I am spectacularly useless at introducing myself. I don't mean saying, "Hello, lovely to meet you." I'm quite reasonably good at that. I mean that thing where you have to introduce yourself at the beginning of a talk or an interview. "Could you tell us who you are and what you do?"
On Saturday I was speaking at a conference on writing in the digital age. At lunch-time, I was interviewed to camera. "Can you start by introducing yourself?"
What did I say? Well, there were a load of things I could have said but did I say any of them?
NO! I said, all meekly and pathetically, "I'm Nicola Morgan and I run a blog called Help! I Need a Publisher!"
WHAT? Help! I Need a Right Good Kick Up the Backside! And a Psychiatrist! Honestly, I do this every time and I drive myself nuts.
What goes on in my brain just before I open my mouth? Am I ashamed of what I do? No, I'm very proud of what I do. Am I confused by how many things I do and how to describe what I "am"? Yes, certainly, but it shouldn't be beyond the wit of woman, especially a writer woman, to come up with a sentence which says what I do without sounding either a non-entity or egotistical.
Writers, do you all have this problem, too? Do you start to cringe when you say out loud the things you've achieved? We want people to know, don't we? And yet it's so very hard to say it.
Do you think we should all work out a suitable sentence and practise saying it in front of the mirror?
If so, what would your sentence be for yourself? Go on, it's your chance to plug yourself!
"Can you introduce yourself, please?"
(By the way, today I'm speaking at a conference for parents, about reading for pleasure. I am going to award myself £2.50 for every time I mention one of my books or something that I do. I'm hoping to be able to afford a cup of coffee on the way home.)