good at sports. I like playing soccer, running and swimming (also SCUBA diving and diving). I have played in many sport tournaments (football cups, handball cups, races) in which together with my team, I have won many trophys. My favorite intelectual game is chess, but I have never played it professionaly.
I love fantasy literature. I read fantasy books and magazines, watch fantasy films and play role playing games in which fantasy world is used as background. Once every two weeks, I meet with my friends and we play „Middle Earth”. I’m the master of the game and they are players. We play about five hours sesion.
It’s a lot of fun. „Middle Earth” is a game based on Tolkien’s books. I chose it, becouse I love everything that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote. He is my favorite writer, but I like other writers as well, for example Piers Anthony or Robert Jordan.
My dream is to study computer science and to go to Japan. I love everything associated with this country. and I hope that in the future, I will learn Japanise. I want to go to Japan and stay there for a long time. I want to get a job there as a computer scientist. Now, I try to learn Japanise by myself. I already know some words and about sixty letters of their alfabeth. My parents promised me that if I learn German and English well, they will find me a Japanise teatcher.
I hate spiders. When I see a spider (especialy when it’s a big one) I feel so very small and the spider seems so huge. I don’t feel scarred when I see a mouse, snake or any other animal and when I come across a spider I think: „Why is it not a mouse? Why do I always find spiders and not mise for example”. This is terrible.
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