On writing, public speaking and the effect of nerves: My personal rant

20 02 2012

Today I’m polishing up five poems to submit to Dyer Ives. I’ve had them workshopped, read them over a hundred times, analyzed my choices, and debated:
Are they my best?
Will the judges like the style of poetry I’ve chosen?
Will they even think of them as works of poetry?
What am I doing submitting to such a prestigious contest?
Yikes.

Then my mind moves to this coming weekend. I’ve had a poem accepted for publication by Artifactory in Kalamazoo. I have to do a reading for that poem on Sunday. The nerves are setting in, because I don’t do well with public speaking–it’s not that I can’t read well. I know I can. It’s those darn nerves.

Standing in front of a group of people to read aloud something I’ve written is a bit daunting for me. I have many writer friends who are so composed and can read without a quaver in their voices. I want to be them . . . poised and confident.

I’d rather be in my comfort zone, sitting at my laptop, gazing out the window into my back yard, writing.

I’ll be doing a lot of deep breathing this week, along with other more meditative exercises. I hope it helps.

Any suggestions on how to calm the jitters?

 

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20 02 2012
camerashoot365

If your poem was accepted for publication it must be good. Be confident in that. Own it. Be proud of it.

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