There is nothing like a road trip to refresh a writer’s mind. I love popping in the car and adventuring. It’s not always easy when you have a family, and a job, and all those annoying adult responsibilities, but it’s important. This time around was just a fun little mini vacation, next month is the big show where I get to be a featured speaker at the Green Bay, WI Untitled Town Literary event.
So what did I do when it was my turn to take up the passenger seat? Sang, annoyed the kids, tickled our puppy, poked my husband, AND worked on a little writing. The hum of a car gives the brain perfect background noise for ideas.
I have too many unfinished projects right now, but the main one that’s been plaguing me is getting my speaking points together for next month’s event. Nobody wants to get onstage in front of a bunch of literary hopefuls and stutter.
Thankfully I brought paper and note cards, and am never without a pen. I clammed up when asked to read it out loud. Reading your presentation ideas to a small car packed with your family is always more difficult than reading to masses of strangers. The bigger the audience, the more chance someone is going to appreciate how your mind works.
I pushed through, got it all pieced together, and somehow went into author mode and rambled on like a pro. Next month will be the true test, but for now I’m on the right track. Sitting in on the bigger author talks will give me insight, I’m sure. AND I’ve been informed that there will be an author karaoke night.
That’s right. Stock up on ear plugs and backup tracks because we’re coming for the stage. Haha (I can actually sing but favor tone deaf performers who don’t give up!)