Okay, so I asked James Garcia, Jr., a nice guy and accomplished writer, to read and give me feedback on one of my projects. Jimmy, as he’ll ask you to call him, is an extrovert. I am not. Though I would have been satisfied with an email exchange, he wanted to discuss his feedback in person. As it turned out, he didn’t get his way—but neither did I.
We arranged a Skype session on Saturday night. I’m not much of a Skype person. Previously, I’d used it only to talk to my son and grandchildren who live in a different state. But I combed my hair and showed up. He said he thought I might chicken out and not hit the video call button when he rang me. But hit it I did. Jimmy is used to doing podcasts for his readers to enjoy, so he was relaxed. I drank a glass of wine. And then I babbled, like I always do when I’m nervous.
But we talked about writing in general and we talked about my project specifically. And it made me realize how much I miss being a member of a live writers’ group where you can brainstorm and get immediate answers to questions about feedback and all that good writerly stuff. I think Jimmy would have ended the call at least thirty minutes earlier than we did, but he couldn’t shut me up.
I ended up with some ideas on how to improve my manuscript and little more social confidence. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the opportunity to Skype with another writer, but I know I could and survive the experience. And if I do it again, I’ll warn the other participant they might need to set a time limit.
So thank you for “pushing” me, Jimmy.
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4 thoughts on “Skype with me at your risk!”
If you want to skype with people, you need to make opportunities! I think it’s a tool that isn’t utilized nearly enough. I’m hoping as my kids get a bit older I can skype with more people – presently, most skype calls consist of them popping in and out of camera wanting to know who mummy is talking to 😉 Good on you for breaking out of your comfort zone and trying something new!
Thanks, Cassie. 🙂 Last night on Facebook, Jimmy said he’s holding his written notes ransom until I meet with him in the flesh, so I guess I’ll be breaking wayyyy out of my comfort zone soon.
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I have Skype on my laptop and only used it once. For some reason I haven’t been able to make it work anymore and I think it’s out of date. You just encouraged me to look into it again. Who knows one of these days we may see each other “face to face” LOL. 😀
Yes, Christa, it could certainly fill a spot for those of us who don’t/can’t travel. 🙂 And I can definitely see the advantage for long-distance critique. It’s so much nice to be able to ask questions about a particular feedback comment and get an answer immediately–like a live group.